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The Great British Beer Festival

       Judging and Drinking Beer by Lynda Johnson
                                                               InnQuirer Issue 68 - Autumn 2018
     A quick visit to the big city. Arriving for a  categorically say that the Green King Mild was
     comfortable night out around Holborn.    really good and deserved to win that day. There
     The Cross Keys on Endell Street proved a good  were six different tongues tasting eight
     find – old fashioned, loads of pictures on the  different milds, not knowing what they were
     walls, brass hanging from the ceiling. We drank  (blind tasting). Christine Cryne has worked
     pints of pale Windsor and Eton Beer and black  hard to make sure we are objective judges
     Brodies. Moving on to a disappointing Crown  introducing an excellent training course with an
     and Anchor, an Enterprise pub, on Shelton  exam at the end (not obligatory) so in theory
     Street. The breweries represented produce  we are better at judging beer than any time
     good beer, unfortunately that night it was lack-  previously.
     lustre. Food next, a wander into Neal’s Yard  Job done, we descended to the main beer halls
     provided an excellent huge pizza, eaten ‘out’ –  to sample a few new beers. Unfortunately, I
     quicker that way, we were informed. We ended  found more beers I did not like than ones to
     the evening around the corner from our   look out for in the future. It’s a great venue for
     Travelodge in the Craft Beer Co. on High  meeting CAMRA friends and brewers from all
     Holborn Road – a big range of cask and keg, we  over the county (and world?).
     tried both. The downstairs room, although  By 7:30pm, I had had enough, I really struggle
     under refurbishment, was lovely and cool with  to drink during the day. We retreated to the
     comfortable seating!                     Princess Louise on High Holborn near the
     7am rise, breakfast, and to Holborn      subway. The upstairs room is a dining area. I
     Underground – slight hiccup – they do not let  love that pub, the glass etching is exquisite, the
     you descend until 10am – so a quick diversion  whole pub oozes regal opulence. Being a Sam
     to Tottenham Court Road. We arrived at   Smiths pub, it’s good value for London.
     Olympia bang on time, 9am. All the CAMRA  I like London’s beer scene and GBBF. I derive a
     judges arrive ahead of the guests who are  great deal of pleasure from the blind tasting of
     associated with the beer industry, brewers,  beers during the judging process. The best
     writers, publicans and wholesalers. I was  thing though is you know you’re coming home
     chairing the mild panel which really pleased me  to Foxfield.
     then and especially now as I can quite

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