I’ve just got back from the Czech Republic. It was a tour around a few breweries which ended at Slunce ve Skle craft beer festival. Mark Tranter from Dark Star was also on the trip and was talking about the beer list for the upcoming festival which he’s organising at The Snowdrop in Lewes, taking place on 7-9th October. The list is based on the beers which have inspired him and continue to inspire him; a dream, Desert Island choice of cask, keg and bottle. The beer list is here. I think it’s just about a perfect beer list for a pub beer festival because I want to drink everything there. The festival will also have a scotch egg cook-off, beer and book matching with Pete Brown and beer and food matching with Melissa Cole.
Spending a few too many hours on a minibus over the weekend left me thinking about my own dream pub beer festival and the beers I’d want there; beers which have inspired or changed my way of thinking and drinking. Limiting myself to five from each of cask, keg and bottle (The Snowdrop will have about double that), and also thinking about the ability to actually get them, I’d have the following, with each having special significance:
Dark Star Saison
Dark Star Six Hop
Camden Town Wheat
BrewDog Punk IPA
Jandrain-Jandrenouille Saison IV
Odell IPA or Bear Republic Racer 5
Birrificio Italiano Tipopils (even better on keg – it’d replace PU)
Anchor Old Foghorn
Fuller’s Vintage (about 5 years old)
Mark’s list for The Snowdrop is brilliant and is reality opposed to my fantasy list. I’ll be there if I can persuade Lauren to drive me...
What's your perfect pub festival beer list?