The Portcullis in Clifton, Bristol regularly stages beer or cider festivals. During our recent visit to the States, I really enjoyed the super-hopped American IPAs, so I was particularly interested in sampling some of the beers on offer at the Portcullis Hopfest 2013.
The Portcullis is one of a small chain of excellent real ale pubs in Bristol owned by Glen Dawkins and Glen himself was pouring the pints during our visit. When chatting to him his genuine enthusiasm for decent ale was obvious.
Another superb beer was from one of my favourite breweries – Dark Star. Their Revelation (ABV 5.7%) is a golden beer with fruity hops and citrus peach flavours.
I also highly rated Grapevine, another golden beer (ABV 5.4%), from Scottish brewery, Fallen, which was packed with citrussy, grapefruit flavours.
My overall favourite though was Yakima Valley (7% ABV), from a local Bristol brewery, Arbor. This beer was a highly hopped American IPA and was very reminiscent of some I had tasted when in the US.