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Kent Beer Festival 2010 (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby MildExceptional2
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExceptional1
Larkins - ChiddingstoneExceptional1
West Berkshire - Good Old (or Ordinary) BoyExceptional1
Westerham - Special Bitter Ale "1965"Exceptional1
Humpty Dumpty - Little SharpieExceptional1
Whitstable - Faversham CreekExcellent2
Summer Wine (SWB) - Elbow GreaseExcellent1
Wantsum - More's Head (previously 3.4%)Excellent1
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Organic AleExcellent1
Wentworth - Summa LuvinExcellent1
Tonbridge - Blonde AmbitionExcellent1
Nelson - Master Mate MildExcellent1
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Sovereign BlondeExcellent1
Lymestone - Stone the CrowsExcellent3
Blue Monkey - Evolution GoldExcellent2
Swan on the Green - Fuggles Pale AleExcellent1
Coach House - Gingernut PremiumExcellent1
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's DayExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild SwanExcellent2
Hadrian and Border - Ginger BeerExcellent1
Lymestone - Stone CutterExcellent1
Saltaire - Raspberry BlondeExcellent2
Hawkshead - BitterExcellent1
Wantsum - Dynamo (superseded by 4.3% version)Good2
Otley - O1 OriginalGood1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Good1
Otley - OGGood1
West Berkshire - Doctor Hexter's HealerGood1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleAcceptable1
Oakham - White DwarfAcceptable1
Ascot - Final Furlong (formerly Posh Pooch)Acceptable1
Picture 1. Kent Beer Festival 2010, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

24 Jul 2010 (Alenomore)
Day two in the Cowshed and still a fair crowd in and plenty of familiar faces. Quite a few ales sold out but the Foreign beer was excellant with an Echte Kriek on draught tried. And I took away three large De Moelen bottles to savour at home! This b/f is a personal favourite and I always enjoy coming here. Recommended.
Larkins - Chiddingstone4.00ExceptionalAnother raely seen ale.
Westerham - Special Bitter Ale "1965"5.00ExceptionalTop condition.
Hawkshead - Bitter3.70Excellent
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Organic Ale4.50ExcellentA decent seasonal ale.
Nelson - Master Mate Mild3.70ExcellentA top mild.
Swan on the Green - Fuggles Pale Ale3.60ExcellentRarely see these ales outside there native home.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's Day4.30Excellent
Lymestone - Stone Cutter3.70Excellent
Wantsum - More's Head (previously 3.4%)3.50Excellent
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20Excellent
Blue Monkey - Evolution Gold4.30Excellent
24 Jul 2010 (Ian)
The beer normally runs out fairly early on, but I didn't leave until 19.00, having said that, I was mostly drinking the bottles from the foreign stand. De Molen Lente Hop and Rasputin were fantastic.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Swan3.50ExcellentUtterly brilliant, still great condition and lovely flavours.
Otley - OG5.40GoodSome sweetness on aroma. Sweetish strawberry syrup in mouth and some earthyness on finish. Pretty good sweetish fruit. I ended up liking it.
Wantsum - Dynamo (superseded by 4.3% version)4.60GoodOne of the better Wantsum beers, some lemon and lime citrus and kiwi fruit. Drinkable. Light on aroma but very good finish.
Lymestone - Stone the Crows5.40GoodOddly fruity dark beer, like Andrew I thought this was more a mild than anything else, but certainly enjoyable.
24 Jul 2010 (Andrew)
What a great day. Met up with Adrian and his pals at Canterbury and walked up. Met Ian in the queue and then Chris (Whinger) inside. Quite a lot of the beers had gone but there were still enough left of interest. I even managed to have some bottles from the foreign beer stands. ...and I bought a Goachers Dark pump clip. How's it get any better than that?
West Berkshire - Good Old (or Ordinary) Boy4.00ExceptionalSuperb beer. Fruity brown bitter with great depth.
Lymestone - Stone the Crows5.40ExcellentDown as a stout but much more like a mild to my mind. Tangy with some heat and a low hoping. Very good indeed.
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10GoodThe last half out of the barrel and it was still good. Roasted with a hint of red fruit.
West Berkshire - Doctor Hexter's Healer5.00GoodLight brown, toasted malt with a big mouth feel.
Wantsum - Dynamo (superseded by 4.3% version)4.60GoodLight golden beer. Sharp watery and a bit 1 dimensional ...but I still liked it.
Otley - O1 Original4.00GoodWeird one. Quite yeasty with lemon, bread dough and melon.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70AcceptableDidn't have any of the orange flavours it usually does. Probably a bit tired.
Ascot - Final Furlong (formerly Posh Pooch)4.20AcceptableLight brown bitter. Some reeds and bitterness.
23 Jul 2010 (Alenomore)
Now a well established date in my diary, and a small landmark for yours truly as, have been visiting here since 2000 and this is where I joined Camra, then went on to become, what I now know to be called a "ticker"? This is the place where the road to beer paradise started....
Humpty Dumpty - Little Sharpie3.80ExceptionalAle of the day.
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby Mild3.80ExceptionalTop class mild.
Lymestone - Stone the Crows5.40ExceptionalAnother ale of the day and one of the few dark ales here today.
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)4.10ExcellentVery nice.
Saltaire - Raspberry Blonde4.00Excellent
Summer Wine (SWB) - Elbow Grease3.80Excellent
Whitstable - Faversham Creek3.80ExcellentVery good.
Wentworth - Summa Luvin4.60Excellent
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Sovereign Blonde3.80ExcellentAnother new ale. Good condition.
Blue Monkey - Evolution Gold4.30ExcellentNice condition.
23 Jul 2010 (Pedro)
Quick visit to afternoon session to sample Whitstable beers I'd missed so far and really enjoy the german bratties ....roll-on East Malling festival for more ! yum!
Coach House - Gingernut Premium5.00Excellent
Hadrian and Border - Ginger Beer4.00Excellent
Whitstable - Faversham Creek3.80Excellent
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby Mild3.80Excellent
22 Jul 2010 (Ian)
My birthday!!!! Really great evening with lots of beery types, including Martin, Martyn+Glyn+KB+Mick all from the Butcher's Arms, Chris Excell, Roger Marples some work colleagues and just generally good fun. Menno from De Molen brewery was there too with some of his beers, so I have to admit I did get a bottle of the Moud and Mocha 2 which was the best thing I had all night except the Girardin gueuze also in bottle.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90ExceptionalStupidly deliciously easy drinking IPA.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Swan3.50ExcellentAmazing for a 3.5% beer. And the condition. Wow
Saltaire - Raspberry Blonde4.00GoodLovely aroma of fresh raspberry doesn't continue into the flavour where the fruit and the golden ale do battle for sweetness and dryness at the same time.
Oakham - White Dwarf4.30AcceptableNot as my memory thought.

About the Kent Beer Festival 2010

The pub sign. Kent Beer Festival 2010, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Canterbury, Kent, CT4 7BA.

Annual beer festival in the cow shed at Merton Farm. Free bus takes beer drinkers from Canterbury bus station.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 33 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: CT4 7BA