Now the post-beer festival sweats have subsided, it’s time for our Frocester Beer Festival review.
Frocester, as any brown booze afficionardo will tell you, is one of the most eagerly anticipated beer-o-thons in the country. Nick loves it so much, this was his 24th year!*
We kindly braved the thunderstorms, flash floods and the Downton Severnside Brass Band to bring you our Best of the Fest.
“Hang on a minute… slightly off-topic”? (you rudely interupt).
“NO! Think again!” (we burp back).
We see this as a great opportunity… the more booze we sample, the better informed we are. And the better informed we are, the better we can make our own alcoholic concoctions, the recipes of which we then pass on to you, right?
Got it? Good!
*I know this because his liver weakly croaked it to me once when Nick wasn’t looking.
Rich’s Top Five Festival beers
1. Potbelly – Beijing Black (pictured)
A full-bodied, more-ish mild.
2. Church End – What The Fox Hat
Daft name belies this quality beer. Smooth and golden with a hoppy hint.
3. Stroud – Budding
A classic floral pale ale with a lovely sweet finish.
4. Ossett – Silver King
Ossett, West Yorkshire
A crisp, refreshing lager-style booze.
5. Devilfish – Stingray
OK, so these guys are our pals, but we urge you to sample this quality brown ale.
Nick’s Top Five Festival Beers
1. Raw – JR Best
It looks brown and beery. It tastes brown and beery. An instant classic – lovely.
2. Keystone – Gold Spice
A bitter beer flavoured with ginger. It works a treat.
3. Harviestoun – Wild Hop IPA
Super dry, hoppy, golden beer from Scotland.
4. Loddon – Hoppit
When you’ve still got beer tokens left after a long day’s drinking this turns out to be the perfect pre-tent wind down. Amber beer, refreshing zesty flavour.
5. Uley – Hog’s Head
A pale, bitter beer with a sweet finish. You easily could drink a lot of this stuff…
A note about ciders. We try to steer clear of the cider barrels at Frocester, as going on past experience it can result in ‘bad things’ happening.
However, to compare with our own efforts, we thought it was only right to try a few cheeky halves.
Brilliantly, we stumbled (literally) upon a great cider from Sherston. Smooth, slightly sweet, with just the right amount of astringency. A quality blend clearly made by cidermakers that really know their stuff.
Seek them out here: http://sherstoncider.co.uk
Not so brilliant was the unfathomably popular Styles Farmhouse Cider, a harsh, HARSH cider of dubious quality. Half a pint of this stuff and you can wave goodbye to the enamel on your teeth.