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Rickshaw Phil

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It had to be done.:D

Here in Shropshire we're blessed with quite a few good breweries, which is nice as I do like a good pint. A selection of personal favourites are Salopian Shropshire Gold, Hobsons Town Crier, Wood's Shropshire Lad and XXX & Castle Steamer from Three Tuns , although there are a fair few alternatives I'd settle for in their place.:D:thumbsup:

Away from home Coniston Bluebird Bitter, Caledonian Deuchars, St. Austell Proper Job, and almost everything done by Hawkshead Brewery spring to mind.

My badly worded point here is that I always prefer the local brew and love to try new beers.

What do you like and what discoveries have you made on your travels?
 
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My favourite is St Peter's Organic Ale.

If we ever get warm weather again I'll be stocking up on Hopping Hare from Badger, it's thrice hopped and goes down a treat on a balmy evening.

On a recent trip to the home brew shop I discovered that 2, yes 2 micro breweries have opened up next door and next door but one to it. Investigations will follow.:)

Can I issue a warning re Blandford Flyer (Also from Badger)? It's weirdly sweet and tastes like an oddly hoppy ginger beer.

If I'm out and about I'll try whatever local bitter is available. (But I was once told in a pub in North Wales that the 'local' bitter was John Smith's. I think they'd missed the point. :rolleyes: )
 
Can I issue a warning re Blandford Flyer (Also from Badger)? It's weirdly sweet and tastes like an oddly hoppy ginger beer.
I think it's Blandford Fly rather than Flyer, but I know what you mean about the taste. It's one of the rare beers I definitely don't like.

If I'm out and about I'll try whatever local bitter is available. (But I was once told in a pub in North Wales that the 'local' bitter was John Smith's. I think they'd missed the point. :rolleyes: )
:D Not quite the same, but it reminds me of an occasion in the Drunken Duck, near Hawkshead. A guy came in, looked up and down the selection of beers on the bar (all brilliant & brewed on the premises) and says "what have you got on creamflow?".:facepalm:
 
Anyone else tried the Orcanian beers? Came across them when I was in the Orkney's a few years ago now. My favourite is the Dark Island, followed by Northern Light and Red MacGregor. Just a real shame that they are not more widely available. My 'local' specialist beer shop will get them in for me but at almost twice the cost of what they are in Tesco's in Perth... http://www.sinclairbreweries.co.uk/bottle_darkisland.html
Looking forward to more at christmas when I'm next up there...

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Anyone else tried the Orkanian beers? Came across them when I was in the Orkney's a few years ago now. My favourite is the Dark Island, followed by Northern Light and Red MacGregor. Just a real shame that they are not more widely available. My 'local' specialist beer shop will get them in for me but at almost twice the cost of what they are in Tesco's in Perth... http://www.sinclairbreweries.co.uk/bottle_darkisland.html
Looking forward to more at christmas when I'm next up there...
I've tried those. Very nice.:thumbsup: I've only tried Northern Light & Red MacGregor in bottles but The Three Fishes in Shrewsbury had Dark Island on tap a while back which was a really nice way to be introduced to it.
 
Not much of a beer drinker, tend to drink more wine - occupational hazard!
But there is always some Hepworths Blonde in the fridge/garage, exact location depending on time of year.
Recently had some excellent stuff from Ballards and when in Dorset earlier in the year, had some equally excellent stuff from Lyme Regis.
Sadly my memory is not great, so cannot remember the specific brews. (and it is just the memory, nothing to do with quantity consumed!)

Edit: P.S. If Greg Collins gets on here, he'll be singing the praises of Dark Star.
 
I like Innis and Gunn, which has a mild whisky flavour, which I gather comes from the oak barrels it's matured in.
 
I like Innis and Gunn, which has a mild whisky flavour, which I gather comes from the oak barrels it's matured in.

It's not bad, but i never understand why it's packaged in clear glass. That makes me a bit nervous about buying it, to be honest.
 
Oh, now that has me curious. What is the problem with clear glass?

Hey Phil

Beer reacts badly to sunlight - it breaks down the alpha acids produced from the hops giving rise to off-flavours, so you end up with light-struck or skunked beer. Probably explains why Sol is served with a slice of lime in the neck and extremely cold - the beer itself is very likely spoiled!

Clear glass may not be problematic if the beer is drunk soon after production, but innes and gunn is sold as a craft beer and a bit pricey I think. I would expect good quality beer to be packaged in brown glass which will filter out the wavelengths which cause skunking.
 
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