Mark Dredge who blogs at Pencil and Spoon is inviting people to nominate their pubs and beers of the year. Below is my, admittedly quite traditionalist, take on Golden Pints 2013.
Best UK Cask Beer
Holt’s Bitter, the world’s best beer when on top form.
Best UK Keg Beer
Apart from a couple of pints of Heineken at football matches, don't think I’ve drunk any.
Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
Best Overseas Draught Beer
Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
Schlenkerla Rauchmärzen, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.
Best Collaboration Brew
Best Overall Beer
Best Branding, Pumpclip or Label
Best UK Brewery
Best Overseas Brewery
Best New Brewery Opening 2013
Pub/Bar of the Year
The Lamb and The Grapes in Eccles, The Hare and Hounds and The Unicorn in Manchester, all proper working-class boozers selling cheap, well-kept cask beer.
Best New Pub/Bar Opening 2013
Hope Inn, Stockport’s only brewpub until The Magnet gets its brewing operation off the ground in the New Year.
Beer Festival of the Year
Stockport, Fuller’s ESB in top condition.
Supermarket of the Year
Sainsbury’s for Guinness FES, Tesco's for Fuller’s 1845.
Independent Retailer of the Year
Online Retailer of the Year
Beers of Europe.
Best Beer Book or Magazine
BEER, despite Roger Protz’s regular howlers.
Best Beer Blog or Website
Shut Up About Barclay Perkins, Zythophile.
Best Beer App
Haven’t a clue.
Simon Johnson Award for Best Beer Twitterer
Best Brewery Website/Social media
Im Füchsen and Augustiner are both pretty entertaining.
Food and Beer Pairing of the Year
Pork pie and a pint of bitter, as ever. Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby mild and a cheese cob is a close second though.