Colchester XXXth Beer Festival

We made a couple of off-peak visits to the XXXth Colchester Beer Festival this year – the members-only preview evening on the Monday, and a tea-time visit later in the week.

To mark the 30 years since the first beer festival in 1985 (they missed one year otherwise it would have been the XXXIst this year!) the festival programme reprinted the original 4-page programme from 1985. This gave those of us who were at that first one time to ponder the passing of time! We can clearly remember that trip on a Saturday lunchtime, when one of us had to head back to work at Colchester Central Library, just a little worse for wear!

This year there was a frisson in the lead up to the festival as I was doing the Colchester CAMRA Ale Trail 2015 – 16 out of 20 pubs in Colchester and surrounding villages had to be visited in order to collect an enamel badge and a £10 drinks vouchers. You can read my progress on the Ale Trail here.

Tweeted mini-tasting notes at the second session :

– @elgoodsbrewery1 Black Dog Mild
– Goff’s Black Knight porter has a hint of choc and vanilla – not in yr face as some do
– corblimey @graftonbrewing Dark Lady Aniseed Beer ‘lingering aniseed palate’ very aniseedy indeedy
– now having an @OssettBrewery Treacle Stout at @colCAMRA beerfest. Black oh so black.
– it’s a @BishopNick Dark Mild to start off session at @colCAMRA beerfest

and at the first session :

mmm @darkstarbrewco Ruby Mild 6%abv at @colCAMRA dangerously quaffable
second up at @colCAMRA #beerfest is @Farmers_Ales Hotel Porter which is excellent as usual
first up at @colCAMRA beer fest is Red Fox Marvellous Molasses Mild which is slipping down nicely