Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Great British Beer Hunt 2013

Having missed the Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt for the past two years I was keeping an eye out for this year’s promotion. Even so, had I not taken a chance walk down the “seasonal products” aisle I would have ended up missing this year’s as well!

I won’t bother repeating the details about the GBBH here, but suffice to say things have now reached the final stage where 20 beers from the regional finals stage now go head to head, for a three week period, in 300 Sainsbury’s stores across the country. 

The 20 finalists are shown below.

  • Barney's Brew - Hilden Brewery
  • Gonny no brew that - Wiliams Bros Brewing Co
  • The Honey Thief - Wiliams Bros Brewing Co
  • Hipsway - Wiliams Bros Brewing Co
  • Wayfarer IPA - Orkney Brewery
  • American Pride - Double Maxim Beer Co
  • Crafty Dan - Thwaites Brewery
  • Infra Red - Hardknott UK LTD
  • Swedish Blonde - Double Maxim Beer Co
  • Windermere Pale - Hawkshead Brewery
  • Devon Dreamer - Hunters Brewery
  • Gower Gold - Gower brewery company ltd
  • Harbour IPA - Harbour Brewing Co
  • Harbour Porter No.6 - Harbour Brewing Co
  • Serendipity - Bird's Brewery
  • B Bok - Batemans
  • Black Pepper Ale - Batemans
  • Reindeer Droppings - Ridgeway Brewing
  • Querkus - Ridgeway Brewing
  • Lavender Honey - WBC (T/A Wolf Brewery)
 To start with, I selected six beers which, on paper, took my fancy. All are retailing at just £1.50 each. Over the next three weeks I may choose a few more, but for the record the ones I selected are:
  • Windermere Pale - Hawkshead Brewery
  • Harbour IPA - Harbour Brewing Co
  • Harbour Porter No.6 - Harbour Brewing Co
  • B Bok - Batemans
  • Querkus - Ridgeway Brewing
  • Hipsway - Wiliams Bros Brewing Co
As I drink my way through them, I will let you know what I think, but seeing as they are priced so low, it’s worth nipping down to Sainsbury’s and picking a few of them up yourself.


Anonymous said...

The Harbour Porter is almost unbelievably wonderful, I hope the others are half as good!

Paul Bailey said...

I'm looking forward to sampling both beers from Harbour, anonymous.