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01st Loughborough Winter Beer Festival (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Blue Bee - Tangled Up IPAExceptional1
XT Brewing - No. 5 American AmberExceptional1
Ole Slewfoot - Devil's DreamExceptional1
North Star - EndeavourExceptional1
XT Brewing - No. 8 Dark RoastExceptional1
Muirhouse - Hat Trick IPAExceptional1
Muirhouse - Tractor Spotter Bitter (fs)Exceptional1
Alchemist - Fire StarterExceptional1
Shardlow - Ralph's Looney Magnet (fs)Exceptional1
White Park - Gypsys WarningExceptional1
Ludlow - The Boiling WellExcellent1
Rotters - Whipping TreeExcellent1
Ole Slewfoot - Dragon Hall SaisonExcellent1
Medieval - Courtly LoveExcellent1
Golden Duck - LFBExcellent1
Alchemist - YlemExcellent1
Sarah Hughes - Dark RubyNot Tried0
Tring - Side Pocket for a ToadNot Tried0
Kinver - EdgeNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Old ExpensiveNot Tried0
Rebellion - Roasted NutsNot Tried0
Tring - Santa's Little HelperNot Tried0
Vale - Black Swan Dark MildNot Tried0
Vale - Grumpling Old Premium AleNot Tried0
Parish - BBB (Baz's Bonce Blower)Not Tried0
Downton - Dark DelightNot Tried0
Nottingham - Sooty Oatmeal StoutNot Tried0
Greene King - Abbot ReserveNot Tried0
Vale - GravitasNot Tried0
Box Steam - Piston Broke (superseded by 4.5% version)Not Tried0
Tring - Mansion MildNot Tried0
Ole Slewfoot - Orange Blossom SpecialNot Tried0
Cliff Quay - Tumble HomeNot Tried0
Ludlow - Ludlow BestNot Tried0
Isle of Purbeck - Harry's Harvest Pale AleNot Tried0
Cliff Quay - Black JackNot Tried0
Nottingham - Foundry MildNot Tried0
White Park - MoonshineNot Tried0
Box Steam - Chuffin' AleNot Tried0
Blue Monkey - Ape AleNot Tried0
Blue Monkey - 99 Red BaboonsNot Tried0
Nottingham - Centurion NDNot Tried0
Blue Bee - Bees Knees BitterNot Tried0
Box Steam - Christmas Box BlondeNot Tried0
XT Brewing - No. 4 Mellow AmberNot Tried0
Downton - Chimera IPANot Tried0
Kinver - Half CenturionNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - CitraNot Tried0
Medieval - ChivalryNot Tried0
Parish - On Ur BikeNot Tried0
Blue Monkey - Bog BlueNot Tried0
Downton - Gooseberry WheatNot Tried0
Earl Soham - Brandeston GoldNot Tried0
Golden Duck - Reverend GreenNot Tried0
Humpty Dumpty - East Anglia Pale AleNot Tried0
Medieval - Dragon SlayerNot Tried0
Cambridge Moonshine (see also Moonshine) - Reel AleNot Tried0
Cambridge Moonshine (see also Moonshine) - Chocolate Orange StoutNot Tried0
Cambridge Moonshine (see also Moonshine) - Night Watch PorterNot Tried0
Muirhouse - Stumbling AboutNot Tried0
North Star - SentinelNot Tried0
Nottingham - LegendNot Tried0
Parish - Trudys TippleNot Tried0
Parish - Burrough BitterNot Tried0
Rebellion - HornpipeNot Tried0
Shardlow - Cavendish StoutNot Tried0
Shardlow - Morgans Founders AleNot Tried0
White Park - That OneNot Tried0
Picture 1. 01st Loughborough Winter Beer Festival, Loughborough, Leicestershire
Picture 2. 01st Loughborough Winter Beer Festival, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Visits Details

24 Nov 2012 (Alenomore)
12:00 visit. My reason for being here today. This first winter beer festival had been planned for sometime, and since then, a good friend of CAMRA, Ralph Cryer, sadly passed away very suddenly. Over 250 people attended his funeral on 03rd August. I, like many others, knew Ralph for many years around the b/f scene. Today, a lot of people here paid tribute to our Ralph. With a few specially brewed festival specials laid on, in a fitting tribute to our good friend, we raised our glasses and I'm sure Ralph would have been looking down upon one of his favourite festivals, and cheering us all on....R.I.P Ralph.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ole Slewfoot - Devil's Dream5.00ExceptionalAnother new micro for me. This one, excellant, full name Devils Dream ESB Ale.
XT Brewing - No. 8 Dark Roast4.50ExceptionalSuperb. Just my type. And first ale from this micro, and the first in my list with a name beginning with the letter X?
Blue Bee - Tangled Up IPA6.00ExceptionalVery, very good. A decent big un'. This one from Sheffield.
XT Brewing - No. 5 American Amber5.50ExceptionalTop class.
North Star - Endeavour5.50ExceptionalAnother new micro for me, this one from nearby Ilkeston. Top condition too.
Muirhouse - Tractor Spotter Bitter (fs)4.50ExceptionalA festival special. The first cask sold very quickly, no surprise there!. This second cask came on later today. Traditional bitter, specially brewed to commemorate Ralph Cryer, an avid tractor spotter. Cheers Ralph.
Shardlow - Ralph's Looney Magnet (fs)4.50ExceptionalPale gold, bright and clean tasting. Full bodied with pronounced bitterness and complexity. Brewed to commemorate Ralph Cryer and his unfailing ability to attract the local "Character" wherever he went.
White Park - Gypsys Warning5.10ExceptionalAnother new ale. Top class too.
Muirhouse - Hat Trick IPA5.20ExceptionalAnother decent new ale.
Alchemist - Fire Starter3.90ExceptionalA new micro, from nearby Appleby Magna, Leics. A hoppy American Pale with balanced frutiness from Centennial, Cascade & Citra for complexity. Brewed to commemorate Ralph Cryer, who always lit the bonfire at the Great Central Railway.
Ludlow - The Boiling Well4.70ExcellentTop class, antoher new one.
Medieval - Courtly Love4.70ExcellentAnother new micro for me. This one from nearby Colston Bassett, Notts.
Golden Duck - LFB4.30ExcellentAnother new micro for me. This one from nearby Appleby Magna, Leics.
Rotters - Whipping Tree3.60ExcellentVery nice. A new micro for me, this one based in Powys.
Ole Slewfoot - Dragon Hall Saison4.50ExcellentPerfect replica of a decent Belgium type.
Alchemist - Ylem4.50ExcellentVery nice traditional bitter from this LocAle micro.
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00Not Tried
Tring - Side Pocket for a Toad3.60Not Tried
Kinver - Edge4.30Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Old Expensive6.50Not Tried
Rebellion - Roasted Nuts4.60Not Tried
Tring - Santa's Little Helper4.80Not Tried
Vale - Black Swan Dark Mild3.30Not Tried
Vale - Grumpling Old Premium Ale4.60Not Tried
Parish - BBB (Baz's Bonce Blower)11.00Not Tried
Downton - Dark Delight5.50Not Tried
Nottingham - Sooty Oatmeal Stout4.80Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Reserve6.50Not Tried
Vale - Gravitas4.80Not Tried
Box Steam - Piston Broke (superseded by 4.5% version)5.00Not Tried
Tring - Mansion Mild3.70Not Tried
Ole Slewfoot - Orange Blossom Special4.40Not Tried
Cliff Quay - Tumble Home4.70Not Tried
Ludlow - Ludlow Best3.70Not Tried
Isle of Purbeck - Harry's Harvest Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Cliff Quay - Black Jack4.20Not Tried
Nottingham - Foundry Mild4.70Not Tried
White Park - Moonshine5.20Not Tried
Box Steam - Chuffin' Ale4.00Not Tried
Blue Monkey - Ape Ale5.40Not Tried
Blue Monkey - 99 Red Baboons4.20Not Tried
Nottingham - Centurion ND4.90Not Tried
Blue Bee - Bees Knees Bitter4.00Not Tried
Box Steam - Christmas Box Blonde5.00Not Tried
XT Brewing - No. 4 Mellow Amber3.80Not Tried
Downton - Chimera IPA6.80Not Tried
Kinver - Half Centurion5.00Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Citra3.90Not Tried
Medieval - Chivalry3.80Not Tried
Parish - On Ur Bike4.40Not Tried
Blue Monkey - Bog Blue6.80Not Tried
Downton - Gooseberry Wheat4.40Not Tried
Earl Soham - Brandeston Gold4.50Not Tried
Golden Duck - Reverend Green5.50Not Tried
Humpty Dumpty - East Anglia Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
Medieval - Dragon Slayer8.00Not Tried
Cambridge Moonshine (see also Moonshine) - Reel Ale4.20Not Tried
Cambridge Moonshine (see also Moonshine) - Chocolate Orange Stout6.70Not Tried
Cambridge Moonshine (see also Moonshine) - Night Watch Porter4.80Not Tried
Muirhouse - Stumbling About5.20Not Tried
North Star - Sentinel3.80Not Tried
Nottingham - Legend4.00Not Tried
Parish - Trudys Tipple4.30Not Tried
Parish - Burrough Bitter4.60Not Tried
Rebellion - Hornpipe4.20Not Tried
Shardlow - Cavendish Stout4.80Not Tried
Shardlow - Morgans Founders Ale5.00Not Tried
White Park - That One4.70Not Tried

About the 01st Loughborough Winter Beer Festival

The pub sign. 01st Loughborough Winter Beer Festival, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Summary of Beer Scores

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The pub is found in Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3DB.

This first winter beer festival, held at the traditional venue of the spring event, is found close to the town centre. The Polish Club has one main hall with a stage area and a smaller room off with a serving hatch for freshly cooked food. Plenty of seating and tables and a purpose made bar area to one side with stillaging for over 70 Real Ale & Ciders. Loughborough, amongst other facts, has the oldest community of Polish people in the UK. This local club is dedicated to that fact and the walls are adorned with many pictures depicting Polish nationalism and their country's leaders.

We have visited this pub once, seen 68 different beers and tried 16 of them.

Map location

Postcode: LE11 3DB