GBBF 11

August 23, 2011

It was the Great British Beer Festival a few weeks back and it was immense fun (as ever). Check out my new GBBF page here.

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Schneider-Weisse

April 15, 2011

Now I do have a soft spot for German beer and this lot produce some of the best wheat beers you can find. G Schneider & Sohn have been brewing beer since 1872 and relocated from Munich to Kelheim after WWII. Today the brewery is still run by the same family that started it all those years ago. I believe that Schneider Weisse is up there with best breweries in Germany and is equally as tasty as the big giants in Munich such as Paulaner. Since the recent boom in demand of  real continental beers (not keg rubbish) you can find Scneider & Sohn beers in many British pubs and some decent off-licenses if you have a good scout around. Here are three beers you really must try from their range… Read the rest of this entry »

Little Creatures Pale Ale

November 9, 2009

These tasting notes are dedicated to my only (known) blog reader.

Little Creatures Pale Ale

Brewer: Little Creatures (Perth, WA)

Beer Name: Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Pale Ale

Tasting notes: Refreshing, zesty ale, light amber in colour. A nice citrus aroma also contains strong hints of grapefruit. Hoppy taste develops late to suggestions of apricot, which give way to a delightful, slightly dry finish.

Aroma: 7/10

Appearance: 4/10

Flavour: 8/10

Palate: 4/5

Overall Impression: 18/20

TOTAL SCORE: 41/50

New World Beers

November 9, 2009

USA - OZThe world famous brewing nations of the old world (Britain, Germnay, Belgium and Czech Republic) have proved they’re beer pedigree with hundreds of years of brewing tradition and expertise. However, our cousins from ‘over the pond’ and ‘down under’ and beginning to show just how good their beers really are.  Here are some great breweries from Oz and the States who’s beers you really must sample…

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Sheffield Pubs

July 29, 2009

Living in the fine city of Sheffield is great. Not only it is a really cool place to live and very beautiful (when it finally stops raining) it is also a proper real ale city. You are never too far from a cracking establishment where you can sup a few jars of brewed perfection in this part of the world. Whilst I haven’t visited all the decent pubs in Sheffield, I do know a thing or two about getting a decent drink in this town, so here is my top 5 pubs in Sheffield (that I have actually visited and in no particular order – I am aware there are many more good ones!)…

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Continental Beers

January 19, 2009

augustinerOver the last couple of weeks I have been trying lots of European beers. This is mainly because of a bit of a British real ale ‘overload’ at christmas aswell as the encourgement of a box of Spaten from my old man as a pressie. Here’s a hierarchy of the best European beers I have sampled recently with some of my old favourites thrown in for good measure. I strongly recommend them all for tasting… Read the rest of this entry »

Kelham Island Pale Rider

August 12, 2008

Brewer: Kelham Island (Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England)

Beer Name: Pale Rider

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Pale Ale

Tasting Notes: Full bodied, straw coloured pale al, with good fruity aroma and a strong fruit and hop taste finishing with well balanced bitterness and sweetness

Awards: CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britian (2004)

Aroma: 7/10

Appearance: 5/5

Flavour: 7/10

Palate: 4/5

Overall Impression: 17/20

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

Mighty Oak Maldon Gold

August 11, 2008

Brewer: Mighty Oak (Maldon, Essex, England)

Beer Name: Maldon Gold

ABV: 3.8%

Style: Golden Ale

Tasting Notes: A spicy hop aroma, balanced with citrus fruit leads to a taste in which lemon torte and mixed peel are dominant. Sharp sherbet and biscuity malt fade in the bitter finish.

Awards: Runner-Up CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britian (2007)

Aroma: 8/10

Appearance: 4/5

Flavour: 6/10

Palate: 4/5

Overall Impression: 17/20

TOTAL SCORE: 39/50

Crouch Vale Brewers Gold

August 10, 2008

Brewer: Crouch Vale (South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, England)

Beer Name: Brewers Gold

ABV: 4.0%

Style: Golden Ale

Tasting Notes: Golden ale with citrus hop aroma and a sweet, soft, fruity emphasis in the flavour; the drying aftertaste sees a return of lemon and orange aromas

Awards: CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britian (2005 & 2006)

Aroma: 8/10

Appearance: 4/5

Flavour: 6/10

Palate: 3/5

Overall Impression: 16/20

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50