Tuesday, 31 May 2016

This is my kind of beer festival.

I feel duly obliged to relay details of a beer festival I attended over the Bank Holiday weekend. The Fighting Cocks Inn,Cliviger, Burnley was the venue.
(Just part of the packed beer garden)

I had previewed the festival on my weekly beer page in the Lancashire Telegraph. A festival I had anticipated  as being a special event - and so it proved.

I had been initially wowed by the beer list. A selection to suit all tastes.
Craft keg lagers from contemporary Brewers such as Cloudwater and Alphabet from Manchester.

There were over twenty cask ales on hand pulls. Including beers from the wood. Also included, were six ales from the Fighting Cocks brewery, situated on the same site as the event. 

For the cider heads. There were six to choose from. The stand out one, in my opinion, being one from East Kilbride. Thirstly Cross Whisky Cask Cider, at 6.9%, had been aged in a single malt whisky barrel. It didn't disappoint.
(Another one that didn't disappoint was Cloudwater's Kolsch style lager)

Blimey, what an eclectic range of ales, craft keg lagers and ciders on offer. A sight not always guaranteed at some festivals.

 It was a proper selection dilemma, on every visit to the bar. And many of the festival revellers appeared to be having the same problem.
(Patience is a virtue when queuing at the bar!)

I couldn't believe how the staff managed to cope with the number of people who had thronged to this splendid rural venue. They performed admirably and professionally throughout.
("Briggsy your eyes are chronic. You are on the wrong side of the bar.")

The three day festival was a truly special event. It returns for a third time in 2017. 

My three 'medal' winners:

Gold Medal: Fernandes Brewery,(Wakefield) Black Voodoo.
Simply a 'wow' factor beer. Strong chocolate orange aroma and flavour. Terry's Chocolate Orange in a glass! Surprisingly refreshing too. A most pleasant tingly mouthfeel in the finish, that was a perfect marriage for the orange, chocolatey flavours that were present throughout. 

Silver Medal: Revoulutions Brewery,(Castleford) Soul Mining. 
A most flavoursome Black IPA. Piney, dark chocolate aroma. The chocolate and citrusy notes were perfectly balanced. A delicious drop.

Bronze Medal: Fighting Cocks,(Burnley) Spaghetti Stout. Barrel aged in a oak wine cask for six months. Vinous and fruity. The ageing had softened the roasted malt flavour. Making it even more silky smooth. The winey finish was a delight.

Others worthy of a special mention: Cloudwater, Pennine Lager; Thornbridge, Kill Your Darlings( Vienna style lager) and Bridestone's(Hebden Bridge) , Coffee Porter.

Below is a picture of Brewer, Carmelo Pillitteri, showcasing six of his tasty tipples at the festival.

Roll on 2017......😀🍻👍