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Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2009 (Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Oakham - JHBExceptional1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent1
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent1
Westerham - Summer PerleExcellent1
Triple fff - MoondanceExcellent1
Moorhouse's - Black Cat MildGood2
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish BitterGood2
Hogs Back - T.E.A.Good1
Goacher's - William Caxton SpecialGood1

Visits Details

22 May 2009 (Mick)
Arrived soon after the 3pm opening, by the time we left it was getting quite busy. Lovely spot for a beer festival and well run.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10ExcellentSuperb, dark, rich with toffee/malt and a good hop balance. Could have drunk this all afternoon.
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50ExcellentVery nice. Chocolate and subtle burnt malt with rich but mellow hops. Super.
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40GoodSmooth with hints of chocolate and coffee but perhaps lacking in body.
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80GoodRuby/Brown colour, fruity and hoppy, nice.
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20GoodA nice enough pint but not as assertive or hoppy as I remember
22 May 2009 (Blair)
My first visit to this beer festival and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Really quaint setting with a great atmosphere. Beer was good. My only problem with the festival was that at around 8pm it got so busy that it was taking around 30-40 minutes to queue for a beer. Too much for us so we left and ventured into Dover itself.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - JHB3.80ExceptionalThis beat the Summer Perle as summer beers go. Just phenomenally refreshing. The hops are wonderful, an incredibly well put together beer.
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80ExcellentThe perfect summer beer? Really pale, sweet and hoppy. Fantastic ale.
Triple fff - Moondance4.20ExcellentComplex bitter with lots of hops and citrus. I was really impressed.
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40GoodDark and a little thin. Coffee and chocolate are the main flavours here. Very nice flavours but I thought it suffered from being a little too thin in the mouth.
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80GoodDarkish bitter. Quite nutty with a bit of roasted malt in there. Pretty good.
Goacher's - William Caxton Special3.80GoodCopper coloured with a light hoppy flavour and a bit of sweet fruit. Quite nice.

About the Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2009

The pub sign. Crabble Corn Mill Beer Festival 2009, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent4
Good6
Acceptable-
Poor-

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