An early start today, 10am beer tasting and judging of the US cask beers at this year's festival. The winning beer is The Angel's Share from Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos, California. A massive 12.5% ABV strong ale matured for 6 months in freshly emptied bourbon barrels. Vanilla, cherry and licorice on the nose, a clean flavour followed by a warming finish with the bourbon characteristics coming through. A perfect start to the day !