Welcome to my first ever Golden Pints. You’ll find that it doesn’t conform to the same formula as everybody else’s. Why should it? This has been my year in beer, and for that reason alone I’m writing this my way and not to a prescribed formula.
So here you are.
Best bottled beer.
Marble Brewery, Portent of Usher.
It’s difficult to explain exactly what this beer did to me when I drank it. But I wished it would never end, it’s sumptuous, heavenly, warming and probably one of the best beers I’ve had this year.
Best Cask beer.
Tapstone Kush Kingdom.
Photo credit: @forkandcarrot
Hazy, fruity, gloriously full in the mouth. Difficult to believe that it’s actually a cask beer. The body and life of the thing are truly fantastic, definitely should be one of your five a day.
Best Canned beer.
You really don’t need anything else in a can, but this. Fact.
Best Double IPA.
The Number’s 55|01.
It’s pretty damn near perfect, in every way. Coupled to the way it just appeared, with no fuss. Bang, here’s our first Double IPA. Thank you very much. The rest of you can stay at home.
Best Cloudwater DIPA.
V6 all the way, that aroma is just incredible. So good in fact, that I’d quite happily have it as an air freshener.
The order of the rest? Oh just put the remaining version numbers into ERNIE and see what comes out.
Best use of beer tiles.
So many people have used beer tiles this year, it’s been a tricky one to conclude. Do you go for consistency or variety? Here’s some of my favourites of this year.
Photo credit: @HoptimisticDude
Photo credit: @Myles Lambert
Photo credit: @Sparkyrite
But I think the overall winner has to be this from Matt The List.
Tom Denham has taken some spectacular shots this year. Lighting and depth of field have been pretty near perfect in most of his shots, the subjects haven’t been too sloppy either. Think he and I need a bit of a photo competition.
Best BBNo Saison.
All of them.
What do you mean one? Really?
Ok, if I must. It begins 01|
Best professional drinker.
Not saying, but here’s a link to the AA should you ever need it.
Has to be Adrian Tierney-Jones. I’ve not kept up with a lot blogs as much as I should have done this year, and neither have I kept up with my own for that matter. But I always manage to find time to read Adrians. It’s pure beer poetry, no matter what he writes. One could say it’s poetry in mash tun.
Best personal beery achievement.
Becoming an ambassador for St Austell’s Proper Job.
Sharing my love of this glorious beer with other like minded people and informing others of its presence has been great fun. I’ve met some fantastic people over the last twelve months through being an ambassador, and I’m looking forward to 2017 and plenty more Proper Job.
Because as they say, it’s always Proper Job o’clock!