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The Firkin Alehouse (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Oakham - JHBExceptional1
Oakham - Bishops FarewellExceptional1
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Exceptional1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExceptional1
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Exceptional1
Arbor Ales - SorachiExceptional1
Salopian - VortexExcellent1
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale AleExcellent1
G2 - Vela BlondeExcellent1
Tonbridge - TraditionalExcellent1
G2 - Otava IPAGood1
Oakham - CitraAcceptable1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop AgnusAcceptable1
Canterbury Brewers - West Coast IPAPoor1
Kent - Beyond the PaleNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Starvation PointNot Tried0
Goacher's - Fine Light AleNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Beech BlondeNot Tried0
Plain Ales - Arty FartyNot Tried0
Goldmark - WarriorNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Silver TopNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's GoldNot Tried0
Time and Tide - Smugglers StoutNot Tried0
Nelson - Press GangNot Tried0
First Chop Brewing Arm - AVANot Tried0
Rooster's - YPA (Yorkshire Pale Ale)Not Tried0
Plain Ales - Inn The SunNot Tried0
360° - Pacific Red #45Not Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Legally BlondeNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - Yellow ZingerNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CoppernobNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Firkin Alehouse, Folkestone, Kent
Picture 2. The Firkin Alehouse, Folkestone, Kent
Picture 3. The Firkin Alehouse, Folkestone, Kent
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

02 May 2015 (ChrisE)
Saturday evening with a good crowd and Neil's Doppelganger serving the ale.
G2 - Vela Blonde4.20Excellent
G2 - Otava IPA4.40Good
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not Tried
21 Mar 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. The Micropub culture of strangers talking was rife tonight.
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExcellentSay no more! The devil's brew tonight
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Agnus5.20AcceptableBit flat but also had little nose or bitterness from this Polish hop
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Legally Blonde4.00Not TriedBlackboarded as "Hazy". A taster I found to be very sharp
Hop Fuzz - Yellow Zinger3.70Not Tried
25 Nov 2014 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon and just a few in.
Salopian - Vortex4.00ExcellentA superb pint.
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
360° - Pacific Red #454.50Not Tried
20 Nov 2014 (ChrisE)
The final pub of a tour of pubs from Hythe to Folkestone. A good micro-pub.
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60Excellent
Rooster's - YPA (Yorkshire Pale Ale)4.10Not Tried
Plain Ales - Inn The Sun4.60Not Tried
02 Nov 2014 (Ian)
Relaxed Sunday lunchtime. Newspapers. Jaipur. Heaven
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90ExceptionalUnbelievable condition perfect flavours good bitterness looks perfect. Just the best.
Nelson - Press Gang4.30Not Tried
First Chop Brewing Arm - AVA3.50Not Tried
17 Oct 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Pretty much heaving and the Guv doing a great solo job with table service around the human obstructions. Found a seat after an uncomfortable period standing at the high barrel table top.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale Ale4.00ExcellentGreat condition
Canterbury Brewers - West Coast IPA5.60PoorSeemed a rather sour sweet incomplete brew with little condition. Flat
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50Not TriedRan out
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Not Tried
Time and Tide - Smugglers Stout5.20Not Tried
17 Sep 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Oakham - Citra4.20AcceptableA bit flat so not the normal zest
Plain Ales - Arty Farty3.90Not Tried
Goldmark - Warrior4.60Not Tried
05 Sep 2014 (Ian)
Friday evening and chat about bicycles, speed dating and beer. Magic
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70ExceptionalPerfect. Couldn't believe how good it was
Arbor Ales - Sorachi4.70ExceptionalSorachi ace hops. Pineapple and coconut milk. Pina colada flavour. An amazing body sensation.
Oakham - JHB3.80Not TriedA sign of how good the other beers were, I didn't have this
Arbor Ales - Beech Blonde4.90Not Tried
29 Aug 2014 (Ian)
Friday late afternoon. The subject of the Folkestone Triennial art festival was in the air. Beer was excellent
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60ExceptionalPerfect condition. Perfect hops
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExceptionalLast couple of casks I've had it's a little bit more bitter than before and maybe a touch less fruity but the condition and flavour and impact on me was flawless
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Not Tried
22 Jul 2014 (Ian)
My birthday. And what beer did they have on ? Oakham JHB the beer that turned me on to great beer. And then who should walk in ? Charlie and Frank from the Mogul, the pub where I drank JHB for the first time 14 years ago. Unbelievable. What a day
Oakham - JHB3.80ExceptionalUnbelievable. My favourite beer in the UK
Kent - Beyond the Pale5.40Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Starvation Point4.50Not Tried

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About The Firkin Alehouse

The pub sign. The Firkin Alehouse, Folkestone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2AZ.

Micropub close to Folkestone bus station which opened in November 2012, no music or slot machines and the use of mobile phones is banned with a fine imposed for disturbing the peace. Same level gravity stillage for real ales and ciders from a separate temperature controlled cellar room. Usually at seat service. Impressive pumpclip display of beers sold to date in the unisex toilet all laid out by brewery! Ashford, Folkestone & Romney Marsh CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year 2014. Moved overnight 24/25 September 2017 from 18 to 20 Cheriton Place into new premises.

We have visited this pub 96 times, seen 196 different beers and tried 133 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT20 2AZ