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Beavertown Extravaganza 2018 and “The Beast” from Bian Dang

September 14, 2018

This was my second time visiting Beavertown Extravaganza. After the success of last year, there was no way we couldn’t go again. Tasting easily over 30 beers in an evening – delicious.

Epic beer. World class brewers. Good times. Good vibes. Great food. Top notch talks and insights. Warm fuzzy feelings inside. (Beavertown Extravaganza)

Congrats to me for holding the logo straight in this photo…

Fewer Brewers Here This Year

This year was a lot smaller than last year. The Friday night had 60 brewers there.

After investment from Heineken there were some people who felt this meant that Beavertown were less independent than before with becoming very angry and even some breweries pulling out of the event totally. This led to them offering refunds to tickets or £20 discount to anyone that still wanted to go. I put the full list of Breweries that attended at the bottom of this post.

Following Beavertown’s announcement on the 22nd June regarding investment to help us build our new brewery, Beaverworld, we contacted all of the breweries attending The Beavertown Extravaganza to explain our decision and give them the opportunity to consider their involvement in BeaverEx18. We have now heard back from almost all of the breweries who have confirmed with us whether they are in or out. (Beavertown Brewery)

The Beavertown Bus

Swedish brewer Omnipollo were still there, easily having the biggest queue again.

Taking a lead from the US, breweries like Dugges, Mikkeller and later Omnipollo have blazed trails, pioneered new brewing practices and made their presence felt internationally. Breweries such as Stigbergets, Brewski, Amundsen, To Øl have arrived on the scene, contributing new innovations and raising the bar even further. (Honest Brew)

The event was held in the same place as last year, and was split over the same number of rooms. However this time some of the rooms had much less going on in them. Particularly the UFO room was missing a whole row of vendors compared to last year.

Fancy an alcoholic Starbucks pumpkin latte? Bourbon barrel aged country pumpkin at 14% was way too sweet for my liking!

The Beast…

The food we chose was from Bian Dang. I’ve eaten from here many many times and it’s my favourite stall at Kerb Food. The queue this place always has compared to any of the others is representative of just how good it is. £9 gets you “The Beast” – pork, chicken, mushroom, minced pork, egg, stir fried vegetables, pickled vegetables, rice and a good lashing of chilli sauce poorer on top. It’s 10:30am on a Sunday morning as I write this and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Salt, spicy and with more umami from that deep fried oyster mushroom than your mouth knows what to do with!

I spotted these donuts with Bacon on at Beavertown Extravaganza too. I wasn’t in the mood to try one though!

Full List of Breweries at Beavertown Festival 2018:

  • 21st Amendment
  • Affinity Brew Co
  • Basqueland
  • Beerbliotek
  • Bell’s Brewery
  • Blackberry Farm
  • Brekeriet
  • Brouwerij Alvinne
  • Brouwerij de Molen
  • Brouwerij Kees
  • Burning Sky Brewery
  • Casita Cerveceria
  • Cigar City Brewing
  • Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
  • Del Ducato
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  • Fullers
  • Garage Project
  • Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room
  • Hale Brewing
  • Harbour
  • Hawkshead Brewery
  • Magic Rock Brewing
  • Mahrs Bräu Bamberg
  • Mikkeller
  • Naparbier
  • New Belgium Brewing
  • Northern Monk
  • Oliver’s Cider & Perry
  • Omnipollo
  • Oude Beersel
  • Oxbow
  • Partizan Brewing
  • Pizza Port Brewing Co.
  • Põhjala
  • Pressure Drop
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Siren Craft Brew
  • Slim Pickens Cider & Mead
  • Stockholm Brewing Co.
  • Superstition
  • The Lost Abbey
  • The Wild Beer Co
  • Thornbridge Brewery
  • Three Weavers
  • Wander Beyond
  • White Frontier
  • Wylam Brewery

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