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Rifle Volunteers (Goacher's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale (now use separate 3.4% entry)Excellent1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent5
Goacher's - Fine Light AleExcellent8
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent6
Goacher's - Gold StarExcellent1
Picture 1. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Picture 2. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Picture 3. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

24 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Saturday evening, planned engineering works on the railway meant that I stayed for thirty minutes longer than originally intended.
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
22 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Two visits today, first one at evening opening and later for last knockings after going out for a meal. Some of the people that were in the pub at opening time were still there at 11pm.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
03 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Saturday evening from opening time, my first visit since the new tenants took over and I am pleased to say that nothing has changed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
12 Jan 2018 (Magnus Greel)
1630 arrival for our Friday Evening Group's venue for January, our group soon joined by later arrivals we took over half the pub. Our hosts Matt & Gina kindly opened early for us as a request from ChrisE.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70ExceptionalWasn't tempted by owt else so stuck with this for the duration, faultless as always here.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
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

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About the Rifle Volunteers

The pub sign. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional260
Excellent515
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 who were themselves replaced by Alex and Polly in February 2018. 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 547 times, seen 10 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 1EU