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White Cliffs Beer Festival 2018 (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - White Cliffs Hop Chocolate SpecialExceptional1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Goldilocks is DeadExcellent1
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExcellent2
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the MooExcellent1
Mad Cat - Ninth Life (a.k.a. 9th Life)Excellent1
Highland - Duke IPAGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterGood1
Flipside - Russian RoubleGood1
Westerham - Audit AleGood2
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old AleGood2
8 Sail - Old ColonyGood1
Phipps NBC - Gold StarGood1
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Sarah Hughes - Dark RubyNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 3Not Tried0
Belvoir - Old Dalby AleNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Nimbus Blonde (Atlas range)Not Tried0
Nelson - Nelsons BloodNot Tried0
Parish - Poacher's AleNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonNot Tried0
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveNot Tried0
1648 - Gold AngelNot Tried0
Grainstore - Rutland BeastNot Tried0
Cairngorm - Santa's SledgehammerNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHopNot Tried0
Wantsum - Ravening WolfNot Tried0
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale AleNot Tried0
Binghams - Vanilla StoutNot Tried0
Kent - Twelfth NightNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
By The Horns - Lambeth WalkNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good LordNot Tried0
Ripple Steam - Black IPANot Tried0
Moncada - Notting Hill Ruby RyeNot Tried0
8 Sail - Victorian PorterNot Tried0
Portobello - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Grainstore - NipNot Tried0
Caveman - CavedwellerNot Tried0
Hart Family Brewers - 1833Not Tried0
Pig & Porter - Slow Black StoutNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - Bullion BombNot Tried0
Bexley - Black Prince Porter RumNot Tried0
Musket - Powder BurnNot Tried0
Shiny - Disco BallsNot Tried0
Wantsum - Grim ReaperNot Tried0
Downlands (previously South Downs) - ResolutionNot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. MENot Tried0
Old Dairy - Dark SnowNot Tried0
Tonbridge - American PaleNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Secrets We ShareNot Tried0
Phipps NBC - CascadiaNot Tried0
Rudgate - Chocolate StoutNot Tried0
Bexley - Howbury 13 Oat StoutNot Tried0
Bexley - Howbury 14 Mosaic IPANot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the MoonNot Tried0
Breakwater - Calico JackNot Tried0
Breakwater - Tropical ThunderNot Tried0
Breakwater - White Cliffs WonderNot Tried0
Brew Buddies - Triple Hop IPANot Tried0
Brew Buddies - Winter PorterNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry IPANot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Itzamna Chocolate Vanilla PorterNot Tried0
Caveman - Strong AleNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - A.P.A.Not Tried0
Romney Marsh - American PaleNot Tried0
Framework - Laid Back StoutNot Tried0
Green Duck - Duck UnderNot Tried0
Moncada - Son of ImpyNot Tried0
Panda Frog Project (sub-brand of Mordue) - Allelic DriftNot Tried0
Mordue - WT20Not Tried0
NauticAles (brewed at Four Candles) - SaviourNot Tried0
PJ's (cuckoo at Black Wolf) - Wynters AleNot Tried0

Visits Details

03 Feb 2018 (Dosser)
Great festival as always
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Excellent
Flipside - Russian Rouble7.30GoodNice pint
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old Ale10.00AcceptableToo sickly
02 Feb 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit and quickly inveigled into being a server facing a sea of good humoured thirsty ale and cider imbibers' faces and outstretched hands.
Kent - White Cliffs Hop Chocolate Special5.50ExceptionalMy beer of the festival. A chilli winter warmer porter warming the heart and soul
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Excellent
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old Ale10.00ExcellentSuch innocence in a glass
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the Moo7.00Excellent
Mad Cat - Ninth Life (a.k.a. 9th Life)5.90Excellent
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 35.00Not Tried
Belvoir - Old Dalby Ale5.10Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Nimbus Blonde (Atlas range)5.00Not Tried
Nelson - Nelsons Blood6.00Not Tried
Parish - Poacher's Ale6.00Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Not Tried
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Not TriedFobbing on serving every pint, so lively
1648 - Gold Angel5.00Not Tried
Grainstore - Rutland Beast5.30Not Tried
Cairngorm - Santa's Sledgehammer5.60Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHop5.20Not Tried
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90Not Tried
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Binghams - Vanilla Stout5.00Not TriedRan out
Kent - Twelfth Night7.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
By The Horns - Lambeth Walk5.10Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Lord5.00Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Black IPA5.80Not Tried
Moncada - Notting Hill Ruby Rye5.20Not Tried
8 Sail - Old Colony5.30Not Tried
8 Sail - Victorian Porter5.00Not Tried
Portobello - American Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Flipside - Russian Rouble7.30Not Tried
Grainstore - Nip7.30Not Tried
Caveman - Cavedweller5.80Not TriedNo idea where brewed, programme said Swanscombe
Hart Family Brewers - 18336.60Not Tried
Phipps NBC - Gold Star5.20Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Slow Black Stout5.10Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Bullion Bomb5.00Not TriedRan out
Bexley - Black Prince Porter Rum5.00Not TriedRan out
Musket - Powder Burn5.00Not Tried
Shiny - Disco Balls5.30Not Tried
Wantsum - Grim Reaper5.50Not Tried
Downlands (previously South Downs) - Resolution5.00Not TriedRan out
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. ME5.20Not TriedRan out
Old Dairy - Dark Snow6.50Not TriedRan out
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Secrets We Share5.20Not TriedComing out as murky as hell, several returned to not for taste but for looks
Phipps NBC - Cascadia5.00Not Tried
Rudgate - Chocolate Stout5.00Not Tried
Bexley - Howbury 13 Oat Stout5.30Not Tried
Bexley - Howbury 14 Mosaic IPA5.00Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Goldilocks is Dead5.30Not TriedRan out
Highland - Duke IPA5.20Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the Moon5.40Not TriedRan out
Breakwater - Calico Jack6.20Not Tried
Breakwater - Tropical Thunder6.30Not TriedRan out
Breakwater - White Cliffs Wonder5.00Not Tried
Brew Buddies - Triple Hop IPA6.00Not Tried
Brew Buddies - Winter Porter5.20Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry IPA5.60Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Itzamna Chocolate Vanilla Porter9.60Not Tried
Caveman - Strong Ale5.00Not TriedNo idea where brewed, programme said Swanscombe
Hopdaemon - A.P.A.5.00Not Tried
Romney Marsh - American Pale5.00Not TriedRan out
Framework - Laid Back Stout5.70Not Tried
Green Duck - Duck Under5.00Not Tried
Moncada - Son of Impy6.50Not Tried
Panda Frog Project (sub-brand of Mordue) - Allelic Drift5.00Not Tried
Mordue - WT206.00Not Tried
NauticAles (brewed at Four Candles) - Saviour5.50Not Tried
PJ's (cuckoo at Black Wolf) - Wynters Ale5.00Not Tried
02 Feb 2018 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon visit - busy, all tables full but fast service at the bar. 72 beers listed - all appeared to be available.
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Goldilocks is Dead5.30ExcellentVery nice oatmeal pale ale with a punch.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Good
8 Sail - Old Colony5.30Good
Phipps NBC - Gold Star5.20Good
Highland - Duke IPA5.20Good
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Acceptable

About the White Cliffs Beer Festival 2018

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1DL.

White Cliffs Festival of Winter Ales. 25th anniversary of this winter festival held in the atmospheric Maison Dieu Town Hall. A 2 day (Friday and Saturday) festival with 60 or so beers which are all winter and strong ales on gravity, all 5.0% abv or higher, at a flat rate £1.50 per half and £3 per pint. A Dover tradition. This year's festival theme and logo remembers the 1918 Zeebrugge Raid.

We have visited this pub 3 times, seen 70 different beers and tried 12 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1DL