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From Coast to Mountain (and back) in a Beer Glass!

May 6, 2011

Newspapers spot What's On 4 Me's Judge Brian at Doncaster Beer Festival

Brian from South Yorkshire What’s On 4 Me, recently judged ales at the Doncaster Beer Festival and here’s what he reports back…

The theme of this year’s Doncaster CAMRA Beer Festival was COAST & MOUNTAIN. A quest, not so much for the perfect pint, but a CELEBRATION of all the finest beers…

Well it was worth the wait, and required a reasonable recovery time (for ‘s resident publandlord), as the 21st Doncaster CAMRA Beer Festival was a resounding success. DoncasterCollege’s Hub campus was an excellent TAP ROOM for the estimated 2,500 people in attendance throughout the Festival. Afterall, a venue of prominence and stature was a prerequisite to house more than 100 cask ales including milds, stouts, porters, ciders and pale ales. And that is before we made a start at the continental bar featuring beers from around the globe.

With beer tokens in hand we approached, to all intense purposes, the Hadrians wall of Doncaster constructed from a seemingly infinite line of casks…

This blogger had a lips smacking sense of anticipation as we started our ‘tour’naturally with the whatson4me sponsored Impy Dark fromBrampton.  An excellent introduction laced with the aroma and flavours of roasted coffee and chocolate.

Now with the serious business of judging to follow it was time to sit down with fellow panellists, a plate of dry crackers and some still water (to clean the palate) and some last minute guidance from CAMRA Pubs ‘ officer Bob Kiddle .

Serious, professional business this beer tasting – the lengths the Whatson4me Team go to…

Faced with 9 Golden Ales of various hues we set to work with gay abondon – that is to say, we started to drink. The beer flowed, the chatter was colourful and the bonhomie magnificent…

Seriously we should all make this a regular part of our social diary, be it at CAMRA festivals or simply amongst friends.

This is the way to partake in sampling everything from ‘Spanked Monkey IPA’ to ‘Mrs Simpsons Thriller in Manilla’  or ‘Gecko To Nose You’ and ‘The Codrington Codger’, Doncaster’s own ‘Zigger Zagger’ courtersy of the Toad Brewery, the delightful ‘Lucinda’s Lager’ (not just for the ladies) and one of your blogger’s personal favourites; ‘ Scratty Ratty’…. 

I could go on… but this year’s winners were:

Best Bitter of the Festival and Overall Beer of the Festival – Skinners Keel Over

Speciality Beer- Isle of Avalon Willow’s Raspberry Ripple

Golden Ale – Townhouse Enigma

Mild – Isle of Avalon Jake’s Mild 

Porter – Elland 1872 Porter

Bitter – Mallinsons Europa

Stout – Two Roses Black Beauty

So with the ‘professional’ duties duly fulfilled it was time to make a start on my favourite corner of the festival. No not the succulent morsels from the HUB’s food counters , or the live music stage with excellent local bands, or the kids/family area, but the CONTINENTAL BAR.

This ‘taster’ had stepped up the ante to enter those legendary beerhalls ofValhalla!

After all to enjoy the ‘Mirabelle’ a 3.5% plum flavoured lambic fromBelgiumto theSierra Nevada’Bigfoot Barley Wine Ale’ @ 9.6% introduces new extremes of fine beer appreciation.

This was a great event for everyone (ages, shapes & sizes), a clean and efficient venue with lots of friendly people.

The presence in the crowd of such a wide age range, from young to slightly more mature, and the high proportion of the fairer looking sex truly made this a festival to revisit.

Watch out for more CAMRA events in your locALE by visting

Its time to hail the ale and cheer the beer…

April 14, 2011

Doncaster is the HUB of the beer world this weekend (April 14-16) as the College, known as The Hub, hosts Doncaster CAMRA’s 21st Beer Festival.   A truly International beer jamboree, there will be a pint to tickle everyones taste buds, from domestic milds, stouts, porters and pale ales to the Continental Beer Bar (over 30 beers from across the globe).  Great food, live music throughout the festival and a family area on Friday and Saturday (until 6pm).

This is a MUST EVENT for people across South Yorkshire

JUDGING PANEL!! – It’s all about the flavour though and our intrepid team are stepping up to the plate. It took some arm twisting but we relented and are taking on the mantle of Pub Landlord! 

We are putting our tasting skills to the test as we are graciously volunteering to act as part of the judging panel for the festival.  Now this is a serious act as up to 10 beers per category will have to be enjoyed, erm…, I mean professionally analysed, critiqued and judged.

So while everyone out there is enjoying a leisurely Thursday evening, partaking in one’s own favourite pastimes…pause a moment and think of those of us striving to select the finest of beers from amongst the world’s finest offerings… 🙂

Just imagine all that refreshing beer…

Watch  this space…for a post-Beer Festival update!

Brian (South Yorkshire What’s On 4 Me)

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