This week sees the return of the Leyton Orient supporters association’s Piglet beer festival, a 30 beer and 4 cider/perry affair. As they have helpfully sent me their beer menu in advance, it can be found here. The festival opens at 5pm on Thursday 8th November.
Yes! The Piglet beer festival is back at Leyton Orient – until 11pm tomorrow that is. Many beers, seemingly mostly from smaller breweries such as Atomic (Rugby), Brodies (Leyton), and Marble (Manchester).
It was much busier tonight than previous – sounds like the news of the Orient is starting to spread!
This week I’ve had this message through the ELAC mailing list…
At present the Club at the Leyton Orient opens on Thursday nights, the Club opening at 6pm, when there is a home game on the following Saturday.
The Club has Thursday ale nights coming up as follows:
- 18th November
- 2nd December
- 16th December
- 23rd December – this one opens at 5pm, and features the Mighty Oak Xmas selection of beers
I look forward to seeing you there!
Thursday and Friday last week saw the 11th Piglet beer festival at the Leyton Orient Supporters bar. The Orient is well known for it’s real ale, serving 4-5 different beers on match days and being able to keep a quality pint. Piglet sees the range extended with the addition of a second bar and 25-30 beers on offer. Unlike many CAMRA festivals, it’s free entry for all and you don’t need to buy a glass. Price per pint is a very reasonable £2.60 (or £1.30 for a half) as well!
The Orient also has a tradition of providing some proper pub grub – pickled onions and sandwiches which were enjoyed by everyone that got their mitts on one!
About the beers… I ended up having 5 half pints as number 4 was quickly abandoned after the first couple of sips!
1. Ginger Swan, Swan Brewery (Maidstone Kent) <– gingery, light and palatable. Could have easily had a whole pint.
2. Gravediggers Mild, Church End (Nuneaton, Warks) <– nice, dark, mild.
3. Coffin Dodger, Northumberland (Bedlington, Northumberland)
4. Gunners Daughter, Old Cannon (Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk) <– abandoned! quite sulphurous from what I remember
5. Ebony Moon, Tonbridge (Tonbridge, Kent) <– lovely dark beer, not quite porter or stout but strong flavoured enough to wipe out no 4.
6. London Particular Ruby, Ha’penny (Ilford, Essex) <– a little flat, but lovely dark bitter. Lots of caramel and toffee as per the tasting notes.
Our table also decided the Cuerden Pale (Cureden, Hebdon Bridge W. Yorks) as one to avoid, though I can’t quite remember why. A good time was had by all.
We’re already planning to attend Piglet 12 on the 3rd and 4th of March 2011.
Full set of photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/grimnorth/tags/piglet11/