Category Archives: Beer Festival

The Zululand Brewery – Zulu Blonde

The Zululand Brewery – Zulu Blonde Export Ale 4.5%

The Zululand Brewery - Zulu Blonde
The Zululand Brewery – Zulu Blonde

This is a golden ale, with toffee and fruit aroma notes. It has a good mix of malt and hop taste notes without giving the ale an excessive hop bitterness.

A very pleasant bitter ale.
This brewery is based in Eshowe, South Africa and has been brewed by their brewer, Richard Chennells, at the Marston’s Brewery in Burton-on Trent, for one of the Wetherspoon’s beer festivals. It proved to be very popular reflecting its good taste.

Oakham Ales – Great Gustav 4.5%

Oakham Ales - Great Gustav
Oakham Ales – Great Gustav

This is a light lemon-golden ale from Oakham Ales. It has a malty aroma with a taste of malt balanced well with citrus grapefruit from the hops. The follow-on after-taste as the bitterness of a well hopped IPA type.
This is a good refreshing ale with a great balance of malt and hops, with grapefruit notes that do not overpower like some U.S. beers.
This beer has been specially brewed for Wetherspoon’s autumn International beer festival 2014.

Eden Project Beer Tasting


Eden Project – Beer Tasting

This is a bit of an historic posting from October. We made a visit to the Eden Project, getting there in torrential rain and as a consequence took the driest route down to the biomes. This meant that although we had noted they were holding a beer festival at the weekend and had some events during the week, we missed the signs on the day. Fortunately, whilst sitting with our pasties having an early lunch, one of the organisers of the Beer event passed through the food outlets announcing the afternoon beer tasting.
So in due time we headed for the marquee and took our seats in the front row.
The beer tasting was introduced and was presented by Sophie Atherton – the UK’s first lady beer sommelier. She is very interesting and individual and clearly likes all things beer and brewing – check out her beer blog
Sophie had chosen 4 beers to taste and the organisers provided a good measure of each to taste and a decent size glass in which to swirl out the aromas. Sophie took us through each beer in turn and had a good try at converting some of the non-beer drinkers in the audience. A great event and interesting to meet Sophie.
The 4 beers from the beer tasting:
Vedett 5.2%- a lager from the brewers of Duvel in Belgium. A hoppy taste with light citrus an some malt notes.
Clouded Yellow 4.8% – St Austell Brewery. A lighter summer wheat beer with light tastes of vanilla and clove.
Fraoch Heather Ale 5.0%- Williams Brothers New Alloa Brewery Kelliebank, Alloa in Scotland. This is a Hop free ale using heather and bog murtle for flavours giving a distinct lightly peaty taste.
Confidence 4.8%- a red ale from the Moor Beer Company in Somerset. An ale with the aromas and tastes of the hedgerow – hints of nettle, geranium and hawthorn.                                                           Edited with BlogPad Pro

JD Wetherspoon’s US meets UK Real Ales Festival

Sunshine Daydream
Sunshine Daydream

Fat head’s Sunshine Daydream 5.0%
A good starting point for my Blog with the Wetherspoon’s United States meets United Kingdom Real Ale Festival on till the end of October. Selling 3 third tasters for the price of a pint, with tasting notes of all the ales brewed by UK breweries or brewed by U.S. craft brewers. Tried the Sunshine Dream 5.0% ABV from the Fat Head Brewery in Ohio. Very light coloured Pale Ale, with some citrus aroma and a sweet malty honey taste, a very pleasant beer.