Sunday, 29 December 2013
Friday, 27 December 2013
Have come across this on tap on cruise ships and enjoyed it – although it may have been a case of any port in a storm when everything else was lager. The bottled version was equally as pleasant but as is often the case, stronger than it’s cask equivalent. 2 for 3 quid at a One-Stop in Cambridge and worth every penny.
I’ve always enjoyed Badger beers and this one was no exception although a little different – a hint of ginger and very nice it was too though I would suggest it’s more geared to summer served colder than you would normally an ale. One of Tesco’s ‘4 for 6 quid’ deal running over Xmas.
Friday, 20 December 2013
Monday, 16 December 2013
Sunday, 15 December 2013
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Shepherd Neames’ seasonal special returns to Lidl’s shelves for the festive season. Good on a ‘school night’ but I prefer something a little darker and fuller bodied usually. Like Dragonfire, easy drinking at 3.8% and priced (at 99p/500ml) to make it a good party beer.
After the fun and shenanigans of another great Smugglers Night in Rottingdean some sustenance was called for, so we adjourned to our regular watering hole The Rottingdean Club. Normally three ales are on offer – two regulars – Harveys Best Bitter & Greene King Abbott and a guest ale. This week it was the turn of Fireside, again from Greene King. A tad darker than a traditional bitter, full bodied at 4.5% but not too heavy if you fancy a few. And indeed you might because it was delicious. I wasn’t initially won over so had to have a second and third just to make sure……. Malty and shares some similarities with the Rev. James but perhaps more subtle.
Next up (and last thanks to an early start Saturday) on the research schedule was this from the Suffolk brewery Adnams. Pale golden in colour and with a bitter, citrus taste and aroma, very different to my previous choice. Not my favourite style of beer but very drinkable. Another well kept beer at the Queen Vic. 4.5%
Friday night and with the last school bus run of the week successfully executed it’s time again for some research. No Cinema tonight so after an adequate meal and pint in the White Horse we headed across the road to the Queen Vic, an establishment that’s rapidly becoming one of our favourite evening watering holes. They generally keep two regular ales and three more ever changing ones. First up this week was this offering from the Welsh brewer Brains. I’ve had this in the bottle – Lidl’s had it on offer – and enjoyed it very much and was not disappointed by the draught version. A dark bitter, slightly sweet with a rich dark almost smokey flavour. 4.5% so full bodied but not over the top. Very nice.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Another ale from local brewer Harveys – more golden and hoppy than I normally like but pleasant enough. Commissioned originally by the National Maritime Museum for their quarter centenary celebrations of the defeat of the Spanish Armada, but kept on as a regular due to it’s popularity. 4.5%
A Bonfire Night special from another local brewery – Harveys of Lewes. Dark amber and a warming malty, seemingly smokey taste which is apt given the occasion it’s brewed for. At 5.8% you wouldn’t want (or need) too many. Having tried all the ales on offer at our two nearby shops – Co-Op and Premier – I’ve found a new source on the way home that stocks plenty of locally brewed ales, so more to come from Harveys.
Monday, 2 December 2013
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Procured from the site shop at North Ledaig caravan site a few miles from Oban whilst on our British Isles Tour in 2012. There were several others but cannot find photo’s of ‘em. Well done to another site shop for stocking local ales rather than the usual nationally available ones.
Whilst we were in North Devon in the summer friends were staying at the Caravan Club/Camping & Caravan Club site almost next door. The site shop stock an great selection of local and regional ales and, if I recall correctly done deal if you bought a few. This was one of ‘em – can’t remember much about it but I’m sure it was enjoyable!