Turf Tavern Beer Festival, Oxford, 2005

The ‘smallest’ but friendliest of our regular beer festivals, although 50 beers to choose from is far from small and unless you can attend for 3 days or have an amazing stamina, trying them all would still prove beyond most of us.
The other problem is that some go before you get a chance to try them, as with Thornbridge brewery’s Jaipur IPA, this time round, which I missed by one space at the bar the last half going to someone being served just prior to us! Must now try to track this down somehow, described in the beer list as “Light golden coloured with a sweet citrus aroma combining candied lemon peel with sun-drenched tropical fruits. Initially a soft, smooth taste which builds into a distinctive hoppiness with a twist of honey, and a long bitter finish”, makes me thirsty just typing it without some wag telling me it was ‘possibly the beer of the festival’… Thanks!

Anyway we were pretty happy nonetheless with the 13 we did get to try on Saturday afternoon.
Naylors Brewery (Keighley, West Yorkshire) Stoneys Trippel ‘S’
Salamander Brewery (Bradford, West Yorkshire) Willow Wonka
Fernandes Brewery (Wakefield, South Yorkshire) Waterloo Mild
William Brothers Brewery (Alloa, Clackmananshire) Roisin
Hopback Brewery (Salisbury, Wiltshire) Red Devil
Highgate Brewery (Walsall, West Midlands) Fat Catz
Breconshire Brewery (Brecon, Powys) Green Valleys
Stationhouse Brewery (Ellesmere Port, Cheshire) First Lite
Oakleaf Brewery (Gosport, Hampshire) Eichanblatt Bitter
Northern Brewer (Runcorn, Cheshire) Soul Rider
Empire Brewery (Huddersfield, South Yorkshire) Kismet Hardy
Hebredian Brewery (Stornaway, Isle of Lewis) Moo-Coo Brew
Kelham Island Brewery (Sheffield, South Yorkshire) White Rider

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