The Golden Pints Beer Awards 2011

Posted: December 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

It’s the Golden Pint Awards time again. Andy over at Beerreviews.co.uk posted this,

“The 2009 and 2010 Golden Pint awards were a laugh and seemed to go down well so here’s this years list. It couldn’t be simpler, just fill in your answers to the categories below…”

So, FWIW here’s my twopenn’orth:

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Best UK Draught (Cask or Keg) Beer – Hardknott Vitesse Noir, but only just, as frankly we’ve been spoiled for choice by the Free Trade and Bacchus this year

Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer – Difficult one, maybe The Kernel IPA, maybe not…

Best Overseas Draught Beer – Odell IPA, simply a revelation

Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer – Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon, mad and complex in equal measure, it really does have coffee and smoked bacon flavours

Best Overall Beer – depends if I’m in a bitter mood or a black mood!

Best Pumpclip or Label – Brewdog Old World Russian Imperial Stout, unusual and beautiful label on a world class beer.

Best UK Brewery – Summer Wine, Tempest, Hardknott, too close to call

Best Overseas Brewery – Odell with an honourable mention to Brouwerij ‘t IJ and Cantillon, both of which I’ve had the pleasure of visiting this year

Pub/Bar of the Year – Free Trade Inn, Newcastle for a stunning range of beers on keg, cask and bottle, and the best view from any pub in the world, as our Twissup visitors will attest! Honourable mentions to the Beer Temple in Amsterdam and Moeder Lambic in Brussels – seek them out if you’re in either city.

Beer Festival of the Year – only went to one: Newcastle, so it wins by default

Supermarket of the Year – Waitrose for stocking Kipling and St Peter’s IPA

Independent Retailer of the Year – A close call between Rehills and Coppers8till8

Online Retailer of the Year – Summer Wine for great beers at sensible prices, and super quick delivery

Best Beer Book or Magazine – currently re-reading the late great Michael Jackson’s 1993 Beer Companion (signed by the author when I met him)

Best Beer Blog or Website – http://zythophile.wordpress.com/ endlessly fascinating and historically rigorous

Best Beer Twitterer – too many to mention

Best Online Brewery presence – Brewdog for sheer front, and 20% off for shareholders

Food and Beer Pairing of the Year – Tyskie porter with pork and wild mushroom Pierogi. A breakfast of champions in Rynek Starego Miasta, Warsaw

In 2012 I’d Most Like To – visit a craft brewer in France, or failing that, go back to Cantillon with a van 🙂

Open Category: Belgium, for introducing me to stunning beers when UK brewing was in the mid 80’s doldrums

Special mention to Tyne Bank Brewery, my local brewers, who have made two truly superb beers in their first year of operation. If you get the chance, do try the Southern Star and the Cherry Oatmeal Stout

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