Following on from yesterdays post on the European Beer Bloggers Conference we move swiftly on to Friday evenings event, which was a three course beer and food matching dinner kindly sponsored by Molson Coors and the exciting sounding “Night of International Beers”.
Dinner tables were heavily laden with beers on arrival, including a selection of new beers devised by Stuart Howe, head brewer at Sharps.
Stuart explained that although overall ownership of the brewery had been taken over by MC, they had injected sponsorship and were happy to let him and his team lead on new projects such as this away from the mainstream brands without any intervention, the result, “Connoisseurs Choice”.
Out of the three new bottles for me the Honey Spice was a clear winner in terms of best beer, a spritzy little number full of citrus fruits and flowery aroma as I recall (it had been a long day). We were also served a Honey Spiced IPA from cask too at this point, I didn’t catch any details but it was bloody gorgeous.
It was the quadrupel though for me that won bast beer/food pairing. The dark roasty notes in perfect harmony with the rum toffee and banana. Not quite your conventional Belgian style quad I hasten to add, definitely hoppier and lighter in body too, it reminded me more of a strong black IPA if I’m honest. Good beer though and one I want to taste again to see if my opinion changes with a clear mind and palate.
Dinner finished we moved next door to the other large room to the last event, Night of International Beers. This one had me salivating from the beginning as I love trying new beers, especially from far flung places.
The basic premise was that beer bloggers and brewers travelling to Leeds from all over Europe were to gather together a selection of beers, ship them to the UK and present them to the rest of the delegates as a good representation of what each country had to offer. We had beers from Holland, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, Italy and Czechoslovakia to name but a few.
Unfortunately the guys from Holland had encountered a small problem. On the day before their flight, it was advised that the beers they had selected would not make it to the UK in time for the conference. Not to be beaten, flights were hastily cancelled and in the true spirit of beery endeavour, they hitched a trailer up to their car, collected the beer and set off at 5AM in the morning to make sure we all got to try their country’s fine wares that night. TOP MARKS GUYS!
A great night all in all and I offer my heartiest thanks to all that pulled this together. Some memorable beers and a few to revisit with my local tasters courtesy of samples kindly donated on the night. Watch this space for that on a later date.
I want that IPA. Badly.
For all the right reasons I hope? 😉
That IPA label is totally pumpclip parade.
It certainly gives Top Totty a run for it’s money, not expected in the House of Commons bars any time soon…
I reckon the Quad beat the Honey, Phil. What did you make of the Milk Stout from Italy. Beer of the weekend for me.
I enjoyed the Quad John don’t get me wrong, I just think I was expecting more from it. It delivered but not in ways I expected if any of this garbled reply is making sense?
Don’t think I tried the Milk Stout but there were so many great beers that night I sort of lost count. It’s a hard life sometimes… 😉
Great recap, and lovely photos! Hayo and Arnoud definitely came in for the win – and despite their long roadtrip from Holland to Leeds, they even took the time to put little flags in their delicious Gouda cheese! Great to meet you at EBBC. Hope you’ve recovered from the busy weekend!
Why did I get the angry one-eyed glasses wearing angry pirate face? HA!
Haha I actually went back through the post looking for the photo of you displaying the angry one eyed pirate face lol, don’t know why it does that..
It was a fabulous weekend Ellie, thanks so much for all your efforts. I really wish I could get across to the USA version, it sounds immense and I love American beer too. Maybe one day..
Hope your trip home wasn’t too traumatic, get on that beer and keep me posted of what is happening out there. I read a post on Portland Oregon yesterday, a place I must visit..