We have a guide of the top Bristol brews to look out for...
Bristol Craft Beer Festival returns this weekend with the best brewers and beers from Bristol and beyond all under one roof. Whether you are a seasoned craft beer taster or a complete newbie to the scene, there is something for everyone with over 250 beers from 25 different breweries. Here is our pick of the top brews to try over the weekend from some of our favourite Bristol brewers at the event.
Wild Beer Co. – The Blend 2017
As their name rightly suggests, Wild Beer are famous for their use of wild fermentation in the brewing process. Located south of Bristol in Shepton Mallet, Wild Beer are local favourites and are bringing a brand new blend to the festival for 2017. This one is complex but very drinkable with a wonderful balance and lots of interesting flavours from the barrel.
Thornbridge – Passionfruit and Blueberry Tart
Thornbridge are one of the original and the best in the UK craft beer scene. They've been around since the very start and the UK scene owes them a lot of praise for battling the new territories of fresh, full flavoured beer back in the mid 00's. Their passion fruit and blueberry tart brew creates the perfect summer drinking; tart but with a wonderful balance and vibrancy coming from two very different yet incredibly complementary fruits.
Moor – Hoppiness
Part of the wonderful group of East Bristol brewers, Moor Beer Co have been on a path of resurgence ever since current owner Justin Hawke took over operations in 2007. Using German techniques to brew US style beers with the use of secondary fermentation, Moor have put a modern spin on real ale. Hoppiness is a Bristol classic and a great showcase of that hops and malt, in balance, create a wonderful IPA, leaving you with a smile on your face.
Good Chemistry – Holy Roar
Good Chemistry are another one of the new kids on the block in the East Bristol. Kelly and Bob have been organically growing their brand and their brewery over the last two years. They are the epitome of independent - brewing, packaging, cleaning, selling, and delivering their beer as an incredibly hard working duo. Holy Roar plays between the lines using traditional influences but in new ways, creating a fierce and deep flavour, just like Bob and Kelly!
Lost and Grounded – Keller Pils
One of the leading examples of this in the country and brewed just a stone’s throw from our event, Lost & Grounded are one Bristol’s newest breweries. One year in they are already building some real nationwide acclaim – and quite rightly. Try the Keller Pils for a fantastic clean, unfiltered hop bitter lager.
Left Handed Giant – Duet
Left Handed Giant is a Bristol gypsy brewery headed up by local beer aficionados Bruce Gray and Jack Granger. Along with Head Brewer Rich, the guys create a small range of evolving beers including IPA's, DIPA's and Pales. Duet has got a silky and light malt backbone with fairly low bitterness and plenty and plenty of hops!
Wiper & True x Deya x Left Handed Giant x Verdant – Bristol Craft Beer Festival IPA
In early summer these Bristol breweries got together to create a great summer IPA. The result was a brilliant brew with lots of tropical fruit and a nice bettering balance that leaves you wanting more. This is a beer for Bristol and definitely one to try!
Entry to the festival is purchased in sessions. Each session lasts for five hours, either 12–5pm or 7pm–midnight on Saturday and Sunday. If the beer line-up isn’t enough, for this year’s festival get ready to dance on the table as you hail to the ale with DJ sets from turntablist, producer and cut-and-paste master DJ Yoda, one of the world’s most respected DJs, Norman Jay MBE, indie rock band, Bombay Bicycle Club, Olugbenga from electronic floor filler four-piece Metronomy and Bristol-based Sip the Juice as they step up to the mic.
Tickets are still available for the weekend at www.bristolcraftbeerfestival.co.uk and cost £38 which includes entry to the event, unlimited pours of whatever beer, from any brewer, access to the people that make the beer themselves, a free beer tasting glass and a programme.
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