Golden Pints Awards 2011

I thought I’d be able to throw together my votes for the Golden Pints Awards 2011 quite quickly. Not so. It has taken days of pondering to come up with my final contributions, hence my leaving it until the last possible moment to submit my entries. So here they are below:

Best UK Draught (Cask or Keg) Beer

WinnerGrain Redwood. Stunning red hoppy beer, and incredibly moorish

Runner upSkinners Cornish Knocker

Honourable Mentions – Brewshed Rioja Porter, Buntingford Twitchell, Tintagel Harbour Special, Summerwine Barista

Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer

Winner – Grain Blackwood Stout. Dark, smoky and rich

Runner up – Magic Rock Dark Arts

Honourable Mentions – Marble Manchester Bitter, Magic Rock Rapture, Hardknott Infra Red, BrewDog Trashy Blonde. Oakham Citra

Best Overseas Draught Beer

Winner – Everybody’s Brewing Country Boy IPA – bursting with US hops, easy drinking

Runner up – Il Vicino Wet Mountain IPA

Honourable Mentions – Rogue Dad’s Little Helper, Ballast Point Calico Amber, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer

Winner – Rogue Dry Hopped St Rogue Red – ruby red, fresh dry hopped flavours, delicious US beer

Runner up Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Elegant and delicately hoppy.

Honourable Mentions – Odell Red Ale, Rogue Mocha Porter, Poperings Hommel Bier, Stone Ruination

Best Overall Beer

Winner – Grain Redwood. Mmmmm.

Best Pumpclip or Label

Winner – Humpty Dumpty Christmas Crack. See for yourself

Runner up – Anything by Grain on their beautiful wooden pumpclips

Best UK Brewery

Winner – Buntingford – love all their beers. Beautiful hops and malt flavours.

Runner up – Redemption

Honourable Mentions – Magic Rock, Cambridge Moonshine, Oakham, Marble, Hopshackle

Best Overseas Brewery

Winner – Rogue. Love their many beers – lots of variety and flavours

Runner up – Deschutes

Honourable Mention – Stone

Pub/Bar of the Year

Winner – The Shed, Wroxham, Norfolk. Over 50 local ever-changing beers served from the cask. Great location with an outdoor terrace with sofas overlooking the river, great décor and fairy lights, loads of books, great atmosphere.

Runner up – The Fat Cat, Norwich

Honourable Mentions – The Free Press and the Elm Tree, both in Cambridge

Beer Festival of the Year

Winner – Cambridge Beer Festival. Beers from all over the country and the world, loads of grass to sit on and drink them.

Runner up – Grantchester Green Man Beer Festival (Summer and Winter). A great beer festival for a pub, lots of well-sourced new and exciting beers

Honourable Mentions – Peterborough Beer Festival, Bury Beerhouse Winter Beer Festival, Cambridge Blue Summer beer festival

Supermarket of the Year

Winner – Waitrose. Nice selection of Cornish ales in the heart of Cambridge

IndependentRetailer of the Year

Winner – Bacchanalia. This shop on Mill Rd, Cambridge, has lots of exciting beers from the UK, the US, Belgium – everywhere that brews great beers in fact. Friendly and helpful staff too.

Online Retailer of the Year

Winner – Ales by Mail. Fast and efficient service

Best Beer Book or Magazine

Winner – ‘Around Bruges in 80 Beers’. OK, so I haven’t been to Bruges (yet), but it’s very inspirational and great research material.

Best Beer Blog or Website

Winner http://www.funf-media.co.uk/beerbeauty/ – Beer Beauty’s website. Fun, informative, lovely writing style and accessible to all.

Runner uphttp://pintsandpubs.wordpress.com/ Interesting, informative articles which talk about the history of pubs and beer with the occasional ancient quote thrown in for good measure.

Best Beer Twitterer

Winner@Irr_Orbit Informative and descriptive about beers he is drinking – I can’t bear it when people tweet that they are drinking X beer, but then don’t actually go on to tell you what it’s like!

Best Online Brewery presence

Winner – Redemption – sleek and contemporary, like their beers

Runner up – Leeds Brewery for design

Honourable MentionPhipps NBC for all the detail about their incredible history

Food and Beer Pairing of the Year

Winner – Thai veg green curry with refreshing Oakham Citra

In 2012 I’d Most Like To…

Return to Portland, Oregon, and go to all the craft breweries I didn’t have time to visit on my last trip

Open Category – Most insanely shocking but strangely drinkable beer

Winner – Summerwine Barista. Crazy beer that I thought I wouldn’t like, but ended up loving. Strong espresso stout brewed with rich Arabica coffee. Powerful stuff.

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