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SIBA South East Beer Festival 2013 (Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - Brewers ReserveExceptional1
Redemption - Fellowship PorterExceptional1
Ascot - Red IPAExceptional1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Knight's AleExcellent1
Long Man - Old Man Excellent1
Wantsum - Black PrinceExcellent1
Franklins - Citra IPAExcellent1
Late Knights - Hairy Dog Black IPAExcellent1
1648 - Laughing FrogGood1
Clarence & Fredericks - Best BitterGood1
Clarence & Fredericks - American Pale AleGood1
Full Moon - HopdanceGood1
Full Moon - Red PacificGood1
Brockley - Pale AleGood2
Ascot - Aureole AleGood2
Full Moon - Celestial BlondeGood1
Redemption - Rock the KazbekGood1
Upham - PunterGood1
Dorking - Smokestack Lightnin'Good1
Bowman - WarblerGood1
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterGood1
Isfield - BitterAcceptable1
Itchen Valley - BelgarumAcceptable1
Pin-Up - Milk StoutAcceptable1
1648 - Sacred SolsticeAcceptable1
Goldmark - Liquid GoldAcceptable1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Wild RiverNot Tried0
Irving - Iron DukeNot Tried0
Kent - Altered StatesNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - SwazzaleNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Chocolate Vanilla PorterNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESBNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Old Father ThamesNot Tried0
Arundel - CastleNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PorterNot Tried0
Dorking - Red India AleNot Tried0
Goddards - ScrumdiggityNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CoppernobNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Arundel - Black StallionNot Tried0
Littlehampton (formerly called Anchor Springs) - LA GoldNot Tried0

Visits Details

13 Jul 2013 (Ian)
Hot day but a well run festival with plenty of new and interesting beers.
Long Man - Old Man 4.30ExcellentOn such a hot day who would have thought that an old ale would be the best beer of the day. Lots of dark fruits and malts.
1648 - Laughing Frog5.20GoodSupposed to taste of French hedgerows, certainly its got a leafy green flavour.
Full Moon - Red Pacific4.80GoodGood American style red ale.
Redemption - Rock the Kazbek4.00GoodGood citrusy golden ale.
Bowman - Warbler4.80GoodNutty strong best bitter
Clarence & Fredericks - American Pale Ale4.50GoodDecent APA
Full Moon - Celestial Blonde4.30GoodCitrusy golden ale
Dorking - Smokestack Lightnin'4.00GoodLight smokiness, tasty beer
Ascot - Aureole Ale3.30Acceptablepale gold light beer but still a good taste
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10AcceptableNot my thing, it's a bitter, but not a very good one in my opinion, no off or bad flavours.
Goldmark - Liquid Gold4.00AcceptableDecent golden beer with a bit of white grape flavour
Itchen Valley - Belgarum3.90AcceptableSupposed to have elderflower but I can't taste it. Ok golden ale
1648 - Sacred Solstice4.30AcceptablePlenty of elderflower, ok
Isfield - Bitter3.70AcceptableMalty bitter
13 Jul 2013 (oz11)
More beers were available.
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Exceptional
Ascot - Red IPA5.50Exceptional
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00Exceptional
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Excellent
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Knight's Ale4.60Excellent
Ascot - Aureole Ale3.30ExcellentA great beer of lighter than average strength. Spelled Aureole here?
Late Knights - Hairy Dog Black IPA6.00Excellent
Franklins - Citra IPA5.50Excellent
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Good
Full Moon - Hopdance3.90GoodGreat aroma which promised much, but didn't deliver on flavour.
Clarence & Fredericks - Best Bitter4.10Good
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Good
Upham - Punter4.00Good
Pin-Up - Milk Stout4.50AcceptableHad a very sharp edge to it.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
West Berkshire - Old Father Thames3.40Not Tried
Arundel - Castle3.80Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Porter5.40Not Tried
Dorking - Red India Ale5.00Not Tried
Goddards - Scrumdiggity4.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not TriedRan out shortly after I arrived.
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Arundel - Black Stallion3.70Not Tried
Littlehampton (formerly called Anchor Springs) - LA Gold3.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Wild River4.50Not Tried
Irving - Iron Duke5.30Not Tried
Kent - Altered States4.70Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Swazzale4.80Not Tried
Goldmark - Liquid Gold4.00Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Chocolate Vanilla Porter9.60Not TriedRan out before I got a chance to try it.

About the SIBA South East Beer Festival 2013

Summary of Beer Scores



The Beer Festival is found in Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1HR.

Held at the rugby club in Tonbridge. Nice to see proper summer weather in contrast to last year's floods which ensured the cancellation of the event.

We have visited this Beer Festival twice, seen 41 different beers and tried 26 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN9 1HR