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Kent Beer Festival 2011 (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cumbrian Legendary - Langdale BitterExceptional1
Cumbrian Legendary - Loweswater GoldExcellent1
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Golden TicketExcellent1
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby MildExcellent1
Nelson - Midshipman MildExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's AleExcellent2
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)Excellent1
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry TorpedoExcellent3
Canterbury Brewers - Canterbury WheatExcellent3
Whitstable - Oyster StoutExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's GoldExcellent1
Kent - ZingiberExcellent2
Houston - Rambo The Mighty MidgeGood1
Old Dairy - Sun TopGood2
Windsor & Eton - ConquerorGood1
Banks's - MildGood1
Kent - Black GoldGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleGood3
Plain Ales - InntrigueGood1
Tonbridge - Ebony MoonGood2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 3Good1
Plain Ales - InnocenceGood1
Black Cat - OriginalGood2
Nottingham - Extra Pale AleGood1
Abigale - SamphireGood1
Burton Bridge - XL BitterGood1
Abigale - BramlingGood2
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Crane SundancerGood1
Wantsum - 1381Good1
Shepherd Neame - Beer Festival SpecialAcceptable1
Picture 1. Kent Beer Festival 2011, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

23 Jul 2011 (oz11)
Old Dairy - Sun Top3.60Excellent
Kent - Zingiber4.10Excellent
Nottingham - Extra Pale Ale4.20Good
Burton Bridge - XL Bitter4.00Good
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Crane Sundancer3.70Good
Houston - Rambo The Mighty Midge3.60Good
Plain Ales - Inntrigue4.20Good
Plain Ales - Innocence4.00Good
Abigale - Samphire4.10Good
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90Good
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Torpedo4.50Good
Canterbury Brewers - Canterbury Wheat4.40Good
22 Jul 2011 (Alenomore)
My 12th year of visiting this unique b/f. Very busy lunchtime session with plenty of familiar faces on both sides of the bar. Beer selection and condition was as good as ever too.
Nelson - Midshipman Mild4.00Excellent
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Torpedo4.50ExcellentMy first ales from this new brewer.
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Excellent
Canterbury Brewers - Canterbury Wheat4.40Excellent
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's Ale4.10Good
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90Good
Black Cat - Original4.20GoodMy first sample from Kents latest brewery. Very good too.
Abigale - Bramling4.10Good
Kent - Black Gold4.00Good
Shepherd Neame - Beer Festival Special4.40AcceptableNot a very original name for another of their micro plant ales. Nothing special either but better than there usual swill...
22 Jul 2011 (Andrew)
The ever excellent Kent Beer Festival. Walked up with Ian and Cam and met up with Pete and Brian. Fairly busy afternoon session. With Kent now having 20 or so brewers the beer list was Kent dominated.
Cumbrian Legendary - Langdale Bitter4.00ExceptionalSuperb condition. Pale brown, biscuity malt and nettley hop.
Cumbrian Legendary - Loweswater Gold4.30ExcellentIn good condition. Melon, fruity bubblegum, rose petals, sweet.
Tonbridge - Ebony Moon4.20GoodRoasted smoky sandalwood. Hint of raspberry. Dark colour.
Black Cat - Original4.20GoodFruity brown bitter. I liked it.
Abigale - Bramling4.10AcceptableWell it had that Abigale tart bite.
Old Dairy - Sun Top3.60PoorCloudy and yeasty. I threw it away.
22 Jul 2011 (Pedro)
Afternoon visit to get my bratwurst fix - yum ! Will be at East Malling festival too! Just listed the few I tried !
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby Mild3.80Excellent
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's Ale4.10Excellent
Canterbury Brewers - Canterbury Wheat4.40Excellent
Kent - Zingiber4.10Excellent
Banks's - Mild3.50GoodDisappointed in what I used to drink when I lived in the Midlands !
21 Jul 2011 (Mick)
Back in the cowshed, good selection of beers, good to see so many from Kent. Nice to meet Ian again and the guys from the Butchers.
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)4.10ExcellentHoppy with a good long hoppy finish.
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50ExcellentBeer of the festival for me, full bodied, rich, chocolate, toast, roast and coffee and more, lovely stuff.
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Golden Ticket5.00ExcellentVery nice, love the hops.
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Torpedo4.50ExcellentGood hoppy ale with much hops.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 35.00GoodWell balanced beer, refreshing, hard to believe it's 5.0%
Wantsum - 13813.80Goodnice aroma, some citrus and good hop balance.
Tonbridge - Ebony Moon4.20Goodunremarkable but nice enough.
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror5.00GoodNice but a little lacking in body perhaps.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90GoodNice beer, good citrus and a nice finish.

About the Kent Beer Festival 2011

The pub sign. Kent Beer Festival 2011, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



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

Held in a large cow shed at Merton Farm.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 30 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: CT4 7BA