Golden Pints 2012

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I wasn’t planning on doing the Golden Pints Awards this year (organised by Mark Dredge and Andy Mogg for beer lovers to nominate their favourite beers, pubs, etc) – I’ve tried so many great beers in 2012 and went to so many great pubs and it was difficult to remember what they all were. However, it would be a shame not to sing the praises of some of the best, so after some time and effort (mainly going through my old tweets and my blog) I just about managed to narrow it down to a final few – here they are:

1. Best UK Draught (Cask or Keg) Beer –  Ole Slewfoot Citraville APA. Juicy, refreshing, zesty – summer in a bottle.
Honourable mention: Buntingford Imperial Chocolate Wheat. Incredible rich, full-bodied beer

2. Best UK Bottled or Canned BeerOakham Green Devil.  Resinous tropical fruit hops.
Honourable mention: Buxton Wild Boar IPA. Tropical fruit aroma and flavour and incredibly hoppy

3. Best Overseas Draught Beer De Molen Vuur & Vlam.  Wow. Light, refreshing, loaded with US hops.
Honourable mention: Rogue Chocolate Stout. Amazing choc flavours, liquid loveliness.

Vuur & Vlam

De Molen Vuur & Vlam

4. Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer St Bernadus Pater (6).
Honourable mentions: Deschutes Black Butte Porter (Oregon) and Brewfist Caterpillar Pale Ale (Italy)

5. Best Overall Beer St Bernadus Pater (6). Wonderful, delicate beer that I could sip on for hours on end.

6. Best Pumpclip or LabelOakham Citra. Just look at that cute little green hop man.Citra
7. Best UK Brewery Buntingford, Herts.  Never fail to deliver the goods, fantastic brewery with a wide range of great beers.
Honourable mention: Oakham, Cambridgeshire. Again, wonderful brewery that makes consistently good beer.

8. Best Overseas BreweryDeschutes, Oregon. Fantastic brewery, they know how to make great quality beer

9. Pub/Bar of the Year In de Wildeman, Amsterdam.  Great pub discovered this year, welcoming, friendly, wide range of ever-changing beers.
Honourable mentions: The Elm Tree, Cambridge (cosy dimly-lit pub full of atmosphere and good beers including lots of Belgian beers), and the Free Press, Cambridge (traditional old back street pub with a snug and well-kept beer served in oversized glasses).

Interior of in De Wildeman

In De Wildeman, Amsterdam

10. Beer Festival of the YearCambridge Beer Festival. Beer on the grass in the sun. Wonderful fest.

11. Supermarket of the Year Waitrose.

12. Independent Retailer of the Year Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Wide range of beers from around the world.

13. Online Retailer of the Year – N/A

14. Beer Book or MagazineALE, Cambridge’s CAMRA mag

15. Best Beer Blog or Website Pints and Pubs blog – Pub history, quirky anecdotes about innkeepers and locals, and interesting beer and pub reviews

16. Best Beer Twitterer @pintsandpubs

17. Best Online Brewery presence Grain Brewery

18. Food and Beer Pairing of the Year Thai veggie curry with Rogue Juniper Pale Ale (at the Cambridge Blue)

19. In 2013 I’d Most Like ToGo back to the US to drink more American craft beers (pretty much the same as 2011’s entry, but I didn’t manage to get back this year)

20. Open Category: Best UK beer city – Norwich. Full of great free houses promoting local Norfolk ales, and lots of fantastic microbreweries.

Published in: on December 19, 2012 at 9:43 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Good to see your award to Buntingford – very underrated brewey.Lucky my local in Baldock the Orange Tree always has two Buntingford beers on !!!!

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