If you’ve already read my travel blog Thursday@GreenMan you will know that I’m with some friends at the Green Man Festival in Wales and we have set ourselves a challenge to sample 25 different beers and ciders over the festival weekend. This is the fourth Beer & Cider Festival at Green Man and the wide and varied choice includes 76 beers and 30 ciders.
Members of our group have all taken the time to develop personal favourites. The extraordinarily elegant LN has a thing for Jemima’s Pitchfork, from the Glamorgan Brewing Company. With notes of citrus, pear & melon, it is an award winning golden ale named after the Welsh heroine Jemima Nicholas. In 1797, Jemima rounded up and captured 12 drunk French soldiers armed only with a pitchfork. LN does not have a pichfork but she does round up a few festival goers using a furry snake on a stick!
Gino’s favourite tipple also comes from the Glamorgan Brewing Company. My Darlin’ Lemontime is an ultra pale ale inspired by the Italian community who settled in Wales during the 19th century. It was developed to help refresh drinkers when the temperature starts to get Mediterranean. An ironic choice in some respects – the climate of rain and wind and more rain at Green Man never really reminded us of anywhere except Wales!
The unbelievably fabulous Frida has gone blonde! She loves the Elderflower Blonde from Newport’s Bluestone Brewing Company. It is a straw coloured blonde ale with some malty notes and a hint of Elderflower. I am also very impressed with the huge level of enthusiasm she has shown for the beer tasting challenge. I like Bluestone’s light and golden IPA, Summer Rocks. And, of course, summer always rocks at Green Man….(sorry, couldn’t resist). I also have a penchant for Blorenge from Llanhilleth’s Tudor Brewery – a pale ale with a citrus undertone which has deservedly won a Great Taste Award.
Our group includes one none beer drinker, but that gives us an ideal excuse to sample several ciders. The beautifully wild Eskimoh finds that Sweet Biffyn from The Williams Brothers is her cider of choice. This cider has won awards every year for the last 5 years. I’m not sure how many pints of Biffyn she consumed to confirm this was her favourite, but at a strong 6.0% alcohol, she was clearly having a very good time.
So fantastic beer and cider, enjoyed by our whole group and I haven’t even mentioned the Ginger Mojitos, the Rum Daquiris, the Bloody Marys or the wine. There has been nothing dry about Green Man 2016.