March 28 2014

Fun at the Bath Brew House Spring Beer Festival

The Bath Brew House’s Spring Beer Festival is up and running in readiness for a full-on party this weekend, having kicked off in fine style with an eminent ally convivial Beer and Food matching event last night (Friday 28 March), when The Pig feasted on a splendid pork-themed feast rustled up by Brew House hob God Gareth Burgess, each dish featuring variations of Mr Trotter’s Pork Scratchings (of which a little bit more later) and perfectly matched with a range of beers especially selected for the event by the BBH’s very own head brewer Anna Schwable, who makes her magic happen onsite at the James Street Brewery.

Now it has to be said that The Pig is not known to be a fan of hop’n’malt-related tipples, but having now become rather well acquainted with the delights of Anna’s signature brews Gladiator and Emperor and a particularly enchanting chocolatey stout that went very well indeed with Gareth’s uniquely smoky take on chilli con carne (even the accompanying rice was fabulous!), I will henceforth not be afraid to swap my usual small white wine for a pint of something a little bit more manly.

Mr Trotter, meanwhile (or rather, Mr T’s charismatic representative Rupert Ponsonby) kept the table entertained not only with tales of the fascinating history behind this fascinating venture, but also with several lively, imaginative recitals of pig-related poetry and a very tuneful rendition of Edward Lear’s magical ode to The Owl and The Pussycat; look out for more about Mr T and his vibrant adventures into the world of contemporary crackling on The Pig Guide over the coming weeks.

The prize for the most controversial dish of the night goes to Gareth’s raspberry jam and peanut butter crumble, which included a smattering of Mr T’s scratching muddled through the oaty topping (trust me when I tell you, Piggies, that – contrary to considerations given to the initial reading of the menu – this apparently eccentric coupling works very well indeed). And while there are no suitable consolation prizes for anybody who didn’t attend this tastefully eccentric extravaganza, there’s still time to get with the programme. The Bath Brew House Spring Beer Festival – complete with live music, splendid food and, of course, lashings of beer to make the very most of – continues until tomorrow evening. Sign up for the BBH’s Bath Beeronauts club while you’re there and earn yourself lots of goodies such as 10% discount on all their beers at the bar and advance notice of future events similar to the one I’m gloating about today – you really don’t want to miss out next time.

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