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Star turn

I’ve been known to drink a few cans of Carling while watching football on television, and I’ve enjoyed the occasional bottle of European lager, such as San Miguel, but I wouldn’t call myself a lager aficionado – I tend to drink it because it’s cold and refreshing rather than for the enjoyment of the taste.  I’ll admit that this is a very parochial view, and I know that there are some very good lagers around – either from Europe or farther afield, or actually brewed in the UK.  I do seem to have acquired some kind of prejudice about this particular style of beer, and I think I should do something about it.

A few weeks ago, while we were doing some shopping in Lidl (they usually have a few good beers at reasonable prices – see Plane drunk), I picked up a bottle of Staropramen Premium Beer.  This lager style beer, brewed in Prague, is a bit stronger than your ordinary “throwing lager”, and I have to say that it is very tasty – quite bitter, which came as a little bit of a surprise to me, as I’ve always found that continental lagers tend to taste fairly sweet and not very bitter.  There are a lot of Eastern European beers available these days – I don’t know whether this has anything to do with the number of people coming to this country from Eastern Europe, or whether it is our increasing willingness to try different beers.  I’ll certainly try to be a bit more adventurous about the beers that I try – rather than sticking to the tried and tested British Bitters that I know I like.

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