Golden Pints 2012


Our con­tri­bu­tion to the annu­al blog­ging jam­boree mas­ter­mind­ed by Beer Reviews Andy and Mark Dredge.

Best UK Draught (Cask or Keg) Beer: St Austell 1913 Stout (ver­sion 1).

We pre­pared a short­list of beers we’ve enjoyed so much we’ve drunk more than we meant to. St Austell Prop­er Job was on that list as was Pen­zance Brew­ing Co’s Potion 9, and Spin­go Ben’s Stout. 1913 Stout has it, though, because (a) it was so deli­cious we drank too much two nights in a row and then (b) took what was left after the Dock Inn beer fes­ti­val in a growler. (But note: ver­sion 2 was weak­er and not quite as excit­ing.)

Best UK Bot­tled or Canned Beer: Oakham Green Dev­il IPA.

We had a very strong, pos­i­tive gut-reac­tion to this beer which you might call ‘love at first sip’. We used it at our first talk at the Eden Project and the crowd loved it; by the time the sec­ond talk came round, it had all been stolen, which says it all. (Run­ners up: Sharp’s Con­nois­seur’s Choice Hon­ey Triple; Brew­dog Punk IPA, our go-to fridge beer.)

Best Over­seas Draught Beer.

We haven’t had all that many this year (over­seas draught beer does­n’t real­ly get this far west) but we seem to remem­ber enjoy­ing Brew­fist Space­man IPA in Lon­don dur­ing the Olympics, so let’s say that.

Best Over­seas Bot­tled or Canned Beer.

We’re bor­ing: Achel Tripel. (It was West­malle Tripel last year.)

Best Pump­clip or Label.

This one for Tap East Keller­man because that’s Boak’s lit­tle broth­er on it, as depict­ed by Philippe Fen­ner. (Aww…)

Best UK Brew­ery.

We don’t real­ly feel equipped to say as there are sev­er­al ‘hot’ brew­eries whose beer we’ve nev­er tried but, what the Hell… the Blue Anchor/Spingo brew­ery at Hel­ston. Spin­go Mid­dle is our reg­u­lar drop at the Dock Inn in Pen­zance and (the occa­sion­al qual­i­ty wob­ble aside) the beer at the brewery/pub/brewpub is gen­er­al­ly excel­lent, not to men­tion increas­ing­ly adven­tur­ous. (Pale Rauch­bier!)

Beer Fes­ti­val of the Year.

The St Austell Celtic Beer Fes­ti­val had an excit­ing beer list and a buzzing atmos­phere, so let’s say that. (Dis­clo­sure!)

Super­mar­ket of the Year.

Wait­rose for the sim­ple rea­sons that (a) we came back from a trip to Exeter with ruck­sacks stuffed with Thorn­bridge beer from one of their stores and (b) Sains­bury’s, Tesco, ASDA and Mor­risons nev­er actu­al­ly have the beers we’re look­ing for, even if they’re sup­posed to be on their lists.

Online Retail­er of the Year.

We keep com­ing back to Beer Mer­chants who seem to have what we’re look­ing for at the right prices and who have deliv­ered every­thing prompt­ly and (touch wood) intact. (But there’s no one retail­er who’s web­site and stock list is per­fect.)

Best Beer Book or Mag­a­zine.

Pete Brown’s Shake­speare’s Local. It’s not a list of beers we have to try; it’s not a begin­ners guide; and it made us laugh out loud more than once.

Best Beer Blog or Web­site.

Mar­tyn ‘Zythophile’ Cor­nel­l’s blog has it – rig­or­ous, com­pelling and read­able. (To note, though: the first blogs we look at every day, in alpha­bet­i­cal order, are A Good Beer Blog, Tan­dle­man and The Beer Nut.)

Best Beer Twit­ter­er.

Joe Stange, aka The Thirsty Pil­grim. We retweet, or want to retweet, almost every­thing he has to say. He’s not pro­lif­ic, but it’s all good stuff.

In 2013 We’d Most Like To…

Get our­selves up north on a grand beery tour, espe­cial­ly Sheffield.

Open cat­e­go­ry: best real­ly old book.

Richard Boston’s Beer and Skit­tles (1976) should be on every beer geek’s book­shelf.

4 thoughts on “Golden Pints 2012”

  1. Green Dev­il was great on cask as well, I was very dis­ap­point­ed to find it was a notable omis­sion on CAMRA East Anglian BOTY long-list.

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