The (Slightly Not Sober ) Beer Blog


Here are my notes from a beer festival I attended back last summer. Apologies to all involved. Tasting reviews are my opinion only.

Some of this might have made perfect sense at the time.


I get off the train along with my youngest sibling, and walk through the city centre towards the picturesque riverbank which is the location of the beer festival. A straggle of ale-filled people are already exiting the white tented venue with a  glaze of contentment on their ruddy cheeked faces.

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At some point we meet up with my sibling’s friend. Spotting them through the crowds by the bright yellow jacket they are wearing -despite the warm weather.

We walk into another area, where a band are playing a swing version of 4-non-blondes’ ‘What’s up?It’s not a bad tune.

Apparently we should go to Scotland to brew our own ale. Sounds like a great idea. (?)

We leave my sibling’s friend to chat up some ladies. Not sure what their boyfriends stood next to them were saying!

So to the most notable ales:

Cream Tea Deconstructed-it was strange. Fruit cake and tea.

I am not a fruit beer-no ‘I’m a vegetable, but tastes like fruit beer’. Very strange, made from beetroot. My sibling commented ‘it’s actually poisonous!’

Bitter Invention of Satan-okay. 8.6% abv. Strong taste of alcohol!

Gravediggers Ale-meh!

Brexit-a bit fizzy

Old Crow Porter– 🙂

Note:Sobriety  going south from here.

Red Spider-pale and fizzy

Four Go Wild in the Fens-Oh My Gods. Bloody awful! Had to stop myself spitting this one out.


The rest were okay. We did not find anything outstanding, or particularly nice. Often brews we expected to be rich and complex  were weak, and mediocre.


On the train awaiting debarkation (is this a word-in a dictionary?) to our home town.

Okay, I think this started at the Falcon (pub). Is this one of those clever, stupid, clichéd novels that start at the end, then has a clearer  twist at the end? No!

On train back, suitably pickled. Might get some coherent thoughts day after  imbibing fermented grain and hops  products.

Post festival house party, we have mini ale testing which proves more palatable.

Antwerpen-yummy, rich, chocolaty and very strong-8%

Wychwood-Arrowaine-a nice mild, light chocolaty brew


I am feeling rather queasy now.

So, was 2017 just a bad year for dark ale, or had we left it too late and all of the good chewable ales had sold out? I have attended on the last day in previous years and still found some decent brews, and a couple of the best ales I have ever tasted. A memorably delicious Hunter S Thompson inspired ale tasted like alcoholic sweet dark soy sauce with hints of coffee.


There was more, but photos, & my drunken text messages to myself & my other half  were on my now deceased old phone, so now lost. Perhaps for the best!



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