#314 Cock & Bull – Fuggles

Name: Fuggles
Brewery: Steam Brewing
Style: English Bitter
ABV: 4.75%
Source: City of Ales

Okay, now you know how horribly behind on posts I am because I’m writing about a festival that happened two weeks ago. Thank god I don’t blog about fashion or some other thing that’s only cool for five minutes eh?

Most readers will have been there or heard, but the City of Ales Festival was a marvelous day for craft beer in Auckland. The venue was cool, the sandwiches were huge, and the queues for the beer were 2 deep max. This last point alone put it leagues ahead of the NZ Beer Festival in my mind.

There were a few new and exciting beers that I’d never tried before, so it might seem strange that I chose to write about Cock & Bull’s Fuggles – which has probably been around forever and might not have been the most memorable beer for some.

But, I really liked it. And as I’d never tried a Cock & Bull beer (or set foot in one of the pubs) before, it was still fairly new and exciting for me.

I always find it hard to properly engage with beers at festivals – your mouth gets so bombarded with hops and coffee beans and God-knows-what early on – but still the gentle English hops and mouth-filling malt of this one appealed. The aroma was floral and slightly bready, and in the mouth the toffee malt gave way to quite a dry bitterness at the finish. It was more malty and more hoppy than I expected an English Bitter to be, but I liked that about it. It had a bit of spunk, you know?

Thanks very much to all the volunteers, SOBA, and especially Martin Bridges for  putting on City of Ales (great name BTW – wish I’d thought of it). Please please please do it again next year, and don’t feel like you need to change a thing.*

*Except did you ever think about putting heaps and heaps of beanbags on the floor? I remember this struck me as a great idea when I was a few beers in. I don’t know where one acquires heaps of beanbags on the cheap, but maybe if we all start sewing now we’d have enough by next year. 

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  1. Thanks for the great feedback Alice, really glad you enjoyed the festival. Personally I’m not sure about beanbags (ever tried getting out of one after a few beers?) but we will definitely take all feedback into account when thinking about next year.

    • I was just kidding (mostly) about the beanbags! Although I spose a few more seats wouldn’t have gone astray. Great day anyway. Thank you.

  2. I don’t think bean bags would be a great idea. There was barely enough room to stand and move around as it was. In wine tasting events, it is up to attendees to move away from the tasting tables as soon as possible, otherwise this sort of thing happens.

    Thanks SOBA for my media pass, it was a great event and I tried a few producers I had not had before. However next time you need to split the tasting tables up – one on each side of the room – so as to keep the traffic down and the queues smaller. Having them altogether caused a bottleneck.

    Cheers
    Paul Tudor MW

    • One other thing that was slightly difficult was trying to eat the (delicious) sandwich and hold a beer at the same time when there weren’t any free tables. I guess the only solution to this is more tables, or novelty hats with glass holders in them. (Personally I’d opt for the hats.)

  3. We kept the number of tables & seating to a low level as we were actually a little worried about space, given the venue capacity and that we SOLD OUT – but our fears came to nought and we will likely look at providing more next time.

  4. […] Fuggles, which I loved and wrote about here, is already gone. The Monk’s Habit, which seems to be the one the beer community will miss […]

  5. I just heard that Cock and Bull pubs have been taken over and that Fuggles and those wonderful other beers have been replaced by Lion Red! A sad day.


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