Saturday, 30 November 2013

Ringwood - Old Thumper

I love Ringwood's Best  Bitter and had high hopes of this. It didn't disappoint either.  Full bodied and not unlike Abbot Ale. Weighs in at 5.1% so go easy!

Bath Ales - Forest Hare

At Wetherspoons at Brighton Marina. Nice and light at 3.9% but a bit too hoppy for me.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

George Gale & Co –Seafarer

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Owned by, and brewed at Fullers in Chiswick, but travelled well to the First and Last Inn when were were there in July 2013.

Belhaven - Best

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Tap, rather than draught and so a bit gassy but still drinkable. Had this more than once whilst up in Scotland when draught was sometimes harder to come by. This was in Aberdeen in May. Probably!

Jennings–Cumberland Ale

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A tasty ale from the Jennings brewery in Cockermouth. Their Bitter is very drinkable too and occasionally appears in Lidl for around a quid a time. This was in Bowness –on- Windermere in May 2012.

Donnington – Bitter

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Moreton-in-Marsh, February 2013. A good easy drinking pint, even more so given that it was a quid cheaper than what we usually pay at home!

Greene King – Abbot Ale

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Another favourite but at 5% quite potent and with me being  a lightweight I don’t indulge often. This beer from the Suffolk based brewery clearly travelled well as it tasted fine at a Wetherspoons in Edinburgh in May 2012

Oban Brewery–Kilt Lifter

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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.

Black Sheep – Best Bitter

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Even more delicious on draught than in the bottle and found at The Black Boy in Weeley, Essex in October 2012 whilst we were on site at Homestead Lake nearby – within walking distance!

Black Sheep

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A consistent favourite, readily available in a bottle but not so much in draught around here. Probably from the local Co-Op just over a year ago

Exmoor – Beast

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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!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Shepherd Neame - Dragonfire


Procured from our local Lidl for a bargain 99p. Typical SN hoppy taste which is not my favourite but perfectly acceptable. Weighs in at 3.8% which combined with the price makes it a great party beer. Just the one for me though as it's a school night!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Adnams – Fat Sprat

Another Facebook find. Location probably The First and Last Inn, Lands End, Cornwall in July 2013

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Glastonbury Ales –Black as yer ‘At

A peruse through some photos surviving only on facebook brought this one up. From the site shop at the excellent The Old Oaks touring park in  March 2013.

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