The time has come and the Shrewsbury Beer Festival is in full swing once again. I wrote about it last year, and I am happy to tell you it’s even better this year!
Held in St Mary’s Church, this is surely one of the most beautiful venues you could hope for. The space is quite small, but well organised. It’s easy to move around and see the fantastic selection of beers, ciders and perries that are available.
As you would expect, the beer list is the star of the show. The local CAMRA branch have really outdone themselves this year, with support from head sponsor Salopian Brewery, and others like RAD Beer. You are in for a treat. There are some brilliant beers from local favourites. Launching at the festival this year is the Salopian return collaboration with Thornbridge, Autofiction. This was one of my beers of the day, a complex and fruity hazy NEIPA that is well worth two of anyone’s tokens.
There are also plenty of incredible breweries represented from further afield. I have had Roosters Blame it on the Tetons in cans before, so that will be a fantastic shout on cask. Also look out for some gems from Tartarus, Brew York, Oakham and Mallinsons on the list. I particularly enjoyed Push and Pull, if you’re a pale ale fan.
But my beer of the day has to be awarded to Ludlow Brewery. Their Derailed craft project just keeps going from strength to strength, and Silent Knight is magnificent. Labelled as a vanilla espresso milk stout, the rich roasted coffee notes and smooth body make this beer an absolute triumph, not to be missed.
You can also enjoy a great selection of gins at the festival. Tuck in to some tasty snacks including cobs, Indian savouries and the like. We even spotted the Town Crier putting in an appearance on Wednesday! The new edition of the Good Beer Guide will get its local launch at the festival tonight (Thursday).
A brilliant event, made all the more wonderful by being arranged and staff by volunteers. Do yourself a favour and don’t miss it!