Golden Pints 2011
So I may have only been blogging a few days, but Batman is a long time admirer of hops, malt, yeast and water (and anything else the brewer throws in there). Here are my highlights of 2011.
Best UK Draught (Cask or Keg) Beer
Magic Rock Highwire. Fantastic on cask, better on keg.
Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
Marble Special 2011. Big tropical fruity hops, crisp and tart saisony goodness.
Best Overseas Draught Beer
Odell IPA. Modern classic
Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
Best Overall Beer
Odell IPA. It might not be the most brash IPA on the market, but it is superbly well-balanced and extremely quaffable.
Best Pumpclip or Label
For British brewers it has to be Magic Rock, overseas I’ll go for Brooklyn Black Ops.
Best UK Brewery
It has to be Magic Rock again. Every beer in their range is one of the best in its style.
Best Overseas Brewery
Tough choice, but I’m going to go for Stone Brewing.
Pub/Bar of the Year
As I am involved in the industry I have an obvious bias, so I am going to change this to the pub/bar that has impressed me the most. I have only visited twice but Southampton Arms does it for me. Ale, Cider, Meat. ’nuff said.
Supermarket of the Year
I buy very little from the supermarkets, but if I had to choose I’d say Marks and Spencer for their range of own branded beer. I bought beers from brewers I would usually bypass as a result.
Online Retailer of the Year
Best Beer Blog or Website
Another toughie, but I’m going to go for Ghostdrinker. Any one of about 8 could have won this.
Best Beer Twitterer
Zak Avery. Inspirational beer writing, humorous anecdotes on life.
Best Online Brewery Presence
Brewdog. A good website, a generally entertaining blog, and an army of staff flooding your twitter timeline.
Open Category: Batman’s ‘Beer Crusade’ of the Year Award.