Golden Pints Awards 2011

My contribution to the Golden Pints Beer Awards 2011

Golden Pints Awards 2011

Best UK Draught (Cask or Keg) Beer
Winner: Grain Brewery Redwood – an absolutely outstanding beer, instantly one of the best beers I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking
Runner-up: Tintagel Harbour Special – first enjoyed this at the King Arthur’s Arms in Tintagel and it was then my favourite at the Peterborough Beer Fest

Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
Winner: Sharps Special – In a word, perfect
Runners-up: Magic Rock Dark Arts – wonderful stout and I think their best beer, St Peter’s Red – session beer of choice

Best Overseas Draught Beer
Having not been overseas in 2011, it would have to be the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale over here on draught at the Cambridge Blue, or the Fort George Cavatica Stout at GBBF

Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
Winner: Rochefort Trappistes 8 – may have opened up a new world (well, country) of beer for me…

Best Overall Beer
Grain Brewery Redwood

Best Pumpclip or Label
Every one from Watermill Inn

Best UK Brewery
Grain Brewery – Impressive range of beers now – especially Redwood, of course, and the Blackwood Stout

Best Overseas Brewery
Deschutes

Pub/Bar of the Year
The Shed, Wroxham – A converted boat shed, hidden away and hard to find – but what a discovery. 50 Real ales and a great atmosphere. It was here I first discovered Grain Redwood.

Beer Festival of the Year
Winner: Green Man, Grantchester – fantastic choice of beers for a pub holding it’s first beer festivals this year
Runner-up: Bury Beerhouse festival – great selection of beers, best of which was their own Brewshed Brewery Rioja Porter

Supermarket of the Year
Waitrose – because now I’m only a minute away from a bottle of Skinner’s, St Peter’s, Fuller’s etc

Independent Retailer of the Year
Bacchanalia, Cambridge

Online Retailer of the Year
Ales By Mail
Honourable mention: Driftwood Spars for not only delivering great beer but putting a smile on my face with their customer service – cheers :)

Best Beer Book or Magazine
Well, I got ’1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die’ for christmas, so that.

Best Beer Blog or Website
Hard to pick a winner from:
Boak & Bailey – always thought-provoking and honest, the one I read most often
A Good Beer Blog – Alan McLeod’s 2,500th blog post earlier this month is an inspiring achievement
Tandleman – essential reading, not just for the blog posts but for the comments they encourage

Best Beer Twitterer
Too many, but this tweet

Best Online Brewery presence
Leeds Brewery – love the presentation of Leeds Brewery beers

Food and Beer Pairing of the Year
Any beer with chips

In 2012 I’d Most Like To…
Return to the West Coast USA. Failing that, find a regular supply of Deschutes over here. Or else make a Deschutes homebrew

Open Category: Fondest farewells
St Austell Tinners – replaced by Trelawny
Oakham White Dwarf – replaced with Scarlet Macaw
Buntingford Silent Night – quite possibly the last year…

Grain Redwood at Wroxham Shed

Grain Redwood at Wroxham Shed - Beer of the Year in Bar of the Year

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2 responses to “Golden Pints Awards 2011

  1. Thanks for the nod. I do like to encourage comments.

  2. Pingback: Golden Pints 2011 | gastroturf

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