The Lodge bar bank holiday beer festival has been one of my solid summer favourites for as long as it’s run. And that’s 5 years to date now. Sure, it usually suffers from one or two showers of rain but it’s always good craic and this year was definitely not an exception.
And true to form with the Lodge’s beer offerings in general, it was damn good value. £1.5 for a half, £3 for a pint, or 5 halves and the meal of the day for £13. Especially since the offerings included things like Deliverance from Abbeydale Brewery, a 9% DIPA monster and on a lighter note, Jarsa from Brew York, an orange sherbet session pale at a reasonable 3,7%.
Yes, it’s always cask heavy at the Lodge, but they make sure that the beers they have on are beers that you don’t normally find on tap anywhere else in Chester and boy, do they keep them in good nick. I mean, you could have the best beers in the universe on, but if you don’t keep them well, you might as well shut shop and go home.
This year there were a few changes to business as usual at the beer fest, too. Due to popular demand, the guys had pints on offer instead of strictly halves. Obvs you could have a half, but the point is you could have a pint if you wanted. And they also had a beer fridge with cans and bottles if you were that way inclined. There were little gems like the Abbeydale / Alphabet collaboration Kid Ryenamite – a 6.5% Baltic Rye Porter, Crowd of Distraction from Chapter Brewing, a sour little number at 3,8% and also the usual suspect (ever present in the beer festivals of the North – and for good reason) Love Lane Pale from Liverpool Craft Beer Co, at 4,5%.
So I think it’s safe to say that this year the Lodge thought “go big or go home – and we ain’t going home” and put on a darn good show – regardless of some rainy weather.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the meal of the day on Friday was a currywurst with chips and on Saturday it was a pulled pork bap.
So now I just gotta wait until next year to see what these guys get up to in their next festival. No pressure (I’m kidding, loads of pressure). It’ll most likely be a riot again.
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