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Great Britain GBBF 2013

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Graeme24, Jul 22, 2013.

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  1. Richard-de-Beer

    Richard-de-Beer Apr 9, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    I've been a few times and while I've enjoyed it, it was more for cider and perry. The real ale side is always a big let down and don't get me started on the dire 'International Beer' stand. I would not waste the price of a train ticket attending the GBBF if only seeking out Real Ales.
     
  2. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    You think the widest selection of foreign beers ever assembled in the UK is dire?
     
  3. Ruds

    Ruds Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    Quantify 'let down' on both fronts - real ale and international beers.

    What do you expect in terms of international beers?
     
  4. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    I dunno for sure but people always complain about how they sell out of lots quickly such as the more limited US stuff. Then again its still better than every other real ale fest just by having that small amount.
     
  5. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat May 20, 2009 Ireland

    Personally speaking I couldn't give a shit about the more limited American stuff given the abundance of unpasteurised, unfiltered Czech pilsners and unblended lambic.
     
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  6. Ruds

    Ruds Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    Yeah - the American stuff at the GBBF doesn't really excite me. It's more American stuff for the British palate, drinkable fayre but not massively hopped or big ABV numbers.

    Lilke you say - the unblended lambics do it for me and there are usually some interesting barrel aged stuff from the likes of De Molen.

    Thinking about the post at the top of this page - has this guy been to the GBBF in recent years ?

    'International Beer Stand' ???

    Last year there were at least 3 overseas bars, US, Benelux and German/Czech ... from a hazy memory!
     
  7. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Yeah but lots of other people do I'm afraid. It's one of the specific complaints I read a few times after last year. Stuff like the Abyss and other sought after imperial stouts selling out so quickly it seemed like they had only a couple of bottles of each.
     
  8. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat May 20, 2009 Ireland


    Oh, I know, but I think it's a fairly silly complaint to have. I would have liked a bottle of Parabola last year, and was even there on the Wednesday morning, but it didn't happen and so instead I just drank a bunch of the other incredible beers that were readily available.
     
  9. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat May 20, 2009 Ireland


    Mmm...I forgot about the De Molen wood-aged stuff that's usually available. Tsarina Esra Reserva is my nemesis.
     
  10. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    True but then again people do get annoyed over silly things like that!
     
  11. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat May 20, 2009 Ireland


    Absolutely.
     
  12. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    http://www.beerhawk.co.uk/birrificio-tipopils.html

    ?
     
  13. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat May 20, 2009 Ireland


    Thanks, but I saw that a good few months ago and I'm pretty sure it's the same stock. I'm willing to pay nearly £4 for a 330 bottle if it's fresh, but not if it's six months old.
     
  14. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Ah ok. At least it seems it's being regularly imported to the UK. Their website has a list of places where it's regularly on tap.
    • CALABRIA CUCINA, 30 Glumangate, Chesterfield,Derbyshire, S40 1TX 01246 559944
    • LE LANGHE, The Old Coach House, Peasholme Green, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7PW 01904 622584
    • PORTSTREET BEER HOUSE, 39-41 Port Street, Manchester M1 2EQ 0161 237 9949
    • VESUVIO WINES, 3A Houndgate, Darlington, County Durham DL1 5RL 01325 788564
    • COMO BRASSERIE, 41 Market Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HH 01273 945 045
    • IL FORNO RESTAURANT, 132Duke Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 5AG
    • LA MAISON DU VIN, 70 East Street, Brighton BN1 1HQ
    • CIAO BELLA RESTAURANT, 20 Dock Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1JF 0113 246 9444
     
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  15. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Nov 6, 2010 United Kingdom (England)

    I noticed Tipopils at Le Langhe a while back but didn't buy any as it was already out of date. Great deli but they could really do with paying more attention to their beer quality....
     
  16. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat May 20, 2009 Ireland

    Oh, I didn't see this when I looked on the website, so many thanks for pointing it out. Bizarre that there's no where in London where it's on. I'm heading down to Brighton in a few weeks and will look for it at 'La Maison Du Vin'.
     
  17. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Glad to be of service. It is odd there's nowhere in London, they could get away with a hefty mark up there.
     
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  18. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Nov 6, 2010 United Kingdom (England)

    To be honest, I don't see much Italian craft beer at my local specialist shop. They have some Brewfist and Amarcord (San Marino) and nothing else. It's a bit surprising, as Italy's beer scene is booming....
     
  19. Ruds

    Ruds Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    Not that surprising if you think about it.
    Same reason why the US gets the same half dozen UK breweries importing their wares.
    They are all fairly small scale in Italy so they just don't have the capacity to export elsewhere in Europe.
    Some of the longer established micros pop up in bottle and on tap in London, other than Brewfist you'll see Ducato, Baladin and Borgo occasionally, but that's pretty much it.
     
  20. reprob8

    reprob8 May 22, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    so happy you appreciate our efforts, do let us know when you organise a better bar.
     
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  21. reprob8

    reprob8 May 22, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    just to whet your appetite here are the big USA cask beers
    Starr Hill Brewing Co Bourbon Barrel Cryptical Imperial Stout10%
    Franklin's Brewery 97 Pound Weakling10.1%
    Eminent Brewing Rayless Imperial Stout12.5%
    Stone Brewing Stone RuinTen IPA10.8%
    The Lost Abbey Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share13.6%
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Ale10.4%
     
  22. shyhenry

    shyhenry Oct 11, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Any info on this brewery? My google searches are coming up with nothing on these guys...
     
  23. reprob8

    reprob8 May 22, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    possibly incorrect information, it might be an offering from Goat Head Brewing. Aged in Makers Mark Bourbon barrel. Will have to wait until the container is opened.
     
  24. Graeme24

    Graeme24 Dec 16, 2008 Ireland

    Oh yes please
     
  25. Hoppsbabo

    Hoppsbabo Jan 29, 2012 United Kingdom (England)

    Hmm, I doubt there'll be many. It's hard enough finding it in Japan.
     
  26. Graeme24

    Graeme24 Dec 16, 2008 Ireland

  27. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat May 20, 2009 Ireland

  28. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat May 20, 2009 Ireland

    Somewhat disappointed by the lack of newer big names like Buxton or Brodies on that list, but then I remembered that this is happening over the same weekend. Curious as to whether there's an antagonistic reason for the clash, or if the London Craft Beer Festival is just taking advantage of people coming to town for the GBBF.
     
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  29. Ruds

    Ruds Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    Not too much of a clash.
    I'd never touch the GBBF on a Friday (office parties and general Fri pm piss heads) or the Saturday (last knockings) anyway.
    More tagging an event onto the end of another when there is likely to be a big beer crowd in town.
    The London Craft Beer festival is unlikely to be of any real interest to myself as I doubt there will be many (if any?) beers there that one couldn't ordinarily pick up at the Craft chain of pubs or the the Euston Tap.
     
  30. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Maybe that's the reason for the date! Tiny Rebel and Fire Island in Cardiff did a similar thing on the last evening of the GWBCF, so the people there for the beer could actually get some decent stuff, even if they couldn't get there on the first day.

    Even if I was around though, I think £35 per session would put me off.
     
  31. Ruds

    Ruds Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    The £35 a head would sit OK with me IF ... big IF ... it was largely one off festival specials with a good covering of DIPA's, RIS's, BW's etc.

    However I bet there'll be few if any one off's - like I said, most of what is on offer I reckon I could pick up in a handful of bars over a 3/4 month period.
     
  32. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat May 20, 2009 Ireland


    A great number of the breweries involved brew those styles, so I imagine the "more than five pints of beer" for £35 would cover such.
    That said, I won't be attending -- just couldn't be arsed.
     
  33. Ruds

    Ruds Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

  34. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Bad news, the Caledonian Brewery is sending their goddamn pipe band.

    Worse than that, they are sending their beer too.
     
  35. reprob8

    reprob8 May 22, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    think I'll take my ISIHAC Kazoo and follow them round
     
  36. reprob8

    reprob8 May 22, 2008 United Kingdom (England)


    yeah, sorry about the poor choice. Richard-de-Beer was so right, he's my go to guy for beer advice now.
     
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  37. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Cool list (like really jizz-tastically cool) but whoever wrote it up really needs to take more time with the spelling. Struisse, geuze (also, which Girardin "geuze" is it?), Ros, Oebier, Fouo foune, Urige, weissbeir, Sahotea S
     
  38. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat May 20, 2009 Ireland

    Great jiggly tits of Jupiter! That list is outrageous. I'm surprised there's no De Molen but that's about the only disappointment.
    Looking forward to having Tipopils on draft.
     
  39. ImperialStoat

    ImperialStoat May 20, 2009 Ireland

    Actually, there's a few beers listed as being bottles, but which I didn't think existed in bottle form (e.g. Girardin lambic). Is that a mistake or am I completely wrong?
     
  40. Ruds

    Ruds Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    Yeah - surprised to not see anything from De Molen. They might still add some.
    Great list though - bring it on !
     
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