On Thursday I took myself to Earl’s Court for the Great British Beer Festival. It’s huge! The venue is a bit cavernous but very well laid out with various bars, mostly broken down geographically. My beers:

  • Wapping Baltic Gold 3.9%
    – pale and hoppy, a refreshing way to start
  • Tydd Steam Mother in Law 4.5%
    – probably the most balanced of the six, and the winning British ale for me
  • Neder Schwarze Anna 5.2%
    – very dark, but surprisingly malty and drinkable
  • Humpty Dumpty Little Sharpie 3.8%
    – a bit of a ‘beer festival’ nose, but tasty and very hoppy
  • Anglo Dutch Brewery Tabatha the Knackered 6.0%
    – strong with sweetness balanced by the hops
  • De Molen Tsarina Esra 11.0%
    – simply amazing! Matured in and served from an oak barrel. I only had a third of this, but it was so tasty that I was sipping away at it for quite a long while.

The CAMRA members’ lounge was a nice refuge, upstairs on the balcony, and I wished I’d discovered it earlier.

Overall verdict: definitely worth doing again, during a weekday session, but would be more fun in a group.

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