Over 3,500 pints of beer have been supped and savoured by nearly 2,000 real ale aficionados in a weekend celebration of all that’s best in British brewing at Nottingham’s Canalhouse pub. The event, which followed a national beer quality competition organised there on Thursday 12 February 2009 by the Society of Independent Brewers, saw the UK’s top 55 real ales available on hand pump in a single location for the first time in the city.
Once the private judging had taken place, Canalhouse manager, Yvette Storey, and her colleagues were able to offer all that the judges had sampled to everyone with a passion for one of Britain’s favourite tastes. “Hosting the competition and then allowing everyone three days to taste what’s best in British beer has been an honour for us and for everyone in Nottingham with a feeling for tradition, taste, and quality,” says Yvette. “I have nothing but praise for the SIBA organisers, the brewers who had already won at their regional SIBA competition, and customers who, I feel sure, will long remember this special weekend.
“It’s interesting that first to go were local ales including Screech Owl and Jaipur IPA. With them in the favourites was Purple Moose brewery’s Snowdonia Ale. Now we have to wait to see if the public’s preferences match those of the judges.”