Preview: Stag's Beer Festival

With The Stag’s beer festival next week, we took it upon ourselves to review the world beers to get you the exclusive inside knowledge. Four roving reporters headed to The […]


With The Stag’s beer festival next week, we took it upon ourselves to review the world beers to get you the exclusive inside knowledge.

Four roving reporters headed to The Stag’s before realising we knew nothing about beer. Nevertheless we enjoyed pretending, and enjoyed getting drunk even more. Here is the definitive list of the world beers available next week (February 9th-15th 2015).

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St George Beer, Ethiopia (4.5%)

Described as rich a fruity but we didn’t think so.

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Other than that, it was still pretty tasty. One that can be easily downed. Our only male correspondent, the-always-eloquent-Theo, said:

It goes down you like you don’t know it’s gone down you.

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Hardknott Squiddy, England (3.8%)

This English beer containing squid ink divided opinions among the group. Although described as looking like a kidney-patient’s piss, Theo still said:

I’m really passionate about it.

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It was nice and tangy but as it contains seafood, it isn’t suitable for veggies.

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Ichnusa, Sardinia (5%)

This pint is perfect for a sunny day, it’s fizzy and tangy but lacks flavour.

Hite, South Korea (4.5%)

Four beers in and Courtney said they all taste the same. We must note, at this point Emily had a Peanut Butter KitKat which could affect her taste buds. This rather forgettable beer was our least favourite of the bunch.

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Alba, Scotland (7.5%)

This thick, pine-flavoured, ale was rather smelly but strong in taste. Theo said:

It’s an ale for people that don’t like ale.

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Obolon Premium, Ukraine (5.2%)

Liked by all, this was a group favourite. The over-sized bottle went well with Theo’s height, and meant there was plenty to go round.

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Dia de los Muertos, Mexico (5.5%)

The fancy bottle design was a good start but Courtney said it was over-compensating for the lack of taste. Although, it was better than other ales.

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Amazon Forest Pilsner, Brazil (4.1%)

Second-sip worthy, this beer had a good taste. The wise owl, Theo, stated:

It’s not an after taste. It’s got an after-taste but before.

We assume this means he likes the strong flavour. Bonus points for the cute monkey on the bottle.

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Bel Pils, Belgium (5%)

Courtney said this one took her three sips to form an opinion but she still wasn’t convinced. It didn’t tickle Lucy’s pickle either. The rest of the group approved of this one.

Sion Kolsch, Germany (4.8%)

Man-sized Theo wasn’t a fan of the small bottle.  He went on to add:

Audrey Hepburn would drink this.

Described as having “good-chugging potential” this one went down well.

Menabreu, Italy (4.8%)

A favourite of Lucy’s, illustrated by her attempting to drink the whole bottle. Having a way with words, Theo said:

You think it’s a bit of a pussy but actually it’s got attitude.

When Courtney finally got a sip, she said:

It looks like a classy pre-drink.

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Top marks from everyone for this one.

Nils Oscar India Ale, Sweden (5.3%)

Despite the name, this one is from Sweden. This sour beer was described as “mind-boggling”.

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We had great fun but don’t just take our word for it. Head to The Stag’s all next week to try the 13 cask ales from local breweries and the 12 world beers. For more info click here.