Mansfield Road Holy Gr-Ale turns out to be Holy-Fail

Over 100 beers? erm no actually, not really, and if there ever where it would require a myriad of *† and other cautionary disclaimer notes after the number 100… It’s possible that 100 beers where on sort of, but not at once and some pubs where paying lip service compared to others. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still worth going as they have some great beers on, but the claims of 100 beers whilst true, in a nutshell it’s not ‘all at once’.

Pea

We started at the Peacock Inn, I like this pub and we are due to do a review but I was surprised to see no beer barrels, just the bar full up to its normal quota, that was ‘it’ thankfully Bath Ales – Summer Hare was superb and pulled them out from embarrasment, they had about 7 beers on including regulars, this was not the start hoped for.

Moving onto the Golden Fleece we where greeted with this board,

Fleace

That’s better I thought, but the reality was unfortunately again not all beers being available, inside was a smaller sized menu with ticks showing which where currently on, about a third where available to buy at the time. Thornbridge Jaipur was a great pint but costly at £3.20, but hey at least thats 5p cheaper than in the center of London, because Mansfield Road and the center of London are clearly in a similar business position…

Ok so fair enough moving on to the Nags Head, they do a quality beer festival out in the great patio area they have, the board this time didn’t promise so much but at least all beers where on and available, so fair play to the Nags Head.

Nags

Not promising a massive selection, but fair play for having it all on the bar to buy.

Next off to the Lincolnshire Poacher, which roundly trounced the previous pubs with its usual great bar selection, and just under 20 on gravity available.

Poacher

£2.80 for all festival pints was again reasonable

Many will think after my previous glowing reports of the Lincolnshire Poacher that I have some kind of agenda, well I don’t! I think normally it’s over priced, but tonight again it showed that it was the best of the bunch!

We went at this point to next door,  it seems Fade and the hard to find cafe just plain pulled out, we went there to be told abruptly, and I quote,

we’re not stamping cards

They had 2 beers on, and that was your lot.

Fade

 

This was a festival/crawl that promised a huge amount and didn’t quite live up to expectation, claims of 100+ beers is deceptive given the showing we saw. We didn’t try the Rose of England or Forest Tavern but given the experience from all the other pubs, I think a mixed reaction is the best we can give it, here’s hoping that if this event is back on in 2012 some of the pubs that gave a poor showing pull their weight, as they put the brakes on what could have been a fantastic night out.

Line-up confirmed for Mansfield Road Gr-Ale

A list has been released for Mansfield Roads first crawl/festival, with over 100+ beers available, the previous post has been updated with the details!

http://www.nottsbrew.co.uk/2011/04/mansfield-road-announces-beer-festival-onlookers-confused-2/

On a seperate note I tried co-write Hoppkins’ nottsbrew IPA that he brewed from full mash last night and was astounded at how good it was, expect guides, pictures and such from him soon!

Mansfield Road announces beer festival, onlookers confused.

Mansfield Road Holy Gr-ale Festival 

Thursday 12th May – Sunday 15th

 

You have to take notice when an entire road announces a beer festival, and Mansfield Road is a huge one.

In a first for at the very least Nottingham, 7 pubs serving over 100 beers are coming together to form the mother of all pub crawls!

They are (in order of walking away from town)

The Peacock Inn
Rose of England
Golden Fleece
The Nags Head
Lincolnshire Poacher
Fade and the hard to find Cafe
The Forest Tavern

Filling in a trail collectors card gets you a free beer, if you’re out shopping on the Saturday morning and see some people covered in tears and vomit outside the Sony Centre, don’t feel sad, they probably had a bit too much to drink the night before and just rolled their way back down the hill. The only question remaining is, will you work your way up, or down?

ps, no, this isn’t an April Fool.

Ah, a list has been released, though it isn’t in any real order, nor does it specify what will be where!

Castle Rock Harvest Pale

Batemans Spring Breeze

Caledonian Double Twist

Downton Light

Exmoor Gold

Newby Wyke Summer Session

Batemans XB

Castle Rock Kiss Me Kate

Black Sheep Bitter

Harviestoun Born to be Mild

Jarrow Red Ellen

Magpie Midnight Mild

Mordue Ginger Ale

Ossett Milbridge Mild

Newby Wyke Bear Island

Priorswell Silver Chalice

Saltaire Stateside IPA

Poachers Bog Trotter

Newby Wyke Chesapeake

Titanic English Glory

Blue Monkey Original

Blue Monkey BG Sips

Blue Monkey Evolution

Bluemonkey 99 red baboons

Kelham Island Easy Rider

Kelham Island Pale Rider

Newby Wyke  Black Funnel

Abbeydale Moonshine

Newby Wyke HMS Dreadnought

Abbeydale Absolution

Oldershaw Heavanly Blonde

RCH Old Slug Porter

Oldershaw Sunny Daze

Castle Rock Screech Owl

Newby Wyke HMS Revenge

Ossett Milbridge Mild

Shardlow Reverends Eaton

Castle Rock Albert Ball VC

Nottingham Legend

Wells Bombardier

Wychwood Hobgoblin

Sharps Doombar

Flip Side Dark Denomination

Titanic Captain Smith

Oakham Inferno

Mordue Radgie Gadgie

Magpie Thieving Rogue

Dark Star Festival

Black Hole No Escape

Cotleigh Barn Owl

Shadlow Mayflower

Titanic First Class

Adnams Lighthouse

Everards Whakatu

Russels Mild

Wadworth Lilly the Pink

Shepherd Neame Canterbury Jack

McMullen Country Bitter

Castle Rock Elsie Mo

Wychwoods Elderwych

Gales HSB

Nelson Pieces of 8

Milton Dyonysus

Theakstons Lightfoot

Leeds Funfair

Holdens Golden Glow

Saltaire Trio Pale

Caledonian Flying Scotsman

Robinsons Dizzy Blonde

Shardlow Golden Hop

Titanic Life Boat

Spire Dark side of the moon

Hook Norton Hooky Gold

Magpie JPA

Nottingham EPA

Thornbridge Jaipur

Shepherd Neame Master Brew

Castle Rock Preservation

Milestone Crusader

St Austell Tinners

Adnams Broadside

Green King Abbot

Shepherd Neame Spitfire

Brains The Reverend James

Rudgate Ruby Mild

RCH Steam Pole

Castle Rock Gate Keeper

Derby Dashingly Dark

Jarrow Swinging Jibbet


Ciders

 

Broadoak Moonshine

Cornish Orchards Strong & Dry

Westons Scrumpy

Gwynt y Ddraig Vintage 06

Torkard Festival Special

Westons Raspberry Cider

Gwynt y Ddraig Fiery Fox

Mr Whiteheads Midnight Special Perry

Biddendens Dry

Gwynt y Ddraig Autumn Magic

Torkard CBC

Hecks Vintage Dry

Westons Old Rosie

Moles Black Rat

Westons Vintage

Torkard Floppy Tabs

Gwyntt Y Ddraig  Black Dragon

Thatchers Cheddar Valley

Broadoak Kingston Black

 

Perry


Moles Black Rat Perry

Broadoak Perry

Gwynt y Ddraig Two Trees

 

 

Castle Rock Harvest Pale

Batemans Spring Breeze

Caledonian Double Twist

Downton Light

Exmoor Gold

Newby Wyke Summer Session

Batemans XB

Castle Rock Kiss Me Kate

Black Sheep Bitter

Harviestoun Born to be Mild

Jarrow Red Ellen

Magpie Midnight Mild

Mordue Ginger Ale

Ossett Milbridge Mild

Newby Wyke Bear Island

Priorswell Silver Chalice

Saltaire Stateside IPA

Poachers Bog Trotter

Newby Wyke Chesapeake

Titanic English Glory

Blue Monkey Original

Blue Monkey BG Sips

Blue Monkey Evolution

Bluemonkey 99 red baboons

Kelham Island Easy Rider

Kelham Island Pale Rider

Newby Wyke  Black Funnel

Abbeydale Moonshine

Newby Wyke HMS Dreadnought

Abbeydale Absolution

Oldershaw Heavanly Blonde

RCH Old Slug Porter

Oldershaw Sunny Daze

Castle Rock Screech Owl

Newby Wyke HMS Revenge

Ossett Milbridge Mild

Shardlow Reverends Eaton

Castle Rock Albert Ball VC

Nottingham Legend

Wells Bombardier

Wychwood Hobgoblin

Sharps Doombar

Flip Side Dark Denomination

Titanic Captain Smith

Oakham Inferno

Mordue Radgie Gadgie

Magpie Thieving Rogue

Dark Star Festival

Black Hole No Escape

Cotleigh Barn Owl

Shadlow Mayflower

Titanic First Class

Adnams Lighthouse

Everards Whakatu

Russels Mild

Wadworth Lilly the Pink

Shepherd Neame Canterbury Jack

McMullen Country Bitter

Castle Rock Elsie Mo

Wychwoods Elderwych

Gales HSB

Nelson Pieces of 8

Milton Dyonysus

Theakstons Lightfoot

Leeds Funfair

Holdens Golden Glow

Saltaire Trio Pale

Caledonian Flying Scotsman

Robinsons Dizzy Blonde

Shardlow Golden Hop

Titanic Life Boat

Spire Dark side of the moon

Hook Norton Hooky Gold

Magpie JPA

Nottingham EPA

Thornbridge Jaipur

Shepherd Neame Master Brew

Castle Rock Preservation

Milestone Crusader

St Austell Tinners

Adnams Broadside

Green King Abbot

Shepherd Neame Spitfire

Brains The Reverend James

Rudgate Ruby Mild

RCH Steam Pole

Castle Rock Gate Keeper

Derby Dashingly Dark

Jarrow Swinging Jibbet