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Playing Hooky

Hook Norton Old Hooky (4.6%). I love the motto of the brewery, printed on the bottle label – “where progress is measured in pints”. I’m not sure what it means, but I like it. The bottle notes describe this as “a fruity and full-bodied ale”, and it is certainly very fruity, aromatic and quite sweet […]

Just checking

The other day I posted about the gassiness of Marston’s Pedigree from a bottle (Bottle or can?). I thought I really ought to give it another chance – just to make sure, you understand. You might have noticed that I’m quite a regular drinker of Marston’s bottled beers – mainly because we can buy a […]

Any port in a …stout?

Last week in my Threshing about post I mentioned that I had bought a bottle of O’Hanlon’s Original Port Stout, and last night I decided to try it. Oooh, it’s lovely! It is “enriched with rich ruby port”, but the label doesn’t say how much port there is in there – it comes in at […]

Baa baa

Black Sheep Ale (bottle, 4.4%) from Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, N. Yorkshire – formed by Paul, the “black sheep” of the Theakston family when the family company was sold to Scottish & Newcastle in the late 1980’s. The Black Sheep Brewery has been in operation since 1992. Incidentally, the family company – T&R Theakston […]

Rhubarb rhubarb

I saw this article in the Daily Telegraph last Saturday (luckily it’s online as well, so I can share it with you) about the author’s marathon beer tasting session, with beers specifically chosen to complement the food. The matching of beer with food is something that I’m particularly interested in, so I found this article […]

Bottle or can

I wrote the other day about drinking cans of Marston’s Pedigree. Last night I had a bottle of the same beer, and the comparison is interesting. Although it’s the same beer, the bottled version is, I think, quite gassy, whereas the canned version is not. Both taste excellent of course, but for me the experience […]

On tap with tapas

We met some friends for Sunday lunch at a new tapas bar in Reading (La Parada). On the way there I was thinking about what Spanish beers they might have to offer. In all our holidays in Spain and our visits to Spanish restaurants, I can only remember seeing 3 brands of beer – San […]

Pedigree Pie

Last night Sarah cooked one of my favourite meals – steak & ale pie. As the name suggests, one of the primary ingredients of this dish is – ale. When Sarah asked me which beer she could use for cooking, I cogitated on the contents of the beer cupboard, and because I had a couple […]