Sharp's Doom Bar (4.0%): Served very cold with a big northern head but once it warmed up tasted almost as good as it at its best.
Friday, 10 May 2013
Sharp's Doom Bar (4.0%): Served very cold with a big northern head but once it warmed up tasted almost as good as it at its best.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Sharp's Doom Bar (4.0%): Good but not excellent beer.
Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter (4.0%): At its usual stunning best.
I had a really nice time at this great pub that has somehow passed me by until now. I don't often eat food in pubs but I'd missed dinner and the jacket potato was immense and delicious. Chicken and bacon: highly recommended!
There was a good space for a music session (usually called a restaurant I'm guessing) and the staff were great too. I will be coming back as this pub ticks all the boxes. Apart from being easy to get to.
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Wharfebank Tether Blond (4.1%): Pleasant golden ale without a particular hop taste. Good but not excellent.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter (4.0%): Very bitter and delicious with that unmistakable Harvey's taste.
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Andwell's Gold (4.4%): Really yummy golden ale. One of the best of these I've had.
Kissingate Black Cherry Mild (4.2%): Very mellow, subtly sweet mild.
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Dark Star Hophead (3.8%): Lovely fresh, fruity and cool. One of my all time favourite beers sold in excellent shape.
Hepworth's Saxon Lager (4.0%): Tried this for a change and I was pleasantly surprised. Crisp and cool and it even tasted good when it had warmed up a bit. Very impressed as lager is not usually my thing.
The beers were good and the only downside was that there was too much to do and I didn't get around to everything before it was time to leave.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Regular readers may be aware that a long time ago I had an issue at this pub, well I'm pleased to say that not only did I receive a warm welcome, but to my delight I discovered that the pub sells beer in thirds (a third of a pint measure) meaning of course that you can try more beers. In spite of this I still didn't get through all of those on offer.
Privateer Roebuck (3.8%): Grapefruit flavour hop hit but otherwise quite ordinary. In not such a bad way.
Downlands Ruskin's Ram Best Bitter (4.0%): Lots of initial hop taste to this decent drink.
Downlands Devils Dyke Porter (5.0%): This was sweeter than I expected but very pleasant.
Kent Mauri (4.5%): An eye-opener. Very much in the style of an American Pale Ale but without the strength. An usual beer that impressed me.
A lovely evening at a lovely pub. I'm very pleased I visited.
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Otter Amber (4.0%): Pleasant bitter with a strong hop aftertaste.
Wadworth St George & the Dragon (4.5%): Well balanced bitter, a little stronger than you might imagine.
I was pleased to be able to try the Wadworth as it was the only one I'd missed at the previous pub.
This is a bit of a cavern of a place but the beer is perfectly acceptable and the food was rather good too.
Popped in for some breakfast, and as I was having a beery day, decided to start as I meant to go on.
Rudgate Pursuit of Hoppiness (4.0%): Very drinkable, delightful light, pale and hoppy. An excellent choice for a morning beer!
I haven't been in this pub for some time and I was suitably impressed with the choice and range of beers available.
Saturday, 20 April 2013
Sunday, 7 April 2013
I just noticed that this blog is approaching 20,000 hits, which sounds like a big number, and I can see that people look at it every day. Amazing. There was me thinking I was putting together a list of all the beers I've drunk for my personal reference, and there's other people reading it.
So since I had some beer today I thought I'd post. See if anyone reads this one!
Every year Amberley Museum holds a vintage car show in April and there is usually a beer to be found.
Ballard's Polar Bear Bitter (3.8%): Well I'm sure it's not normally called this but as the museum has been on a fundraising initiative to get this loco back on the rails, usually the beer has a train connection. This was a lovely light golden refreshing beer, without being obviously over hopped. A brave choice bearing in mind the recent weather but perfect for the day.
I believe that the restoration work on Polar Bear is almost complete and it is likely to be back very soon.
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Langham Flor Ale (3.8%): Delicious hoppy bronze beer with floral flavour.
Hammerpot Shooting Star (3.8%): Lovely warming malty ale. Tastes a bit darker than it looks.
Langham Hip Hop (4.0%): Sweet hoppy drinkable beer.
Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter (4.0%): A particularly good pint of this great beer.
Four lovely beers at this charming country pub with views of the Downs. At lunchtime on Sunday they were serving plates and plates of good smelling food. And the dancers were given some free beer.
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
This time I was out to watch Chanctonbury Morris Men at one of my favourite pubs.
Andwell King John (4.2%): An excellent malty beer with a very bitter hop taste. The first time I've tried a beer from this relatively new brewer.
Arundel Sting in the Tail (4.7%): Tastes good if you can get away from the unpleasant smell.
Welton's Pridenjoy (2.8%): Top marks to this stunning light bitter which stands up in flavour to beers twice its strength.
Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter (4.0%): A lovely pint.
Another good night out.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Badger Googly (3.5%): A Hall and Woodhouse beer by another name (apparently it sells better) but still not great in my opinion. I couldn't finish my half pint.
Badger First Gold (4.0%): Slightly more drinkable ale.
A lovely evening at a lovely and surprisingly spacious country pub.
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Once again we followed the Broadwood Morris Men to a pub in the Sussex countryside. Well actually on this occasion we got there early as we had a small celebration of my son's first birthday (where did that year go?).
Dark Star Hop Head (3.8%): Lovely drinkable sweet beer with a huge hop taste. My first three pints in a long time!
Hogs Back Spring Ale (4.0%): Pleasant and light but quite bitter.
Lovely food, beer and staff at this off-the-beaten-track pub. Oh and we had a great music session as well. Perfect.
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Welton's Broadwood (4.0%): Tasty malty decent bitter. A good local brew.
Welton's Magog (4.2%): Pleasant light coloured beer although I'm sure it used to taste more like wheat beer. Featuring me on the pump clip, oh the fame!
Come on Ray we want Black Dragon beer for Horsham's newest morris side! Talking of Ray Welton, you may be able to see him in the picture talking to Sam, a long-standing member of Broadwood Morris. Both checking the beer quality no doubt!
|Brighton Morris perform outside The Beer Essentials|
© Barry Dewdney - used with permission
Arundel Sussex Gold (4.2%): Well brewed amber nectar. Lovely.
Dark Star Victorian Ruby Mild (6.0%): Heavenly sweet strong dark mild, a beer to rival Sarah Hughes' best efforts at last! I really hope this is a regular beer as I could get very used to it.
Thank you Graham for organising such an enjoyable day for so many people, and thank you to the absent Gareth for the beer.
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter (4.0%): A good but not excellent pint of this super beer.
They also had Sharp's Doom Bar Bitter but I didn't get to try it. These two beers seem to be everywhere at the moment but I'm not complaining because they're hard to beat. Even though I understand Sharp's has been taken over by Coors. Ho hum.
Saturday, 30 April 2011
Sharp's Doom Bar Bitter (4.0%): Lovely mellow, well balanced bitter.
Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter (4.0%): Another excellent bitter, with slightly more hop tones.
I love this pub and wish it was my local. Lovely beer, lovely food, lovely staff, nice customers, great atmosphere. What more could you ask for? Cheaper beer I suppose.
Thursday, 28 April 2011
In the bar:
Golden Valley Kenyon's Original Oatmeal Stout (4.7%): This was off and promptly returned to the bar, where it was easily exchanged for...
Kissingate Akira's Blonde (4.8%): This was the dregs of the barrel but having already changed it, I didn't feel I could do it again.
Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter (4.0%): A lovely pint. Pleased that finally something tasted as it should.
In the beer festival outside:
Elgood's Golden Newt (4.6%): Nutty and astringent decent pale ale.
Hogs Back Royal TEA (5.2%): Fruity and hoppy, a bit strong for the flavour.
Oakham Citra (4.2%): Glorious grapefruit hit. Extremely pale.
Rother Valley Wealden Bitter (3.7%): Stunning session bitter. I wish this were available everywhere.
Skinners Kate Loves Willy (4.2%): Pleasant bitter.
Thornbridge Wild Swan (3.5%): Disappointing weak beer from this usually excellent brewer.
They also had Dark Star Festival and Hop Head, Elgood's Black Dog, Grainstore Rutland Panther, Moorhouse's Black Cat and Woodforde's Wherry available, but since I've definitely tasted these before, I went for the others.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Oh what a shame, I locked myself out of my house and the only place to wait was the local pub with real ale and ice cream sundaes available.
Once I'd finished my large chocolate sundae...
St Austell Tribute (4.2%): Smooth pale ale with honey tones. Served on the colder side of "normal" but still within range.
A pleasant pub with friendly staff, fairly quiet on a mid-week evening.
Labels: St Austell
Saturday, 23 April 2011
|Black Dragon Morris dancing outside The Beer Essentials|
© Barry Dewdney - used with permission
Friday, 22 April 2011
Friday, 15 April 2011
This is a members' club in Horsham but there are often opportunities to visit, should you wish. Tonight there was a murder mystery play on so I thought I'd investigate.
Saturday, 18 April 2009
This was a very busy "town" pub, absolutely jammed full of people. I stood by the bar as there was nowhere else to go and watched pint after pint being pulled.
Caledonian Raspberry Fool (4.0%): Stupidly sweet, this tastes like it has real fruit in it. Surprisingly it grew on me.
Castle Eden & Cameron's Nimmo's XXXX (4.4%): A decent malty brew.
There were also Thwaites and Harveys beers available.
I took several pictures of this pub but they all have these two men in. No, I've no idea who they are, they were just standing there and wanted to be in the picture.
After drinking gently for most of the day at the CAMRA AGM members' bar, come the evening I was persuaded to go on a pub crawl with the CAMRA Young Members group (just being young enough!). How wise this was you may decide after reading this and the next six entries...
Itchen Valley Pure Gold (4.8%): Cloudy but pleasant golden ale.
Also available was Youngs Bitter, Bombardier and Abbot Ale. The pub was large and had knowledgeable staff.
Labels: Itchen Valley
Friday, 17 April 2009
I was trying to get to the Star which apparently I was within yards of, but it was extremely dark and raining and I didn't fancy negotiating the adjacent supermarket carpark to find it, so I headed up the hill to the Hurst Arms.
This was a delightful local Harvey's pub, with a good variety of Harvey's beers and a good variety of clientele. Including, of course, a collection of CAMRA members.
Harvey's Dark Mild (3.0%): Tasty mild, very similar in flavour to the Sussex Best Bitter. I think it's the Sussex XX Mild by another name.
Harvey's Hadlow Bitter (3.5%): Just not strong enough to hit the spot, even after starting with the weaker beer.
Harvey's Armada Ale (4.5%): Pleasant bitter, very drinkable with a very bitter taste.
A very friendly and inviting pub. As I walked in the door, the lady behind the bar proffered a piece of kitchen towel to clean my glasses, as they were so steamed up. Exactly what a glasses-wearer needs at that moment! The service couldn't have been better and we happily stayed until closing.
Just round the corner from the Lamb, this more genteel establishment was a bit more refined and calm.
1648 St George English Ale (4.5%): Strong hop character followed by a separate mellow malt taste. Ok. Dispensed straight from the barrel.
White White Gold (4.9%): Beautiful fruity initial taste and an interesting hop character.
Leather sofas, modern art and very good tapas.
I was persuaded to go to the CAMRA Members' Weekend and AGM in Eastbourne, which necessitated doing a little research in the local hostelries.
On the Friday evening it was pouring with rain, but I managed to get to this large pub in the Old Town area.
Harvey's Olympia (4.3%): Pleasant but uninspiring golden ale.
Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter (4.0%): Served a bit cold. Considering how much they must sell here, not quite at it's peak. Fine beer though, one of my favourites.
Harvey's Star of Eastbourne (5.5%): I love Harvey's beers but they tend to suffer from all tasting very similar, and this is no exception. A stronger version of the Sussex Best.
At 9pm on a Friday night, with a ska gig upstairs and seemingly most of the 900 CAMRA members in town for the AGM on its premises, the pub was heaving. Too many people in one place for my liking but most of them seemed to be having a good time.
It took so long to get served that for the first time ever I ordered two rounds at once. I was drinking halves and it took less time to drink one than to order one.
Apologies for the dreadful photo, it was dark and raining heavily.
Saturday, 11 April 2009
There were three beers on at this annual event - the same three as last year so I think they must be someone's favourites.
Palmer's IPA (4.2%): Drinkable beer but without a distinctive flavour.
RCH Hewish IPA (3.6%): Nutty beer. Not hoppy or strong, so no idea why it's called an IPA! Pleasant.
St Austell Black Prince (4.0%): Dark beer but again without a big flavour. Good for drinking all night.
Managed to find this pub in lovely Axbridge selling both lunch and real ale.
Butcombe Bitter (4.1%): Served a little cold but warmed into a lovely well balanced mellow bitter.
A tasty if rather expensive plate of fish and chips. Would have liked to stay for another beer but my companions were set on returning to the Doom Bar at the previous pub.
Coming to this pub has turned into an annual event. In other years we've got a big plate of lunch but the new management hadn't got the kitchen going so after sampling the beers we had to find somewhere else for lunch.
Sharp's Crown Inn Glory (3.8%): Pleasant light coloured bitter.
Sharp's Doom Bar Bitter (4.0%): A good pint of one of my favourite bitters.
Cheddar Ales Potholer (4.3%): A huge bittersweet hop taste to this 'more exciting than most' golden ale. Almost an IPA.
The beer was so good we came back later for a top up and a take out. And the lovely sunny day meant we could take advantage of the large beer garden.
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Stopped in Steyning on the way home to see what this grand looking pub was like.
Dark Star Best (4.0%): Drinkable but uninspiring bitter. I've tasted much better from this local brewer.
Other beers available were Arundel Sussex Gold, Fuller's Gale's HSB, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Fuller's London Pride.
This 15th century inn had two bars, one full of sports fans either watching loud rugby on a big screen or playing snooker in the back, and one laid out as a restaurant.
We had planned on eating but we didn't feel hungry enough, although the menu looked excellent and reasonable. There was also free Wifi which appeared to be in use on the table next to us, incongruous in such an old building!
Labels: Dark Star
This was a small "local" pub, which we couldn't get into at first because the doorway was full of excited dog.
There was a bad smell inside, which may or may not have been connected to the presence of the animal.
Cottage Champflower Ale (4.2%): Decent, rounded bitter.
Vale Black Swan Mild (3.9%): A gorgeous dark, mellow, chocolately mild.
Both were served a touch too cold for my taste.
There were about ten locals watching the rugby in the corner of the bar, but it was not loud and didn't get in the way. A lovely pub apart from the smell.
As it was a sunny day and we had use of a car, we drove down to Worthing to see the sea and try some beer at a couple of pubs.
Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter (4.0%): Perfectly kept Harvey's, lovely.
Hop Back Summer Lightning (5.0%): Light, hoppy and strong. A bit sweeter than I remember, but great on a sunny afternoon.
A dark, cavernous interior well decorated with horse-brasses and swan ornaments, although the music was a bit loud.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Just a few yards from the Minster, this York Brewery pub was uninspiring from the outside, but felt very welcoming and friendly once inside. The bar staff were young yet knowledgeable about the beers, a rare combination.
York Wonkey Donkey (4.5%): Dark and smooth strong malty beer.
Tring Colley's Dog (5.2%): A distinctive mellow hop character to this strong deep red bitter.
Having run out of cash and not found a cash machine in the whole of York, I needed to pay by card and round up the price of a couple of halves to £5. The "tapas" menu sufficed and I had the most delicious bowl of cheese cubes and pickled onions for just £2.50.
Probably my favourite pub of the day (in spite of the electric pink toilet walls). I will definitely be back next time I'm in York.
I almost didn't make it into this pub as it was covered in "Private Party" signs. However having walked all the way across York (all of ten minutes) to get here, I went in anyway. As I was on my own they let me into the small front bar which was full of locals. I think the event must have been in the rear bar.
There was an impressive range of seven beers on offer, but after trying two I didn't want to outstay my welcome.
Ossett Silver King (4.4%): Pleasant, sweet, very pale golden ale.
Tetley Mild (3.3%): Delicious smooth and dark, not at all what I was expecting. For the first time I'm convinced that sometimes pouring beer via a sparkler can be beneficial.
An interesting small pub with a wood panelled interior. Well worth a visit but don't be disappointed if it's full and you can't get in. The friendly barman who served me said that this is the only pub in York which regularly has mild.
I was looking forward to visiting a few good pubs in York as I only had a couple of hours before heading back down south, so there wasn't time to do much else.
This pub was a good local with several beers on, although the choice was not what I'd call inspired.
Everard's Tiger (4.2%): Cold and smooth drinkable bitter.
The other beers were Ruddles County, Caledonian Deuchar's IPA, John Smith's and Shepherd Neame Spitfire. There were several small rooms off corridors and I don't think I found them all. The main bar was full of a birthday party.
Came to York for a CAMRA meeting at this family-oriented pub.
York March Madness (3.8%): Very pale, sweet hoppy beer.
Leeds Special Session Bitter (3.5%): This tasted a little thin after the slightly stronger York beer.
It was good to see local beers available, and especially refreshing to see two session bitter strength beers on offer at the same time.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Managed a midweek drink in London with some friends at this decent Wells and Young's pub in Streatham.
Young's Bitter (3.7%): A good session bitter.
Young's Special (4.5%): Creamy smooth and strong.
Young's Mixed: A delicious way to enjoy the flavour of the Special without the full strength - it's about half and half Bitter and Special, and works surprisingly well. Always my choice when both are available.
Young's Waggledance (bottled, 5.0%): The alcohol is very well hidden in this tasty but not exceptional beer, although I couldn't pick up the honey the bottle advertised. Shame it was kept in the fridge.
As the quality of the pubs in Streatham is not as good as it used to be, it's good to know about this large Young's pub near Streatham Common station.
Labels: Wells and Youngs
Saturday, 21 February 2009
I wouldn't normally write about bottled beer here but the two I drank this evening were both local and both excellent, so I felt compelled.
Hepworth's Sussex (3.5%): Pale, crisp, hoppy and very bitter. A lovely beer with a bite, great with curry!
Welton's Sussex Pride (4.0%): Dark, warming and mellow. A hint of sugar but overall a very tasty mild style beer.
Both brewed in Horsham and although very different in style, neither had that unpleasant fizzy taste which is common in bottled beer. The Welton's was bottle conditioned, the Hepworth's not.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Popped in for some lunch as I'd been told there was a good "pint and a sandwich" offer on.