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White Cliffs Beer Festival 2019 (CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExcellent1
Pig & Porter - From An Antique LandExcellent1
Arbor Ales - I Speak for the TreesExcellent1
Northdown - Muggy PorterExcellent1
Kent - Christmas PuddingExcellent1
Iron Pier - Whiteout IPAExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Host's Ale (version spiced with ginger)Excellent1
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - DominatorNot Tried0
Nelson - Nelsons BloodNot Tried0
Tring - Colley's DogNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonNot Tried0
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.Not Tried0
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveNot Tried0
Westerham - Audit AleNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHopNot Tried0
Nelson - Black JackNot Tried0
Wantsum - Ravening WolfNot Tried0
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale AleNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Snow TopNot Tried0
Kent - Twelfth NightNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Yakima ValleyNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Quadrant Oatmeal StoutNot Tried0
St Peter's - India Pale AleNot Tried0
Kent - Brewers ReserveNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the MooNot Tried0
Great Heck - Shankar IPANot Tried0
Rooster's - High TeaNot Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - CavedwellerNot Tried0
Rooster's - Baby-Faced AssassinNot Tried0
Tintagel - Merlin's MuddleNot Tried0
Bexley - Crook Log Winter AleNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - Bullion BombNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - The Devil Made Me Brew ItNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Stay PuftNot Tried0
Bexley - Black Prince Porter RumNot Tried0
Musket - Powder BurnNot Tried0
Shiny - Disco BallsNot Tried0
Salopian - PolygraphNot Tried0
Wantsum - Grim ReaperNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum Porter Grand ReserveNot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. MENot Tried0
Old Dairy - Dark SnowNot Tried0
Tonbridge - American PaleNot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the MoonNot Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Strong AleNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - American PaleNot Tried0
Oakham - DragonNot Tried0
Breakwater - Spring TideNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XXNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - RocketmanNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish Rye PorterNot Tried0
Iron Pier - Export Brown StoutNot Tried0
Kent - Bounty HunterNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - MutinyNot Tried0
Tintagel - ExcaliburNot Tried0
Tapstone - Opium WarsNot Tried0
St Peter's - Christmas AleNot Tried0
Shiny - UnderdogNot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - I Spy Dragonfly IPANot Tried0
Breakwater - Victorian MildNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Velvet RavenNot Tried0
Wantsum - OverlordNot Tried0
Bad Seed - Code of SilenceNot Tried0
Beatnikz Republic - Beach BumNot Tried0
Beermats - MatadorNot Tried0
Harbour - Little Rock IPANot Tried0
Rooster's - Howl (Black Forest Gateau)Not Tried0
Salopian - LuminescenceNot Tried0
Salopian - Minds EyeNot Tried0

Visits Details

01 Feb 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit, soon found myself on volunteer bar duty. If anything numbers down a tad, maybe affected by weather warnings true or false. I was impressed to see the Caveman beers correctly labelled as brewed outside of Kent and also by the cider bar notice stating that the ciders were real according to the CAMRA definition - as confirmed by the various makers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Excellent
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExcellentQuite the business
Arbor Ales - I Speak for the Trees5.00ExcellentBlimey the ultimate hop hit in nose and taste, bucketloads. Ran out
Northdown - Muggy Porter5.00Excellent
Kent - Christmas Pudding5.80ExcellentBetter than I have had in any pub this winter
Iron Pier - Whiteout IPA5.30ExcellentThe hoppiest beer here, pockets full of hops thrown in the drinker's face
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Host's Ale (version spiced with ginger)5.20ExcellentThis year my favourite ale here, lovely winter spicing
Pig & Porter - From An Antique Land6.00Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Dominator5.10Not Tried
Nelson - Nelsons Blood6.00Not Tried
Tring - Colley's Dog5.20Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Not TriedMust have been layered as several pints returned for being cloudy then others poured clear later
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.5.50Not Tried
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Not Tried
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHop5.20Not TriedRan out
Nelson - Black Jack5.40Not Tried
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90Not TriedThe beer here which was fobbing on service more than any other
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00Not Tried
Kent - Twelfth Night7.40Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Yakima Valley7.00Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Quadrant Oatmeal Stout5.80Not Tried
St Peter's - India Pale Ale5.50Not Tried
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the Moo7.00Not Tried
Great Heck - Shankar IPA5.90Not Tried
Rooster's - High Tea6.20Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Cavedweller5.80Not Tried
Rooster's - Baby-Faced Assassin6.10Not Tried
Tintagel - Merlin's Muddle5.20Not Tried
Bexley - Crook Log Winter Ale5.20Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Bullion Bomb5.00Not TriedRan out
Arbor Ales - The Devil Made Me Brew It5.50Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Stay Puft5.20Not Tried
Bexley - Black Prince Porter Rum5.00Not Tried
Musket - Powder Burn5.00Not TriedEveryone who tried this one were very complimentary about it
Shiny - Disco Balls5.30Not Tried
Salopian - Polygraph7.40Not Tried
Wantsum - Grim Reaper5.50Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter Grand Reserve6.50Not TriedHad ran out early as one would expect
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. ME5.20Not TriedRan out
Old Dairy - Dark Snow6.50Not Tried
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the Moon5.40Not TriedVoted Beer of the Festival as it was the first to sell out
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Strong Ale5.00Not Tried
Romney Marsh - American Pale5.00Not Tried
Oakham - Dragon5.00Not TriedRan out
Breakwater - Spring Tide5.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX5.10Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Rocketman6.00Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish Rye Porter5.40Not Tried
Iron Pier - Export Brown Stout6.30Not Tried
Kent - Bounty Hunter5.50Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Mutiny5.30Not Tried
Tintagel - Excalibur5.80Not Tried
Tapstone - Opium Wars5.60Not Tried
St Peter's - Christmas Ale7.00Not Tried
Shiny - Underdog6.00Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - I Spy Dragonfly IPA5.00Not TriedRan out
Breakwater - Victorian Mild5.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Velvet Raven5.20Not Tried
Wantsum - Overlord6.00Not Tried
Bad Seed - Code of Silence5.50Not Tried
Beatnikz Republic - Beach Bum5.00Not Tried
Beermats - Matador5.10Not Tried
Harbour - Little Rock IPA6.30Not Tried
Rooster's - Howl (Black Forest Gateau)6.90Not Tried
Salopian - Luminescence5.20Not Tried
Salopian - Minds Eye5.80Not Tried

About the White Cliffs Beer Festival 2019

Summary of Beer Scores

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Website.

The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1DL.

White Cliffs Festival of Winter Ales. 26th anniversary of this winter festival held in the atmospheric Maison Dieu Town Hall. A 2 day (Friday and Saturday) festival with 70 or so beers which are all winter and strong ales on gravity, all 5.0% abv or higher, at a flat rate £1.75 per half and £3.50 per pint (the first price rise for a few years now). A Dover tradition. This year the logo celebrates the Dover Patrol for its role in two World Wars.

We have visited this pub once, seen 71 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1DL