Double Stout with dessert at Annual Dinner of The British Guild of Beer Writers
On Thursday 6th December, a trio of Hook Norton Brewery employees; James Clarke, Richard Hughes and Serena Williams, attended the Annual Dinner of The British Guild of Beer Writers at The Carlton Jumeirah Hotel in London.
The BGBW was formed in 1988 to help spread the word about beers and brewing. Its members include the cream of the country's beer media experts; journalists, authors, producers, photographers, illustrators and PR people. Supporters of the Guild include brewers, pub companies, and many suppliers associated with the brewing trade.
The Guild's main aim is that the public is given every opportunity to learn about the passion behind beer and can read, listen and view as frequently as possible how beer is flourishing in Britain today.
The evening began with drinks and canapés in the bar area and congenial conversation among some of the Industries biggest 'movers and shakers', from Head Brewers to Beer Sommeliers.
At 7.30pm dinner was served in the main dining room, and what a dinner it was!
To start; baked black cod in miso and mirin with pickled ginger and cucumber matched to Republica from The Windsor Eton Brewery.
Main course was roast Norfolk partridge, hot pot of braised leg, sweet and sour braised red cabbage and blackberry porter game jus complimented by Champagne Woodhouse from Hall & Woodhouse.
The crowning glory of the evening was dessert; a chilled vahlrona chocolate fondant, banana yogurt ice cream and fresh honeycomb matched to Hooky Double Stout, a beer that James Clarke, Managing Director of Hook Norton Brewery had specifically chosen as the perfect pairing. James was quoted to say 'normally when you go to a restaurant or plan a meal, you tend to match your main course with a red, white or rose wine, but beer is far more in tune with the required nuances to perfectly compliment your food, tonight's pairings were superb!
The remainder of the evening was hosted by Tim Hampson, Chairman if the Guild, alongside last year's Beer Writer of the Year, Ben McFarland, who with rapier style wit announced the winners for best beer and food writing, best use of online media, writing for national media and writing for the beer and pub trade.
Like all competitions, there can only be one overall winner, so many congratulations to Pete Brown, journalist and social historian who won the Michael Jackson Gold Award and was crowned Beer Writer of the Year 2012.