30th Stockport Beer Festival

Submitted by DM on Wed, 08/06/2016 - 00:22
Type of review
beer festival

The Stockport Beer Festival is in its 30th year & I reckon I've only missed one in 19 of the last ones - despite living in Wiltshire, Somerset, Hampshire & now Cumbria for most of that time.   Usually the first rule of beer festival is to have it completely innaccesable exept by car, but Stockport could hardly be more connected by public transport to its county of Greater Manchester.   That it's open air in June is a trump card, but under cover should we be unfortunate with the weather.   That the bands are locked away out of earshot is a definite bonus for me (years ago at the Dudley Winter Beer Festival a metal band cleared the serving room & we all crammed into the passageway while they played - only venturing in with a member of the barstaff to get served).   The now traditional Airbus A380 flyover is something we look out for too.

The usual great selection of beer was present of which we had a good few between us;

Blackjack, Dead Man's Hand - easy drinking hoppy golden ale with pithy bitterness 8/10

Blackjack, Schafkopf - spicy, rounded beer. Half is definitely enough. 6/10

Blackjack, Snip Snap Snorum - light, refreshing American-style Pale Ale with a good grapefruity zesty finish 9/10

Caveman, Citra - ordinary, watery pale beer 4/10

Cloudwater, Bitter - a cross between an English bitter & a New World Pale Ale. 7/10

Drink Up Brewing, dubSpring - good English pale ale, fairly hoppy 7/10

Five Towns, Mi Usual - Nelson Sauvin & Citra hops shouldn't be used subtly like in this beer. S'OK 6/10

Five Towns, Middle Un - very much like a slightly larger version of Mi Usual. 6/10

Offbeat, Steampunk'd Amarillo IPA - fruity, grapefruity IPA. 7/10

Okells, Dr Okells IPA - decent enough English style IPA. 7/10

Six O'Clock Beer Company, Overtime - fruity, pale ale. 6/10

Tatton, White Queen - barnyard, ginger, muddy. 4/10

Quantum, Black Country Victoriano - very sweet, black mild. 7/10

Torrside, Jester Race - hoppy, fruity bitter. A little sweet. 7/10

Track Brewing Co, Blue Lady - blueberry fruity, smooth, hoppy IPA. Beer of the festival for me! 9/10 

Runaway, Caller the Smaller - huge malty sweet & fruity beer with some alcohol warmth. The 9% strength would usually put me off, but we all tried one as our friend Mr Caller won an international homebrew competition with the 13% version.