Sale Beer Festival – Fancy a Beer Mate 2012

Last night there was a more local affair happening in the town of Sale as the Fancy a Beer Mate company came to Sale’s Masonic Hall for the start of a two-day festival of all things ale. Promising local breweries in both ale, cider and perry, along with entertainment, it would be rude not to go along and give it a go!

Now I will admit, a fair few ales were consumed on this night, so I’ve had to refer to the tasting notes from the programme to jog my memory on the odd occasion.

Costing only £5 to enter (including the customary festival glass), myself and a friend of mine trawled through the list of breweries available to us to see which one would get the night rolling. First up for me was a recommended tipple from the Quantum Brewing Company named ‘Euro IPA’ (5.5%). A good soft mix of European hops from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany, with some refreshing fruit flavours slowly coming out between malty aromas. Going down rather quickly, I went in search for the ‘Mere Gold’ (3.8%) by the Dunham Massey Brewing Company. Brewed exclusively for Mere Golf Club, it combined traditional English Bitter with fuggles and goldings hops.

Next up was ‘Albert’s Glory’ (5.0%) by Trotters Independant Brewing Company from Swadlington. A rich, smooth porter with lots of malt and chocolate that mixed well. This was followed by Black Hole Brewery from Burton Upon Trent, and their offering of Supa Nova (4.8%). A premium pale ale using a variety of hops from both Europe and America to produce a rather soft floral taste.

5th of the night was the simply named ‘Headless’ (3.9%) by the Red Willow in Macclesfield. An extremely refreshing pale ale which had strong hints of orange bitter leading the way. Lots of fruit flavours balanced it well though. Nearing the end of the night, The Shardlow Brewing Company were the last offering with their ale named ‘Reverand Eaton’ (4.5%). There was a good balance of malt and hop flavours, with a slight sweetness lingering.

After 6 ales, it was time to hit the hay and stumble home with a cracking night had by all! Roll on the Winter Ales Festival in November!

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Fancy a Beer Mate Sale Winter Ales Festival Review

Last Friday there was a more local affair happening in the town of Sale as the Fancy a Beer Mate company came to Sale’s Masonic Hall for a two-day festival of all things ale. Promising local breweries in both ale, cider and perry, along with entertainment on both days, it would be rude not to go along and give it a go!

Now I will admit, a fair few ales were consumed on this night, so I’ve had to refer to the tasting notes from the programme to jog my memory on the odd occasion.

Costing only £5 to enter (including the customary festival glass), the four strong group trawled through the list of breweries available to us to see which one would get the night rolling. First up for me was a tipple from the Dunham Massey Brewing Company named ‘Winter Warmer’ (6.6%). A rather strong offering, although not immediately noticeable, with a rich malt flavour being present with hints of spice. Ginger and nutmeg were also present as it went down rather quickly. So in not time at all, I went in search for the recommended ‘Ape Ale’ (5.4%) by the Blue Monkey Brewing Company from Nottingham. A strong pale ale, a good mix of pine, citrus and orange are immediate flavours, which culminated into a dry finish. An after-taste of slight bitterness eventually came around but the end result was rather moorish.

Next up was ‘HedgeHopper’ (3.8%) by Mobberley Fine Ales. A golden ale, light on the palate with hopps and a mild flavour lingering on the after-taste. The lady who served me warned that I’d be back for more, but i noticed instead the Quantum Brewing Company from Stockport, and their offering of Summit IPA (5.5%). Their description boasts that it’s produced using a single hop to showcase the characteristics of the hop variety. With this in mind, the ‘stripped down’ IPA was heavy on the berries and citrus fruits, with hints of malt thrown in near the end.

5th of the night was the simply named ‘Jack’ (4.2%) by the Falstaff Brewery in Derby. A fruity golden ale with heavy hints of butterscotch. Citrus replaces as the dominant flavour as it moved to a more gentle after-taste of hops. The Leatherbritches Brewery from Ashbourne were up next with their ale named ‘Owd Codger’ (4.9%). A hint of strawberry on the palate joins with slight pepper notes that results in a long hoppy finish. Nearing the end of the night, and after enjoying the local entertainment on the stage next to us, ‘Kingdom’ (4.5%) by The Tap House Brewery in Smisby, Derbyshire was next in line, offering huge amounts of malt on the palate with caramel flavours mixing in to give a sweet, long after-taste.

The last ale of the night went to a name that all three of my fellow ale drinkers had tried before, with raving reviews – ‘Pegasus’ (4.2%). By the Milton Brewery down in Milton, Cambridgeshire, a well-balanced mix of fruit and malt was enjoyed on the palate to produce a very moorish offering!

After 8 ales, it was time to hit the hay and stumble home. A cracking night had by all with congratulations to the boys and girls of Fancy a Beer Mate!

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Fancy a Beer Mate Sale Winter Ales Festival

The boys at Fancy a Beer Mate are back with a two-day festival at the Sale Masonic Hall on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November.

Commencing at 5pm till 11pm on the Friday, and noon till 11pm on the Saturday, Fancy a Beer Mate will be showcasing the likes of Dunham Massey Brewing Company, Mobberley Fine Ales, The Tap House Brewery and the Leatherbritches Brewery as well as a selection of ciders and perrys from both the Broadoak Cider Company and Saxon Cider Company. Wine and soft drinks are also available.

Tickets are £5 on the night (receive 20% off if you click here and purchase online) which includes £1 refundable deposit on the festival glass. Tokens are then available to purchase once inside. Free entry for parental supervised children on Saturday afternoon till 7pm and their drinks are free.

The venue is located approximately 150 metres from the Sale Metrolink station, behind the Town Hall. 

And there’s entertainment too! Local girl and singer / songwriter Sophie Roberts will be covering a list of well-known hits as well as her own songs.

So come on down!

For further information about Fancy a Beer Mate, click here

Majestic Wines Tasting Notes

Swung by my local Majestic Wines looking for a bottle of wine to take away with me and to try their open sample bottles that are available daily. Currently they are promoting their range of South African wines and below are my tasting notes on the six that were available –

Reds 

Robertson Winery Pinot Noir 2011

On the nose it gave off fresh strawberry and raspberry flavours with hints of gooseberry that came more apparent as it hits your palate. A good medium-bodied red wine with a slight dryness on the after-taste.

Available for £5.99 with their 20% off South African wines deal (£7.49 normally)

Rasteau Domaine Notre Damn des Pollieres 2009

A strong mix of wild berries on the nose but becomes smooth and soft on the palate. A slight kick of spice hits the after-taste.

Available for £12.49 or buy two and save £5

Vergelegan Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

On the nose the aromas of the dark fruits of plums and blackcurrants instantly hit your senses, whilst on the palate you receive a slight kick of spice to add to the experience that softens out as it dries a little.

Available for 20% off at £13.59 (usually £16.99)

Whites

Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc 2011

A ripe gooseberry flavour on the nose that has hints of olive oil mixed in. On the palate the gooseberry mellows out into a smooth and very soft wine with a slight tingle on after-taste.

Available for 20% off at £6.99 (usually £8.74)

Bernard Series Hand Picked Viognier 2010

On the nose there’s instant aromas of sweet peach, tropical fruit and a small hint of litchi that blend well onto the palate to create a sweet and rich yet smooth finish.

Available for 20% off at £8.79 (usually £10.99)

Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2009

A good mix of fresh green peppers and gooseberries on the nose that give a smooth, fresh, ripe flavours on the palate. A great medium South African.

Available for 20% off at £9.99 (usually £12.49)

The Bernard Series Hand Picked Viognier 2010 was personally recommended by Matt and what a wine! Perfect for my sweet tooth so a bottle was bought!

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You can purchase all the above wine here – http://www.majestic.co.uk/