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Re: Real ale

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 19:44
by Tomb
How great was the real ale at indie tracks? The Cleopatra on the train on Friday night had to be the best. I drank loads each day yet the mornings were hangover free.

I think I should organise an anorak pub crawl one of these days!

Re: Real ale

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 19:56
by humblebee
Tomb wrote:I think I should organise an anorak pub crawl one of these days!
Sounds good to me...

Re: Real ale

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 21:03
by Sootyzilla
Tomb wrote:How great was the real ale at indie tracks? The Cleopatra on the train on Friday night had to be the best. I drank loads each day yet the mornings were hangover free.
The beer was fantastic. It can be hard to keep beer in less than optimal conditions (i.e. not in a pub with dedicated facilities) and I've had plenty of pints of warm, flat ale even at CAMRA festivals. Considering the facilities were basically a table to put the barrel on, the beer was terrific, I'd love to know how they managed to keep it cool enough to drink (not that I wouldn't have still liked it a tad cooler, but still). I think my favourite was the Maple Porter.

The beers were all a bit "blink and you'll miss it", weren't they? I am proud of the indietracks kids for drinking the bar dry of draught ale both days!

Re: Real ale

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 01:56
by squirrelboutique
I'm still not exactly sure I understand what makes real ale real ale, but I had some nice stuff tonight called Old Chub.

I can, however, assure you that discussing Old Chub and ordering it is never not funny.

Re: Real ale

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 07:59
by Sootyzilla
squirrelboutique wrote:I'm still not exactly sure I understand what makes real ale real ale
it's not pasteurised or filtered, so all the flavour compounds remain in the beer, and the yeast is still alive in the barrel, so it's still fermenting very slightly which is what gives it its natural carbonation (thus you don't need to inject extra gas into it).

Re: Real ale

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 08:01
by a layer of chips
It's drunk by bearded jazz fans who wear leather waistcoats. And that's just the women.

Re: Real ale

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:53
by Damian
Pfft not true. Admittedly Ian drinks it and he likes jazz and has a beard. And I drink it and I won a waistcoat, and like some jazz, but there's more to it than that.

The Camra Robin Hood Beer Festival was great last weekend, even if it was massively busy and stank a bit.

Re: Real ale

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:38
by susanb
I had a pint of Wild Flower from the Anglo-Dutch brewery last night. It was pretty good, very light and refreshing which was what I was looking for as I had just been kayaking. I just had a look for it on google and found this "the most unique by far must be the "Wild Flower" a 4.2% brew from the Anglo Dutch Brewery in Dewsbury as it is late hopped with fresh flowers!" on the bbc Nottingham website.

There is a really good real ale festival held in the crypt of the cathedral here, but I've not managed to get tickets to the last couple (they sell out very quickly). I'm hopefully going to manage to get to the next one as a few people I know are planning on buying quite a few tickets as soon as they go on sale.

Re: Real ale

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 22:28
by Tomb
Been in the Royal Oak all afternoon. Lovely stuff that Harveys. Star of Eastbourne is a new one on me 5.5%

Re: Real ale

Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 14:12
by Dan
Jonathan Meades on pubs, ale, etc.

I can't figue out how to embed the videos so clicky, clicky.

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Re: Real ale

Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 14:23
by Tomb
Anyone here ever read the Real Ale Twats in Viz?

If not someone has posted them online here, here and here.

Re: Real ale

Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 22:18
by tonieee
Me and Jo are currently sipping Poacher's Choice from Badger and it's rather nice. "This rich ruby ale is enhanced by a touch of liquorice for spicy sweetness and damson for a soft, subtly fruity taste" it says on the bottle. I've don't know what damson tastes like but I guess that's the fruitiness I can taste and if so it's gorgeous.

Re: Real ale

Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 14:03
by Dan
My folks make damson vodka pretty often - as far as I know they just mix the damsons and some sugar with cheapo Asda vodka. It's bloody lovely. They haven't been able to find any damsons anywhere this year though, which is tragic.

Re: Real ale

Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 21:08
by Sootyzilla
Shepherd Neame 'Late Red' is described as an 'autumn hop ale' and it's not only packed with hop aroma, it's also on special offer in Morrisons! I might have to get some more of this while I can still pretend it's autumn.

Re: Real ale

Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 21:22
by Mr Bear
Oh it's beautiful isn't it. I had a couple of bottles last weekend. A similar one, local to here, is Lincoln Red. It's not described as an autumn ale, but it's got a similar flavour. It's delicious

Re: Real ale

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 22:30
by Jeezy Creezy
We had Late Red on draft at the Bonn a few weeks ago. Speaking of which...

This Saturday at the Bon Accord North Street Glasgow we will be selling a 7.1% "Mystery New Ale" by Brewdog. It'll be a one-off never to be seen again! Probably.

You also get to be served one last time by the best barmaid in there.

That's me by the way.

Re: Real ale

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 23:34
by Sootyzilla
Will there be any left by the evening?

Re: Real ale

Posted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:05
by cath
Wetherspoons beer fest is on now, and they have brought back the delightful Polish plum beer! Yay! They have also brought in Woodchuck cider from the USA, which I was too drunk to remember to order last night, heheh.

Robbie, which of the 12 astronauts to land on the moon did your signature quote come from? I think you've made it up! Har!

Re: Real ale

Posted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 22:53
by Jeezy Creezy
Sootyzilla wrote:Will there be any left by the evening?
Turned out we never put it on. It weren't ready. Oh well.

Re: Real ale

Posted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 22:54
by Sootyzilla
Ah, I don't feel so bad about not coming out then.