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Not your normal beer …

Not your average lager
Not your average lager

I’m not normally a lager drinker, but I made an exception for this beer as I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a rum finished beer. It was an interesting flavour actually. Not unpleasant at all. You could tell that there was something different. I’m not sure if I could taste the rum in it, or if it was just that I knew there was rum in it so I tasted that automatically. Either way, it wasn’t a bad beer at all.

I’m not sure I’d try it again, but if I was faced with it and little else I’d go back to it. It’s worth a try if you get the opportunity.

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First World Problems IPA

First World Problems IPA
First World Problems IPA

This was a nice beer. A very nice beer, full of flavour and even though it was a 6.2% it went down very well indeed. The artwork was pretty cool too. Here are a couple of pictures.

First World Problems IPA
First World Problems IPA
First World Problems IPA
First World Problems IPA
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Trying out Beer 52

A first box from Beers 52
A first box from Beers 52

So I found out about this company from the GBBF programme, and I decided to try them out. I got an offer for the first box at half price, and it seemed like a good point to try this out.

So the first box arrived and had an eclectic selection of beers. I was also pleased to see this little extra in there …

Something from Beers52
Something from Beers52

Which was nice. I thought that the first beer I’d try out would be this one …

Soundwave beer
Soundwave beer

Because I thought that the name was excellent. However, when I poured it out of the bottle, this is what I got …

Soundwave IPA in the glass
Soundwave IPA in the glass

Which isn’t what I was really looking for, and wasn’t really a great start as far as I was concerned. I contacted Beers 52 about it, but didn’t really get the answer I was looking for sadly.

So far, the other beers I’ve tried from the box have been pretty good, but this one, the first one, was a disappointment as far I was concerned, and not the result I was after.

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GBBF 2015

A lovely day at the GBBF 2015
A lovely day at the GBBF 2015

After a break since 2012 I went back to the GBBF. It’s still in Olympia, but as the weather was somewhat overcast it didn’t get too hot in there during the day. But it was a good festival. I’m so glad I went this year. There were some cracking ales there and some very nice food too.

A couple of ales that stood out for me were:

Women of Steel Ale from GBBF 2015
Women of Steel Ale from GBBF 2015

This was quite a light ale, very fruity and citrus flavoured. I really enjoyed it, although I know it isn’t to everyone’s tastes.

Also …

Campfire Mild at GBBF 2015
Campfire Mild at GBBF 2015

I liked this mild for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was a nice mild, and I don’t tend to drink mild much these days. It had a lovely burnt flavour that wasn’t too overpowering at all. Secondly, I liked the name, which reminded me of The Boards of Canada, The Campfire Headphase, and thirdly, I really liked the design. So I think I may need to locate some of these in the not too distant future.

This year was also unique as I actually managed to get my glass home with me! The last few times I’d been to the GBBF I’d not bothered as normally I’d either mislay it on the way home, or it would get broken. This year it lasted all the way home!

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Rail Ale 2015

Front of the Rail Ale train, 31st July 2015
Front of the Rail Ale train, 31st July 2015

It’s been a couple of years since I was on the Rail Ale train. It’s a lovely evening on the bluebell railway in Sussex and well worth trying out if you’ve never been. The format is simple. Steam train + Real Ale + Sausage and Mash supper + Jazz band. Easy.

The Rail Ale train, 31st July 2015
The Rail Ale train, 31st July 2015

The atmosphere is lovely, especially if you have a really nice sunny evening to enjoy as well. The crowd is all there to have a good time and enjoy the beers, of which there were many, and all good in terms of those I managed to sample.

It isn’t the cheapest evening out, but as an occasional outing it’s well worth the money, and of course, as the Bluebell railway is a charity I don’t begrudge them the cash.

A beer voucher from Rail Ale, 31st July 2015
A beer voucher from Rail Ale, 31st July 2015

My favourite ale of the evening was called “Piston Broke”, which seemed apt in some ways for a pleasant evening of beer and music.

A great night out all in all.

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Oxted Beer Festival 2015

Oxted Beer Festival glass.
Oxted Beer Festival glass.

A nice festival and bigger than last year, or so it seemed. At least it must have been a bit bigger as they actually ran out of beer at the Oxted festival on the Saturday night. I’m not sure that I’ve ever been to a beer festival where that’s happened before.

It was a good event. Music wasn’t bad, food had some interesting choices too. But if anyone offers you a sausage role called a ‘ring burner’, just say no. Take my advice.

Wrist band from the Oxted Beer Festival.
Wrist band from the Oxted Beer Festival.