Irwell Works took the mild category for their Lightweights & Gentlemen. Having presented the plague to Peter and Keith, Tony Davies feels the need to verify the product’s status. Nothing but thorough, that chap, and a credit to his liver specialist. Enjoy responsibly.
The session bitter award went to Barkston for their 3B. Good work for a new brewery, we all say. Richard Garvie seems not to want to relinquish the plague to James, Steve and Carl. It must be reported here that they did eventually wrest it from his grasp. He’s been inconsolable ever since.
Tucks Tipple from East Coast took the plague for best bitter. Here we catch Dave Robison’s hand being reverentially kissed by Maureen. David refused to follow suit. Robbo still hasn’t washed that arm, and has vowed not to do so until it starts really itching.
Chris Bee checks the spelling on the plague for the best stout / porter. It’s Nagas, not Negus, lad. Dave Kitson makes a fist to fend off any more complaints from the man from Salamander brewery. Correction fluid and felt tip are great in combination, we have found.
Simon seems dead chuffed as he accepts the plague for best strong beer from Andy Moore. Ridgeside Eliminator was the beer in question – at 6% it was strong and dark. It should be curly, really, don’t you think? To match the brewer better. Good show, though, and we do like our dark beers.
It’s only right and proper that branch Chairman Tony Constable present the overall winner, and Champion Beer of the Festival. Yes, it’s a truly heavy dose of a plague for Salamander Nagas. (Spell checker doesn’t like that one, Chris, but then it rarely does with your beers’ names.) Anyway, why not do a Negus, and then a Daley, followed by a Mullard?
The speciality beer award went to Otley Brewery for their O-Garden a 4,8% wheat beer. These categories were distilled from the public voting at the festival, and represent the opinions of the customers at the event.