Once again, Mark Dredge at Pencil and Spoon and Andy Mogg at Beer Reviews have got together to organize The Golden Pints, which asks bloggers to nominate thier winners in a number of categories to see who wins overall.
Best UK Draught Beer
Dancing Man Pole-Axed – Noteable for being one of a very small group of citra hopped IPAs that I actually enjoyed drinking. Ignoring the hype laden story that accompanied the beer, Pole-Axed is a beer I want to drink again.
Noteable mentions – Vibrant Forest Black Forest Porter, Fuller’s Wild River, Otley Odessa, Sadler’s Dr Hardwicke’s
Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
Camden 1908 – of which I still have a few bottles left. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to it with time. The fact it’s unlikely to ever be brewed again means this is somewhat of a futile experiment, but where would we be without curious people doing pointless things?
Best Overseas Draught Beer
Buckeye Lake Stout – So nice I took some away with me in a growler, and drank it for breakfast the next two mornings.
Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Best Overall Beer
Dancing Man Pole-Axed – if it’s made available again next year I shall be using one of my 10 exceptions to go and drink some more.
Best Pumpclip or Label
Tiny Rebel’s designs have been the stand out for me this year. Noteable mentions go to the Beer Geek and Dancing Man designs.
Best UK Brewery
Dancing Man Brewery – I was somewhat critical of the initial brews at the launch back in January, but what Aidan the brewer told me that night gave me hope that there may be better things to come. Not only have there been better brews since then (Pole-Axed being my clear favourite), the quality of those four initial brews have also improved.
Notable mentions – Vibrant Forest.
Best Overseas Brewery
Erie Brewing Company – For some of the best hospitality at a brewery tour and tasting I’ve ever experienced. Note to other breweries, enthusiasm can have a big effect on how much I listen to someone.
Pub/Bar of the Year
The Rockstone, Southampton – This could have easily gone to The Platform Tavern, but given that Dancing Man Brewery already has a few mentions on this list, I thought I’d give this category to Southampton’s best new pub, which recently celebrated it’s first birthday.
Beer Festival of the Year
Supermarket of the Year
Independent Retailer of the Year
Online Retailer of the Year
I think the only non brewery site I’ve ordered from this year is Beers of Europe, so I suppose, them.
Best Beer Book or Magazine
Best Beer Blog or Website
Best Beer Twitterer
I asked on twitter who was best at twitter, and @rabidbarfly said he was. No one else said they were, so I guess it’s him, unless anyone else can suggest otherwise.
Best Online Brewery Presence
Food and Beer Pairing of the Year
Geuze and blue cheese
In 2013 I’d most like to…
Do more homebrew