Letchworth Garden City might not seem the most obvious place to find a beer festival, a town that had a ban on alcohol licenses until 1960 and no pub in the town centre until 1974, but it’s been held for over 20 years.
This year was the first in a new venue, the Green House, a glass-roofed indoor market, and it may be the last here if the proposed ‘redevelopment’ of the building goes ahead. We visited on a sunny Saturday, the glass roof giving it the feel of an outdoor beer fest, the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. Perfect conditions for drinking beer.
Good choice of beer too. I thought the Moor Revival was the best on the day, and the Buxton Axe Edge was great as always, but there were some beers new to me that I found particularly interesting – Windsor & Eton Kohinoor spiced with ‘jasmine petals, cardamom and coriander’ and Harknott Cool Fusion with way more than a ‘hint of sweet ginger’, a splash of lemon and plenty of spicy, peppery notes too, but with an earthy hop flavour coming through it all – lovely stuff.
Tiny Rebel Dirty Stop Out (‘Colour – Slag Heap’) had the best tasting notes:
All this and only half an hour from Cambridge by train? Turns out Letchworth is a great place for a beer festival.