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alice
03-06-2011, 08:22 PM
I am curious what brands/types of beer the average people in Britain drink. Say you go to the pub or one of these magical RPS Social Clubs, what are you ordering?

Simon
03-06-2011, 08:34 PM
Alamo i tell you what

SMiD
03-06-2011, 08:42 PM
I am also interested in this, as an American beer-lover. (Not American-beer lover: Budweiser, Coors, etc) Always looking for new brews to sample.

TeeJay
03-06-2011, 08:47 PM
When I can get hold of it (ie a few local pubs & shops) then T.E.A (Traditional English Ale) from the Hogsback Brewery here: http://www.hogsback.co.uk/our-beers/

It is mild and light, not too bitter or strong and I like to support small 'Real Ale' (aka microbrewery in US-speak) beers.

Elsewhere I will normally ask if the pub has got any real ales, preferably something local I haven't seen before.

Have a look at the Campaign for Real Ale website for more info about the situation in the UK http://www.camra.org.uk/

Colonel J
03-06-2011, 09:08 PM
Around these parts
this http://www.bathales.com/ales/gem.html
and this http://bristolbeerfactory.co.uk/
and this http://www.butcombe.com/beers/beers.shtml

all wonderful. From what Americans would call microbreweries or what I'd just call the local beer.

This bein the West Country mind, mostly I drinks cider.

ran93r
03-06-2011, 09:34 PM
Always fond of a pale ale, Hoegaarden would be my first choice. It's not British but hey ho. I'm only a stones throw from these guys (http://www.hooknortonbrewery.co.uk/) and their beer festival is generally awesome, some of that shit is like treacle. Right now though I have in my hand some of that poncy Stella Cidre. It's quite refreshing and comparable to Woodpecker, which was always my drink of choice in my wasted youth.

Gerbick
03-06-2011, 09:45 PM
Well, my favourite tipples come from the following breweries:

Local:
York Brewery (http://www.york-brewery.co.uk/)
Cropton Brewery (http://www.croptonbrewery.com/)
Black Sheep Brewery (http://www.blacksheepbrewery.com/)

From other parts of UK:
Badger Ales (http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/)
Thwaites (http://www.danielthwaites.com/)
Black Isle Brewery (http://www.blackislebrewery.com/)

There are so many microbreweries around, you're spoilt for choice at decent pubs/shops. Not much about the UK makes me proud, but the beer does!

ColOfNature
03-06-2011, 09:47 PM
All of it! *badoom-tish*

I don't often drink these days, but when I do I usually drink something by Brew Dog (http://www.brewdog.com/), whose main claim to fame is an escalating cold war with a German outfit for the title of strongest beer in the world.

EndelNurk
03-06-2011, 10:02 PM
Copper Dragon is my local beer and my favourite. I'm afraid I don't think it's available much outside the town which is a shame. The brewery also has a fantastic gastropub attached to it which does some excellent food as well. If that's not available then Black Sheep is probably the best second choice. Can't really be doing with beer that's not brewed in Yorkshire, apparently.

RwCC
03-06-2011, 10:22 PM
Copper Dragon is my local beer and my favourite. I'm afraid I don't think it's available much outside the town which is a shame. The brewery also has a fantastic gastropub attached to it which does some excellent food as well. If that's not available then Black Sheep is probably the best second choice. Can't really be doing with beer that's not brewed in Yorkshire, apparently.

Thinking we're the same town mate!

For me, it would have to be Hoegaarden when it is on tap! Can't get enough of the stuff. After that I would be fairly easy going as to what my tipple of choice would be, it all depends on the mood o'the day.

Lambchops
03-06-2011, 10:24 PM
All sorts really.

In terms of genric stuff available pretty much anywhere I favour Guinness, Peroni and Desperados. If I'm feeling particularly extravagent I do enjoy a Leffe. If I'm drinking just to get absolutely smashed I'll lower myself to Becks and Fosters. I will never drink Tennants, Carling, Carlsberg or Miller unless I'm already absolutely steaming and probably only then if they are free or there is no other choice.

However I much prefer to have a nice ale, whether it's a guest ale at a pub or something from one of the established breweries which you can get at the supermarket. Badger are a particular favourite of mine and other breweries that spring to mind are Theakstones, Brakspears, Bellhaven, Brew Dog, Arran, Fullers, Black Sheep, White Horse, Everads and Harvest. In terms of what I like I'm generally a fan of golden, blonde or pale ales but I do like something a bit darker on occasion. About the only thing that turns me off is if something tastes too hoppy. I'm also not a massive fan of bitters as I tend to find they taste a bit bland.

As much as it galls me to say it as a Scotsman I feel that England is marginally superior in terms of choice and quality of ale. I lived in Loughborough for a year and am currently in Oxford and both have had excellent selections. Don't get me wrong Scotland is good (and well represented in my above list of breweries) but England is just that little bit better.

TillEulenspiegel
03-06-2011, 10:31 PM
Hoegaarden is lovely. I miss it. It's annoyingly difficult to find anything but German and Czech beer in Germany. They're tasty and cheap, but not varied.

EndelNurk
03-06-2011, 10:33 PM
If I'm feeling particularly extravagent I do enjoy a Leffe.

You've reminded me that I'm a big fan of many belgian ales as well. There are a few local pubs (that perhaps RwCC will also be aware of) that have excellent selections.



As much as it galls me to say it as a Scotsman I feel that England is marginally superior in terms of choice and quality of ale. I lived in Loughborough for a year and am currently in Oxford and both have had excellent selections. Don't get me wrong Scotland is good (and well represented in my above list of breweries) but England is just that little bit better.

I've only had one Scottish ale. It was from a brewery called Stewart's in Edinburgh, I think. I was very impressed as I hadn't expected too much to be honest.

Lambchops
03-06-2011, 10:33 PM
My problem with Hoegaarden is that there's one variety of it that I like and another that makes me feel somewhat nauseous (not the instant "I want to be sick" reflex of tequilla but still not pleasant) and I can never remember which one is which.

SMiD
03-06-2011, 10:54 PM
All of this feedback is being compiled into a mighty list. I've got some searching and shopping to do. For the sake of fairness, and rather than only take, here's a little bit of give with 3 American breweries with some outstanding beers. I know all of these are available around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and surrounding bits on the east coast.

Rogue Ales in Oregon (http://www.rogue.com/beers/beers.php): These guys have some ridiculously tasty brews and love to experiment. The hazelnut brown nectar might be my favorite beer of all time. Love these guys too, as they give incredible details on their beers (for those that care to know).

Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Pennsylvania (http://weyerbacher.com/about/year-round-beers/): The double simcoe IPA is an amazing beer if you're a hop lover. For the stout folk, the Old Heathen gets better and better as it warms. Incredibly complex tastes from these guys.

Stone Brewing Company in California: The Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale (http://www.stonebrew.com/oaked/) will get you drunk, and you will thank him for it.

Cheers!

Harlander
03-06-2011, 11:10 PM
Another hand in the air for Badger, that's some quality stuff.

I'm also quite a big fan of Hobgoblin and the other Wychwood tipples. Good stuff indeed.

Auspex
04-06-2011, 12:09 AM
I drink Tennants when I'm in the pub as it's usually the cheapest beer in Glasgow.

I am poor.

frenz0rz
04-06-2011, 12:09 AM
I have pretty broad tastes myself. Anything from a good lager to a nice dark ale is lovely.

RwCC
04-06-2011, 12:33 AM
You've reminded me that I'm a big fan of many belgian ales as well. There are a few local pubs (that perhaps RwCC will also be aware of) that have excellent selections.


I would imagine I could! I won't name them publicly, but one of my favourites only does proper lager / cider / beer, no "popular" pub-scene nonsense which makes it slightly expensive - but you pay for quality.


I drink Tennants when I'm in the pub as it's usually the cheapest beer in Glasgow.

I am poor.

Nothing wrong with Tennants friend; once you get past all the chemicals!

A couple of other tipples of choice for me would be:
Budvar
Spitfire
Bass
Anything by Cains (I think this is only served in Liverpool, not seen it elsewhere)

Krans
04-06-2011, 01:40 AM
I prefer Bavarian white beer (Weissbier) whenever I can get it (usually that means Erdinger from my local Sainsbury's). But the best beer has to be Franziskaner, which actually tastes of bananas! ... and is sadly hard to come by in the UK.

DainIronfoot
04-06-2011, 01:53 AM
My favourite ale is called DOOOOOOOOOOOOM

Ok, it's called Doombar..

But when you order it you cry "A pint of DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM please.

Aside from that, a large variety of real ales.

I am a bit of an ale geek.

vandinz
04-06-2011, 09:33 AM
Newcastle Brown Ale. You end up lifting the sheets in the morning with your farts. Well my missus does at least.

Berlin
04-06-2011, 09:41 AM
Hoegaarden is lovely. I miss it. It's annoyingly difficult to find anything but German and Czech beer in Germany. They're tasty and cheap, but not varied.

But German beer is absolutely great! Chech beer is mostly weak, even though Budweisser is kinda cool, but German... Hell, I remember once I was sitting in Berlin drinking this one Weissenstephaner, or something like that it had 'white' in the name and I felt as if I was drinkin' from the table of the God of Beer Square Square Triangle Square.

Lambchops
04-06-2011, 10:22 AM
Nothing wrong with Tennants friend; once you get past all the chemicals!


So little wrong with it that Bier Hof in Glasgow calls it "Republic Ale" in the (successful) hope that in your ignorance you wll try this fantastically cheap lager only to be somewhat disappointed when you sit down and realise "oh it's Tennants." At least it's better than Carling, but that's really not saying much!

moth bones
04-06-2011, 11:39 AM
London-based beerhounds should be aware of the Euston Tap (http://www.fancyapint.com/Pub/london/the-euston-tap-ex-glass-bar/3333), which features a splendid array of ales, bitters, stouts and lagers from many different places.

Personally, I have of late mostly been drinking products from my local Camden Brewery. Top stuff.

Wednesday
04-06-2011, 11:59 AM
I used to be a Harvey's Sussex man, but I find my self very far from Sussex and it's Lewes brewery of late.

Alex Bakke
04-06-2011, 01:48 PM
I am but a young waif who has only turned 18, so I tend to enjoy a pint of Becks. At the RPS Social, I was drinking Fosters and several varieties of colourful shots. One such variety was Creme De Menthes with Baileys. Yum.

Ian
04-06-2011, 01:54 PM
I'll normally see what ales a pub's got on, next priority would be some sort of interesting European lager, last port of call is something like Kronenbourg or Staropramen, though I'll sometimes have one of them if I'm parched and want to guzzle something cool quickly.

Dunno what my favourite draught ale is, I like Tiger and Bombardier. Schiehallion's a good one. At the Paisley beer festival I've got stuck into some of the Kelburn ones a few times too, really like them.

Man, a beer festival-based RPS get-together would be awesome.

Ash
04-06-2011, 02:01 PM
Depending on the establishment, I'll usually take a bottle of Hobgoblin (if they have it). If not, its usually some other form of Ale.

Imbecile
04-06-2011, 02:11 PM
Around these parts
this http://www.bathales.com/ales/gem.html
and this http://bristolbeerfactory.co.uk/
and this http://www.butcombe.com/beers/beers.shtml

all wonderful. From what Americans would call microbreweries or what I'd just call the local beer.

This bein the West Country mind, mostly I drinks cider.

Yeah, I'm a Bath Ales drinker too. Great stuff, though I'll drink lager (Kronenburg/Stella/Whatever) in a pinch. Oh and Fursty Ferret is very nice too.

http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/beers/badgerales/furstyferret.asp

Gerbick
04-06-2011, 02:25 PM
Oh and Fursty Ferret is very nice too.

Sure is. And Hobgoblin gets a vote from me too. Especially as it was on draught at my wedding venue a few years back. Lovely!

This thread has reminded me that I've not had a decent pint for several weeks. Rum and wine have got in the way!

Rossignol
04-06-2011, 02:33 PM
http://www.bathales.com/ales/dark-side.html

Unaco
04-06-2011, 03:32 PM
Williams Brothers (http://www.williamsbrosbrew.com/beer.html) (from Alloa, about 5 miles from my house as the crow flies). I especially like their "Seven Giraffes".

Brew Dog's Trashy Blonde (http://www.brewdog.com/trashy_blonde)... am not a big fan of the rest of their beers, but I like the occasional Trashy Blonde.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (http://www.sierranevada.com/beers/paleale.html)... Not British. American. But still quite nice.

If I'm out drinking, I'll tend to drink Guinness, normal, regular Guinness. By the pint. Not the Extra Cold nonsense, but that seems to be the only stuff that's sold in a lot of places these days.

Hunt0r
04-06-2011, 03:50 PM
http://www.brewdog.com/sink_the_bismark strong as buggery!

Ian
04-06-2011, 03:57 PM
Are the Brewdog ones good then? I've always been a bit put off by the branding and ended up trying different stuff.

If they're good I should stop being such a plank and just buy some. :-P

Selesnya
04-06-2011, 04:22 PM
Liefemann (ALways spell it wrong), Hobgoblin, Bombardier, Harvey's and Hoegaarden are my usual weapons of choice. For nights out when as a poor student, I must buy shitty bears, I go for Kronenberg.

pakoito
04-06-2011, 04:46 PM
I just hope nobody drinks Newcastle. For anything else, Stella, Paulaner and Kwak are bosses.

Imbecile
04-06-2011, 05:28 PM
For nights out when as a poor student, I must buy shitty bears...

I'm really not any kind of spelling nazi, but that was an awesome typo :)

frenz0rz
04-06-2011, 07:40 PM
My favourite ale is called DOOOOOOOOOOOOM

Ok, it's called Doombar..

But when you order it you cry "A pint of DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM please.

Aside from that, a large variety of real ales.

I am a bit of an ale geek.

Oh man I love Doombar. Alas, in my three years of university I found only one pub in all of Reading that served it, and it was bloody expensive. Now I'm back home, however, I'm lucky enough to have it at one of my local pubs for under £3 a pint, which is pretty reasonable around these parts.

Its good to hear mention of Bombardier as well, I recently saw it going for £1 a bottle in Morrisons. Not sure if thats country-wide though, or even if it's still going.

By the way, are there any other Old Empire fans in the house?

laneford
04-06-2011, 10:33 PM
Best thread ever on RPS?

Anyway, much love for all the Bath Ales stuff (The pub that they own in Bath, the Salamander I think it's called? Is excellent) from me also.

Ian; the Brewdog stuff is quite good in my humble opinion, if you ignore the showier beers the IPA, for example, is lovely and tasty.

Being from South West london myself, my local is usually Fullers stuff, London Pride et al. But I look for anything interesting and new. DOOOOOOOOOM Bar seems to be everywhere these days. Quite like Meantime's stuff, their porter is delicious.

Edit; pakoito; I have a Kwak glass someone bought me as a gift, it's awesome. I hope you always use the correct receptacle for your beverage. (http://www.truebeer.com/ProductImages/beer-glasses/belgian-beer-glasses/kwak-glass.gif)

Lambchops
04-06-2011, 10:44 PM
Bit of a side note to the manly talk of ale but has anyone else noticed the rise of Crabbie's this year. I'm not sure whether I started drinking it before or after the marketing push started but it seems to be everywhere at the moment. Not that that's a bad thing, alcoholic ginger beer is a fine thing indeed.

Also I'll give DOOOOMBAAAR another thumbs up, it's been on the guest tap in one of my regular watering holes once or twice recently and it's indeed rather drinkable.

Oh and while I'm not a massive fan of much of Wychwood's stuff they do have to get a mention for one of their tastier ales, the somewhat inappropriately named Dirty Tackle.

TheLastBaron
04-06-2011, 10:56 PM
Mostly tea

Berlin
04-06-2011, 10:58 PM
Mit milch?

Darkath
04-06-2011, 11:24 PM
When to London once, most of the beers sold there are baaad :(

When you're accustomed to German and Belgian beer, there is no coming back.

Hey, talking about it, i see you talking about Ale, Beer, Lager, and all sorts of different words, since i'm french and in French all kinds of beers are called "bière", i don't get the difference

westyfield
05-06-2011, 12:56 AM
Another vote for Bath Ales (http://www.bathales.com/) over here. I'm not a big beer drinker but Gem is lovely.
Regarding Crabbie's - it's ok, but Fentimans do a much nicer one called John Hollows (http://www.drinkhollows.com/). More gingery, less sweet. It tastes more like what you would get if you just mixed ginger beer and actual beer together. Delicious.

Although obviously, being British, tea is a must. I've got five different teas in my cupboard at the moment, but this summery weather makes it uncomfortable to drink hot beverages!

Imbecile
05-06-2011, 09:41 AM
Hey, talking about it, i see you talking about Ale, Beer, Lager, and all sorts of different words, since i'm french and in French all kinds of beers are called "bière", i don't get the difference

Hmmm, I'm no kind of expert. I think there are slightly different brewing processes, but they are all just types of beer;

Ale: tend to be slightly more bitter, flavoursome and less fizzy.
Lager: tend to be milder, fizzier and paler. Served cold. This category covers Belgian and German beers I think.
Stouts or Porters. tend to be dark coloured, strong tasting, heavy beers like Guinness.

Jams O'Donnell
05-06-2011, 09:56 AM
The Jonathan beer decision process:

1) Whatever tasty-looking real ales the pub has.
2) Caledonian 80 if the pub doesn't satisfy (1).
3) Guinness if the pub doesn't have that.
4) Whiskey or find a different pub.

My favourite pub is probably the Church Inn (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&q=church+inn+saddleworth&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=church+inn&hnear=Saddleworth,+Oldham,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.553711,-1.989984&spn=0.002228,0.004823&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=53.553711,-1.989984&panoid=rzL1NTl-CNhEilpdaIGMtQ&cbp=12,243.29,,0,4.2) in Saddleworth/Oldham. It has a microbrewery and there's always something delicious to try. It's also at the top of a hill and just about in the countryside, so it feels extra rewarding to sit down with a pint up there.

Rossignol
05-06-2011, 11:08 AM
Stout is best: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stout

noproblem
05-06-2011, 12:54 PM
http://www.corona.com/home/index.jsp

With lime of course.

Standard.

GraveyardJimmy
05-06-2011, 02:14 PM
I dont drink any beer. Luckily I am in Wales which is near to the West of England with plenty of cider usually available when I take trips to Bristol.

Other than that it is usually strongbow, often with blackcurrent.

Darkath
05-06-2011, 02:25 PM
Hmmm, I'm no kind of expert. I think there are slightly different brewing processes, but they are all just types of beer;

Ale: tend to be slightly more bitter, flavoursome and less fizzy.
Lager: tend to be milder, fizzier and paler. Served cold. This category covers Belgian and German beers I think.
Stouts or Porters. tend to be dark coloured, strong tasting, heavy beers like Guinness.

Okay thanks, in france the way we differentiate our beers is mostly about the color so we say blond beer, red beer, brown beer, black beer, white beer....

Selesnya
05-06-2011, 03:30 PM
I'm really not any kind of spelling nazi, but that was an awesome typo :)

No wonder my throat has been so rough! :P

Seriously though, I've gotta stop typing while half-asleep....

Sonny B
05-06-2011, 04:15 PM
Personally, I drink Stella at the local, but if I'm in a pub I if there's a beer I haven't tried, I'll generally have that and see what its like, as long as its cold and has a good head !

DainIronfoot
05-06-2011, 06:28 PM
Oh man I love Doombar. Alas, in my three years of university I found only one pub in all of Reading that served it, and it was bloody expensive. Now I'm back home, however, I'm lucky enough to have it at one of my local pubs for under £3 a pint, which is pretty reasonable around these parts.




Best thread ever on RPS?

Anyway, much love for all the Bath Ales stuff (The pub that they own in Bath, the Salamander I think it's called? Is excellent) from me also.

DOOOOOOOOOM Bar seems to be everywhere these days.

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Also I'll give DOOOOMBAAAR another thumbs up, it's been on the guest tap in one of my regular watering holes once or twice recently and it's indeed rather drinkable.



I'm rather lucky in that I live in Cornwall, home of Sharps brewery! Also of note is Sharps Special, which is much like Doom only stronger. Lots of lovely local ales here, and one of the best CAMRA pubs just down the road. Huge selection of different ales every week.

WitchfinderG
05-06-2011, 07:35 PM
Abit off topic, but i'm sure one of you will gladly share some advice.

Your favorite pub(s) in London? Not looking for any nightclub advice, just above average pubs.

Joseph
05-06-2011, 08:10 PM
If I'm buying anything from a shop to drink at home or at a mates then it's almost always Bud, but if I'm in a pub then it's an assortment of ales. Usually ones I haven't tried before

Lambchops
05-06-2011, 09:57 PM
Joseph, I firmly believe that more people should have avatars as wonderful as yours. Stickman astride a sausage roll? Brilliant!

And I thought I'd never get to type those words.

Ian
06-06-2011, 10:49 AM
This thread makes me sad that there isn't a pub within walking distance of where I live that I'd actually want to go into.

Ian
07-06-2011, 09:19 AM
I tried Brewdog's Punk IPA and it was very nice indeed. Hail to the beer thread!

Skull
08-06-2011, 03:04 PM
I just cant say no to a good old wife beater (stella)

laneford
11-06-2011, 05:00 PM
I just had one of these (http://www.innisandgunn.com/thebeer_itsallinthetaste.htm) and WAS REMINDED OF ITS EXCELLENCE

wtfs; I sorry about the attachments, clearly I fail at adding images.

Ian
13-06-2011, 11:04 AM
Innis and Gunn ones are pretty good. :)

I tried another Brewdog one last night, the "Trashy Blonde". It too is quite tasty.

CMaster
14-06-2011, 04:10 PM
I love Leeds Brewery's Midnight Bell. An excellent, small-volume English dark ale.

Out of the occasional dark ale, my tastes run to the nice european lagers. Leffe, Trappist etc of the belgians are all good. Pilsner Urquell is excellent, I always quite enjoy Kaltenberg Hell. When I just want something "clean" and refreshing, asian stuff like Kingfisher and TsingTao are ok. All there things however frequently aren't actually available where I am, so I often have to put up with a Kronenberg or similar - that or switch to cider if there is something decent and west country available.

Gerbick
18-06-2011, 11:41 PM
Tonight I have been drinking the following:

One bottle of Maplemoon (http://www.joseph-holt.com/maplemoon.asp)
Three bottles of Cusquena (http://www.cusquenabeer.com/default/)
And just opening a bottle of forum fave Doombar

Web Cole
19-06-2011, 01:55 AM
Say you go to the pub or one of these magical RPS Social Clubs, what are you ordering?

A Southern Comfort and coke, most probably.

Yeh, all beer tastes the same to me. Which is a sort of bland... beery kind of taste.

WitchfinderG
19-06-2011, 02:08 AM
Southern Comfort is one of my favorites too, but i mix it with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trocadero_(drink). It blends perfectly. Great with coke too.


OnT: Again, any brits who can share some pub advice? Going to be in London for about a week in July.

DainIronfoot
19-06-2011, 02:28 AM
New answer. I drink ALL THE BEER. Because it is sea shanty festival and also I have got a phd to to do. Therefore ALL BEER IS GOOD.

westyfield
28-06-2011, 05:31 PM
What's the best way to keep beer at the optimum drinking temperature in this hot weather? The fridge is too cold, the cupboard is too warm. Any advice?

Gerbick
28-06-2011, 06:26 PM
What's the best way to keep beer at the optimum drinking temperature in this hot weather? The fridge is too cold, the cupboard is too warm. Any advice?

Drink it quickly! Good point though, I usually only put beer in the fridge when it specifies 'served chilled', but when it's superheated weather, perhaps a sink with some cool water?

imirk
28-06-2011, 06:42 PM
What's the best way to keep beer at the optimum drinking temperature in this hot weather? The fridge is too cold, the cupboard is too warm. Any advice?

If you are really serious they make wine refrigerators that you can input the desired temperature into like 10(C)

westyfield
28-06-2011, 08:42 PM
perhaps a sink with some cool water?

This is a good idea, thanks.
I've seen the wine fridges, but neither have the space nor the dedication to wine/beer to justify the cost.

sinister agent
29-06-2011, 06:33 PM
Bit late to the party here, but Badger ales are consistently good (champion gold is currently leading, closely followed by fursty ferret). I also enjoy Dragon Stout far more than is healthy, but that's Jamaican. It's also not something to be drunk in anything but small quantities, as it's potent stuff.

Setroc
30-06-2011, 10:40 PM
my favourites are:

Summer Lightning from the Hopback Brewery (best on tap. tried the bottled version and didn't like it as much)
Golden Champion from Badger Ales (glad to see it's already got some lovin in here!)
Belhaven Best
All of the Brewdogs that I've tried (unfortunately I can't tell you exactly which ones that is - such is the nature of beer - but I did definitely enjoy whatever they were!)

man-eater chimp
30-06-2011, 11:16 PM
I'm poor and only just 18 (so I am an alcohol philistine) so whatever beer is cheapest/on offer at my local!

I bought Fosters at the weekend which is essentially pisswater, it did the job though!

Gerbick
02-07-2011, 10:15 PM
Tonights tipples:

King Goblin (Wychwood Brewery) (http://www.wychwood.co.uk/hobgoblin/beers?fbpage=2#noload)
Iceberg (Titanic Brewery) (http://www.titanicbrewery.co.uk/p/our-beers/titanic-brewery-draught-beer-fleet/titanic-beer-iceberg-draught-beer.html)
Victory Ale (Batemans Brewery) (http://www.bateman.co.uk/our+beers/bottle+beers)
Brewer's Dark (JW Lees Brewery) (http://www.jwlees.co.uk/)

The Titanic...it went down well!! Aha.

westyfield
03-07-2011, 12:09 AM
I just polished off a bottle of Blue Moon. Hmm. Hhhmmmmmmmm. A strange beer, that. It's got coriander and orange in, and the coriander taste certainly dominates. I think it gets nicer the more you drink - the first sip is a 'what is this in my mouth?' moment, followed by deciding that it's actually quite nice. I didn't put a slice of orange in, which is recommended, so perhaps that's why the coriander was the strongest flavour.
Tentative thumbs up.

Gerbick
03-07-2011, 12:25 AM
I can't stand coriander so will avoid that beer. But, I'm all for unusual beers.

TillEulenspiegel
03-07-2011, 12:44 AM
Blue Moon is actually a reasonable American mass-produced knockoff of a Belgian witbier. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, though, unlike the real Belgian stuff.

BTW, "coriander" is meant as in the seeds/spice, not the leaves (aka cilantro).

CuriousOrange
04-07-2011, 07:37 PM
On holiday in Norfolk I was drinking a lot of Woodforde's Wherry, it was delicious. Especially on the coast with a view of the sea.

Ian
14-09-2011, 11:22 AM
Dunno if anybody's seen this:
http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=4490

I think I've had Wild Hop, or certainly heard of it.

Either way, me and my brother-in-law have decided that on Saturday we're going to buy one of each and have a tasting session. Should be fun.

SeanybabeS
14-09-2011, 12:07 PM
Can't wait 'til December when Bah Humbug goes back on sale.

http://www.wychwood.co.uk/hobgoblin/beers#/movies//hobgoblin/beers/14 (stupid flash linking - red banner at the bottom select december)

Love Seasonal Ales but hate the fact they're Seasonal.

Ian
27-10-2011, 04:46 PM
Going to be going to one of these:
https://www.itison.com/Glasgow/deals/brewdog-beer-tasting-session-and-cheese-platter-save-65

My brother-in-law got one for two people for his birthday so we're going to go at the start of next month. Should be fun.

laneford
27-10-2011, 06:00 PM
Going to be going to one of these:
AWESOME BEER SESSION

My brother-in-law got one for two people for his birthday so we're going to go at the start of next month. Should be fun.

Mate! Colour me severely jealous. Will have to persuade new scottish friend to take me up to Glasgow co-incidentally when one of those is on.

Tams80
28-10-2011, 01:23 AM
Bluebird Bitter (http://www.conistonbrewery.com/), but I've never seen it anywhere out of then locale. Windermere Ale (I think it's called, I rarely see it outside own branch of a supermarket) is alright.

As those pesky Yorkshire people have mentioned, Black Sheep is very good (and more widely available). I do love a pint of it.

I am partial to an Asahi. *blush*

Guinness is my "safe drink" (if nothing else is available, Guinness MUST be). Better than Tennets by far (yuck! Soooo cheap though).

Ian
28-10-2011, 10:26 AM
Funny thing with Tennents. At uni our student union was utter balls and I already knew I wasn't keen on the other lagers they had on tap (Stella and Bud, I think) so I tried Tennents. It too is crap but I'd got used to it.

Recently went for a beer in the airport while waiting for my mum and dad to arrive and had a Tennents as there was no other beer on offer aside from much-less-than-a-pint-but-just-as-expensive bottles. When they called and said they were coming through the the arrivals bit I went to neck the second half/last third of my pint. Clearly out of practice of drinking Tennents, my gag reflex was sternly tested. :P

In hindsight I really ought to have made the effort to get into Guinness. I can drink it but I've never been bothered enough to go out of my way for it.


Mate! Colour me severely jealous. Will have to persuade new scottish friend to take me up to Glasgow co-incidentally when one of those is on.

Yeah, I'm really looking forward to it having recently tried some of theirs (thanks to this thread!) I just hope the bit where they talk about the beer is neither too dry and boring or too "US HERE AT BREWDOG ARE WELL ZANY!" I'd hope neither given their whole remit seems to be taking ale seriously without being dull and old-fashioned about it.

Ian
09-11-2011, 09:56 AM
It's Brewdog day!

And beforehand we're going into a pub called "The Three Judges", which claims (http://www.threejudges.co.uk/three-judges/eating-and-drinking/) to have 9 real ales on offer.

Ian
10-11-2011, 09:38 AM
The beer tasting was excellent, though it might have got me a bit drunk.

DigitalSignalX
10-11-2011, 09:57 AM
Guinness is my "safe drink" (if nothing else is available, Guinness MUST be) ...

I was given a 6 pack of Guinness for my birthday this year. It was in bottles and at room temperature so I knew they really cared. Still, after reading this thread I kinda feel ripped off. I need to prolong my next layover and actually stop to drink some next trip 'cross the pond.

laneford
10-11-2011, 07:50 PM
The beer tasting was excellent, though it might have got me a bit drunk.

Would you reccomend the bar too? (Is going up to Glasgow in December)

westyfield
10-11-2011, 11:25 PM
It's that time of the year again! (http://www.bathales.com/our-ales/aid/festivity/)

imirk
10-11-2011, 11:28 PM
It's that time of the year again! (http://www.bathales.com/our-ales/aid/festivity/)

No exporting :(

Keep
10-11-2011, 11:45 PM
I just cant say no to a good old wife beater (stella)

Funny fact: Went to a fancy beer bar in NYC, and one of their boasts was having wifebeater on tap. (For exorbitant prices too.)

Guinness tip: Kavanaghs in Glasnevin Cemetery. No shit, the best in Dublin.

Oh mine's a Smithwicks. Cheers.

Tams80
11-11-2011, 12:22 AM
I kind of like Tennets only for the fact I can get drunk on it for under a tenner. Well just over now that the union has raised its prices. ¬.¬

As for Stella being considered 'fine ale'. Uneducated cretins.


It's that time of the year again! (http://www.bathales.com/our-ales/aid/festivity/)

Thanks. ¬.¬ Now I have to try that. My Christmas Day won;t feel complete without it.

Chaz
15-11-2011, 05:31 PM
My favourite beer of all time is Station Porter by the Wickwar brewery. http://www.wickwarbrewing.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=3&category_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2&vmcchk=1&Itemid=2 I do so like porter and that is the finest one I've tried. Bankers Draft and Cotswold Way also by the Wickwar brewery are also quite good.

Also have enjoyed lots and lots of ales from various microbreweries up and down the length and breadth of the country. Where ever I go in the UK I always try and sample the local ales.

A local favourite of mine from here in Gloucester is the Cats Whiskers from the Whittingtons Brewery. http://www.three-choirs-shop.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=86

The Wye Valley brews seem to be the most popular around here though, Butty Bach being a popular one. http://www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk/

Hereford Brewery also do some nice ones, with Gamekeepers Bitter being a favourite of mine. http://www.herefordbrewery.co.uk/beers.htm

Unlike others on here I have to confess to being not too keen on the Bath Ales though I'm afraid, just can't seem to get on with any of their beers.

Elsewhere, when I was down in Devon recently there seemed to be a local brewery in every other town, too many good beers too numerous to mention but Topsail by Bays was one of my favourite pints. http://baysbrewery.co.uk/ I came back home with about 12 different beers from various local small brewerys I'd found in a small local supermarket.

Timothy Taylor "Landlord" is another great beer, deserves a mention. http://www.timothytaylor.co.uk/OurProducts_Landlord.aspx

Also when I was up in Cumbria a few years back doing the Hardrians Wall walk I always remember the Geltsdale beers being very nice indeed. Shame there doesn't seem to be any way of ordering a few bottles online. http://www.geltsdalebrewery.com/geltsdale_brewery_ourbeer.php

Also being from the West Country, cider is obviously also a popular drink around these parts. The best one in my opinion being Westons Vintage, but Stowford Press being a popular pint down the pub. http://www.westons-cider.co.uk/Shop/Sparkling-Ciders/Medium-Dry-Ciders/Henry-Westons-Vintage-~~12x500ml/ Other favourite of mine are Scrumpy Jack and Thatchers Gold. Tried some South African stuff a few weeks back, Savanna, it was bloody horrible.

Colonel J
15-11-2011, 06:03 PM
The Wye Valley brews seem to be the most popular around here though, Butty Bach being a popular one. http://www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk/

Nice pint, I tried that for the first time this weekend at a gorgeous 15th century pub the Cottage of Content (http://cottageofcontent.co.uk/) at the top of the Wye Valley.
Ended up on a long and late session drinking that and Hobsons Best (http://www.hobsons-brewery.co.uk/beers/best-bitter.aspx) from Shropshire, also a great beer.

arienette
17-11-2011, 04:58 PM
I always just like to walk into a pub and order any ale I've never seen before. The explosion in microbreweries + copious numbers of pubs in London mean I'm nowhere near exhausting my choices.

It's too hard to find cider on pump though. That beats everything.

Pertusaria
23-11-2011, 11:31 PM
I'm Irish rather than British, but it looks like I'm not the first to post on this thread.

I drink Guinness, occasionally Smithwicks, in "normal" pubs. Macardles is another mass-produced ale, a bit like Smithwicks, which can be nice. I like the Porterhouse plain (porter), but recently I tried Dark Arts, which I really liked and is probably my new favourite. I also like O'Hara's Red, which is brewed in Carlow. I quite like Staropramen, which would be my usual to keep in the fridge at home (budget allowing - it's one of the pricier here). Sam Adams is a not-bad American ale.

Other than that, I had Cooper's Sparkling Ale (Australian) once and liked it. Schlenkerla Rauchbier (Bamberg) is worth trying, although definitely not to everyone's taste. Pen Lon is a Welsh company and I really liked their stuff while across the water - unfortunately haven't seen it here.

Keep
24-11-2011, 12:06 AM
Macardles is another mass-produced ale, a bit like Smithwicks, which can be nice.

I've only ever seen Macardles in Mulligan's on Poolbeg Street. Where else can you get it?

Norskov
24-11-2011, 12:22 AM
I'm not British, but I'll join in anyway.

I usually start with an IPA, as I enjoy the bitter taste of hops. I recently tried the Rated XxX from Amager Bryghus, with 30 different types of hops, and while I did enjoy it plenty, it might be a bit overkill.

Then I usually follow it up by a beer I've never tasted. Last time it was God Jul by Nøgne Ø, which is a delicious christmas ale.

I then end the evening with a Rochefort Trappistes 10 which is a lovely Belgian Quadrupel.

GraveyardJimmy
24-11-2011, 11:03 AM
It's too hard to find cider on pump though. That beats everything.

Where abouts are you based, London? Where I am most pubs at least have Strongbow on tap, some will have Stowford Press or Thatchers Gold. I suppose it helps that the West Country is just across the border though. I'd have thought Cider was pretty easy to come across in London.

Ian
24-11-2011, 12:48 PM
Good news, Scotlanders.

http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=6062

Morrisons already, in my experience, the best supermarket for beer. That should make them even better.

Fiyenyaa
24-11-2011, 01:13 PM
On the very rare occasions that I'll drink one of those alcohols, I'll go for a Newcastle Brown, or maybe some kind of IPA.

Jams O'Donnell
24-11-2011, 01:34 PM
Good news, Scotlanders.

http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=6062

Morrisons already, in my experience, the best supermarket for beer. That should make them even better.

Yay Williams. They make tasty things. Birds & Bees and Midnight Sun are lovely.

Ian
24-11-2011, 04:16 PM
I tried a bottle of the Williams Bros Caesar Augustus recently and it was very fine indeed.

arienette
24-11-2011, 06:16 PM
Where abouts are you based, London? Where I am most pubs at least have Strongbow on tap, some will have Stowford Press or Thatchers Gold.

Not just on tap, that's easy enough. I mean get some of the flat ciders in the pumps like with ales.

Pertusaria
26-11-2011, 09:19 PM
Dublin pubs that have Macardles include:
Quinlan's / The Black Lion in Clondalkin (on tap, everywhere else I know only has the bottles)
The Club in Dalkey
Fitzgerald's in Sandycove

I know that all of these are a bit inaccessible from town, but I don't constantly ask for Macardles so I suspect it's available elsewhere. It might be stocked in the Bull and Castle in Christchurch, I can't remember for sure.

Quinlan's is a truly excellent pub (plug for my old local), but not normally adventurous with its beers. It happens to have one regular who generally drinks Macardles, and presumably others who sometimes do.

Pertusaria
26-11-2011, 09:24 PM
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/images/misc/quote_icon.png Originally Posted by arienette http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/images/buttons/viewpost-right.png (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/showthread.php?p=58618#post58618)

It's too hard to find cider on pump though. That beats everything.

Quite a few places around here (Dublin) seem to have Aspall on tap these days. Porterhouse has Bulmers / Magners but people I know who like cider seem to turn their noses up at that - I don't know why Porterhouse hasn't tried harder with cider since its whole business model is based on good brewing and a vast array of tastes when it comes to beer.

Sorry if this is meaningless - I don't know anything about cider.

Pertusaria
26-11-2011, 09:27 PM
Not just on tap, that's easy enough. I mean get some of the flat ciders in the pumps like with ales.

Ah, sorry, do you mean like out of a barrel? I didn't see this before posting about cider on tap.

Colonel J
27-11-2011, 10:19 AM
I'd have thought Cider was pretty easy to come across in London.

The best advice for a cider drinker in London is 'move to Bristol'. London is a desert if you're after proper craft cider on draught. Which is surprising when it's less than two hours from Bristol & the West Country whose pubs have loads of it. I've come across Aspalls, Stowfords Westons or Thatchers Gold on draught but even those aren't common.

I've not been there for a few years but the best cider pub in London used to be the Harp Tavern on Chandos St near Charing Cross, has proper farmhouse cider and perry on tap and from flagons, also many lovely real ales.

widowmaker
05-12-2011, 08:56 PM
i tend to go with sharps doombar if given the chance or if its that time of year sharps red.
if not then some local ale.

Ian
13-12-2011, 10:21 AM
http://thebeermonkey.blogspot.com/2011/12/i-must-be-dreamingof-beer.html (A list of beers they're starting with in this link.)
http://blog.blackislebrewery.com/black-isle-hits-glasgow-in-bruadar

The bar will boast 20 draught beer lines to match a menu of 20 burgers and some well stocked bottle fridges.

This pub looks like it's going to be immense. Burgers and ale. *drool*

That makes three good beer pubs in close proximity, as it's close to the Brewdog pub and the one I went into prior to the Brewdog tasting (called The Three Judges) which was excellent too.

Lambchops
13-12-2011, 04:45 PM
Stop making me jealous Ian (not that Oxford doesn't have some fantastic drinking establishments, but it isn't Glasgow!). Good beer and good burgers sounds like an absolute winner.

I vaguely remember The Three Judges, though the vagueness may be because it was part of a pub crawl!

Ian
13-12-2011, 05:09 PM
The shame of it is that I don't think I'll get a chance to go in until after new year. :(

laneford
14-12-2011, 05:45 PM
I am going to Glasgow on Monday! I shall investigate these places.

Ian
14-12-2011, 06:42 PM
As I say, Brewdog, Three Judges and this new one are all quite close. :)

And Three Judges you can get an excellent German* beer that comes in a big stein-type glass and everything.

* I believe it's brewed by West, who're up here. But it's German-style.

Gerbick
14-12-2011, 08:51 PM
Has anyone ever ordered beer online? I want to get my dad a decent mixed case for his 60th, but have never used any of the sites I've found.

Lambchops
14-12-2011, 11:02 PM
Has anyone ever ordered beer online? I want to get my dad a decent mixed case for his 60th, but have never used any of the sites I've found.

I did once, when excited by actually earning money during a work placement year me and a friend order a few crates of Desperados from Beers of Europe, as far as I remember their delivery was pretty quick, don't really recall how their prices compare with others but I can certainly recommend their service. They have some gift packs (http://www.beersofeurope.co.uk/acatalog/Beers_of_Europe__Gift_Packs_126.html) on their website, having a quick scan of them I'd thoroughly recommend the Badger or Marstons packs. There's also larger cases of beers if that's more what you're after.

Ian
14-12-2011, 11:09 PM
I'd have linked you to Beer in a Box where I know people have bought from, only that it doesn't seem to exist any more. :-/

Unless my google-fu is weak.

westyfield
15-12-2011, 01:43 AM
Has anyone ever ordered beer online? I want to get my dad a decent mixed case for his 60th, but have never used any of the sites I've found.

*Plugs Bath Ales again because they am the best*

http://www.bathales.com/store/ales/by-type/cases/product/mixed-case
Twelve bottles, four types of beer. They also do a taster pack (http://www.bathales.com/store/ales/by-type/gift-packs/product/variety-quartet-gift-pack) which has one bottle of those four types.

One reason I'm so excited about going home for Christmas is that I'll be able to get an excellent pint in almost any pub I care to walk in to.

Ian
28-12-2011, 03:40 PM
Laneford, you slag. You've yet to report back on your Glasgow beerage.

EOT
02-01-2012, 01:38 AM
If I'm feeling flush then I'll spend the evening on German/Belgian wiessbiers.

If I'm skint it's whatever's cheapest. That normally being crap lager (either Fosters or Tennant's Pilsner)

If I'm at home I'll normally drink wine (I like Australian wines, especially Blaxland Estate's chardonnet) or spirits.

laneford
03-01-2012, 11:58 AM
Laneford, you slag. You've yet to report back on your Glasgow beerage.

You slaaaaaaaaag.

So yes, unfortunately my glasgowtime was very busy, but, I did manage to get to Brewdog, which was awesome. Next time I shall investigate Bruadararars or whatever it's called.

I also went to a pub (The Bon Accord) that had about a 857 different whiskeys. That was good fun.

In other related news. Glasgow is awesome. :)

ALDI Nord
03-01-2012, 03:09 PM
Great Thread.
And I am relieved by the few mentions of Stella.
My friend drinks Stella and only Stella - he is convinced that there is some kind secret additive in Stella that makes people more aggressive.
Tasted it once - Man am I glad that I am a German

westyfield
03-01-2012, 07:49 PM
Great Thread.
And I am relieved by the few mentions of Stella.
My friend drinks Stella and only Stella - he is convinced that there is some kind secret additive in Stella that makes people more aggressive.
Tasted it once - Man am I glad that I am a German

There's a reason why its nickname over here is 'wifebeater'.

DougallDogg
03-01-2012, 09:20 PM
Round my way were usually a bunch of larger louts and cider drinkers but recently been drinking way too much Desperados. Must be trying to relive my youth but too much of a wuss to get into drinking Tequila.

Ian
09-01-2012, 05:06 PM
How does the Bon Accord compare to here (see the picture or the list of whiskies) (http://www.thepotstill.co.uk/default.htm) in the amount of Scotch d'you reckon, Laneford? I've heard of both but have been to neither. I gather both are quite good for their beer as well.

Ian
11-01-2012, 10:47 AM
Also meant to say that for Christmas I got a voucher for a tour of West's brewery:
http://westbeer.com/Our_Beer.html

I think it's a 45 minute tour plus a meal.

I've been there to eat (and drink, obvs) before and it was really good. Their St. Mungos and the Hefeweizen are both ace and the food was nice too.

Ian
26-01-2012, 05:00 PM
Had one of these last night:
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/goose-island-india-pale-ale/814/

Was better than I was anticipating. I could certainly see me having a few over the course of a session if it was available.

Ian
20-02-2012, 01:03 PM
Also meant to say that for Christmas I got a voucher for a tour of West's brewery:
http://westbeer.com/Our_Beer.html

I think it's a 45 minute tour plus a meal.

I've been there to eat (and drink, obvs) before and it was really good. Their St. Mungos and the Hefeweizen are both ace and the food was nice too.

Was good. :)

I knew I liked a few of the beers anyway. What was interesting was that their St. Mungos and Wild West (I think) are the same beer in every way with the exception that one is filtered and the other isn't. I was surprised at just how much of a difference this made.

Good time had by all though, for the meal I tried currywurst for the first time and it was flipping ace.

LennyLeonardo
28-02-2012, 08:55 PM
I hate lager because it tastes a bit like wee wee. Instead I like beers that make you feel all grown up and manly, i.e Ale and Stout. Black Sheep is a very fine ale from the North of England.

Contrary to the above I also like Crabbies, as it tastes all lovely and sparkly.

Lambchops
29-02-2012, 01:28 AM
Contrary to the above I also like Crabbies, as it tastes all lovely and sparkly.

Whenever I don't feel like beer or lager and am not yet of the inclination to move to spirits then Crabbies or Pear Koberbirg is where I head.

NathanH
29-02-2012, 09:11 AM
Beer is yucky. Weston's Organic Cider is the name of the game.

Ian
29-02-2012, 09:41 AM
Decent European lager is ace. The likes of Carling and Tennents, however, can be blasted into the sun.

ChainsawHands
29-02-2012, 10:43 AM
Wait: Blood Bowlers in the Glasgow BrewDog? Damn it world, stop being so small!

corbain
01-03-2012, 10:00 PM
Got into craft beer recently, very lucky to have a great brewery on my doorstep

http://www.lovibonds.com/

Would really reccomend a trip to their brewery in the summer, they have a great beer garden and the guys who run it are incredibly friendly, will give you loads of samples and look after you.

Lambchops
01-03-2012, 11:21 PM
Got into craft beer recently, very lucky to have a great brewery on my doorstep

http://www.lovibonds.com/

Would really reccomend a trip to their brewery in the summer, they have a great beer garden and the guys who run it are incredibly friendly, will give you loads of samples and look after you.

If I had a car I almost certainly would have, that is oh so conveniently close to me. As they are in Oxfordshire I wouldn't be suprised if I'd actually tried one of their beers at some point over the last year or so.

corbain
02-03-2012, 12:29 AM
If I had a car I almost certainly would have, that is oh so conveniently close to me. As they are in Oxfordshire I wouldn't be suprised if I'd actually tried one of their beers at some point over the last year or so.

Trust me, you'll want to come by train not car (unless you can get a lift of course). The beers are generally quite strong and very tasty, you'll kick yourself if you can't enjoy them because you're driving. Fortunately I live a 10 minute stagger away :-)

There's definitely a few pubs around the area which serve their beers though, probably best to ask in advance, or email the brewery to find out in anywhere in your areas been sent some kegs recently. There's still quite a lot of stigma attached to craft beer, ie non-CAMRA approved beers, made in the German or American style.

Ian
02-03-2012, 11:16 AM
Don't link awesome beer places that I can't get to. *shakes fist*

EDIT:

Just looking at the menu of the Bruadar place in Glasgow (near BrewDog) I'd mentioned above.

Beer's on the second page. (http://fullerthomson.com/downloads/menus/Bruadar-Menu.pdf) Some actual drinkable lager if you so desired, a couple of nice ones in the craft kegs and guest kegs and casks? Sounds pretty awesome, though not cheap. More of a "I want to go somewhere to enjoy a few decent pints" than "I want somewhere to sit for a big session."

Feldspar
02-03-2012, 11:29 AM
Shepherd Neame's Spitfire at a quid a bottle at Morrison's today, guess I'll be drinking that...

corbain
02-03-2012, 08:13 PM
Don't link awesome beer places that I can't get to. *shakes fist*

EDIT:

Just looking at the menu of the Bruadar place in Glasgow (near BrewDog) I'd mentioned above.

Beer's on the second page. (http://fullerthomson.com/downloads/menus/Bruadar-Menu.pdf) Some actual drinkable lager if you so desired, a couple of nice ones in the craft kegs and guest kegs and casks? Sounds pretty awesome, though not cheap. More of a "I want to go somewhere to enjoy a few decent pints" than "I want somewhere to sit for a big session."

That menu actually mentions Lovibonds,- so there's a good chance you could try their beers there, or indeed some other excellent craft beers

"The UK craft brewers are producing
some really contemporary beers. Expect
Lovibonds, Magic Rock, Summer Wine and
many many more."

Keep
02-03-2012, 08:22 PM
Had some Tom Crean's a while ago. Real nice, very dry and I do like me my dry lagers (any recommendations, much appreciated)

mickygor
04-03-2012, 07:38 PM
having read the thread, I dunno if I wanna admit to some of the stuff that I drink, lol!

But, as a student, most of my friends aren't earning and thus don't go to pubs with good beer. So yea, I'll drink Carling (with lime, mind, so I can stomach it), Fosters, etc... when I go to student pubs, because we're there to get drunk, not enjoy what we're drinking, and spirits do do go well with me if they're not gin, which means tonic, which is expensive.

If I am drinking to enjoy it, however... The standard that seems to be in most pubs in Leicester is Staropramen. I prefer Starobrno, but I've not been able to find that in Britain. There's a pub I used to go to that served Žatec, but it shut down and I can't find that any more either. My absolute favourite is Ottakringer Helles, but it tastes so much better at source that I rarely drink it unless I'm in Vienna because it just brings memories of better beer for the most part.

I can pick up tinnies of Tyskie for real low cheap from the local Polish shops, which is where I go for my beer at home.


As for ale... I only drink at one pub, at the village next to the one I was raised in. Nobby's Guilsborough Gold, brewed there. Cannot beat an ale from source. Occasionally I'll order a keg with some mates and we'll make a weekend out of it. Good times.

Tams80
05-03-2012, 12:49 AM
Black Sheep is wonderful. It does make me quickly feel full though.

Crabbies is one of the few fizzy alcohol drinks I can stomach. Kopparberg being the other.

Zephro
06-03-2012, 03:11 PM
Didn't read the whole thread, sorry.
But the best/my favourite british breweries are:
Marble Breweries (Manchester)
Dark Star (Sussex)
Redemption (London)
Camden Town (London)
Brew Dog (Aberdeen somewhere I think)
Thwaites (Lancaster)
Thornbridge (Derbyshire)

You also get some great US microbrews, german and belgian beers. Czech lagers are great.... after that most other beer is pretty poor I think. Ok there are some nice Dutch ones.

corbain
07-03-2012, 09:53 AM
Thornbridge IPA "Jaipur" is a lovely beer,and a good introduction to the American style hoppier IPAs.

westyfield
17-03-2012, 11:42 AM
Why cheap international calling cards?

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Ian
05-04-2012, 12:33 PM
Well hacked off. Paisley beer fest next month and nobody I know is available to go. >:(

If it weren't such a trek for a few pints I'd go on my own.

SeanybabeS
05-04-2012, 01:58 PM
Doom Bar. Discovered it recently and my god is that a fine ale.

Ian
19-04-2012, 12:47 PM
Dunno if this is everywhere but the Tesco near my work has excellent offers on beer at the moment. Both ales and other stuff.

Enjoyed a nice big bottle of Leffe last night. Lovely.

westyfield
19-04-2012, 05:19 PM
Doom Bar. Discovered it recently and my god is that a fine ale.

The best thing is that when you approach the bar, the bartender asks "what can I get you?" and you can reply by gripping the edge of the bar, leaning forward with a manic look in your eye and shouting "DOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM!".

President Weasel
19-04-2012, 05:49 PM
Well hacked off. Paisley beer fest next month and nobody I know is available to go. >:(

If it weren't such a trek for a few pints I'd go on my own.

To Paisley?
Paisley Paisley?
That would have to be some seriously good beer. (The word "Paisley" looks increasingly weird the more you type it).

Ian
20-04-2012, 11:02 AM
The CAMRA Paisley beer festival is entirely excellent.

Bracket
22-04-2012, 12:07 PM
Dunno if this is everywhere but the Tesco near my work has excellent offers on beer at the moment. Both ales and other stuff. Lovely.

Is that the 3 for 2? It's a ridiculously good offer.


Also when I was up in Cumbria a few years back doing the Hardrians Wall walk I always remember the Geltsdale beers being very nice indeed. Shame there doesn't seem to be any way of ordering a few bottles online. http://www.geltsdalebrewery.com/geltsdale_brewery_ourbeer.php

I agree they are based in Brampton (which is close to a section of the Hadrians wall walk). If anyone is ever in the area, I recommend you pop in and ask for a mixed crate.

Ian
19-05-2012, 04:11 PM
Can't remember if we have any other Glasgow-based beer fans on here, but if so they need to get themselves to The Cave on Great Western Road, an excellent off-license in terms of ales and imported beers and the like.

I went in yesterday and they had an offer of 5 Williams Bros beers (from a possible 8 or 9) for £8. So I filled my boots with that. The imported/rarer stuff is, understandably, somewhat pricier but much of it I've not seen in other shops so I'd happily pick up one or two per shop. As it is I spent £7 (!!) on a pint bottle of Arrogant Bastard Ale (http://www.arrogantbastard.com/arrogantbastard/default.asp) as it's meant to be good.

Rakysh
19-05-2012, 08:38 PM
So I am a new sailor on this journey we call "drinking", but I quite enjoy me some Peroni. Is this acceptable? I know it's not acceptable to my wallet :(.

Lambchops
19-05-2012, 10:26 PM
Man, I'd love to go drinking properly in Glasgow again now that I've got a little bit more money than in my undergraduate days. Always had fun, but now I could afford to have fun and drink something nice!

@ Rakysh

Peroni is a very acceptable lager (though something I tend to buy infrequently when out as there's usually something just as good that costs a bit less). Plus it has the added bonus of coming in a rather nice pint glass that I'm always tempted to steal!

StrangLove
19-05-2012, 10:27 PM
Peroni is very much acceptable, it's an excellent beer.

Rakysh
20-05-2012, 08:52 AM
Ok, phew. What else would you recommend to a novice, then? I don't mind Sol, and Desperado was... interesting, but I don't get on with ale very well, nor the Aussie-urine that is Fosters and its ilk. Anything too hopsy is definitely a turn-off.

Ian
20-05-2012, 10:02 AM
Desperado's too easy to drink, I find. Time-release hangover in a bottle.

Surgeon
23-05-2012, 01:55 PM
So I am a new sailor on this journey we call "drinking", but I quite enjoy me some Peroni. Is this acceptable? I know it's not acceptable to my wallet :(.

From Peroni I guess you could forge a voyage towards the good lands of Italy, and see if you like Moretti.
Or alternatively, go German, and see if stuff like Warsteiner takes your fancy.

Sticking aboard the good ship Light & Refreshing, give any of these a whirl:
Staropramen
Budvar
Pilsener Urquell
Oranjeboom
Lindeboom

Keep
23-05-2012, 02:12 PM
From Peroni I guess you could forge a voyage towards the good lands of Italy, and see if you like Moretti.

Good suggestion. Alternative route from there: Moretti's a dry beer. So after trying that, maybe try an Asahi - a Japanese beer - or a Pilsner of some kind (odds are it'll be dry too) (Oi like dry beers, see).

The idea is, though, ground yourself in one particular area. Once you've got a sense of what a few Light & Refreshing or dry beers are like, try something totally different, dark or hoppy or sweet or...whatever. It'll help you get a good sense of the basic flavours + the differences between 'em.

Rakysh
23-05-2012, 02:34 PM
Awesome, thanks guys. I'll see if I can track any of those down and report back.

Ian
23-05-2012, 04:15 PM
So Arrogant Bastard Ale wasn't at all the punch-in-the-back-of-the-throat I was expecting. Not nearly as heavy as I thought it would be.

And I've been fully enjoying trying some more of the Williams Bros ones.

westyfield
23-05-2012, 06:56 PM
So, summer's finally here. Anyone got any good summery beers to recommend? I'm usually a dark ale/stout person, which doesn't seem right to drink when it's 30 Celsius outside.

mickygor
23-05-2012, 07:50 PM
I had a pint of blonde ale this afternoon, westyfield. Went down a treat in current weather.

cjlr
24-05-2012, 01:24 AM
I wish I were British. Then I could participate in this thread.

But screw it! I'm a citizen of a commonwealth realm. Close enough!

My last beer buying expedition saw me returning with not one, but two elephant-related beers. One fairly common one, I gather - Kenyan Tusker. Not a strong flavour, but a very nice clear tropical lager. Did wonders for the lentil curry I had going with it.
The other was Dead Elephant Ale, the St Thomas, ON microbrew in honour of Jumbo the Elephant. They call it an IPA, but it's not quite hopped like one. Tasty, though, and a bit of sweetness to it.

Last week's vacation in Cuba gave me a chance to try two of the big name beers there. Cristal is all right, but if it's cold and you're on the beach, what else matters? Bucanero was surprisingly hoppy - not big time, obviously, but like a better Dos Equis or something along those lines. Either is nice for the afternoon, when you need a break from Cuba Libres and it's not late enough in the afternoon for stronger cocktails.

Errr... As for British things, I had a Samuel Smith multipack recently. If you like oatmeal stouts, that is one good outmeal stout.

westyfield
24-05-2012, 01:46 AM
I had a pint of blonde ale this afternoon, westyfield. Went down a treat in current weather.

Cool, thanks. I know Bath Ales do a few pale/blonde ales, so I'll try to get my hands on some of them when I head home.


But screw it! I'm a citizen of a commonwealth realm. Close enough!
[snip]
the St Thomas, ON microbrew

I'm guessing you're from Canada, then? If so (or if there are any other Canadians reading), can you recommend some good Canadian beers? We're going on holiday to British Columbia next month, and I've heard good things about the beers there. Went a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the Howe Sound Brewery's output, but we're not going to Squamish this time, so alternatives must be sought.

Ian
24-05-2012, 09:31 AM
So, summer's finally here. Anyone got any good summery beers to recommend? I'm usually a dark ale/stout person, which doesn't seem right to drink when it's 30 Celsius outside.

As mickygor said, blonde ales are a good way to go. I've heard good things about the Bath ones. Dunno if you get them in supermarkets that far south but of the Brewdog ones 'Trashy Blonde' would be good for this too.

A lot of the European ones, while not necessarily what we'd call ale, are good for this too with Leffe being the obvious example that you'd probably be able to buy.

Fucking love a bit of Leffe Blonde.

cjlr
24-05-2012, 03:21 PM
I'm guessing you're from Canada, then?
Guilty as charged.


If so (or if there are any other Canadians reading), can you recommend some good Canadian beers? We're going on holiday to British Columbia next month, and I've heard good things about the beers there. Went a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the Howe Sound Brewery's output, but we're not going to Squamish this time, so alternatives must be sought.
I am from Ontario, so I couldn't say in too much detail what to expect out there. Fun fact, Vancouver is farther from me than you are from... Moscow, just about.
There's a few west coast breweries that have filtered this far east. Granville Island, Lighthouse, Tree, Nelson. Decent breweries all. If you make it to the BC liquor store, though, look for some Quebec beer - I've yet to go wrong with any of the regional Quebecois breweries. I don't know what you'd find out there from Ontario (my own area of expertise, obviously) but if they've got any Flying Monkeys on hand you are in for a treat. Also there are a number of good American northwest beers, probably very easy to find out there. Rogue from Oregon make some nice ones. As to the style... west coast is pretty much synonymous with very well hopped, in BC as in Washington and Oregon. After all, that is where the hops are actually grown. Basically just ales out there, too.

Just stay away from the nationwide swill like Molson or Labatt's - but you know that already. Sleeman's is quite all right for a mainstream brand. Rickard's is often the most drinkable thing on draught of the "standard" choices. Should morbid curiosity get the better of you, try some of the biggest American breweries. Boy, if you thought the big, bland European beers were bland, they're still nothing on Coors.

Lastly I've heard there's a good selection of east asian beers out there, if you look in the right places. Not exactly local, but something hard to find anywhere else. It is very hard to pass up the chance to try a new and different beer. I've heard you can even find Orion.

Rakysh
25-05-2012, 06:59 AM
So, on your advice I spent yesterday evening with a nice group of friends and a pair of bottles of Budvar. They were very pleasant (the bottles, not the friends [or rather both but I'm talking about the bottles in this situation]), and actually slipped down a bit too easily; I was a little bit tipsy by the end of the evening. Excellent shout, gentlemen.

westyfield
25-05-2012, 01:01 PM
Cheers for the recommendations guys, I'll keep an eye out.

Ian
28-05-2012, 03:26 PM
Another couple of good Williams Brothers ones last night. First off 'Ceilidh' which is a lager they do and was rather good, and '7 Giraffes' an ale but a fizzy-ish one and was also quite refreshing I found. Becoming quite the fan of Williams Brothers.

Surgeon
29-05-2012, 12:55 PM
So, on your advice I spent yesterday evening with a nice group of friends and a pair of bottles of Budvar. They were very pleasant (the bottles, not the friends [or rather both but I'm talking about the bottles in this situation]), and actually slipped down a bit too easily; I was a little bit tipsy by the end of the evening. Excellent shout, gentlemen.

No worries Rakysh, glad you liked the Budvar.

You could therefore try the Pilsener style lagers / pale lagers path and see if anything else floats your boat.

Here are some of my favourites of that sort of style...

Pilsener Urquell
Staropramen
Oranjeboom
Lindeboom
Vedett (Extra Blonde)
Warsteiner
Erdinger Crystal
Paulaner Crystal
Kasteel Cru

Ian
01-06-2012, 12:53 PM
Has a pint of 'Wildcat' in the Wetherspoons at Glasgow airport last night. Do Not Recommend.

Kamikaze-X
08-06-2012, 08:49 PM
If you can find it, Moretti Gran Riserva, which the Morrisons near me has started stocking, is a lovely, malty, complex beer that is a bit lager-y.

I love it. its bloody strong too.

Leopig
08-06-2012, 09:24 PM
Holsten Pils - About half the calories of most other lagers and still cheap compared to the likes of Stella (which btw has been lowered in strength to 4.7 from 5%)

magnus1969
03-07-2012, 01:07 AM
Becks, always Becks.

Rakysh
03-07-2012, 07:59 AM
Becks to me tastes a very salty beer. Has anyone else found this?

corbain
03-07-2012, 10:14 AM
I'm guessing you're from Canada, then? If so (or if there are any other Canadians reading), can you recommend some good Canadian beers? We're going on holiday to British Columbia next month, and I've heard good things about the beers there. Went a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the Howe Sound Brewery's output, but we're not going to Squamish this time, so alternatives must be sought.

I visited BC a couple of years ago and enjoyed some fantastic beers, very much in the Craft Beer style (eg, Cold, carbonated, hoppy)

Most towns in BC seemed to have one or more brewpubs, some better than others. I got the feeling that some of the brewpubs just brewed from pre-made kits rather than brewing from first principles - mainly because they would have a huge range of beers being made in a very small brewing area.

Ones to look out for (although i suspect i might be too late here) are Granville Island Brewery (Vancouver), Steamworks (Vancouver), Yaletown (Vancouver- Great Brewpub), Spinnakers (Victoria), Vancouver Island Brewery (Victoria)

And if you get up to Torfino on Vancouver Island there's a great microbrewery there. Torfino is a fantastic place to visit, my favourite spot of our 3 weeks driving around BC

corbain
03-07-2012, 10:18 AM
Has a pint of 'Wildcat' in the Wetherspoons at Glasgow airport last night. Do Not Recommend.

Wetherspoons is never the best place to try new beers, as they often buy up old stock which is past it's best by date at knock down prices. Hence why they are so cheap.

magnus1969
03-07-2012, 02:24 PM
Becks to me tastes a very salty beer. Has anyone else found this?

Umami is not something I would normally associate with beer!

Ian
17-08-2012, 09:52 AM
http://glasgowbeerweek.com/calendar/

Will have to have a look and see what I fancy partaking in. :)

Jockie
17-08-2012, 10:40 AM
Was down in Nottingham last weekend visiting a mate, every pub there serves a Pale Ale called Harvest Pale that I recommend for the light-ale drinkers among you. At 3.8% it can sustain a days worth of drinking. On the down-side My stomach felt awful for a week after, but I suspect that was due to the volume imbibed.

tjv
17-08-2012, 10:52 AM
http://glasgowbeerweek.com/calendar/


Nice. Shame that I don't live in Glasgow anymore.
Recently been drinking the Chinese Lucky beer. Only £1 from my local Morrisons. Nothing fancy, just your usual Asian lager.

Ian
17-08-2012, 11:01 AM
Was down in Nottingham last weekend visiting a mate, every pub there serves a Pale Ale called Harvest Pale that I recommend for the light-ale drinkers among you. At 3.8% it can sustain a days worth of drinking. On the down-side My stomach felt awful for a week after, but I suspect that was due to the volume imbibed.

Probably the legendary "dodgy last pint." It's never the 13 that preceded it, it's the LAST PINT that causes the problems.

laneford
17-08-2012, 11:58 AM
I had a bottle of this recently. It was amazeballs.

http://victorybeer.com/beers/golden-monkey/

Ian
17-08-2012, 12:16 PM
I had a bottle of Nethergate Essex Border recently and it was lovely. Only problem being it's 4.8% and incredibly guzzleable which is a bit of a recipe for disaster.

EDIT: Oh, and "Citra" by Oakham. Quite fruity but very refreshing.

laneford
17-08-2012, 06:09 PM
I had a bottle of citra recently. lovely stuff.

Pertusaria
18-08-2012, 07:46 PM
Just had and enjoyed the stout from Dungarvan Brewing Co. (Black Rock), which means I've now enjoyed all three of their main offerings - the other two are a red and an ale. They're still rare in my usual "real beer" pubs, but if anyone else spots them, give them a try.

Ian
19-08-2012, 12:53 PM
Went and did some beer-ing in Glasgow yesterday. I tried:

Houston's APA - Inoffensive, quite light. A bit meh but drinkable enough.

Clyde Puffer - One of the dark, tangy sorts. Really not my cup of tea,

Cock O' The Walk - I think I've had it bottled before so it was nice to try it from the tap.

Golden Sun - Not dissimilar to the APA. Not a particularly distinctive taste but pleasant enough.

Went into the Pot Still which as well as having ALL THE WHISKY has three different ales on so it's somewhere I hope to revisit.

Cooper
20-08-2012, 05:29 PM
I've got a bit of a soft spot for milds. Something a bit lovely about their malty-ness

For some reason milds got a small burst of popularity about two years ago but have largely disappeared again. Boo.

Hartford688
20-08-2012, 06:44 PM
Black Sheep. Lovely.

spacein_vader
20-08-2012, 10:45 PM
For those of you fortunate/unfortunate to live close to Peterborough, the Peterborough Beer Festival runs from tomorrow until Saturday. After the Great British Beer Fest at Earls Court it is the biggest in the country, will be hosting approximately 50,000 people through the week. It's also in a lovely place on the embankment of the river Nene.

Ian
21-08-2012, 11:00 AM
I'm down in Grantham over the weekend but have plans for Friday and I'm not sure how I'd get there on Saturday. Booo. :(


I've got a bit of a soft spot for milds. Something a bit lovely about their malty-ness

For some reason milds got a small burst of popularity about two years ago but have largely disappeared again. Boo.

I've never tried one yet but I can reassure you from the bumph CAMRA send me that they're still flying the flag and trying to get people drinking them/selling them.

spacein_vader
22-08-2012, 12:02 AM
I'm down in Grantham over the weekend but have plans for Friday and I'm not sure how I'd get there on Saturday. Booo. :(

According to national rail you're 23 minutes on the train Grantham>Peterborough. The fest is less than 10 minutes from the station.

A linky to the website http://www.peterborough-camra.org.uk/index.php?bf=1

And this gives an idea of the scale, this photo shows 1 half of 1 of the 2 main bar tents: 1790

Gerbick
22-08-2012, 02:20 AM
Just spent a week at the Green Man festival. Much of my drinking was taken up with Moor's Revival (http://moorbeer.co.uk/our-beer/revival/) and Green Man Growler, brewed by Wye Valley Brewery (http://www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk/).

Ian
22-08-2012, 09:18 AM
According to national rail you're 23 minutes on the train Grantham>Peterborough. The fest is less than 10 minutes from the station.

A linky to the website http://www.peterborough-camra.org.uk/index.php?bf=1

And this gives an idea of the scale, this photo shows 1 half of 1 of the 2 main bar tents: 1790

I meant more finding the time on Saturday than actually getting there, unfortunately. Plus I'd be another £20-£30 that I should probably not spend on taxis into Grantham (my parents live in a village outside it.)

samuraiweasel
27-08-2012, 01:18 PM
i know im going to get killed for saying this, but i dont like beer. Cider for me.

laneford
27-08-2012, 01:58 PM
So I went to The Kernel Brewery, near London Bridge (bermondsey) http://thekernelbrewery.com/ where you can go and buy their beer, and drink it!

Had a CITRA IPA, a simcoe IPA, and a brown ale I think. All delicious, bought some more to take home. Any south londoners I highly recommend you go try it one Saturday (they're open 9am - 3pm I think)

Ian
27-08-2012, 04:46 PM
I went into the Sandbar in Manchester. Five different ales on tap and the ones I tried were good, the best being Outstanding Brewery's "Selling Out."

Ian
03-09-2012, 05:26 PM
Seriously hacked off that I'm probably not going to get to any of the Glasgow Beer Week stuff (as it stands it looks like the only way it'll happen is if I go on my own.)

Counting House is having a "Tap Takeover" of Isle of Skye beers, the Bon Accord is doing similar with Tryst brewery and Hengler's Circus is having a week of Adnams vs. Williams Bros. :(

Pertusaria
03-09-2012, 08:42 PM
There's a craft beer festival on in Ballsbridge (southern suburb of Dublin) from Friday to Sunday this weekend.

I don't think there are many Irish folks checking this thread, but in case anyone can make it over, sounds like it'll be fun. I'll be the short, long-haired nerd... um, that description fits far too many people who'll be there. If anyone's seriously going to be there on Saturday or Sunday, PM me.

http://www.irishcraftbeerfestival.com/

SKOL!

Goateh
04-09-2012, 11:08 AM
So, can anyone recommend a decent site for buying bottles in the UK? Where possible I'd buy from the brewery but most simply don't have any kind of online shop and it's not practical for overseas. Ideally something that isn't a complete mess to browse, to make it a little easier to find new things to try. I've found one or two with reasonable stock but unless you know exactly what you want they're impossible to use.


If you're coming by Manchester I highly recommend visiting the Port Street Beer House (http://www.portstreetbeerhouse.co.uk/). A few minutes walk from all the major public transport and plenty of variety both on tap and bottled. I'd like it if they did a little food too (another excuse to visit) but the focus on beer and more beer means they know their stuff.

And some recent highlights of stuff I've been drinking:
Most everything by the Black Isle Brewery. Favourites at the moment are their Blonde (http://www.blackislebrewery.com/collections/all/products/blonde), Oatmeal Stout (http://www.blackislebrewery.com/collections/all/products/hibernator-oatmeal-stout) and Chilli Bock (http://www.blackislebrewery.com/collections/all/products/tim-andersons-red-hot-chilli-bock).

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (http://brooklynbrewery.com/brooklyn-beers/seasonal-brews/brooklyn-black-chocolate-stout) is incredible. I'd love to find this on tap somewhere but I had to go order some bottles of it after trying it once. The barman described it as a dangerous drink and I'd agree - far too easy to drink for what it is.

Cromarty's Brewed Awakening is another good stout, this time with coffee. Most coffee stouts I've been pretty indifferent to but this one is well worth trying.

Ian
04-09-2012, 12:58 PM
I Google'd Beers in a Box to confirm it wasn't there any more and found this:
http://www.realbeerbox.com/

Those beer boxes (http://www.realbeerbox.com/beer-in-a-box.asp) are a brilliant idea for parties and the like, especially as they're properly conditioned in the box. And £49 for 36 pints isn't bad at all. If I had the space I'd actually be tempted to get one of those for myself.

Another I've heard people recommend but not used myself is:
http://www.beersofeurope.co.uk/

I've got a load of beers I tried over my week off noted on my phone, will report on those in a bit.

Has anybody tried Titanic Stout? My parents' local is apparently going to ditch the Guiness and sell Titanic to my dad's dismay but what I've read about it is very positive.

Ian
04-09-2012, 03:19 PM
So, beers I tried over my week off:

Black Cat by Moorehouses - Very black beer. Not my cup of tea at all but there wasn't really much wrong with it.

Selling Out by Outstanding - A winner. Really, really enjoyed it and I was disappointed I didn't have the chance to sit and guzzle some more. Quite light and citrus-y.

Steaming Wagon by Brains - Alright and no more. Fairly bland.

Grouse Beater by Theakston - A bit sweet to my taste. I could probably nurse a couple but couldn't drink them quickly.

Original by Everards - At 5.2% it turned out to be a bad idea to drink as much of this as I did. Still, quite tasty.

The Usual by Brunswick - This was the other guest my mum and dad's local had on and not as strong as Original, so the one I SHOULD have been drinking if I was in there for a while. A little bit nutty but not so much as to put me off.

I also tried the Gold and Reserve IPA's that Greene King do in bottle form, neither of which was particularly memorable.

christ87
07-09-2012, 10:57 AM
Leffe, but i do have some local ales in Cheshire!

Ian
07-09-2012, 11:32 AM
I love Leffe. I'd seen it in shops but never tried it until a few years ago when I was a hotel in Dubai with a Belgian themed bar. I promptly wished I'd tried it sooner.

Goateh
07-09-2012, 01:05 PM
Has anybody tried Titanic Stout? My parents' local is apparently going to ditch the Guiness and sell Titanic to my dad's dismay but what I've read about it is very positive.

I'm not a big fan of it, but there's nothing wrong with it either. It's just a little dull as stouts go; it's in the range of 'ideal to drink over a long night' of beers instead of being particularly outstanding, and I tend to do less of the all night drinking these days. I do prefer it to Guinness though.

Those beer boxes sure are tempting. Sadly, I've not tried any of the beers and the selection is pretty limited. Hopefully they can convince some other breweries to add to the range too.

Pertusaria
09-09-2012, 09:23 AM
I had several nice things at the beer festival yesterday. Here's the list, in no particular order other than by brewery:

Hilden Brewing - had the Hilden Ale (very light and easy to drink, nice flavour though) and the Twisted Hop (a pale ale, much more zesty, something I would probably choose often if it were available)
Dungarvan - I had a taste of their special festival beer, which was lovely, but (typically) about 6%. My friend who insists he doesn't like their stuff had some of their Helvick Gold ale and was surprised by how good it was. I think he last tried them a couple of years ago.
O'Hara's - had some of a special version of their Leann Folainn stout which had been kept in old whiskey barrels. Tasted like someone had put a shot of whiskey into the beer - nice!
Franciscan Well - they had a special stout on called Mi Dazza, which they were advertising as "like stout used to be in the 50s and 60s". I don't know how true this is, but it was very tasty and smooth.
White Gypsy - I had their dunkel, which was perfectly drinkable, but my German boyfriend grumbled that it wasn't quite right. He said their Pils would have been very nice if it were the right temperature (yesterday was unusually warm). My other friend had their Belgian-style beer, which was very fruity but good (although he thought it was more English than Belgian).
Metalman - I had Moonbeam, an ale which had a nice flavour, but mine was very sedimented. I think they were having problems with their taps. Their standard beer is a pale ale which is sharp and tasty.
Whitewater Brewery - I had their ale and had a taste of their Copperhead (another ale), both of which were very tasty.
Eight Degrees - I had a taste of their Maerzen festival beer, which was nice but very sweet - I don't think I could have drunk much of it.
Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne - I really liked their porter. Their ale was very grass-flavoured (hoppy, I guess).

BillButNotBen
10-09-2012, 10:38 AM
What beers does the average UK pub carry these days? When I left it was usually:
1664/Stella, Carlsberg/Carling, John Smiths, Strongbow.

Is everyone still drinking Magners with ice, or did that trend pass quickly?

mickygor
10-09-2012, 12:50 PM
It's basically still that. Shovelware lagers served so cold you can't taste them, because they wouldn't sell if you could.

Magners has died a death, kind of. It's certainly not as popular these days - seems Kopparberg has taken it over, at least in the circles I drink in. I'm really not a fan of cider.

Ian
10-09-2012, 03:23 PM
Had some more bottled ones from the shop over the weekend:

Jennings' Cocker Hoop - A golden ale and a rather guzzleable one at that.

Ringwood's Fortyniner - Not much to comment on but it was nice.

Bateman's Dark Lord - A porter, apparently? I wasn't overly keen but given it's the only one I've knowingly had and it was from a bottle I can hardly use that as real evidence of whether I like them or not.

Badger's Blandford Flyer - Very nice, I thought. I reckoned it stopped just short of being too sweet but a load of other comments on RateBeer have it as being sickly so I dunno.

Bateman's Victory Ale - Enjoyed this. On first taste I thought it was a bit sweet but it balances out nicely. That and the fact that it's 6% make it one to take your time with!

Joseph Holt's Maple Moon - Another one to drink more slowly, but in this case it's because - for me - the maple flavour only came through more strongly in the aftertaste.

Also: This place (http://thebeercast.com/2012/09/new-glasgow-bar-inn-deep.html) needs to go onto my "to try" list.

Ian
14-09-2012, 03:30 PM
http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/fmcg/drinks/beer-wine-and-spirits/regional-champs-revealed-in-sainsburys-british-beer-hunt/229584.article

There's all the beers for the Sainsbury's British Beer Hunt which I think should have gone on sale on Wednesday, so if you're near a Sainsbury's/do your shopping there it should be worth a look. I think me and my brother-in-law are planning to buy them all (if possible) and then try them over a couple of sessions.

Goateh
18-09-2012, 12:01 PM
http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/fmcg/drinks/beer-wine-and-spirits/regional-champs-revealed-in-sainsburys-british-beer-hunt/229584.article

There's all the beers for the Sainsbury's British Beer Hunt which I think should have gone on sale on Wednesday

Does every store stock all of those or just the ones that won in the store's region? I can't really tell from that or Sainsbury's site.

Two more excellent stouts recently in the shape of Magic Rock's Dark arts surreal stout and Thornbridge Brewery's Saint Petersburg. The latter is heavy going mind, definitely one to drink slowly and enjoy. It's not particularly strong for the type but it is filling. I seem to have been on a streak of dark beers recently. I had a few others but I can't for the life of me remember what they were. A clear bias, obviously.

Manchester starts its food and drink festival this weekend for the next couple of weeks. It can be crowded but there's normally a good range of beers on tap around the various sites. If you can bear the weather it's definitely worth checking out at some point if you're passing through. Plenty of good food on offer too, if you can find a space to enjoy it properly.

Edit:

Another good one - Marble Decadence (http://alcoholandaphorisms.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/tasting-notes-marble-decadence/). Most places sell it in large bottles which are definitely better for sharing. A little pricey but well worth trying.

Bracket
18-09-2012, 02:51 PM
Had to kill a few hours in Newcastle, waiting for a train last week.

Decided to see what Brewdog was about. Tried 5am Saint (http://www.brewdog.com/product/5am-saint) which was beautiful, an Alice Porter (http://www.brewdog.com/product/alice-porter) which was enjoyable. Finished off with an Imperial Red wheat, which was very sweet and fruity, and to be honest I struggled with it. The staff were very nice, and I've got time for the punk aesthetic they've got going on. The fact that they sell bottles to take away made for a most pleasant train journey.


Jennings' Cocker Hoop - A golden ale and a rather guzzleable one at that.

I've just finished up as a science tech at a middle school, near the end of the term, we went on a 6th form trip to the Jennings brewery in cocker mouth. This involved free beer. Cocker hoop and Sneck lifter were both excellent. Not to keen on their Cumberland ale though.

Finally. Was in a bar, in Manchester recently, I witnessed this (http://bosteelsbrewery.com/Bosteels_Brewery/Home.html) (the one on the left.)

Ian
18-09-2012, 04:03 PM
Does every store stock all of those or just the ones that won in the store's region? I can't really tell from that or Sainsbury's site.

I had a count last Friday. My local Sainsburys had, I think, 18 of the 20. Whether the other two were sold out (doubt it), not stocked (possibly, though why just two?) or I didn't see them (possibly, my Sainsburys has shitloads of ales on with these ones included) I don't know but I'm still quite pleased with that.

I haven't had any of the Beer Hunt ones yet but I did buy some others I've not previously had:

Greene King's London Glory - As with the other Greene King bottles I tried recently (see upthread) it was a bit meh.

Joseph Holt's Sixex - Doesn't taste very strong when you first take a sip but there's a sharper, fruity aftertaste. Pleasant enough but 6% so it's one I'd need to be careful with.

Ian
27-09-2012, 10:05 AM
So last weekend my brother in law and I had a small tasting session and tried the first ten of the fully twenty Beer Hunt bottles our Sainsbury's had in.

Wolf's Poppy Ale - One of those sort of floral ones. Pleasant enough but nothing special.

Sambrook's Pumphouse Pale Ale - A nice, refreshing citrus-y one.

Ridgeway's Bad Elf - Another sort of flowery one after the Poppy Ale though this one was much more bitter I think.

Nethergate's Lemon Head - After enjoying their Essex Border so much I could see me becoming a fan of Nethergate. Lemon Head is the oddest/most interesting beers I've had I'd say. Smells strongly of lemon as you'd expect and that's in the taste too but there's also a sort of dry, gingery aspect to it. And if you let it sit on your tongue it almost tastes like lemonade. I'd have it again.

Blue Monkey's 99 Red Baboons - A fruity one but the taste/aftertaste's strongest flavour is of malt.

Elgood's Indian Summer - A fairly run-of-the-mill sweet/hoppy blonde ale. Pleasant enough.

Ridgeway's Ivanhoe - Ridgeway did Bad King John which won the beer hunt last year and I found this one to be quite disappointing. I didn't really like Bad King John but I didn't think it was a bad beer, just not to my taste. Ivanhoe is all kinds of meh. The first hit is okay but it goes oddly flat and a bit bland.

Castle Rock's Screech Owl - This is one of the wankiest things I've ever said I expect, but Screech Owl is probably the nicest-smelling beer I've ever had. Very hoppy. The flavour's not quite so strong but then at 5.5% it's probably more one to enjoy slowly anyway.

Lees' Manchester Star Ale - Despite a distinct taste of chocolate and fruit it still somehow manages to be a little on the bland side. Not enough to ruin it but enough to stop it being a favourite. That said, it probably suffered a little for me having tried it directly after...

Bateman's Mocha - Astonishingly, given I had this marked down as one of the ones I probably wouldn't like, this is the absolute star of the ten I've tried. Very dark and the flavour and smell are all coffee and chocolate which aren't normally in the sorts of beers I enjoy but this is sensational. My favourite of the Beer Hunt ones I've tried up to this point. I'd need to have another to check it wasn't my slight drunkenness at that point deceiving me but I thought it one of my favourite bottle beers I've had.

So, if you're not planning to try all of them then I'd say definitely try Mocha (for being ace) and Lemon Head (for being a bit weird.)

rider
01-10-2012, 10:12 AM
Adnams Southwold and Woodforde's Wherry are my two favourites, but probably highly related to just not having tried that many beers from the northern areas. [Haven't seen these two anywhere outside Norfolk-Suffolk lands.]

EDIT: I don't think it is really possible to say why though, mostly because it is such a personal experience (beer) that everyone will have their own opinions no matter what.

Ian
01-10-2012, 12:54 PM
I thought I'd tried the Southwold but unless I've forgotten to put my thoughts on Ratebeer I have not so I'll need to get on that. Not that bottled will be as good as trying it in pint form. Really wish I'd got to the Adnams vs. Williams Bros thing one of the pubs in Glasgow had. :(

Anyway, I have now tried the remaining Beer Hunt beers.

Wold Top's Scarborough Fair IPA - The second best of the lot after the Mocha, for me. Quite hoppy and while the initial hit of it seems quite sweet it balances out. Very nice.

Beartown's Wojtek - Nice enough but could do with one of the flavours being a bit stronger. The taste is balanced to a fault.

Wadworth's Horizon - Meh.

Cotleigh's Snowy - Another one that's a bit bland. Not quite so much as Wojtek, the issue here is more than there is a taste it's just not strong enough.

Wye Valley's Dorothy Goodbody's Blissful Brown Ale - And another that verges of not tasting of much. There was something more distinctive about this one but I'm not good enough at picking out individual flavours to know what it was because this was another that could have done with being tastier. A bit watery too.

Brain's Willy Nilly - Nice enough but nothing of note to say about it.

Tradional Scottish Ales' Double Espresso Premio Caffé Birra - Unlike the Mocha, I didn't expect to like this one but was proven right. Probably because the taste is all-coffee. It might be quite good if you like that sort of thing.

Cairngorm's White Lady - One of those ones with an almost flowery smell to it and is some sort of odd sweet/spicy combo in the flavour. Nice enough, though.

Harviestoun's Wild Hop Gold - Is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from the name. Predictable but good.

Williams' Bros' Prodigal Sun - Not the most exciting thing Williams Bros have ever done. A citrus, fruity beer that'd be rather nice on a hot sunny day, I imagine.

So overall for me of the 20 Beer Hunt beers Mocha, Screech Owl and Scarborough Fair IPA were the best three and the North of England region comfortably the best one.

mt.Ivan
03-10-2012, 09:55 PM
It really does vary from location.

fosters, budweiser, desperados etc.

Ian
11-10-2012, 05:25 PM
http://www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/media/latest-stories/2012/20121010sainsburys-announces-winner-of-the-great-british-beer-hunt-2012/

Mocha, my favourite, won. :)

That's good. My local Sainsbury's usually has Bad King John (last year's winner) in so hopefully they'll be stocking up on Mocha as well.

LeMonde
21-10-2012, 07:12 PM
If you're ever in East Sussex, you can't go far wrong with Harveys.

Adam
22-10-2012, 07:33 AM
I don't drink beer but if I did, then I could drink beer for free if I wanted to. If that was the case then I'd be drinking Harbin Beer. They have a factory nearby that gives away bottles of beer for free every weekend for either promotional reasons or they've simply stuck the label on wrong. My Russian friend gets a whole crate every Sunday for free. China is different.

laneford
31-10-2012, 03:11 PM
So I was in Brighton for a weekend, and managed to spend a large portion of it here: http://www.darkstarpubs.co.uk/eveningstar/

Where I drank a huge amount of great beer from Magic Rock (keg/craft type expimental and high ABV brews mostly) and Dark Star (bit more traditional cask stuff).

All was pretty good, but the Dark Star Green Hopped IPA and Espresso Stout, and Magic Rock Cannonball, Clown Juice were particular highlights.

Ian
31-10-2012, 04:29 PM
Oh my, that pub looks just splendid.

laneford
31-10-2012, 05:43 PM
Just got this 'beer hunting' type app (free) for my phone. Looks quite an interesting way of keeping track of new discoveries.
www.untappd.com

Kannaaashi
01-11-2012, 03:36 AM
do they have pale pilsen?

thekev506
07-11-2012, 02:57 PM
If I'm at home I like Cains bitter - I'm not a bitter drinker typically but the stuff is brilliant.

On the subject of pubs if you're ever in Liverpool you should check out the Philharmonic pub, the (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garstonian/3778901994/)whole (http://cityleaves.com/liverpool/sites/default/files/The%20Philharmonic-Pub-Liverpool.jpg) place (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wHTjl0wuAlk/TBqUt0wAMcI/AAAAAAAAB7Y/c23jLdLOjFI/s1600/phil+toilets+2.JPG)is absolutely stunning and well worth a visit.

Tams80
10-11-2012, 07:25 PM
If anyone's in the area, or fancies a beer road trip, Hawkshead Brewery (http://www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk/) is a good place to go. Oddly, it;s not in Hawkshead, but rather Staveley.

Ian
12-11-2012, 12:52 PM
Some nice beers wot I've tried recently:

Summer Wine's (http://shop.summerwinebrewery.co.uk/) Cohort: When the back of the bottle neglected to improve tasting notes and some waffle about trying it for yourself and craft brewing I feared it was going to go the way of Arrogant Bastard. A lot of bluster on the label for an average beer. So I was pleased when this turned out to be quite splendid. Describes itself as a "Double Black Belgian Rye PA." Reminded me a bit of the Manchester Star Ale, very dark and a chocolate/fruit sort of flavour. Very nice.

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale: These caught my eye in The Cave (I've no idea if any other Glasgow-based people frequent this thread, if they do then The Cave has a load of new stuff in) becasuse of the nice labels (http://www.samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk/bottles.html). I went for the Winter Warmer and it was pretty much what you'd expect from the name. A fruity, malty sort of affair. It was most enjoyable. I'll definitely be trying some more of theirs when I go back to The Cave next.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout: I seem to be learning to like these darker beers quite quickly. It's not that long since I was expecting to hate Mocha in the Sainsbury's Beer Hunt and now here I am enjoying chocolatey stout.

Ian
13-11-2012, 12:37 PM
http://www.yorktap.com/

This place looks superb. I'm actually considering a diversion on my train journey home at Christmas just to pop in seeing as it's right next to the station.

EDIT: Blimey, check out their beer board:
http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/46472_461218337257142_188520458_n.jpg

laneford
14-11-2012, 12:03 AM
Cor!

I like the look of that place. I've tried both those Magic Rock beers on that board, they are ​stupendous.

Ian
14-11-2012, 10:48 AM
Went to arrange my Christmas trip home around an hour in there but the tickets at suitable times were extortionate. :( Another time.

Ian
19-11-2012, 11:26 AM
Woop! Mocha is now in Sainsburys. As is Manchester Star Ale, but in less stories. Fortunately mine had both so that was Saturday night sorted.

Icarium82
27-11-2012, 10:38 PM
Not fussy will often drink generic lager such as Tennents or Carlsberg. When I want to treat my self I like a nice bottle of Warstiener or something similarly Bavarian.

corbain
27-11-2012, 11:26 PM
If you're ever in East Sussex, you can't go far wrong with Harveys.


I visited the brewery last week, and it was a great tour .Apparently there's a 2 year waiting list to get on the tour involving writing a letter (not email) to get an invite (I was lucky enough that a friend had done all the legwork). It was therefore rather disappointing when we turned up to find that many people had simply turned up speculatively on the night!

Anyway, the beer was good, although not really to my taste. I found their seasonal ale Bonfire Boy frankly quite horrible.

I did however like their Old Ale (delicious) and the Best Bitter did the job nicely as well. The dry hopped Armada Ale was IMHO just ok. at least when compared with the dry hopped monsters that the craft brewing scene churns out.

Jorvikan
28-11-2012, 05:00 AM
http://www.yorktap.com/

This place looks superb. I'm actually considering a diversion on my train journey home at Christmas just to pop in seeing as it's right next to the station.

EDIT: Blimey, check out their beer board:
http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/46472_461218337257142_188520458_n.jpg

I grew up in York, and whenever I go visit back home these days on the train I pop in here.

It's fantastic.

TheXand
04-12-2012, 08:07 PM
Strongbow. Beer is for plebs and tastes like rank piss.

drawlien
05-12-2012, 09:03 AM
Strongbow. Beer is for plebs and tastes like rank piss.

And Strongbow doesn't...? In my local pubs the best ciders you can get are Aspalls or Stowford Press, but even they are only half decent.

Ian
05-12-2012, 09:55 AM
Proper cider can be nice. If a bit dangerous. Anyway, let's not encourage an obvious troll attempt, eh?

Aldi have a load of Scottish ales in for a "festival" at the moment. I've still got a couple of stouts to try but there are some decent ones by breweries I'd never heard of before like Barney's Beer.

TheXand
05-12-2012, 04:38 PM
And Strongbow doesn't...? In my local pubs the best ciders you can get are Aspalls or Stowford Press, but even they are only half decent.

True, Strongbow is a little common lol since it's popular with underage chavs drinking in parks but I like it. Keeps me in touch with the commoners. Never even heard of those other two brands though since they don't sell them anywhere in Aberdeen.

Vander
18-12-2012, 05:08 PM
I drink mostly Belgian beer, since its from my country and we have just everything a beer lover can ask. And more.

My favorites:

-Westvleteren Tripel
-Chimay (Bleue and Rouge)
-Geuze Oud Beersel or Boob Lambic
-Timmermans Kriek
-Kwak (the beer is good, and the glass is very beautiful)
-Rodenbach
-Hoegaarden White.

And many more...

Ravelle
18-12-2012, 09:10 PM
I drink mostly Belgian beer, since its from my country and we have just everything a beer lover can ask. And more.

My favorites:

-Westvleteren Tripel
-Chimay (Bleue and Rouge)
-Geuze Oud Beersel or Boob Lambic
-Timmermans Kriek
-Kwak (the beer is good, and the glass is very beautiful)
-Rodenbach
-Hoegaarden White.

And many more...

There is nothing as classy as drinking from a Kwak glass.

Gerbick
18-12-2012, 10:15 PM
http://www.yorktap.com/

This place looks superb. I'm actually considering a diversion on my train journey home at Christmas just to pop in seeing as it's right next to the station.

EDIT: Blimey, check out their beer board:
http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/46472_461218337257142_188520458_n.jpg

How I didn't know about this place until recently, I've yet to fathom. Even more perplexing is why I've not been in now I do know of it. (I am going on the 29th though after watching M'boro v Blackpool, looking forward to that day more than xmas).

Ian
19-12-2012, 12:20 AM
Went to Hippo Beers in Glasgow tonight. It's not a particularly appealing shop to look into but there's a good selection. Not especially cheap, unsurprisingly, but much like The Cave you're going in for some beers to try rather than a load of beer for a session.

Vander
19-12-2012, 05:46 AM
There is nothing as classy as drinking from a Kwak glass.


True. :)

And the glass make the beer taste slightly different depending on how much beer are left in it. But they are really expensive.

Ian
05-01-2013, 04:40 PM
Got a voucher for here at christmas: therealalestore.com/

They had a deal where you could get 12 of the local beers (all within 25 miles of Newark) for £26 so I'm going to be getting a good sampling of Lincolnshire beer. A load of beers from breweries I hadn't even heard of. :)

Also went here, which is thoroughly ace and I was gutted we only had time to stop for one:
http://www.justbeermicropub.biz/

Chorltonwheelie
07-01-2013, 06:11 PM
Manchester's Marble Brewery 'Chocolate Marble' is the best beer in the world, defo. And I've had a few I can tell you.

(in my opinion, obviously blah, blah, blah)

Ian
08-01-2013, 03:54 PM
After how much I fell in love with Mocha and have enjoyed other chocolatey dark beers and stouts since I'd be all over that given half a chance.

Mehdi PNC
17-01-2013, 03:43 PM
The best beer i ever drink was in scotland, sorry english :) The innis and gunn beer of Edinburgh.
If you can try one time some french beer from the north (or belgium, I am not sure of the origin...): Cuvée des trolls, Karmelliet triple, la Rince Conchon (Rinse the pig :) ).