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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 brewing since 2004.

White Horse Oxfordshire Bitter (4.1%) has a good hoppy, malty smell, a full-flavoured, fruity taste and a bitter finish – very good.  They also do a cask version at 3.7% which I’ve never seen, and which I suspect you would only see in the pubs local to the brewery.  Worth looking out for though.  The bottle label declares “An exclusive partnership with Morrisons Supermarkets allows more discerning drinkers to sample this exceptional ale”.  I don’t know whether this means that it is only available in Morrisons – but even if it does, that still gives them a significant market opportunity.

Wayland Smithy (4.4%) – named after a well-known landmark on The Ridgeway.  This is a little bit stronger and slightly darker than the Oxfordshire Bitter.  A malty, fruity, slightly smoky smell, with a sharp edge to the taste reminiscent of lime juice.  A bitter finish, but with an underlying sweetness that was starting to cloy just a little bit by the end of the second bottle – another lovely drink, all the same.

I can’t track down a web site for the brewery, but the White Horse branch of CAMRA has some information about it.

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