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  • Belgian Blondes, Dubbels & Tripels

    10 months ago
    Comments: 2

    Belgians have a long history of brewing in many different styles, contrasting with the German's who tend to make beer around the pale lager theme.

  • Rauchbier or smoked beer

    10 months ago
    Comments: 2

    Rauchbier is a beer brewed with some smoked barley.   All beer used to be smoked beer.   The barley is dried after it is brought in from the fields over a beechwood fire, which imparts a smokey flavour to the barley & hence the beer made from it.   Only with the advent of kiln drying & the use of coke did the smokey flavour dissapear, leading to beers with more subtle flavours like pale ales & pilsners.

  • 99p for a pint

    9 months 3 weeks ago
    Comments: 1

    Wetherspoon's are selling Greene King IPA at 99p in there January sale & San Miguel at the same price.

    Firstly, I think that's a fair price considering the quality of the beers.   I'd still rather pay the extra quid for a decent pint.

  • Cantillon - not your avarage brewery visit

    9 months 3 weeks ago
    Comments: 1

    The Cantillon brewery is home to some of the most famous lambic style beers.   They are holding a public brewing session at the Brussels Gueuze Museum this Saturday 8th November, where they will show the public how they make their gueuze & lambic beers.

  • Kro Bar, Manchester

    10 months ago
    Comments: 1

    This is a great bar.   Definitely not a pub - a bar.   Several different European lagers (most are good ones too) on tap plus up to 4 real ales on.   Several different foreign bottled beers in the fridge behind the bar too.   Lively & probably gets rammed at weekends but they have plenty of space to sit.

  • The Angel, Manchester

    10 months ago
    Comments: 2

    The Beer House closed & there was a long pause.   Then I discovered that The Angel was open.   The big sign to be seen from the road still says "The Beer House" but over the door & on the blackboards it says "The Angel".

  • Court Inn, Durham

    10 months ago
    Comments: 1

    A friendly pub next to the jail (wait...what?) with two real ales.   Clearly big on food & promotions of alcopop, but we liked it & sat outside by a horse stood there whilst waiting for a wedding around the corner.   The horse, not us.

  • July 2008: Sainsbury's to sell more premium beers

    9 months 3 weeks ago
    Comments: 1

    Talking Retail have a story on their website that Sainsbury's have looked at 100 different premium beers and will choose 15 to go into their stores in August 2008.   This can only be good news for good beer drinkers and the people who brew it.   People are changing there habits to drinking less but of higher quality beers and this is obviously reflecting that.

    The beers are;

  • Poperings Hommelbier

    10 months ago
    Comments: 1

    Easy drinking with a good balance of hop over a pale, but not too light, finish.

  • The Armoury, Shrewsbury

    10 months ago
    Comments: 1

    A large smart eating pub with lots of bare brick, proper wood & books.   A good selection of beers including the ever popular Salopian Shropshire Gold.   Good beer in a good environment.   Not suprisingly, busy at lunchtime.