I’m joining in with the Golden Pint Awards. It’s all just a bit of fun, I may not have tried all of the beers that you have, so here’s my 2012 in beer. Thanks to Mark and Andy for organising it.
Best UK Draught Beer:
Winner: Magic Rock High Wire
Runner up: Buxton Axe Edge. Honourable mentions: Lovibonds Sour Grapes. Hawkshead NZPA.
Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer:
Winner: Buxton Imperial Black
Runner up: Thornbridge Raven. Honourable mentions: Kernel / Redemption Big Brick Red Rye Ale & Adnams Solebay Celebratory Beer.
Best Overseas Draught Beer:
Winner: Mikkeller Sort Gul. Runner Up: Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi
Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer: Smuttynose Imperial Stout (2007). Honourable mention: Russian River Pliny the Elder (thanks to @Toby_SR for sharing).
Best Overall Beer: Buxton Imperial Black
Best Pumclip or Label: Red Willow, a brand where less is more (sorry Toby, I couldn’t resist)
Best UK Brewery: Buxton Brewery. Honourable mentions: Magic Rock, Thornbridge, Kernel
Best Overseas Brewery: Mikkeller
Pub/Bar of the Year: Friends of Ham (Leeds). Honourable mentions: North Bar (Leeds), The Grove (Hudds) and The Sparrow (Bradford) Fantastic pubs, I just don’t get to them often enough.
Supermarket of the Year: Booths
Beer Festival of the Year: Independent Manchester Beer Convention
Independent Retailer of the Year: Beer Ritz
Online Retailer of the Year: Beer Merchants
Best Beer Blog or Website: Joint Winners: Beersay and Oh Beery Me
Runner Up: Boak & Bailey. Honourable mentions: Probably Due to Network Congestion (pdtnc), HopZine, The Good Stuff, Ghostdrinker.
Best Beer Twitterer: @Filrd
Food and Beer Pairing of the Year: Black pudding scotch egg & Mikkeller Sort Gul (at Friends of Ham). Also a superb meal at Mr Foleys back in April, cooked up by Tyler Kiley and matched with Brooklyn beers.
In 2013 I’d Most Like To: More beer festivals, more brew days to gain brewing experience, more beer in general. Watch this space (famous last words).
My ‘Go To’ beer: Hawkshead Lager
Most helpful brewers if you are a homebrewer and have an imagination that moves faster than your actual brewing abilities: In no particular order….
- Dominic – Thornbridge
- Jeff – Lovibonds
- Matt- Hawkshead
- Ol – Roosters
- Jay – Quantum
- James – Sandstone
- James – Buxton
- Ade – Saltaire
- Gregg – Weird Beard Brew Co
- Brian – Bitches Brew Co
- Rob – Copper Dragon
- Helpful homebrewers too, but too many to mention. You know who you are.