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Where did summer go?

Did it ever arrive? Did I blink and miss it? I just found some notes I made about a bottle of Fuller’s Summer Ale (3.9%) that I tried a while ago – it’s a seasonal beer that is available in cask as well as bottle form (but not at this time of year) – but […]

It’s still Cricket season

Although I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Cyprus (see Island Life), it has been great to get back to some “proper” beer! On Friday Sarah popped down to Morrisons for essential supplies (not just beer) and in the evening I went a bit over the top and worked my way through a few bottles of […]

Island life

One of the reasons that there hasn’t been much happening on this web site for a while is that we’ve just been on holiday to Cyprus. It was the first time we have been there, and overall, it is a very pleasant place – sunny and warm, very friendly people, most of whom speak English, […]

Good Old Uncle Sam

I can’t believe that a brewery as well-known as Samuel Smith’s doesn’t have its own website, but I couldn’t track it down, even using the combined might of Google and Wikipedia. I did manage to find some useful information on a Tadcaster local website, but the fact that the banner says “Happy New Year” makes […]

Better late than never

It’s probably too late to find this beer in the pubs – at least the cask version – though you might still find a few bottles somewhere. Early Bird Spring Hop Ale from Shepherd Neame is a seasonal ale which is available, as the name suggests, in the Spring – February to May. I sampled […]

Ashes to Ashes

Well we actually beat the Aussies in the Ashes last Sunday, so it might be too late to write about Marston’s Ashes Ale (4.1%) – I’m sure there will be a few bottles of it around for a while, though, and I’d recommend you to try it. Marston’s have been supporters of the England cricket […]

Twinkle, twinkle

Exactly how much is a “twinkle”? We tried a couple of bottles of Maple Moon (4.8%) from Joseph Holt. The bottle says “Full bodied night time pleasure with a twinkle of maple”. So how much is a “twinkle” and how does it compare, say, to a smidgen? Joking aside, I wasn’t too sure about trying […]

At the third stroke…

Needless to say (I assume) the name Meantime relates to the fact that this brewery is based in Greenwich. The Greenwich Brewery, home of the Meantime Brewing Company, is located a mere 0° 2′ 12″ East of the Greenwich Meridian. Their London Pale Ale (4.3%) is the first of Meantime’s beers I have tried, but […]

A bird in the hand is worth two at the track

A couple of weeks ago we had a company outing to Windsor Races. It was an evening meeting, and as well as the horse racing we enjoyed an excellent supper of fish and chips – but unfortunately the choice from the bar wasn’t up to the same standard. I risked a pint of Tetley’s Smoothflow […]

Spoilt for choice

Well, the Great British Beer Festival was – great! Actually, it was a bit overwhelming – with over 400 beers to choose from, it was difficult to know where to start. We thought we would concentrate on beers that we weren’t familiar with, as this might be the only opportunity for a while to sample […]