Friday, 27 December 2013
Golden Pints 2013
These are my Golden Pint 'Awards' for the beers I've drunk and the pubs, bars & beer festivals I've been to in 2013 with links to various blog posts & untappd checkins.
Best UK Cask Beer:
Loch Lomond Brewery Drayman's Travels - Cove & Kilcreggan Beer Festival. A chocolate-orange-candy stout infused with chillies, it made me smile *a lot*. Outstanding!
Best UK Keg Beer:
Summer Wine Brewery The Devil Loves Nelson Sauvin - The Knott, Manchester. I love Nelson Sauvin but sometimes it's a bit unbalanced; this was toned down just a tad and superb.
Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer:
Celt Experience Ogham Willow - bought from their own web-site. Excellent US/Euro Double IPA, but all the Celt Ogham & Shapeshifter beers I've had have been are great.
Best Overseas Draught Beer:
Brouwerij De Molen Amarillo - FyneFest. Seville oranges with added alcohol heat, yumm.
Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer:
Odell Brewing Co. Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout - bought from Valhalla's Goat.
Best collaboration brew:
Comarty Brewing and Tempest Brewing Cone Head - Cloisters, Edinburgh. Just picked toasted pinecones, lots of hops and Ardennes yeast, lovely.
Best Overall Beer:
It has to be Loch Lomond Brewery Drayman's Travels.
Best Branding, Pumpclip, Label or Beer Name:
Fyne Ales Spaghetti Western, aka The Good, The Bad and The @WillMill82
Best UK Brewery:
Cromarty Brewing. Consistency, consistency, consistency & brilliance.
Best Overseas Brewery:
Brouwerij De Molen (although not for the Raad & Daad).
Best New Brewery Opening 2013:
Six° North, Stonehaven. The 'The Belgian Brewers of Scotland' has worked out really well.
Pub/Bar of the Year:
Large scale - Inn Deep, Kelvinbridge, Glasgow.
Small scale pub - Railway Tavern, Kincardine.
Best New Pub/Bar Opening 2013:
St Andrews Brewing Co. Pub - South Street, St Andrews
Beer Festival of the Year:
FyneFest 2013 - Great people, great beer, a walk to a bothy in the hills - what more could a person want?
Best city for beer in the UK:
Supermarket of the Year:
Aldi(Scotland) - 2 great Scottish Beer Festivals in the year, Summer & Winter.
Independent Retailer of the Year:
There's such a choice now in Glasgow and I can't possibly choose between Hippo Beers, Valhalla's Goat and Good Spirits Co.
Online Retailer of the Year:
AleselA - beer choice, packaging and service you can't beat.
Best Beer Book or Magazine:
CAMRA Ayrshire's Full Pints magazine is a good read.
Best Beer Blog or Website:
The Beercast - The Scottish Beer Website (by the 'legendary' Richard Taylor)
Best Beer App:
Untappd is pretty well the only one I use.
Simon Johnson Award for Best Beer Twitterer:
@broadfordbrewer - beer & (bad, hilarious) puns.
Best Brewery Website/Social media:
Siren Craft Brew - always informative blog
Food and Beer Pairing of the Year:
Whitebait & Loch Ness Brewery Ness Express - Benleva Hotel, Dromadrochit.
Happy New Year to everyone!
Posted by Adam at 15:43