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Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2006 (Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - SpecialGood1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Vintage AleExcellent1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Acceptable1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleAcceptable1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleAcceptable1
Hook Norton - Best BitterAcceptable1
Larkins - Best BitterAcceptable1
Larkins - ChiddingstoneGood1
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Organic AleAcceptable1
Woodforde's - WherryAcceptable2
Picture 1. Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2006, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

27 May 2006 (Andrew)
What a great venue for a beer festival. It felt just like the kind of place you'd expect to have a beer in. Got there just after it opened and already there was a bus load of people pouring in.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40AcceptableLasting thin head on this black-puple beer. Strong coffee smell. Thin chocolate and coffee flavours to start with. Short lived burnt coffee finish. Shame really as this beer can be fantastic
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70AcceptableWhiff of marmalade with a thin sharp bitter bite and little else going on. Shame as this too can be a fanstastic beer
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10AcceptableBadged as Goacher's Dark. A dark brown beer. Balding head and a slight goacher's smell to it. Slight attrified burnt treacle taste but not much going on which is a shame as this can be a lovely beer
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80AcceptablePale gold colour with a sparse but high head. Young citric smell with young yeasty citric thin finish. A pale shaddow of what I know Wherry can be
Larkins - Best Bitter4.40AcceptableCloudy so probably bottom of barrel stuff. Smelt of summer fruits and had a sharp grapefruit bitterness to it. I suspect this is a far better beer than this pint suggested.
27 May 2006 (Ian)
Arrived at opening time on the Saturday. Some of the beers had gone on what was reported to be a very busy Friday night, however, there were still plenty of beers to try and a separate stillage to be opened later on Saturday to ensure that the beer did not run out.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Vintage Ale8.50ExcellentBadged as Crabble Mill Vintage Miller's Ale 2005, this tasted to me, like Fuller's Vintage Ale 2005. Aroma of syrup and molasses, some hop. Hoppy and full in mouth with toffee, treacle and brown sugar. Lovely
Larkins - Chiddingstone4.00GoodAmber colour, no head. Quite a refreshing bitter. Good hop which makes it quite sharply bitter especially on the finish. Some floralness.
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Special4.30GoodChestnut colour with beige head. Yeasty aroma, toffee in middle and then hop on end. Rubbery hop finish. Bitter, bit chewy in mouth. I really like it. Excellent best bitter.
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80AcceptableFine, but not up to its usual standard
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Organic Ale4.50AcceptableCopper colour with white bubbly head. Sheps yeast. Bit wet in mouth. Some bitterness on end. Flowery hop, quite nice, but just a bit nothingy
Hook Norton - Best Bitter3.40AcceptableEasy drinking session bitter, some hop, some dryness

About the Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2006

The pub sign. Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2006, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The Beer Festival is found in Dover, Kent, CT17 0UY.

This festival takes place in the renovated Crabble Corn Mill just outside of Dover. Set on the river, the mill itself is a working museum to flour milling. The beer is dispensed from casks on gravity from stillages on the ground floor. There is additional seating upstairs and in the garden. Music is on offer as well as a barbecue and other food.

We have visited this Beer Festival twice, seen 9 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: CT17 0UY