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Rifle Volunteers (Goacher's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent5
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale (now use separate 3.4% entry)Excellent1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleExcellent8
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent7
Goacher's - Gold StarExcellent2
Picture 1. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Picture 2. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Picture 3. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

01 Nov 2017 (ChrisE)
Wednesday evening and busy. People were still discussing the recent article in the Times about Ramsgate Spoons.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
31 Oct 2017 (ChrisE)
Tuesday, soon after evening opening, it was reported to me that I had been seen on a number 71 bus earlier in the day and that people wondered what I was up to, I had to admit that I had ventured in to the Pippin. Most of the conversation involved slagging off a certain food critic for the Times newspaper. I have never heard so much support for Spoons as there has been since that article. Matt and Gina will be leaving the pub in March 2018 after three years at the Rifle, I wish them luck for the future.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not TriedNot quite ready, but should be on tomorrow. The Dark should be available until the Gold Star returns.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not TriedNot available, and all casks returned to the brewery, I was told that there appears to have been a problem with the latest batch and many pubs in the area have had to send it back.
14 Jul 2017 (ChrisE)
A good friendly crowd in tonight. Somebody ordered a Starlight which apparently meant a half of Gold Star mixed with a half of Fine Light, those of us who remember drinking in the keg days would never order a Starlight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Exceptional
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
17 Jun 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. My first here since the current licensees took over from Alan. A rarity now, a proper local with enthusiasm for its products. Nice collection of breweriana titbits to view.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Good
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Good
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
03 Jun 2017 (ChrisE)
Saturday evening visit, Howard Goacher was behind the bar as Matt and Gina are away on holday.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale (now use separate 3.4% entry)3.60Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
06 May 2017 (Alex )
All the Goachers usuals on offer plus a couple of Turners ciders.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExceptionalChocolate overtones - outstanding
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70ExceptionalAmber light bitter. Fantastic.
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50ExceptionalBest stout I have ever tasted - stunning
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10ExcellentSuperb draught pale ale
28 Apr 2017 (ChrisE)
Friday lunchtime and packed. We enjoyed a bowl of Gina's home made leek and stilton soup and some beers. Good news for lovers of Goacher's Crown Imperial Stout is that it will continue here throughout the summer as Goacher's have agreed to do a half length brew specially for the Rifle Volunteers and possibly a further half length brew later in the summer before the beer is regularly brewed again for the winter period.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Exceptional
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
12 Mar 2017 (ChrisE)
Sunday lunchtime and busy. Excellent sausages and roast potatoes on the bar added to the enjoyment, a really good atmosphere in here today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExcellentSelling well, I had some of the last from one cask and some of the first from a new one, both excellent.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
07 Feb 2017 (Jason)
Early to mid evening visit, thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere with conversation ranging from Maidstone's latest pub news to late 70's to early 80's sit coms and game shows.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
31 Dec 2016 (Jason)
Mid evening until just past Midnight, buzzing and lively NYE atmosphere - a good quality and generous buffet was laid on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70ExcellentMainstay of the evening.
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10GoodFirst time trying this and I found it far too sweet
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried

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About the Rifle Volunteers

The pub sign. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional259
Excellent508
Good97
Acceptable20
Poor6

Website.

The pub is found in Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1EU.

One of two Goacher's tied pubs. Decor has not been updated for some time, but that adds to the joy of this quiet pub. Light, Mild and Stout on regularly. If you like Goacher's, then come here. Also, if you like a quiet pub with no airs or graces that serves well crafted beers then this is your place. The long standing licensee of nearly 37 years (Alan) left in late February 2015 bringing a phase of the pub to an end. Pub closed for a week then re-opened under new tenants, Matt and Gina. The 3 original handpumps have now become 4. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2016, CAMRA West Kent Pub of the Year 2016, CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year 2016.

We have visited this pub 543 times, seen 10 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 1EU