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Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway Beer Festival 2012 (Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Buffy's - Mucky DuckExceptional1
Vale - Black Swan Dark MildExceptional1
Kent - Beyond the PaleExceptional2
Battledown - Sunbeam California Steam BeerExcellent1
Westerham - Finchcocks OriginalExcellent1
Concrete Cow - Fenny PopperExcellent1
St. George's - Keep Calm & Carry OnExcellent1
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidExcellent1
Old Dairy - Red TopExcellent1
Summerskills - IKB 1859Excellent1
Lymestone - Stone the CrowsExcellent1
Prospect - PioneerGood1
Wylam - MagicGood1
Distant Hills (was Howard Town) - Dinting ArchesGood1
Potbelly - Pigs Do Fly!Good1
Three B's - Bobbin's BitterAcceptable1
Breconshire - Rambler's RuinNot Tried0
Dark Star - OriginalNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Orkney BlastNot Tried0
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Brewer's DarkNot Tried0
Black Wolf (formerly Traditional Scottish Ales (TSA)) - Lomond GoldNot Tried0
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The MooseNot Tried0
Green Jack - ExcelsiorNot Tried0
Wolf - Battle of BritainNot Tried0
Ossett - Silver KingNot Tried0
Humpty Dumpty - Cheltenham FlyerNot Tried0
Robinsons - Old TomNot Tried0
Upham - StakesNot Tried0
York (now brewed by and at Black Sheep) - Yorkshire TerrierNot Tried0
Exmoor - FoxNot Tried0
Potton - Shannon IPANot Tried0
RCH - PG SteamNot Tried0
Wood's - WonderfulNot Tried0
Box Steam - Tunnel VisionNot Tried0

Visits Details

07 Jul 2012 (oz11)
A very welcome return of this event. Only listed beers tried since Kentish Ale has done a sterling job and beaten me to it. Must have been unlucky with my selections as I found the quality of some of the beers a little wanting. Fortunately the forecasted rain held off for much of the day and I returned with my first sunburn of the year. Amended Battledown Sunbeam to give it its full name :).
Lymestone - Stone the Crows5.40Excellent
Kent - Beyond the Pale5.40ExcellentBest of the day.
Concrete Cow - Fenny Popper4.00ExcellentOne of the better ones.
Wylam - Magic4.20Good
Potbelly - Pigs Do Fly!4.40Good
Prospect - Pioneer4.00GoodVery hazy.
Three B's - Bobbin's Bitter3.80AcceptableLacking condition and a strange flavour. Hard to finish.
07 Jul 2012 (Alenomore)
1230 visit. Our reason for being here today, a long awaited return of the annual Steam & Beer event. Did this way back in 2002 and have not had a chance to return until today. Due to other problems, the SKLR last put this on in 2008. A welcome return and again, nothing changes at all here. Discount admission for CAMRA members/OAP's, included a return journey on the old Bowaters Papermill Steam train plus, a free pint too? A good beer range with over 30 ales on plus Cider and Perry. Live music and good value food. Some Pot' rejects up here, but a shame that we didn't see good friend of SKLR, Dr Diesel, Tony would have liked this! A good session had by all and the weather was kind too. Recommended.
Vale - Black Swan Dark Mild3.30ExceptionalAn excellant Mild type.
Buffy's - Mucky Duck4.50ExceptionalAnother gorgeous Dark Un'.
Kent - Beyond the Pale5.40ExceptionalOne of there best ales.
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Excellent
Westerham - Finchcocks Original3.50Excellent
St. George's - Keep Calm & Carry On4.40Excellent
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Excellent
Summerskills - IKB 18594.70ExcellentVery nice. One of there best ales.
Battledown - Sunbeam California Steam Beer3.80ExcellentCalled Sunbeam California Steam. An excellant ale.
Distant Hills (was Howard Town) - Dinting Arches4.50Good
Ossett - Silver King4.30Not Tried
Robinsons - Old Tom8.50Not Tried
York (now brewed by and at Black Sheep) - Yorkshire Terrier4.20Not Tried
Exmoor - Fox4.20Not Tried
Three B's - Bobbin's Bitter3.80Not Tried
Potton - Shannon IPA3.60Not Tried
RCH - PG Steam3.90Not Tried
Wylam - Magic4.20Not Tried
Wood's - Wonderful4.80Not Tried
Box Steam - Tunnel Vision4.20Not Tried
Breconshire - Rambler's Ruin5.00Not Tried
Potbelly - Pigs Do Fly!4.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Original5.00Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Orkney Blast6.00Not Tried
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Brewer's Dark3.50Not Tried
Black Wolf (formerly Traditional Scottish Ales (TSA)) - Lomond Gold5.00Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Green Jack - Excelsior4.00Not Tried
Lymestone - Stone the Crows5.40Not Tried
Prospect - Pioneer4.00Not Tried
Wolf - Battle of Britain3.90Not Tried
Humpty Dumpty - Cheltenham Flyer4.60Not Tried
Concrete Cow - Fenny Popper4.00Not Tried
Upham - Stakes4.80Not Tried

About the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway Beer Festival 2012

Summary of Beer Scores



The Beer Festival is found in Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2DZ.

A preserved and working industrial Steam Railway. Part of the original Bowaters papermill. This was quite an extensive system in its heyday. Today, a preserved, single line branch, runs from the now demolished mill and viaduct over the main road, and winds its way into the loco depot at the Kemsley end. Very atmospheric and well worth supporting. The mainline railway station, Sittingbourne, is an easy 5 minutes walk away.

We have visited this Beer Festival twice, seen 34 different beers and tried 16 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME10 2DZ