Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1LW
I have been to this beer festival on a few occasions now. This year I went on the first day to avoid any disappointment if/when the beers began to run out. On offer this year were 85 ales and 24 ciders and perries; I think this is the greatest variety they have put on for our delectation.
The last ale was a little out of character for me as it was much stronger than I would ordinarily drink and it was a porter (which I am not keen on at the best of times). However, this one had to be tried as it was listed as my online persona: Odo. Unfortunately, it was closing time when I ordered it and I had to rush it, so did not get to savour it properly.
Again, a note on quantities drunk - each ale was sampled as a third pint, so total consumption was just under four pints for the evening. A little more than I would usually go for but just about manageable for me.
Beers drunk on this visit :
1) Holy Smoke (3.1%) - Beerblefish Brewery, Edmonton, London - a very tasty light coloured bitter
2) Call of the Cuckoo (3.5%) - Ulverston Brewery, Cumbria - a pale, slightly hoppy bitter
3) Castra (3.5%) - Emal Brewery, Salterton, Devon - a malty blonde ale with a hoppy finish
4) Lightning Rod (3.6%) - Durham Brewery, Bowburn, Durham - a citrusy pale ale
5) Plan B (3.7%) - Stringers Brewery, Ulverston, Cumbria - Gluten Free pale ale with a honey finish
6) Hobby Horse (3.8%) - Rhymney Brewery, Blaenavon, Monmouthshire - bitter from an 1879 recipe
7) Goldbine (3.8%) - RCH Brewery, West Hewish, Weston Super Mare - a zesty, hoppy bitter
8) Stout & About (3.9%) - Partners Brewery, Liversedge, West Yorkshire - chocolate and spice stout
9) Tipsy Tup PA (3.8%) - Penlon Cottage Brewery, New Quay, Ceredigion - a slightly sweet/hoppy bitter
10) Chinook (4.0%) - Townhouse Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire - a fruity golden ale
11) Howbury 7 Odo's Porter (5.5%) - Bexley Brewery, Kent - a strong flavoured porter
The Furze Wren
6 Market Place, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DYMB and I met with a few of his workmates at the beer festival, but one of them turned up a little too late to be served, so to enable him to grab a beer before we all headed home, we jumped on the bus to the Furze Wren (which stays open until midnight). We got there in time to grab a final ale before venturing off to grab a kebab.
Beers drunk on this visit:
1) Quiver (4.5%) - Bowman Brewery, Southampton - a golden bitter with a hoppy finish