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Post by humblebee » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:40 pm

Real ale should have its own thread, so we can talk about our favourite real ales and tastyzine can come and mock us with talk about beards and things.

I do like Landlord and Deuchars IPA and stuff like that, but you see them on tap everywhere these days so I don't get all excited about them any more. I guess I'm a bit spoilt here in England's greatest beer city.

Last weekend I had a beer from the Burton Bridge brewery (whose porter is my favourite beer ever) that was named after a bus! How utterly perfect is that?

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Post by Big Nose » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:37 pm

I had the fortune to live across the road from a real ale boozer for much of 1994-2001. He had perfectly kept Goachers and all sorts of goodness. It was also the centre of biker activity, hosting NABD (National Association for Bikers with a Disability) and the Hells Angels. It was dead exciting, not that I am a biker.

Real ale is well good.

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Post by Mr Bear » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:20 pm

I like real ale. I also like folk music. Let's face it, the next logical step is to become a morris dancer.

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Post by humblebee » Sat Oct 06, 2007 12:10 pm

Drank an ale called Ptarmigan last night. It was Scottish and not very good really.

I'm not being racist.

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Post by Tomb » Sat Oct 06, 2007 5:53 pm

humblebee wrote:Drank an ale called Ptarmigan last night.
Strange. That has been very good when I have drunk it (The Harp, off Trafalgar Square). In fact all beers brewed by Harviestoun are excellent. Have you tried Bitter & Twisted?

Have to say the Scots now seem to brew some of the best beer from these Isles. Mind you it took them a few hundred years to realise hops was much better than heather!!!
humblebee wrote:It was Scottish and not very good really.
humblebee wrote:I do like......Deuchars IPA
Erm?!

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Post by Tomb » Sat Oct 06, 2007 5:56 pm

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Post by humblebee » Sat Oct 06, 2007 6:01 pm

Tomb wrote:Strange. That has been very good when I have drunk it (The Harp, off Trafalgar Square). In fact all beers brewed by Harviestoun are excellent. Have you tried Bitter & Twisted?
Definitely heard of it, but can't remember if I've tried it.
Have to say the Scots now seem to brew some of the best beer from these Isles. Mind you it took them a few hundred years to realise hops was much better than heather!!!
What else is there from Scotland? I can't think of owt...
Tomb wrote:
humblebee wrote:It was Scottish and not very good really.
humblebee wrote:I do like......Deuchars IPA
Erm?! :wink:
...apart from that, obviously. :)

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Post by I Need a Blanket » Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:35 pm

humblebee wrote: What else is there from Scotland? I can't think of owt...
There is a Scottish beer called 'Crafty Shag.'

True story.
It is no coincidence

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Post by tigernoodle » Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:34 pm

the shop across the road from Noodle Towers has a few Orkney beers in just now. i had one called Northern Light the other night, and 'twas very tasty indeed.

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Post by Tomb » Sun Oct 07, 2007 4:25 pm

The beers from Orkney are nice. I can't remember the brewery but Headsplitter lives up to it's name. There is also Fraoch (?) which is made from Heather. Pretty decent. Still can't beat a pint of Pride preferably from The Pride Of Spitalfields!

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Post by humblebee » Sun Oct 07, 2007 4:31 pm

I like London Pride but I've never had a decent pint of it in London. Ironic, or what?

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Re: Real ale

Post by nanski » Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:18 am

humblebee wrote:Last weekend I had a beer from the Burton Bridge brewery (whose porter is my favourite beer ever) that was named after a bus! How utterly perfect is that?
it would be more perfect if it were named after a train.

tastyzine should appreciate real ales. they're the indie music of the beer world, if that makes any sense.

my japanese teacher asked us to name a famous british beer in class the other day. we couldn't really do it. we tried to convince her that even though they were famous, the stuff from small breweries was great. we'll have to bring some for her. [this is all coming from someone who doesn't drink beer.]
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Post by a layer of chips » Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:29 am

They give me awful wind and make me puke in strange toilets, nan.

In that order.

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Post by soft revolution » Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:00 pm

Has anyone else had an otter beer?

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Post by lynsosaurus » Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:16 pm

I'm no real ale expert, but I've had quite a few dark orkney ales which have been absolutely lovely. I keep meaning to try some more ales, I always end up getting stupid tennents lager because I get overwhelmed with new names and that.

I had some Fraoch and some Deuchars tonight, actually.

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Post by Pablo » Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:35 pm

They had Jennings Cock a Hoop in a bar near me a week or two back. I was overcome with joy, and had my first work lunch pint for about 3 years as a result
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Post by soft revolution » Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:47 pm

lynsosaurus wrote:I had some Fraoch
The heather beer! That stuff is ace, and completely unavailable south of the boarder to the best of my knowledge.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by Jono Volpone » Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:56 am

Pete, you should try some Hartington IPA. It's brewed by Whim Ales, who are based at a farm near Hartington (amazingly enough), which is not far from Ashbourne, Derbyshire. I go there from time to time to get barrels for parties etc. I love going there, it's about 2 miles down a little farm track, and the beer is well worth the journey!

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Post by roobee » Wed Oct 10, 2007 11:33 am

The Arran ales are lovely, particularly Sunset and Blonde. I got fairly tipsy at the brewery one wet afternoon last summer with a couple of friends - they'd had very few visitors, it was the end of the day, and the half pint samples that were part of the tour were being poured with pretty alarming speed.

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Post by Mr Bear » Wed Oct 10, 2007 11:45 am

trickster wrote:The Arran ales are lovely, particularly Sunset and Blonde. I got fairly tipsy at the brewery one wet afternoon last summer with a couple of friends - they'd had very few visitors, it was the end of the day, and the half pint samples that were part of the tour were being poured with pretty alarming speed.
I haven't had the Sunset one but the Blonde is lovely.

Damn...

I could murder a pint.

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