About 7 for 8 years back, I suddenly - more or less overnight - acquired a taste for bitter, rather than lager. Having enjoyed a ride around Macc Forest, we'd called in to the King's Head @ Gurnett, and faced with a choice of Carlsberg or Wifebeater found myself unable to choose either. Instead, I randomly pointed at one of the hand pumps and was rewarded with my first pint of Marston's Pedigree, for which I developed an immediate and long lasting fondness. Over the years I've dallied with many other beers and have taken a shine to some, but Pedigree has always been my favourite.
However, a recent visits to (whisper it quietly) Morrison's has changed all that. 4 bottles for a fiver gave me the opportunity to try four beers that I've never tasted before - I had a tenner, so two of each, just to make sure. One was Thwaits' remembrance ale, and one was Black Sheep's Yorkshire Square ale - both acceptable, but nothing special. I can't even remember what the fourth one was, as my mind has been dedicated solely to the golden nectar of the gods that is Thwaites' Wainwright Ale. Beautiful, simply beautiful. I'm looking forward to finding it on tap somewhere, as I find that proper hand pumped beer is always better than bottled, and if it's that good from a bottle (and both bottles were exceptional, I tell you) then the pumped stuff bust surely be fabulous
Anyone else have a taste for this fine ale? Or have you recently found some other beer worth hunting down? I just wish I had some left for tonight!