BISHOP BEATS MONK AT THE GRIFFIN!! (We’re Talking About Beer!)

A Griffin MALTS Update.

By Arthur Green King, Real Ale Enthusiast and Twit.


Well Christmas and the carnage of New Year’s Eve is long gone, and 2015 along with its present cold weather is upon us.

Time then for the first Griffin MALTS tasting of the new year, and a memorable one it was as we were joined by Nelion Ridley and his colleagues from Braintree’s Bishop Nick Brewery, who were with us to accept the inaugural Griffin MALTS Beer of the Year award (which it won for its ‘Heresy’ ale) and to enjoy a few of the beers on offer.

Beers drawn from as near as Maldon and Coggeshall vied for our attention with those from further afield, which had been sourced from as far away as Wiltshire and Stockport.

Two beers in particular stood out. Flying Monk Brewery only started brewing in Malmesbury, Wiltshire in 2014, and their session beer, ‘Elmers,’ weighing in at 3.8% was a copper coloured malty beer which was very popular.

More locally, Red Fox’s ‘Marmalade Stout’ was one of those beers that it is fair to say that you would either love or hate. The taste of a traditional roasty stout, with bitter marmalade in the aftertaste. Different, but in a good way.

Good though both of these beers are, the winner for January was Bishop Nick’s ‘Feast,’ which was given the opportunity to represent our Brewer of the Year. A robust and warming proper winter ale, it must be said that it was the winner by some considerable margin. I should just hasten to add that our guests from Bishop Nick were not allowed to vote for their own beer, and seemed almost embarrassed when it came out on top.

Why not join us for the next tasting on Tuesday 17th February. Kick off is at 7.30 and £5 pays for the chance to try half a dozen different beers and to have a friendly chat with some new friends.