Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Golden Pint Awards 2012

Houblon Chouffe at t'Poatersgat, Brugge.
  • Best UK Draught (Cask or Keg) Beer
    Axe Edge - Buxton Brewery, had this at the North Bar and liked it so much I took 2 pints home with me in the tetrapak marvel.
    Double SCCANS - Kernal, had this at North Bar's 15th birthday party, as it was busy I ordered two halves, this and Sierra Nevada's Solar Storm.  Sipping both alternately was an eye opener, the SCCANS blew Solar Storm away and rendered it almost bland. 
  • Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
    Kernal - SCCANS
  • Best Overseas Draught Beer
    Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin
  • Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
    La Chouffe, Houblon Dobbelen IPA Triple
  • Best Overall Beer
    Axe Edge.
  • Best Pumpclip or Label
    I really like the simplicity of the Redwillow labels, the willow tree motif is instantly recognisable and the colour coding makes the range stand out.  Smokeless was very close to being my best UK bottled beer too.
  • Best UK Brewery
    Buxton Brewey.  Axe Edge, Blonde, Moor Top, Tsar, shall I go on?
  • Best Overseas Brewery
    Would it be dull to pick Rochefort?  Maybe but are they many better breweries?
  • Pub/Bar of the Year
    North Bar. 
  • Beer Festival of the Year
    Not attended any this year.
  • Supermarket of the Year
    None of them are particularly good. 
  • Independent Retailer of the Year
    Beer Ritz.
  • Online Retailer of the Year
  • Best Beer Book or Magazine
    The only beer book I brought this year was the Oxford Companion but given the controversy around that I can hardly say it's the best. 
  • Best Beer Blog or Website
    Jim's Beer Kit, it's a homebrew thing...

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