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2nd K&ES Railway Beer Festival 2010 (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Leeds - Eager OwlExceptional1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Exceptional1
Bridestones - American Pale AleExceptional1
Houston - Helgas Big JugsExcellent3
Rother Valley - Englands BestExcellent2
Salopian - RenaissanceExcellent3
Bath Ales - BarnstormerExcellent1
Rother Valley - SmildExcellent1
Rother Valley - Summertime BluesExcellent1
Holden's - Shaft SpraggerExcellent1
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)Excellent1
Marston Moor (brewed at Rudgate) - MerriemakerExcellent1
Wylam - Admiral Lord Collingwood (previoulsy Collingwood Festival Ale)Excellent2
Purple Moose - Madog's AleExcellent1
Little Valley - Python IPAExcellent2
Hop Back - World Cup MedleyExcellent1
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best BitterGood3
Old Dairy - Blue TopGood1
Mauldons - Mid-Summer GoldNot Tried0
Dark Star - Sussex Extra StoutNot Tried0
Tower - Malty TowersNot Tried0
Bryson's Brews - Westmoreland BitterNot Tried0
Cotleigh - Barn Owl BitterNot Tried0
Elland - Beyond the PaleNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
Rebellion - MildNot Tried0
Three Castles - Barbury CastleNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Moles - Mole CatcherNot Tried0
Otley - O-8Not Tried0
Moorhouse's - Black Cat MildNot Tried0
Green Jack - Orange WheatNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Red TopNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
Mordue - A'l Wheat PetNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Gold TopNot Tried0
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Rother Valley - Boadicea AleNot Tried0
Hammerpot - Red HunterNot Tried0
Rudgate - Ruby MildNot Tried0
Tryst - Carronade IPANot Tried0
Milestone - DeliveranceNot Tried0
Palmers - Tally Ho!Not Tried0
Leyden - Black Pudding MildNot Tried0
Wem (formerly Hanby) - All SeasonsNot Tried0
Buffy's - Norwegian Blue (aka Polly's Extra Folly)Not Tried0
Triple fff - MoondanceNot Tried0
Whitstable - Pearl of KentNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Original Port StoutNot Tried0
Leeds - Leeds BestNot Tried0
Phoenix - Wobbly BobNot Tried0
White Horse - Brewery BitterNot Tried0
Pictish - Brewers GoldNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Cairngorm - WildcatNot Tried0
Black Hole - Red DwarfNot Tried0

Visits Details

12 Jun 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
I don't normally post details from Beer Festivals but I'll make an exception for this one which is in an excellent location with plenty for all tastes.
Rother Valley - Smild3.80ExcellentDark brown mild with sweetish malt flavours. Seems to have picked up a "Harvey's" yeasty flavour. My score 16/20.
Rother Valley - Englands Best4.00ExcellentGolden ale with a well rounded mix of malt and hop flavours. Also with a "Harvey's" yeasty flavour. My score 16/20.
Wylam - Admiral Lord Collingwood (previoulsy Collingwood Festival Ale)4.10GoodPale with quite a lot maltiness in the flavour. A little hop bitterness in the finish. My score 15/20.
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80GoodStrong copper coloured bitter with strong citrus hop flavour and some malt balance. Dryish hoppy finish. My score 15/20.
Salopian - Renaissance5.00GoodStrong pale ale with good hop character, some citrus flavours and quite a high bitterness. Dryish, hoppy finish. My score 15/20.
Houston - Helgas Big Jugs5.00GoodPale strong bitter with sweetish tangy hop character and a bittersweet fruity finish. My score 15/20.
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best Bitter4.10AcceptableQuite dry and bitter tasting traditional style bitter. A little too one dimensional for my taste. My score 14/20.
12 Jun 2010 (Pedro)
Quick visit, thankfully Kentish Al has already listed all the beers so I'm just doing the few I tried - enjoyed seeing the steam train Rolverden
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Exceptional
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)4.10Excellent
Purple Moose - Madog's Ale3.70Excellent
Houston - Helgas Big Jugs5.00Excellent
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best Bitter4.10Excellent
12 Jun 2010 (Alenomore)
Their 02nd Beer festival here and another packed crowd in the marquee and on the platforms. Good weather and all ales sampled were served in tip top condition. Plenty of people taking rides on the steam & diesel trains as well. Several Camra branches noted that made bus trips here and fellow Pubsandbeer scribe Whinger spotted enjoying the ale. A very popular beefest and good value day out had by all.
Bridestones - American Pale Ale5.00ExceptionalAn excellant hoppy ale.
Salopian - Renaissance5.00Exceptional
Leeds - Eager Owl4.00ExceptionalMy beer of the fest. Liked this one so much I had another!
Little Valley - Python IPA6.00ExceptionalAnother ale that was so good, had a pint of this one.
Bath Ales - Barnstormer4.50ExcellentFinished on this rather nice "freebie" courtesy of an old friend not seen since last years festival.
Rother Valley - Summertime Blues3.70Excellent
Wylam - Admiral Lord Collingwood (previoulsy Collingwood Festival Ale)4.10Excellent
Hop Back - World Cup Medley3.90ExcellentFirst of the day!
Holden's - Shaft Spragger4.50Excellent
Marston Moor (brewed at Rudgate) - Merriemaker4.50Excellent
Rother Valley - Englands Best4.00Excellent
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best Bitter4.10ExcellentA new brewery from Tunbridge Wells. I know nothing about further details for the new listing here, but someone else out there might edit further no doubt.
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not Tried
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40Not Tried
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)4.10Not Tried
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50Not Tried
Wem (formerly Hanby) - All Seasons4.20Not Tried
Triple fff - Moondance4.20Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Original Port Stout4.80Not Tried
Phoenix - Wobbly Bob6.00Not Tried
Pictish - Brewers Gold3.80Not Tried
Cairngorm - Wildcat5.10Not Tried
Mauldons - Mid-Summer Gold4.00Not Tried
Tower - Malty Towers4.40Not Tried
Cotleigh - Barn Owl Bitter4.50Not Tried
Rebellion - Mild3.50Not Tried
Moles - Mole Catcher5.00Not Tried
Green Jack - Orange Wheat4.20Not Tried
Mordue - A'l Wheat Pet4.10Not Tried
Rother Valley - Boadicea Ale4.50Not Tried
Tryst - Carronade IPA4.20Not Tried
Leyden - Black Pudding Mild3.90Not Tried
Buffy's - Norwegian Blue (aka Polly's Extra Folly)4.90Not Tried
Whitstable - Pearl of Kent4.50Not Tried
Leeds - Leeds Best4.30Not Tried
White Horse - Brewery Bitter3.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Not Tried
Black Hole - Red Dwarf4.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Sussex Extra Stout4.50Not Tried
Bryson's Brews - Westmoreland Bitter3.60Not Tried
Purple Moose - Madog's Ale3.70Not Tried
Elland - Beyond the Pale4.20Not Tried
Three Castles - Barbury Castle3.90Not Tried
Otley - O-88.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30Not Tried
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Not Tried
Hammerpot - Red Hunter4.30Not Tried
Milestone - Deliverance4.60Not Tried
Houston - Helgas Big Jugs5.00Not Tried
11 Jun 2010 (Ian)
Came on the Friday night for the CAMRA session with Chris and Jason. Good night, sat drinking and chatting about beer. As I only had 3 hours, the time just flew by.
Houston - Helgas Big Jugs5.00ExcellentPale gold, lasting white head. Lots of german hops, huge amount of hops. Really tasty earthy german hops on finish. Great condition. Hops are outstanding. Now that is good
Salopian - Renaissance5.00GoodGood blond hoppy beer, in excellent condition.
Little Valley - Python IPA6.00AcceptableBit too syrupy on the malts, bit uncultured, some harsh English hop on finish. Bit sweet. I do quite like the hops on the finish, but ultimately too syrupy.

About the 2nd K&ES Railway Beer Festival 2010

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE.

Beer festival that used to be at the Rare Breeds Centre in Woodchurch. Same kind of marquee in the steam railway station grounds. Around 50 real ales on gravity with around 20 ciders and perries and 3 French bottled organic beers. Chance to have a ride on the K&ESR. Music, Food and Morris Men.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 56 different beers and tried 18 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN30 6HE