Winner: Buxton Axe Edge
Runner up: Hardknott Code Black
Honourable mentions: Ilkley Mary Jane, Magic Rock Curious NZ
Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer:
Winner: The Kernel India Pale Ale 100 Centennial
Runner up: Red Willow Ageless
Honourable mentions: Oakham Citra, Traquair Jacobite
Best Overseas Draught Beer:
Winner: Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout
Runner up: Great Divide Rumble
Best Overseas Bottled Beer: Joint: Stone Arrogant Bastard / Pretty Things Jack D’Or
Honourable mentions: Stone Cali-Belgique 2010, Flying Dog Gonzo
Best Overall Beer: The Kernel India Pale Ale 100 Centennial
Best Pumpclip or Label: Redwillow brand/logo instantly recognisable
Best UK Brewery: The Kernel Brewery
Honourable mentions: Red Willow, Buxton, Hardknott, Magic Rock, Adnams
Best Overseas Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Pub/Bar of the Year: Winner: Mr Foleys (Leeds)
Runner up: The Sparrow (Bradford)
Honourable mention: The Grove (Hudds) – will feature heavily for me in 2012
Supermarket of the Year: Waitrose
Runner up: Morrisons
Independent Retailer of the Year: Beer Ritz, Leeds
Online Retailer of the Year: Winner: MyBreweryTap
Food and Beer Pairing of the Year: The Good Stuff: SummerWine Diablo IPA with Baked Feta
In 2012 I’d Most Like To… visit the breweries that have kindly extended an invitiation. Learn about brewing beer. Brew more beer. Await lottery win. Sell beer. Kick back. Bad Back. Employ Brew Monkey.
It was Axe Edge that introduced me to their beer, which is probably a little unusual as I would guess that a standard bitter or pale ale would usually be the first beer you might try as a way of introduction, followed by specialty beers or stronger niche varieties like the Double IPA. For it’s mighty 6.8% it does not wield any destructive sharp edges, it is smooth and rounded and delivers more of a pleasant bludgeoning. In short, I love it and its complex flavours and it goes straight onto my list of ‘beers of the year’. So, if you haven’t already tried Buxton Brewery’s offerings then I would encourage you to do so. In my opinion they are a shining ‘broad-spectrum (400-700nm) photon emitting’ example to any budding brewers! Follow @kempicus if you want to read what’s what in the brewery, and @BuxtonBrewery for general info and banter. Keep up the good work guys!
If you want to read more about Buxton Beers then it is testament to them that they have also been enjoyed and blogged about by: Are You Tasting the Pith, Reluctant Scooper and The Good Stuff, and you can find links to these via Eating Isn’t Cheating.
Meet the brewer JK – James Kemp – Beer Reviews.
Thanks for reading!