Arguably the best thing that’s happened to Chester since the Romans popped over and pitched up a little fence, are the Chester Beer Awards, held in the end of January for the first time. The almost “sold out” free event is taking place at Kash Taprooms on Brook Street on Saturday 30th.
Designed to celebrate the local unsung heroes of all things ale, the awards are a true People’s Choice event – all contestants who hope to grab bragging rights for the year have been nominated by the beer drinking people of Chester, and judged by an impartial expert panel formed of local beer bloggers, beer club hosts and beer festival organisers.
The nominations opened at the end of November last year, asking the locals to nominate their favourites in seven categories to the constant chant of “if it ain’t in, it can’t win”, meaning that only pubs and breweries who had been nominated stood a chance of securing the coveted top spot. By the time voting closed at midday on New Year’s Eve, around a 100 people had taken to the ballots and demanded attention to their favourite watering holes and pub meals.
The much anticipated nominations for all the seven categories were released on Thursday 7th January on the Facebook and twitter profiles of the masterminds behind the awards, the Chester Beer Blog.
“It’s fantastic to see all the positive energy these awards are bringing to the local community,” said Katja Knox, from Chester Beer Blog. “When we envisaged an award event to really recognize and celebrate the amazing pubs, beer shops and breweries of Chester we really didn’t think it would become this enormous event. It just speaks volumes that the beer scene is Chester has been left wanting for the proverbial pat on the back for a job well done.”
“We wanted to bring recognition and appreciation to not only the numerous great pubs and bars of Chester, but also those who work there and make our visits so special. We also wanted to celebrate the great local breweries and the fantastic beers they produce. All in all, the awards are a way for the locals to really shout about their favourites and the establishments to get to meet the people who love them and also keep in in business!”
The Chester Beer Awards are a completely independent and unaffiliated entity, coinciding with the third birthday of the organisers Chester Beer Blog. At present, almost 100 local beer drinkers, bar tenders, landlords and brewers are set to attend the event.
please see :
Chester Beer Awards nominees masterlist: https://www.facebook.com/notes/chester-beer-blog/chester-beer-awards-nominees-masterlist/915796425194439
Chester Beer Blog: https://chesterbeerblog.wordpress.com/
Chester Beer Awards FREE tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chester-beer-awards-tickets-20567653405