Like my good friend Jeff, I've been busy lately, hence the silence. I'm off to London in a few minutes, but I just thought I'd let you know that Oldham Beer Festival was a success and the Mayor will make lots of money for his charities. I met him too and a nice fella he is. I also got my photo in the Oldham Chronicle (not for the first time) and was complimented several times on my beer quality. That's all good.
The winner of the popular vote for beer of the festival was Flaori Maori from Ramsbottom Craft - well deserved too as it was good. I also enjoyed from the same brewery, my own Chocolate Chilli Stout which did well in the voting. I believe the runner up was Roosters Baby Faced Assassin.
The beers went down well and most were pretty good. I enjoyed the majority of them but will mention a few that I thought really good. Both Hardknott beers, Infra Red and Lux Borealis were excellent. I think Lux may have been third in the voting, but don't quote me on that. Portobello Northern Line Stout was good and Redemption Pale Ale was quite enjoyable, as was Track Mazuma. I drank a fair bit of Lees MPA too and that stood up well.
Sorry this is a bit rushed, but tomorrow I'm off to Brussels and will no doubt report back.
I drank a fair bit of left over perry on Sunday at a family party. Good stuff and no hangover. And we cleared the hall in two hours on Sunday. Many hands do make light work!
Photo shows my sample of Chocolate Chilli Stout from Ramsbottom Craft Brewery
A bit of a CV. Tandleman is a veteran beer lover, local CAMRA Chairman and activist, beer writer, beer reviewer and pursuer of all things good in beer. He lives in the North West of England and London. Despite his CAMRA membership, he does not limit himself to cask conditioned beer, though he believes that cask conditioning, when done correctly and appropriately, brings a quality to beer that is hard to equal by any other kind of presentation. He is a strong supporter of Northern methods of beer dispense and avidly detests poorly presented beer and dislikes pasteurisation. He regularly visits Germany, has conducted corporate British and German beer tastings for CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival where he has worked for years on Biere Sans Frontieres and was Deputy Organiser at CAMRA's very successful National Winter Ales Festival in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival from 2013 to date. He admires good brewers wherever they are and has travelled extensively in pursuit of good beer to drink.
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