Last few tickets remaining for the Bristol Craft Beer Festival this weekend Friday 14th-Sunday 16th SeptemberPosted on: 13 Sep 2018
The 2018 iteration of Bristol's annual Craft Beer Festival is just around the corner, and brewers, experts and beer aficionados are lining up to get their hands on some of the world's finest creations. Kicking off on Friday 14th September at 6pm and running through to Sunday afternoon, the festival is a true international celebration of craft beer, with the finest national breweries in attendance as well as a selection making the journey from further afield. Tickets for this year's event are running low - book yours now via the link below to avoid missing out!
As if the mere mention of a beer festival isn't enough to have your taste buds tingling, we've teamed up with the event's organisers to bring you a list of the top 10 beers to try at the Craft Beer Festival 2018. See the full list below.
1. Left Handed Giant / Dry & Bitter: Cycle City
When great minds get together, special things happen and this is exactly what happened when Denmark’s Dry & Bitter joined forces with Bristol’s Left Handed Giant. The two breweries met in St Phillips one August morning, with the goal of creating the second Bristol Craft Beer Festival IPA... and the result is a marvellously fruity, citrusy and enjoyable IPA.
2. Wiper & True / Dugges: Space Time Stout
Earlier this year Wiper & True met up with legendary craft beer outfit Dugge to brew a series of imperial stouts for London, Edinburgh and Bristol Craft Beer Festival. Each stout has its own subtle tweak from the base recipe. The first was infused with vanilla and cacao, the second more cacao, vanilla and Tonka beans and the third saw the original beer aged in oak cognac barrels. The best thing is all three will be available at the Bristol Craft Beer Festival.
3. Amundsen: Ink & Dagger
Norwegian masters Amundsen turned the volume up to 100 and shattered the speaker when they created this IPA. This self-proclaimed ‘hop bomb’ is packed with Magnum, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe. The guys at Amundsen say it is best paired with long sessions in the local tattoo parlour, but since there isn’t one of these at BCBF, we’d say pair this hoppy monster with an Asado Cheeseburger.
4. Good Chemistry: Kokomo Weekday
Kokomo Weekday packs all of the tropical sunshine of Good Chemistry’s Kokomo Weekend, but with an abv more suited to weekday drinking. Flavours of pineapple, passionfruit and mango dominate but this is all from the Mosaic and Azacca hops.
5. Magic Rock: De Mole
An imperial stout with a Mexican twist, Magic Rock have created one of the most unique stouts you’ll ever find. A double mashed Mexican Mole inspired stout comes laden with Chipotle, Ancho, Mulato and Pasilla chillies to give it a little kick alongside the smokey chocolatey and roasty stout flavours.
6. Electric Bear: Lizard People
New kids on the craft beer block Electric Bear have been making quite a name for themselves, with an exciting range of beers and amazing artwork to boot. Look out for their amazing mango kettle sour, Lizard People, at Bristol Craft Beer Festival this year. With a gentle acidity and lemon and pineapple hints, this 4.3% Sour could very well be David Icke’s favourite beer!
7. Mikkeller: Spontan Quadruple Blueberry
When it comes to sour fruit ales, there aren’t many better than Mikkeller and their Spontan range is sought after the world over. The lucky folk at Bristol Craft Beer Festival will get the chance to taste a couple of these special Spontans, however, we’re picking out the Spontan Quadruple Double Raspberry, which believe it or not was brewed with an obscene number of raspberries and aged in oak barrels.
8. Wild Beer: Rosa Rouge
The Bristol beer scene’s resident mad scientists, Wild Beer teamed up with Missouri’s Side Brewing Project for Rosa Rouge. Brewed without hops this sour saison incorporates the colour red with the additions of pomegranate and rose petals. A funky mixture of microbes in burgundy wine barrels lends a tart acidity and farmhouse slant while the fragrant rose and pomegranate play with the woody tannins in Rosa Rouge.
9. Wylam: Child in Time
This supercharged IPA from Northern Powerhouse Wylam uses 100% Cryo Hop with a big fat blend of Centennial, Amarillo and Citra for good measure. Expect plenty of citrus, pine and bags of tropical freshness coming through this ridiculous IPA from the true King in the North.... bend the knee!
10. To Øl: Roses are Brett
Danish craft brewery To Øl was founded in 2010 and has fast become one of the most popular breweries in the world. Roses are Brett is an amber saison using cara red caramel malt, dry hopped with Citra and Saaz and then fermented with Brettanomyces – a non-spore forming genus of the yeast family colloquially referred to as Brett, hence the name!
Don't miss your chance to sample some of the world's finest craft beers at this year's Bristol Craft Beer Festival - tickets are on sale now and can be found here - act now to avoid missing out! For more information on the festival or to contact the organisers with any queries, visit their website.
Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt recently completed a degree in Journalism at UWE. He is keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends live music and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.