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30th Stoke Beer Festival (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Epicurus Craft Beer (formerly Hornbeam) - Dark DominationExceptional1
Lytham - StoutExceptional1
Blue Monkey - Guerrilla StoutExceptional1
Marble - Ginger MarbleExcellent1
Lytham - DarkExcellent1
Toft - StumpedExcellent1
Goodall's - Fur StoatExcellent1
Derventio - AllegianceGood1
Winster Valley - Old SchoolGood1
Arkwright's - Trouble At MillGood1
Wincle - Bad BillGood1
Picture 1. 30th Stoke Beer Festival, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Visits Details

23 Oct 2010 (Alenomore)
My first ever visit to Stoke was back in 2003, at the old Kings Hall. I returned today for this new venue, which was welcome indeed. A top class selection of ales on offer and all in good condition. This festival has a reputation for sourcing new ales and new micro breweries, with the best ales selling out very early, but there was still a huge amount available on my visit. Met plenty of familiar fellow Camra members here and we all had a good session. Recommended. (With so many ales here, I will only list what I sampled today).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Lytham - Stout4.60ExceptionalAnother new brewery for me, and a top class dark type.
Blue Monkey - Guerrilla Stout4.90ExceptionalA top class stout from this excellent Nottinghamshire brewer.
Epicurus Craft Beer (formerly Hornbeam) - Dark Domination5.50ExceptionalFrom Denton, Manchester area. Excellent big dark type.
Marble - Ginger Marble4.50ExcellentMy final ale for this session at Stoke. An old favourite from this excellent North Manchester brewer.
Toft - Stumped4.50ExcellentFrom Cheadle, Staff's, a new brewery for me.
Goodall's - Fur Stoat4.50ExcellentFrom Alsager, Staff's. Third new brewery today. Another very nice stout type.
Lytham - Dark5.00ExcellentVery good.
Winster Valley - Old School3.90GoodFrom Cumbria. Not a new "tick" but I thought it was. Ok.
Arkwright's - Trouble At Mill4.10GoodFrom Preston. Fourth new brewery today. OK.
Wincle - Bad Bill3.90GoodFrom Cheshire and a decent ale.
Derventio - Allegiance4.30GoodFrom Derbyshire. My 10th "tick" here and not bad too.

About the 30th Stoke Beer Festival

The pub sign. 30th Stoke Beer Festival, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional3
Excellent4
Good4
Acceptable-
Poor-

The pub is found in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 2RR.

A venue change this year, from the old, and smaller, Kings Hall (round the corner from the Wetherspoons) to this capacious venue, the Fenton Manor Sports & Leisure complex, on City Road. A short walk from the station or Stoke centre with regular buses passing by too. A much larger, very modern building. Over 200 real ales, ciders, perrys, foreign ales and wines on offer. Good food and facilities and plenty of tables/chairs. Recommended.

We have visited this pub once, seen 11 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: ST4 2RR