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Monday 12 December 2011

Golden Pints Nominations 2011

Ok, as promised here are my nominations for this years Golden Pint Awards. As I have been out of the country (once again) for some of the year my choices have been a bit limited but I have given it a go.

  1. Best UK Draught (Cask or Keg) Beer- Kernel, IPA Simcoe Centennial ;no words needed
  2.  Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer- Magic Rock, Human Cannonball ;THE brewery to watch
  3. Best Overseas Draught Beer- Stone Brewing, Ruination IPA ;Fresh in BD Edinburgh, lovely
  4. Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer- Lagunitas Brewery, Little SumpIn' ;plain and simply tasty, as it should be
  5. Best Overall Beer- Magic Rock, Human Cannonball
  6. Best Pumpclip or Label- Magic Rock, All of them. Does that count?
  7. Best UK Brewery- Kernel Brewery. Close runner-up; Magic Rock
  8. Best Overseas Brewery- Mikkeller; still pushing boundaries and creating some wonderful beers
  9. Pub/Bar of the Year- The Euston Tap
  10. Beer Festival of the Year- I didn't go to any at all this year
  11. Supermarket of the Year- Sainsburys
  12. Independent Retailer of the Year- Luvian's, St Andrews
  13. Online Retailer of the Year- MyBreweryTap
  14. Best Beer Book or Magazine- Zak Avery, 500 Beers
  15. Best Beer Blog or Website- Pencil and Spoon, Mark Dredge
  16. Best Beer Twitterer- @tania_nexust , top poached egg advice
  17. Best Online Brewery presence- Magic Rock. Runner-up; those scamps at BrewDog
  18. Food and Beer Pairing of the Year; Too many to choose
  19. In 2012 I’d Most Like To… Work in a brewery again
  20. Best Beer Event of the Year- 1st European Beer Bloggers Conference

Dear Sir, sorry for my absence

No, this is not a letter of absence that a school child has written but it does feel like one.

Dear Sir/Madam/other readers,

It has come to my attention that my attendance in beer class has been pretty shoddy recently. I have hardly been attending at all. Whilst I have been enjoying many an evening enjoying beer and had many exciting events with Stirling University Craft Beer Society, I have failed to document most of these. I certainly haven't been reporting them back to my fellow students at beer class.

I promise that this is to come to an end. Starting with this afternoon's post on my recommendations for this years Golden Pint Awards. This will closely be followed by some beer reviews and round up of my work this semester with SUCBS.

Yours in beer,


P.s In all seriousness the past few months have been mayhem but that doesnt excuse the fact that I have hardly written about beer at all. Back with you this afternoon with my nominations for the Golden Pints


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