Watford Beer Festival

Watford & District

25th Watford Beer Festival

Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th November 2018

West Herts Sports Club, 8 Park Avenue, Watford, WD18 7HP

The 25th Watford Beer Festival closed its doors on Saturday 9th November. As well as quenching the thirst of many eager beer, cider and perry drinkers the festival also hosted competitions and presentations over the three days it was open. The judging for the Best Bitter category of the Champion Beer of Britain competition (East Anglia Region) took place on Thursday 7th. The winner this year was Green Jack Trawlerboys, which now goes on to the next stage of the competition. On Friday 8th the festival hosted the presentation of the Herts Beer of the Year award, which was won at the St. Albans Beer Festival by New River Five-Inch Drop. On Saturday 9th there was the now traditional Pub Quiz and once again the top prize was the chance to be Brewer for a Day at Paradigm Brewery, who also grabbed first and second places in our Beer of the Festival competition (see below). Also nabbing top ten spots in their first appearance at our festival were the local Oxhey Village Brewery. A full festival report will appear in the February/March 2020 edition of the Hertfordshire newsletter Pints of View but in the meantime here are the top ten beers as voted for by our customers:

  1. Paradigm - Watford Winter Warmer
  2. Paradigm - Imperial Black Hornet
  3. XT/Animal - Hop Kitty
  4. Tryst - Chocolate Coconut Porter
  5. Oxhey Village Brewery - Chocolate Porter
  6. Stealth - Huggermuggery
  7. Fyne Ales - Jarl
  8. Green Jack - Trawlerboys Best Bitter, Oxhey Village Brewery - Milk Stout, Tiny Rebel - Chinook IPA


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