Monday, 10 December 2012

Golden Pints 2012



Time to round up the year of drinking with the Golden Pints, something Andy Mogg and I have been arranging for the last few years. Below are the categories we always go with – feel free to add further categories to the end of your responses. If you aren’t in the UK then just swap ‘UK’ in the categories for wherever you are based. You can put single word answers down, top 3s or go into long detail on each, whatever you prefer. Let’s get these up before the end of the year. And use the image above.

Best UK Draught Beer
Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
Best Overseas Draught Beer
Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
Best Overall Beer
Best Pumpclip or Label
Best UK Brewery
Best Overseas Brewery
Pub/Bar of the Year
Beer Festival of the Year
Supermarket of the Year
Independent Retailer of the Year
Online Retailer of the Year
Best Beer Book or Magazine
Best Beer Blog or Website
Best Beer Twitterer
Best Online Brewery Presence
Food and Beer Pairing of the Year
In 2013 I’d most like to...
Open category – you decide the topic

If you want to give your submissions then paste them in the comments below or email markdredge@gmail.com and I’ll pull a few together and post them all.

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  2. Best UK Draught Beer
    KIRKSTALL BLACK BAND PORTER
    Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
    RED WILLOW SMOKELESS
    Best Overseas Draught Beer
    BIRRIFICO ITALIANO TIPOPILS
    Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
    SIERRA NEVADA TORPEDO
    Best Overall Beer
    TIPOPILS
    Best Pumpclip or Label
    HONOURABLE TIE RED WILLOW & YORKSHIRE DALES
    Best UK Brewery
    FULLERS
    Best Overseas Brewery
    SIERRA NEVADA
    Pub/Bar of the Year
    NORTH BAR LLEDS
    Beer Festival of the Year
    GBBF
    Supermarket of the Year
    BOOTHS
    Independent Retailer of the Year
    SALTAIRE WINES
    Online Retailer of the Year

    Best Beer Book or Magazine
    WORLD ATLAS OF BEER, TIM WEBB & STEPHEN BEAUMONT
    Best Beer Blog or Website
    Best Beer Twitterer
    Best Online Brewery Presence

    Food and Beer Pairing of the Year
    SCHNEIDER WEISSE & THAI GREEN CURRY
    In 2012 I’d most like to...
    START AGAIN?

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    1. Nice one! How good is Tipopils?! Now you've got me craving it again...

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  3. Have they opened a North Bar in Wales now? ;)

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  4. addendum
    North Bar LEEDS

    oh, we've moved on to in 2013 I'd most like to see... I thought it more challenging when you asked about 2012.

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  5. Hi Mark. Looking forward to reading some of these. Here's my effort and thanks for setting it all up.

    http://beeradvice.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-golden-pint-awards-2012.html

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    1. Cheers Gareth! That Chouffe is delicious.

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  6. Here's mine
    http://barlfire.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/golden-pint-awards-2012.html

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  7. Hello. Here are my nominations:

    http://mediocrebeeradventures.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/golden-pints-2012.html

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  8. This gets more difficult each year.

    Best UK Draught Beer - got to be a tie this time between Summer Wine Cohort (cask version) and Buxton Moor Top

    Best UK Bottled/ Canned - Marble Earl Grey IPA

    Best Overseas Draught - De La Senne Zinnebir X-Mas

    Best Overesas Bottled/Canned - De La Senne Schieven IPA (completely and utterly stunning)

    Best Overall Beer - for sheer drinkability I think Buxton Moor Top has to get the gold this time around.

    Best Label - I like what Tiny Rebel do.

    Best UK Brewery - this is the worst one so I'm chickening out with a three way tie - Hawkshead, Summer Wine and RedWillow

    Best Overseas Brewery - Emelisse and De La Senne (it's been a bit of a De La Senne year but they have really hit their stride in 2012)

    Pub/Bar of the Year - Difficult not to say Port Street Beer House but I'm also giving aheads up to the Magnet in Stockport

    Beer Festival of the Year - Both IMBC and Borefts were manic and amazing but for relaxed sociability in great surroundings I'm going for the Meibockfestival in Amsterdam.

    Best Beer Book - the World Atlas of Beer.

    Independent Retailer of the Year - well, I guess that will have to be the shop where I've spent the most money which will be the Bier Koning in Amsterdam.

    Best Beer Blog - Tandleman is always good and I think both Beersay and Oh Good Ale are up there with the best.

    In 2013 I'd most like to - start learning about French beer

    Open category - I usually mention my "ones to watch", the previous two of which have been RedWillow and Quantum, both of whom have come good. Manchester's very new Privateer Brewery shows some serious promise but it's very early days. I'm also going to pick Most Underated Overseas Brewery (this is not remotely contrived) so I can flag up Belgium's de Dochter van de Korenaar which has quiety gone about making some seriously impressive and cutting edge beers while remaining resolutley under the radar.

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  10. Best UK Draught Beer - Oakham Citra

    Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer - Bristol Beer Factory / Darkstar "Southern Conspiracy".

    Best Overseas Draught Beer - Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

    Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer - De Molen Bloed Zweet & Tranen

    Best Overall Beer - As I very nearly had it as both best UK cask beer and best UK bottled beer, Buxton Imperial Black IPA. It's just about everything you could possibly want in a strong beer.

    Best Pumpclip or Label - Magic Rock are the obvious choice, but I really like Black Iris's pumpclips.

    Best UK Brewery - Darkstar

    Best Overseas Brewery - De Molen

    Pub/Bar of the Year - The White Swan in Chesterfield. In fact Chesterfield needs mentioning as a very under-rated place for pubs.

    Beer Festival of the Year - Barrow Hill

    Supermarket of the Year - F**k supermarkets. Support your local off-licence instead.

    Independent Retailer of the Year - The Beer Parlour on Chesterfield. Brilliant off-licence with a better atmosphere then most pubs.

    Best Beer Blog or Website - Boak & Bailey's blog is outstanding. Wee Beefy's blog is also excellent (and local to me as well!)

    Best Beer Twitterer - @natedawg27

    In 2013 I’d most like to.. - Norwich Tap House is high on the "must visit" list.

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  11. Here's Mine: http://ghostdrinker.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/golden-pint-awards-2012.html

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  12. http://www.mrdavidj.co.uk/?p=519

    I know I've drunk a lot more this year than last year, but can I remember anything really good?

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  13. Best UK Draught Beer
    1. Marble “Dobber”
    2. Sadler’s “Dr Hardwicke’s 85 Minute DIPA”
    3. Twickenham Fine Ales “Sourpuss”

    Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
    1. The Kernel “Double S.C.C.A.N.S”
    2. Summer Wine Brewery “Dr Paracelsus”

    Best Overseas Draught Beer
    1. De Molen “Mooi & Meedogenloos”
    2. Emelisse “Black IPA Bret”
    3. Nogne Ø “India Saison”

    Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
    1. De Struise “Aardmonik”
    2. De Molen “Weer & Wind BA”
    3. Haandbryggeriet “Sur Megge”

    Best Overall Beer
    1. Darkstar “Hophead” – for being session strength and just all round great

    Best Pumpclip or Label
    1. Magic Rock
    2. Beer Geek Brewery

    Best UK Brewery
    • Red Willow
    • Sadler’s
    • Kernel
    • Tiny Rebel

    Best Overseas Brewery
    1. De Struise
    2. Haandbryggeriet

    Pub/Bar of the Year
    1. Port Street Beer House
    2. North Bar

    Beer Festival of the Year
    1. IMBC

    Supermarket of the Year
    1. Bah Humbug

    Independent Retailer of the Year
    1. Stirchley Wines / Cotteridge Wines

    Online Retailer of the Year
    1. Beautiful Beers

    Best Beer Book or Magazine
    1. Melissa Cole “Let Me Tell You About Beer.”

    Best Beer Blog or Website
    1. CAMRGB

    Best Beer Twitterer
    1. @PierreVonKlomp
    2. @filrd

    Best Online Brewery Presence
    1. Magic Rock

    Food and Beer Pairing of the Year
    1. Epoisse de Bourgourne and 3Fonteinne Oude Gueze

    In 2013 I’d most like to...
    See a decided focus on experimentation by more breweries (reinterpretations of existing styles).

    MarbleTim

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  14. All done

    http://ohbeeryme.tumblr.com/post/37795135479/golden-pints-2012

    Thank you gents.

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  15. Best UK Draught Beer
    Rock Star – Dark Star / Magic Rock @ The Crown, Stockport

    Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
    London Porter – Fuller’s. Again.

    Best Overseas Draught Beer
    Boogoop – Mikkeller / Three Floyds @ Cask, Pimlico

    Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
    High Tide Fresh Hop IPA - Port Brewing

    Best Overall Beer
    High Tide Fresh Hop IPA - Port Brewing

    Best Pumpclip or Label
    The Magic Rock round logos for keg taps

    Best UK Brewery
    Fuller’s

    Best Overseas Brewery
    Rogue

    Pub/Bar of the Year
    The York Tap

    Beer Festival of the Year
    Wandsworth Common / Le Gothique

    Supermarket of the Year
    Waitrose. Currently stocking Vintage Ale 2012, which is worth a bonus point.

    Independent Retailer of the Year
    RealAle, Twickenham. Again.

    Online Retailer of the Year
    Brewdog.com… their mail order has gone from hopeless to seamless for me since last year.

    Best Beer Book or Magazine
    London Drinker

    Best Beer Blog or Website
    Beerlens

    Best Beer Twitterer
    @portstreetbeer for the daily blackboard photos: making me thirsty since 2010.

    Best Online Brewery Presence
    Brewdog make the most of it.

    Food and Beer Pairing of the Year
    Magic Rock 8 Ball and a packet of Frazzles/Bacon Bites. You’ll have to trust me.

    In 2013 I’d most like to...
    Homebrew a decent stout / porter.

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  16. And here's mine
    http://tysonsbeerblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/golden-pint-awards-2012.html

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  17. A little late, but here are mine.

    I have to point out that despite appearing to copy everyone elses answers, I carefully avoided reading any before I wrote mind up!!

    http://www.petedrinks.com/2012/12/golden-pints-2012/

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  18. Hi Mark, here is my contribution:

    http://totalales.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-2012-golden-pint-awards.html

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  19. Cheers for all these responses! Mine are coming soon...

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  20. Hi Mark,

    Here are my awards:

    http://pintsandpubs.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/golden-pints-awards-2012/

    Cheers!

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  21. Hi Mark, here are my nominations:

    http://beertalk.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/golden-pints-2012/

    Cheers,
    Louise

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  22. A bit late, but here are mine;
    http://www.beerandfoodandstuff.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-golden-pints-2012.html

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  23. Late? Did someone say something about being late?

    http://blog.beerviking.net/2012/12/golden-pints-2012.html

    "Before the end of the year" it says up there at the top... (-:

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  24. I've posted up my Golden Pint choices here:
    http://bafadventuring.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/golden-pints-2012.html

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