Thursday 28th September, Hopfest Pale Ale beat a whole host of other worthy contenders to be crowned beer of the festival 2017 at the St. Albans Beer Festival.
Another award for Hopfest
Tim Hickford (Mad Squirell) & John Bishop (St Albans Beer Festival Organiser).
The Festival, held every year in the Alban Arena in the centre of town, hosts over 300 beers from all over the UK, plus international bottled beers. As with last year, Mad Squirrel is hosting its very own bar on the basement level, serving the full cask core range. St. Albans is the home of the Campaign for Real Ale, the festival organisers, who were formed in the town and currently have their headquarters located there. It is one of the preeminent Beer Festivals in the south of England.
Beer of the festival at such a large event is chosen by the organisers drawing up a shortlist of 20 from the initial total amount of beers, then St. Albans publicans and bar managers are invited to blind taste each of the candidates and give them a score out of ten. Points are awarded for beers each publican puts first, second and third on their sheets, then these points are collated to reveal the overall winner and runner up. Hopfest was declared the winner with a healthy margin of points above second place.
Mad Squirrel’s Tim Hickford has been working on the Mad Squirrel bar for the whole festival and was there to hear the award announced. Tim said “We are really pleased to receive this recognition, all the beers we are pouring are early batches off of our new state of the art brew house, so for Hopfest to win this award is certainly encouraging for the future. Second place went to Elland 1872 Porter and third was given to Mighty Oak’s Oscar Wilde Mild, both of which have previously been awarded the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain Award, so Hopfest has beaten some real stiff competition!”.