The VegHog visited the Winchester Real Ale & Cider Festival yesterday at the historic Winchester Guildhall. The guildhall was packed with beer and cider casks, also foreign bottled beers were available, a food court with even some veggie options, and live music. The atmosphere was cheery and uplifting.
I wanted to share some tasting notes with you of the ales and ciders I tried.
Flowerpots, Cheriton Hampshire: Edge of Darkness 4,8%
- first impression: pretty good!
- dark, reddish brown
- aroma of hops and caramels
- German malt character with a long bitter finish
- almost like Altbier
Highland Brewing, Orkney Scotland: Island Hopping 3,9%
- golden with a lemony fresh hoppy zing
- some grassy notes, like a Highland meadow in the morning
Dancing Man, Southampton Hampshire: Pilgrim's Pale 3,9%
- fruity mango nose
- explosion of tropical fruits with a moderate bitterness
- fresh, quenching mouth feel
- papaya and citrus flavours also from the hops
Downton, Downton Wiltshire: Slovenian Dream 4,5%
- light mouth feel
- grassy hop character
Vibrant Forest, Lymington Hampshire: Pale Ale Citra 5,0%
- pine and resin character from the hops
- long bitter resiny after taste with grapefruit
Dan y Graig, Grosmont Monmouthshire: Dan y Graig 6,0%
- cloudy cider
- medium, without being too sweet
So all in all I had some delightful tasting experiences.