I've got a new Favourite Beer
First sampled this fine brew two years ago at the Thwaites Brewery open day,(didn't have far to go either,its only a mile from home 😀 ) which was part of their 200 year celebrations.Posted 8 years ago
Did the brewery tour,then into the visitor centre for 'samples'.The guy behind the bar was keen for me to try Wainwrights,as it was a recent addition to their range,when I went back for my second pint he was full of questions as to what my thoughts & impressions were.It was only later that I found out that he was the head brewer!No wonder he took such an interest.
Oh,& just to confirm,yes,the cask ale is indeed fabulous!
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!Posted 8 years agoallthepiesMember
>Discovered Langhams LSD at last weekends beer festival
Had two pints of that after a ride the other weekend. Whoa! Instant sleeps-ville when I got home 🙂
Oh and in general bottled beers are just a poor reflection of the actual "real" cask conditioned beer (even those which are conditioned in the bottle).Posted 8 years agorogerthecatMember
If you get over to it, the Oakwood Real Ale Festival in Rotherham is perhaps the best and only reason to go to Rotherham – absolutely massive and held in my old school, which always feels odd.
Literally hundreds of beers, some ciders/perry and lagers.
Link to the website here: clickety
Oh, and love Waggeldance in bottles – can see on the rack as I type this Old Speckled Hen, Bombadier Empire and a new one to me – Hop.Posted 8 years agoMr WoppitMember
Try "Innes & Gunn" – expensive, but tastes outrageous. Stored in ex-whiskey casks!
BTW, bottled bitter is always better than pump-drawn IME, unless it's been VERY well kept… Especially up north, where they seem to be obsessed with making everything "smooth" by adding nitrogen or "air fizz". 🙁Posted 8 years ago
Had some bottled Innes & Gunn, it didn;t really grab me, I'm not a whiskey drinker really.
and as for "smooth", speak for yourself, I'm from "up north" and although I'll drink top gas in preference to lager, I'll always go for the hand pump if one is available. and I prefer pumped bitter to bottled, it's rare to find a handpumped beer that's badly kept (although it has happend, viz the Green Dragon inn just outsde Hawes)Posted 8 years agoTooTallMember
BTW, bottled bitter is always better than pump-drawn IME, unless it's been VERY well kept… Especially up north, where they seem to be obsessed with making everything "smooth" by adding nitrogen or "air fizz".
My boy – you need to get out more – or are you referring to the 'North' as somewhere South of the Tyne?Posted 8 years ago
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