On Thursday 1 December I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the annual awards dinner for the British Guild of Beer Writers down in that London. I hasten to add I was there as a guest at the table hosted by John Humphreys and Shepherd Neame Brewery and not as a member of the guild, or by virtue (directly at least) of anything I have written here on Beersay.
I’ve meant to write a quick post ever since but haven’t as things have been a bit crazy with work, Christmas and hosting The Session etc. Then I saw this video put together brilliantly by Nathan Nolan AKA @MrDrinknEat and my spark was re-kindled, it’s a great piece of film which captures the event perfectly in just a couple of minutes.
I did take a few photographs myself on the night but the lighting was very low and to be honest they are all pretty awful. I’ve dropped a few below though anyway, to give you a flavour of the great food I lucky enough to sample on the night. In all honesty it was probably the best food I’ve ever eaten anywhere, even the canapés beforehand were fantastic. The beers chosen to pair with them were awesome too. My particular favourite was the passion fruit cheesecake paired with Brewdog’s Alice Porter. The roasty notes of the porter really enhancing the biscuit base brilliantly.
Trying for once to keep this post short and sweet I’ll leave you with a few more photos.
But before that I just wanted to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to John and Shepherd Neame for inviting me and my table fellows. Also to everyone I met and shared a beer with on the night, I absolutely loved every minute of it. If there’s a space next year, count me in.
Roll on the European Beer Bloggers Conference in Leeds May 2012.
Glad you enjoyed it – the food really was excellent. Next step: getting your hands dirty (and stingy) hop picking!
But I have office boy hands?? 😉
Cheers John again, really enjoyed the evening, bottle review v-soon..
Love that packaging. Glad you had a good time. Nothing beats Bir et Fud in Roma for food and beer pairing.
I’ll have to give that a try sometime Thomas. The packaging is ace, not opened it properly yet but inside the bottle is wrapped and sealed again too.
Going to open it any day…