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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 of cans of Marston’s Pedigree, suggested using one of those.  My impeccable logic was that one of the cans could be used for the pie, and the other would be a suitable accompaniment to the meal.  That turned out to be a good choice – not only from the point of view of adding flavour to the pie (which, of course, was delicious) but also because Pedigree is an ideal beer to drink with a traditional British meal such as steak pie (with Mashed potato and savoy cabbage if you’re interested).

Marston’s Pedigree has been one of my favourite beers for a long time.  It is a lovely smooth beer, not overly aromatic and the taste is not too powerful – it has a silky taste, both fruity and bitter.  According to the bottle notes, it is brewed in oak casks, which imparts some of the flavour to the beer.  Definitely recommended.

Having finished off the cans of Pedigree, I fancied something of a similar style and strength, and a snuffle round the beer cupboard turned up a bottle of Theakston XB (4.5%).  It has a slightly red colour – the bottle notes say “ruby”, but I wouldn’t go that far.  Very malty aroma, nice body and full of flavour – a hoppy taste with a bitter finish.  My only complaint would be that from the bottle it is a bit gassy – I haven’t had a draught pint for a while – must add it to the wish list.

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