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Kent Beer Festival 2014 (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Bushy's - Ruby (1874) MildExcellent1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExcellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent1
Kent - CobnutExcellent1
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Citra (also badged as The Citra)Excellent1
Spencer's - BlondeGood1
Oakham - Bishops FarewellGood3
Great Oakley - Wot's OccuringGood1
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Good1
Mad Cat - Your Country Needs You To Paws For Thought Brown AleGood1
Great Corby (formerly Cumberland) - Corby AleGood1
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island HoppingGood1
Pig & Porter - Elders and BettersGood1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleGood1
Portobello - VPAGood1
Burning Sky - PlateauGood1
Musket - Fife & Drum Golden AleGood1
De Molen - Pale Ale CitraAcceptable1
Westerham - Summer PerleAcceptable1
Gemstone (brewed on Nelson plant) - Sapphire BlondeAcceptable1
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's GoldAcceptable2
Musket - Flintlock Best BitterAcceptable1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterAcceptable1
Picture 1. Kent Beer Festival 2014, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

19 Jul 2014 (oz11)
Lunchtime. The Friday crowd had done serious damage to the range of beers left. Only listed those tried.
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Excellent
Bushy's - Ruby (1874) Mild3.50Excellent
Kent - Cobnut4.10Excellent
Great Oakley - Wot's Occuring3.90Good
Great Corby (formerly Cumberland) - Corby Ale3.80Good
Portobello - VPA4.00Good
Musket - Fife & Drum Golden Ale3.80Good
Spencer's - Blonde4.20Good
Mad Cat - Your Country Needs You To Paws For Thought Brown Ale4.50Good
Pig & Porter - Elders and Betters3.50Good
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00PoorReturned and changed. Smelt and tasted of rubber.
18 Jul 2014 (Baymart)
Evening time very hot indeed - beer and lightening.
Oakham - Citra4.20ExcellentFreshened myself up with the grapefruit
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Citra (also badged as The Citra)4.10ExcellentMy first Caveman, and was in good condition - enjoyed
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00Goodsuffering from the heat, but a good enough bitter to start
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60GoodNot at it's best - but still a good citrus example
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Good
18 Jul 2014 (Andrew)
Hot hot hot. Walked up as usual and found no queue as everyone had been allowed to wander in and wait. Had a bottle of 10% Hel & Verdoemenis with Ian. Superb. No Brian this year but Pete was around. Martin made it eventually too!
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30ExcellentIn good condition
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40GoodHints of chocolate
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island Hopping3.90GoodLight coloured. Hoppy. Bit of extra condition wouldn't go a miss. ...but nice.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50GoodGood condition.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Acceptable
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80AcceptableBit eggy
Musket - Flintlock Best Bitter4.20AcceptableThis met my criteria of being £1.60 - because that's all I had left.
De Molen - Pale Ale Citra4.80AcceptableThe Citra is mottled by the cloudy view
18 Jul 2014 (Ian)
Hot Friday lunchtime so some beer will cool me down
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90ExcellentBeautiful
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60AcceptableCitrusy but not in great nick
Gemstone (brewed on Nelson plant) - Sapphire Blonde4.00AcceptableBit harsh on the hops but otherwise a giod blonde ale

About the Kent Beer Festival 2014

The pub sign. Kent Beer Festival 2014, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



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

40th Kent Beer Festival at Merton Farm.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 27 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: CT4 7BA