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Sole (Bay) traders

Adnams is one of those regional brewers that is proud of its roots in the local community, yet manages to have a significant presence in the wider world. There can’t be many beer drinkers who don’t know of Adnams, and enjoy their beer – I certainly do – well, most of the time… I recently […]

Bombs away!

I’ve previously mentioned the Charles Wells’ Bombadier varieties Satanic Mills and Burning Gold (see Bring me my chariot of fire and Dark Satanic Beer), but I haven’t touched on the “standard” Premium Bitter of that name. Well I had some of it this week – it’s an amber brew – malty and hoppy like all […]

Five thousand year old beer?

5000 years in the making – that is the claim made of its beer by The Orkney Brewery. The claim is based on the fact that the Orkney Islands have been inhabited and cultivated for at least 5000 years – and that long history has culminated in the production of these beers. Sarah […]

Simply The Best

Well, that’s what Morrisons claim anyway! Morrisons The Best bottle conditioned ale (6%) – unlike the Poacher’s Choice in the previous post, this is a beer that I could take to, even though it’s stronger than I would usually go for. It is brewed by the Freeminer Brewery, based in the Forest of Dean (west […]

Poacher reprieved – temporarily

A few weeks ago I wrote about Badger Poacher’s Choice (see Full sett). I wasn’t very keen on it at the time, but when Sarah ordered another couple of bottles with the Sainsburys shopping, it gave us the opportunity to give it another try. I’m afraid I’m still not very keen – far too sweet […]

Pure and simple

Purity Brewing Co. are based in Great Alne, Warwickshire. The “purity” bit comes from their commitment to supporting the environment by using only natural ingredients, supporting recycling initiatives and respecting the community – they have even developed a pond and wetland system to treat their waste water, and their spent grain is used as animal […]

Let’s twist again

When I wrote about Belhaven Twisted Thistle, I titled the post “Bitter and Twisted” – knowing, but for some reason ignoring the fact, that there is a beer of that name. Well, in an effort to set the record straight (or possibly to confuse even further), I thought I should sample Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted […]

Bring me my chariot of fire

Some time ago I reported on Charles Wells’ Satanic Mills variety of their Bombardier bitter (see Dark Satanic Beer), and I said at the time that I would look out for the Burning Gold variety. Well, I found it (okay, Sarah did) and tried it – quite appropriately (well almost) on the eve of St. […]

A horse, a horse

Tried a couple of beers from the White Horse Brewery which is located in Stanford-in-the-Vale, which as you might have guessed is in the Vale of the White Horse in south Oxfordshire. This small brewery was started by a couple of former employees of the Wychwood Brewery (which is not far away) and has been […]

Public (house) holiday

Monday was a public holiday (in England at least) and we abandoned the gardening and DIY for a little while to get a change of scenery. We went for a walk around Moor Copse, a local wildlife trust reserve, which at this time of year is carpetted with bluebells – very spectacular. Afterwards we stopped […]