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The Firkin Alehouse (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Arbor Ales - SorachiExceptional1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExceptional1
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Exceptional1
Dark Star - Hylder BlondeExcellent1
Salopian - VortexExcellent1
Tonbridge - RusticExcellent2
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale AleExcellent1
Oakham - Green Devil IPAExcellent1
G2 - Vela BlondeExcellent1
Tonbridge - TraditionalExcellent1
G2 - Otava IPAGood1
Oakham - CitraAcceptable1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop AgnusAcceptable1
Canterbury Brewers - West Coast IPAPoor1
Oakham - JHBNot 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
Tiny Rebel - FUBARNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Al Murray, The Pub Landlord's Beautiful British BeerNot 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

06 Aug 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A Micropub in every way, no reservations against the purists' definition.
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Good
Tiny Rebel - FUBAR4.40Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Al Murray, The Pub Landlord's Beautiful British Beer4.00Not Tried
04 Aug 2015 (ChrisE)
Early evening and busy. I could not resist a taster of Vimto Cider.
Dark Star - Hylder Blonde4.20Excellent
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Excellent
Oakham - Green Devil IPA6.00Excellent
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

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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. In its original location had an 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 and now with a bar counter to obtain service.

We have visited this pub 98 times, seen 200 different beers and tried 136 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT20 2AZ