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Leas Lift Beer Festival (Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ripple Steam - Original Best BitterExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's AleExcellent1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent1
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde MildExcellent1
Abigale - Hoyman's PorterExcellent3
Kent - Altered StatesExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Miller's Ale (originally 4.5%)Excellent1
Tonbridge - Blonde AmbitionExcellent1
Wantsum - Turbulent PriestExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - Canterbury WheatExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - 2012Excellent1
Wantsum - HengistExcellent1
Abigale - Gloriously GoldExcellent2
Abigale - Leas Lift Festival AleExcellent1
Old Dairy - Silver TopExcellent1
Kent - Going for GoldExcellent2
Abigale - BestExcellent1
Abigale - SamphireExcellent1
Hop Fuzz - The AmericanGood1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HeavensGood1
Mad Cat - Golden India Pale Ale (previously Meaney's Golden India Pale Ale)Good1
Wantsum - One Hop WillametteGood2
Tír Dhá Ghlas - Jimmy's RiddleAcceptable1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's AleAcceptable1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleNot Tried0
Larkins - TraditionalNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Kentish Red AleNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonNot Tried0
Swan on the Green - Fuggles Pale AleNot Tried0
Royal Tunbridge Wells - DipperNot Tried0
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter AleNot Tried0
Nelson - CutlassNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Wild HopNot Tried0
Farriers Arms - Hot IronNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Goacher's - Fine Light AleNot Tried0
Goacher's - House BeerNot Tried0
Marble - Ginger MarbleNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Common ConspiracyNot Tried0
Marble - DobberNot Tried0
Saltaire - Hazelnut Coffee PorterNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Copper TopNot Tried0
Kent - CobnutNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry TorpedoNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Red RyeNot Tried0
Wantsum - Yellow TailNot Tried0
Marble - Chocolate DubbelNot Tried0
Whitstable - Galaxy HopNot Tried0
Saltaire - Kala Black IPANot Tried0
Picture 1. Leas Lift Beer Festival, Folkestone, Kent
Picture 2. Leas Lift Beer Festival, Folkestone, Kent
Picture 3. Leas Lift Beer Festival, Folkestone, Kent

Visits Details

15 Mar 2013 (ChrisE)
We arrived soon after opening time, the weather was awful, extremely cold and windy, so everybody squeezed in to the bar area. Quite a few hardy souls in winter clothing braved the elements for a beer or two, but I suspect that numbers may be down on previous years.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Abigale - Hoyman's Porter4.70ExcellentBadged as Leas Lift Porter, and bottle conditioned. Unfortunately the brewery closed towards the end of last year, so this is probably the last chance to drink these excellent beers.
Kent - Altered States4.70Excellent
Mad Cat - Golden India Pale Ale (previously Meaney's Golden India Pale Ale)4.20GoodAdvertised as 4.2% ABV
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - House Beer3.80Not Tried
Marble - Ginger Marble4.50Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Common Conspiracy4.80Not Tried
Marble - Dobber5.90Not Tried
Saltaire - Hazelnut Coffee Porter4.60Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Kent - Cobnut4.10Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Torpedo4.50Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Red Rye5.60Not Tried
Wantsum - Yellow Tail4.50Not Tried
Marble - Chocolate Dubbel8.50Not Tried
Whitstable - Galaxy Hop4.40Not Tried
Saltaire - Kala Black IPA6.20Not Tried
29 Jul 2012 (Alenomore)
16:00 visit. Having left the Hawkenbury earlier than planned we headed straight to sunny but windy Folkestone. After visitng Chummys fresh seafood stall on the harbourside we paid the b/f a visit. My first time at this fest, and, although nearly sold out, the place was still fairly busy. They had a good turn out for both Friday and Saturday sessions. Some good ales were listed too. Depletion meant only two sampled at this time though.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10ExcellentGood condition.
Wantsum - One Hop Willamette4.50ExcellentVery good and nearly sold out.
28 Jul 2012 (ChrisE)
We arrived soon after opening time on the Saturday, and already a good crowd starting to gather for a beer or two. Unfortunately the lift's water pumps failed just before we were about to leave so we had to walk up the zig zag path on the way back, something which turned out to be very pleasant and good exercise.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Abigale - Hoyman's Porter4.70ExceptionalOne of the original brew labelled Leas Lift Porter, absolutely superb, and not surprisingly the first beer to run out.
Abigale - Gloriously Gold4.10ExcellentGolden ale, fruity and hoppy.
Kent - Going for Gold4.40Excellent
Hop Fuzz - The American4.00Good
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10Good
Tír Dhá Ghlas - Jimmy's Riddle4.70AcceptableLacking condition.
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not Tried
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat Ale4.20Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Kentish Red Ale4.30Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Not Tried
Swan on the Green - Fuggles Pale Ale3.60Not Tried
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Dipper3.70Not Tried
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80Not Tried
Nelson - Cutlass4.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Wild Hop4.00Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - 20124.20Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's Ale4.30Not Tried
Farriers Arms - Hot Iron6.40Not Tried
27 Jul 2012 (Ian)
Got here for more or less opening on Friday. Good beer festival. No pretentions, you turn up and drink beer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellentdrinkable as hell
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20ExcellentI love this beer. Best thing at the festival I thought.
Canterbury Brewers - 20124.20ExcellentNow this was very good. excellent in fact. Best condition of the beers.
Abigale - Gloriously Gold4.10ExcellentHoppy as hell. Good tropical fruit. Lovely, best beer Abigale have released to date? Probably.
Abigale - Hoyman's Porter4.70Goodvery good porter.
Kent - Going for Gold4.40GoodVery good hoppy beer.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's Ale4.30AcceptableYep a decent beer
Wantsum - One Hop Willamette4.50AcceptableDecent hop, bit earthy
23 Sep 2011 (thebrewingman)
A jolly atmosphere with folk music being played outside. All drinks were by token - a sixpenny ticket dispensed from a bus ticket machine. Great fun.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Excellent
Wantsum - Turbulent Priest4.40Excellent
Wantsum - Hengist5.00Excellent
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50Excellent
Abigale - Samphire4.10Excellent
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's Ale4.10Excellent
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Miller's Ale (originally 4.5%)4.20Excellent
Canterbury Brewers - Canterbury Wheat4.40Excellent
Abigale - Leas Lift Festival Ale3.80Excellent
Abigale - Best4.50Excellent
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90Not Tried

About the Leas Lift Beer Festival

The pub sign. Leas Lift Beer Festival, Folkestone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent20
Good5
Acceptable3
Poor-

Website.

The Beer Festival is found in Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1PR.

Super little beer festival held in the lift building at the bottom of the cliff. Beers are in a small room to the side of the main lift entrances with straw bales outside to provide some seating. Food available from a barbeque.

We have visited this Beer Festival 5 times, seen 52 different beers and tried 24 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT20 1PR