Words & Photos: Brody Rossiter
The HonestBrew team spent two days showcasing and enjoying an excellent selection of beers inside the humble surroundings of Stoke Newington’s Abney Hall. With several breweries and producers in attendance, ticket holders were treated to a wide selection of contemporary tipples: cold brew coffee from Sandows, delicious natural ciders from The Fine Cider Company, and of course a variety of beers from breweries hailing from the UK, Ireland and Europe.
Ireland’s Kinnegar and Spain’s Laugar were pouring on the HonestBrew Bar all weekend. The breweries joined us at the festival to lend a hand and talk through their beers with those in attendance. Laugar’s Ostadar IPA was a favourite amongst the crowd. The dank and resinous West Coast style India Pale Ale is a prime example of the quality hop-forward brews the brewery are producing right now. The Basque brewery are also fond of an imperial stout. Their darker offerings are some of the most coveted in northern Spain and their 12% Aupa Tovarisch was a fitting fest finale for many. We’ve gotten our hands on a wide range of Laugar brews and it’s brilliant to see UK beer lovers finally get a taste of the action. Check them out for yourself in the online bottleshop.
Kinnegar are one of the many brilliant independent Irish breweries that we’re proud to currently have in the online bottleshop. Based in County Donegal, they produce bold beers rooted in tradition and expertly brewed to satisfy the palates of modern, quality conscious drinkers. Their Red Rye IPA ‘Bucket Brigade’ and ‘Three Bagger’ Tripel brewed in collaboration with Belgian brewery Siphon, offered distinct and flavourful departures from hazy pales and rich porters.
Alongside recognisable faces such as Elusive, Unity and Verdant, festival organisers Seven Sisters Brewery were obviously also in attendance to serve up a smashable selection of brews: their festival beer, Extra Stokey Bitter, a clean and balanced ‘IPA’, and a Citrus Session IPA good for drinking all day long.
It may well have not been the biggest or most high-profile beer festival, but after two days packed with unique characters, incredible beers and countless meetings with both breweries and beer lovers, it’s one we won’t soon forget. A massive cheers to everyone involved in organising the festival, and everyone who came along for some brews – we’ll see you next year!