The Brewclub was originally born back in 2008 out of a bunch of work colleagues getting together to try new beers. Over the last few years while we’ve enjoyed a few diversions into beer paraphernalia and glassware, it has always been, to quote the site’s tagline “all about the beer”.
I was recently invited to a ‘tutored beer tasting’ at ‘The Oast House’ in Manchester, hosted by a ‘beer guru’ (Warren McCoubrey – no, nor have I).
I always enjoy tutored tastings, and have even hosted a few myself.
This invite was slightly different, not only was it a free tasting (we like free) but it was an official attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record.
The rules of the Beer Tasting World Record are:
- The number of tasters must be counted and confirmed by responsible people, under the supervision of an adjudicator from Guinness World Records.
- At least three different beers must be tasted.
- The tasting should include information about the beers being sampled.
On this occasion it was a selection of three ales from the Phoenix Brewery in Heywood, about eight miles north of Manchester.
The first was ‘Arizona’ a 4.1% ABV Pale Ale – described as being “Dry as a desert, refreshing as an oasis”. The second “West Coast IPA’ brewed to 4.6% and described as being ‘full of hops’. The third was ‘Wobbly Bob’ a darker ale, brewed to 6% ABV and allegedly named after a brewery cat.
The tasting ‘notes’ were perfunctory, the beers okay, the samples less than generous and the whole event was over and done with in less than twenty minutes. It was, however, clearly enough to satisfy the Guinness World Records adjudicator (Jack Brockbank) who confirmed that with 322 ‘tasters’ we had broken the previous world record by over fifty. Our names may well make it into the next volume of the famous Book of Records.
The official certificate was ceremonially presented to the Oast House bar, and the vast majority of the drinkers piled into the bar to expand their knowledge of Phoenix brews.
My friends and I snuck off to the nearby Brewdog bar for the rest of the evening!