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|WAKEFIELD BEER FESTIVAL 2012|
Needing somewhere to stay when on a beer trip to Wakefield? Global Travel, Wakefield College Margaret Street Campus ( 0870-429 8110 ) may be able to arrange accommodation, try also Tourist Information, Bull Ring, Wakefield 0845-6018353, there's a new Travelodge behind the Red Shed or see our list of city pubs doing B&B. Any other pubs which would like to be listed are invited to let us know!
decided by ballot slips handed in by people attending the festival. Please take part in this process again in 2012, and include your bottled beer, cider and perry choices, too.
THE WAKEFIELD 2011 "TOP TEN"
|1||Five Towns||Outwood, Wakefield||West Yorkshire||Tyketanic||6.3||a pale coloured strong ale bursting with flavour, packing a massive citrus hit, mainly of rich Seville orange, bitter and a bit like marmalade without the sweetness|
|2||Fernandes||Wakefield||Derbyshire||Vanilla Porter||5.0||a delicious dark beer where vanilla is a perfect balance to the roastiness of the dark malt|
|3||Fullers||Chiswick,||West London||Golden Pride||8.5||named "the cognac of beers" by Michael Jackson, a deep amber beer whose rich maltiness is balanced by complex hop notes from Northdown, Challenger and Target|
|4||North Riding||Scarborough||North Yorkshire||Neilson's Sauvin||3.7||a pale hoppy bitter made with the hop of the moment, from New Zealand, described as "waves of aggressive gooseberry" (Neilson is the brewer's surname!)|
|5||Brass Castle||Pocklington||North Yorkshire||Bad Kitty||5.5||a chewy chocolate vanilla dream of a porter, champion beer at the 2011 York Festival, vegan friendly|
|5||Mallinsons||Lindley, Huddersfield||West Yorkshire||Nelson Sauvin||3.8||a golden coloured ale, with a lovely citrusy grapefruit nose, a hoppy citrus taste followed by a similar finish|
|7||Tigertops||Flanshaw, Wakefield||West Yorkshire||Black Art||4.5||a black bitter, not a stout or porter, more of a black IPA with lots of hops all the way through|
|8||Five Towns||Outwood, Wakefield||West Yorkshire||V2 Schneider||5.6||a Bavarian style dark wheat beer with hints of chocolate and melon, brewed originally for the Oktoberfest at the Cricketers, Horbury|
|8||Rat||Huddersfield||West Yorkshire||King Rat IPA||5.0||a beer that is all about hops, the Nelson Sauvin variety from New Zealand giving a unique "white-winey" aroma and enduring aftertaste, high bitterness balanced nicely by a residual malty sweetness|
|10||Allendale||Allendale near Hexham||Northumberland||Weizen||4.8||a Belgian style wheat beer|
|Mild||Brown Cow Captain Oates|
|Bitter||North Riding Neilson's Sauvin|
|Best Bitter||Kirkstall Three Swords|
|Porter & Stout||Fernandes Vanilla Porter|
|Strong Ales||Five Towns Tyketanic|
|Speciality Beer||Allendale Weizen|
|Bottled Cond. Beer||n/a|
|World Beer||MacQueen's Nessie/Erdinger Dunkel (joint)|
|Cider||Dove Syke Ribble Valley Gold|
|Perry||Gwatkin Squeal Pig Perry|
At our festival last year, part of the assessment took place for Champion Beer of Britain 2012. On the Friday of the festival, six short-listed Yorkshire-brewed Milds were judged by a tasting panel for taste (main criterion) and also aroma, aftertaste, general appearance and colour. The identity of the beers was not given to the judges. Yorkshire's Top Mild was Rudgate Ruby Mild. Second was Oakwell Dark Mild. The other finalists were, in no particular order, Fernandes Malt Shovel Mild, Copper Dragon Black Gold, Timothy Taylor Golden Best and Naylors Pinnacle Mild.These prizes were won in our daily raffles in 2011:
A day for two with the brewer at Great Heck was won by festivalgoer Richard Walsh from Halifax.
A day at Five Towns Brewery for herself and a friend was won by Tiffany Crowcroft from Wakefield
A meal for two at the Brown Cow, Ackworth
was won by festivalgoer David Kretzmer. We thank the pub
for this kind donation.
A meal for two, kindly donated by the New Inn at Walton, was won by Karen and Dave Gibbs from Dunville near Hatfield
Sunday lunch for two kindly donated by the Angel at Ackworth went to Mike Ryan from Wakefield.
A meal for two with drinks at the Glassblower Castleford was won by the Cowleys from Goole.
Fernandes Brewery mirrors were won by Richie Davies from Sandal and festivalgoer Steve.
Roger Perrell from Wakefield and Paul Stainer from Darrington each won a 10 litre beerbox of Acorn beer to be collected from the brewery any time up to the end of the year, ideal for Christmas or New Year.
Ben Young from Havercroft won a big wad of Wetherspoon vouchers.