Date: Friday 1st March Venue: New Inn, Leven, East Yorkshire
In the Green Corner: Great Newsome Brewery
In the Blue Corner: Brass Castle Brewery
Meet the brewer nights in pubs are nothing new, in fact they’re getting quite popular, but this was the first time I’d come across an evening with two breweries, challenging for the right have their most popular beer on the bar for the forthcoming month. It was fairly quiet when we arrived at the New Inn, we’d brought a couple of guests with us (my sister and brother-in-law) and we were a bit worried that the evening was going to be a bit of a let down. Maybe we’d just got there too early though, as the evening went on more people arrived and the atmosphere gradually built up a head of steam.
The challenge was for each brewery to present three of their best offerings in a blind tasting, and for the customers to vote for their favourite three over the weekend. Although the pump clips had some information such as the strength and style of the beer, the actual names where kept a secret to avoid giving the game away. We had been told in advance which beers were up for judging though so it didn’t take a great deal of guesswork to figure out which was which. We started with the lowest strength beer, and worked our way up the ABV ranking to finish with the 5.5% porter which just might have been one of our personal favourites from Brass Castle, and the 5.7% IPA. All the beers were good and very reasonably priced at