Friday, 12 March 2010

Leicester Beer Festival 2010

A good crowd in for the Thursday afternoon session, including quite a few cider bar regulars. Haven't these people got any work to do?

If I remember correctly, I sampled my way through 8 halves of cider and perry, the picks of the bunch being:

Burrow Hill Dry - Good tannin, dry, smooth and well balanced.

Millwhites Organic Single Orchard - Excellent Eastern Counties style cider. Not too sharp, with a lovely apple-crumble sweetness and a hint of Russety tannin. (The Millwhites Rum Cask cider was also very good)

Olivers Dabinett - Exceptionally well-balanced cider. Tom Oliver sets the standard once again.

The perrys I tried were good, but a little sweeter than I like, so without any hint of shame, I'm going for our own Blakeney Red as favourite perry of the day.

The Gorwydd Caerphilly, and Pont De La Pierre cheese I took along to accompany the ciders received a mixed response, perhaps a little too 'mature' for some. I'll take some dairylea triangles and cheesy string along next time ;) Everyone agrees that the onsite curry house delivers the goods, and we finished the day with a Paneer Tikka Massala and Chicken Curry with all the trimmings.

It will be interesting to see what cider and perrys are left when I make a brief return to the cider bar on Saturday...

A Brace of Blakeney Red Perrys

Deputy Bar Manager Paul Shirley tries to look busy

1 comment:

fegrig said...

That sounds like a good afternoon to me! I made do with an infrequent trip to Waitrose and picked up some previously unseen ciders to sample.