The temptation of enjoying 300 of the world’s best beers was too much. So last Friday (12 June) we departed Aletalk Towers and took the train to the NEC excitedly discussing how many of the 300 beers we’d get to drink.Entry to the Good Food/ Gardeners World LIVE show had been paid which gave us free access to BOTW. For an extra five English pounds we received our tasting glass (some would say thimble) and twelve beer tokens. Each token could be redeemed for 50ml of whichever ale we chose.Unexpectedly, some of the bar staff needed a little encouragement to fill the glass to the top – We weren’t going home drunk from this one!
Another pound allowed us to sample a drop of three beers and three morsels of food, either sweet or savoury. As I’m watching my weight, it was the savoury for me with the taste of the food overpowering the ale every time.
Highlights were Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Samuel Adams Summer Ale and surprisingly a lager from the H2O Lager Company called Gringo. This is sold as ‘a premium lager with a distinctive flavour of fresh lime and tequila’. All I can say is that it went down a treat on a hot summer’s day. If only I could have had the bottle.
Whilst I could not recommend going to the NEC just for Beers of the World LIVE, it’s certainly an interesting way to spend an hour or so if you’ve gone to one of the other two shows that are happening at the same time.