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Hop to it

I decided to try a beer I hadn’t tried before with our Sunday roast (beef this week) – Badger Hopping Hare (4.5%) from Hall & Woodhouse. It is “thrice hopped” – two lots of hops added to the copper, and a third lot added to the cask. It is what it sets out to be […]

Director’s cut

Ohe dear, what a disappointment. I tried a bottle of Courage Directors (4.8%), now brewed by Wells & Young’s. My first disappointment was when I read the bottle label and found that the ingredients included “Colour E150C”. Obviously somebody has got an idea about what colour a beer should be, and when the product doesn’t […]

Variety is the spice…

Last night we had a company night out at an up-market Indian restaurant (Veeraswamy on Regent Street) – only 10 of us, including partners (it’s a small company). There was a wine list as long as your arm – but no mention of beer on the menu – we had to ask specifically for beer, […]

Ruby ale

Following on from yesterday’s post about the suitability of beers to drink with a curry, I was reading through a press release about the greatly increased sales of Worthington’s White Shield (apparently up by 150%) which claims that WWS is “a great partner for food – mature cheddar or stilton, rich meaty dishes, barbequed and […]

Snake oil?

Well, the Sunday roast lamb I talked about the other day (Plane drunk) became last night’s lamb curry (with the addition of a jar of Morrisons Shallot & Roasted Garlic Dopiaza). It’s difficult to know what to drink with a curry … actually, no it isn’t – tradition has it that you have to drink […]

Kicking the abbot

Greene King Abbot Ale (5%). Reading the bottle label I thought I was in for a real treat – “brewed for quality of the highest order – an irresistible ale with masses of fruit characters, a malty richness and superb hop balance – brewed longer to a unique recipe, which makes it the full-flavoured, smooth […]

Plane drunk

Picked up a couple of bottles of Shepherd Neame Spitfire yesterday – at Lidl – they do a reasonable deal on Spitfire, Bishop’s Finger (also Shepherd Neame) and Wychwood Hobgoblin, for £1.50 each (500ml) and 5 for the price of 4 (= £1.20 each). I know the arguments about cheap supermarket beer taking the trade […]

The best of Burton?

Another of my favourites out of a bottle is Marston’s Burton Bitter. This weighs in at 3.8%, and is another excellent light and refreshing session beer. The bottle notes declare it to be “an exceptionally clean tasting beer, combining malty, biscuity flavours with a delicate hop character and fine finish”. I’d definitely go along with […]

A bit of a pickle

Friday lunchtime was a “business meeting” at the Jolly Farmer in Cookham Dean, which is pretty much our company’s “staff restaurant”. Rather than my usual Brakspear Bitter I decided to try a pint of Young’s Bitter (3.7%) for a change. This is a very pale straw-coloured beer, very drinkable – light and refreshing, like a […]

No school today

I decided to follow my own advice from the other day, and last night I drank my way through the Fuller’s Brewery Tour selection pack – starting with the weakest and working through to the strongest. It’s a good job it was a Friday and not a “school night”, because I needed a lie in […]