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I suspect that I was drinking this seasonal beer out of season, but recently I had a bottle of Thwaites Liberation Premium Ale.  This beer is normally available around Remembrance Day, and Thwaites donate a portion of the price of the beer to the Royal British Legion.  A worthy cause, and so far the donations total more than £65,000.

Interestingly, the Thwaites web site doesn’t mention the bottled version of this beer, but here is a link to the description of the cask version.  The bottled version is significantly stronger than the cask version, being 5.2%.  It’s quite dark (I think “dark amber” is the official term).  It’s what I would call “flavoursome” – quite sweet and fruity, but slightly bitter.  Very drinkable – I enjoyed it. 

I used to drink Thwaites Bitter (lots of it) when I was at Lancaster University (that was in the early 1970’s!) and I haven’t seen much of it since then – only when on trips “up north”.  Thwaites was one of my favourite beers at the time – quite an achievement, as we were blessed with lots of great beers from Manchester and the rest of Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, etc. – which I must get round to writing about sometime.

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