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Sort-of Golden Pints 2019 - Part 2: Breweries, Bars, Festivals and Media

The Friends & Family & Beer Festival This has been even longer coming than anticipated but we cannot move properly into 2020 until it is complete. Plus, celebrating the positives happens but once a year (twice if you count the number of posts this has taken.) Post number one is here and explained my break from traditional Golden Pints. I’ve tried to keep some of the details as brief as possible as it is a long list but here are my mentions for my favourite breweries, events, spaces and beer media from 2019.     Breweries Burning Sky   It seems nearly unnecessary to mention Burning Sky in such accolades but I have somehow contrived to overlook them in previous years. Perhaps surprisingly best known for their 750ml mixed fermented specials, they have also had perfect cask offerings for years. That I chose to spend much of Indy Man drinking only their beers speaks volumes but also comes as little surprise. Unrivalled Yonder Brewing & Blending

Sort-of Golden Pints 2019 - Part 1: Beers

The end of year usually signals an influx of "Golden Pints" posts and indeed I have joined in for the last four or five years. However, whilst giving it some thought as we moved into December I realised that little had changed in the names that fell under each category. Best cask beer, keg beer, small pack beer, brewery etc... would all be the same repetitive answers given for the last two or three. It is a little bit of a shame as few people have joined in this year and I didn't want to stop as well. That doesn't mean that I haven't got mental lists of beers, breweries and events that I enjoyed in 2019; au contraire I have more thoughts than ever. With that in mind, I've opted for two (perhaps three, depending how long I go on for) lists of those attributes that made Beer in 2019 for me. The first are my eleven favourite beers of the year, for whatever reason that may be. Enjoy. Beers Jarl - Fyne Ales - Cask - Various In a regular