We were out in force last weekend at the Maltings x Vessel Craft Beer Festival – one of the few remaining festivals of 2021. It took place on two original production floors of the historic Tuckers Maltings in central Newton Abbot, where, for over a century malt was produced for the brewing industry. In fact, one of the beers poured at the event was a Wild Ale which, 4 years ago, had been brewed from the very malt produced in the building.

 The Event was organised by Sam and Katie who own and run the Vessel Beer Shop in Plymouth (as featured in our TWICB Podcast) in partnership with Tuckers Maltings , and this year their choice of venue was inspired. With its low ceilings, historical significance and rustic ambience, the premises was a perfect location and a reminder of how modern Craft Beer connects us to the past in the best way possible.

 The Festival took place over 2 days (Friday and Saturday). There were four, 5 hour sessions and 26 different UK breweries were represented. They each offered at least 2 beers, which were available for all sessions.

 

 

The variety of beers was amazing, with all types of styles catered for and the list of breweries was exhaustive, including Polly’s Brew, Verdant, Deya, Pipeline, Unity, Elusive, Beak, Double Barrelled, Pastore, Yonder, Siren Craft, Firebrand, Rock Leopard, New Lion, Newtown Park, Pomona Island and Abbeydale.

 The entry fee was just £12, and included a branded souvenir glass, a programme plus a token for one 1/3 pint pour. All pours were 1/3 pint regardless of ABV and great value for only £2 a token (if bought in multiples) . This was especially the case for some of the heavy hitting beers.

 It’s fair to say that almost all the breweries brought their A game to the event, and we can’t think of a sub-standard beer which passed our lips all weekend.

Food-wise, there were 2 street food vendors – a quality burger van and a vegan kebab stall. Sadly, 2 additional vendors had to pull out due to staffing issues.

If you hadn’t managed to drink enough at the festival, or were loitering between sessions, the super Maltings Taproom next door was also open, and had a huge selection of cask and craft beers available.

Overall, this was an exceptional event, and, as well as having our fill of Craft Beer, we had an amazing time talking to the brewers, organisers, staff, and patrons and returned home happy. The TWICB Podcast with Sam and Katie is available from Tuesday – Podcast #85.