Theakston – Hogshead

WP_20131227_003What they say: Hogshead Bitter is a very traditional style of beer using the finest Maris Otter  malt, combined with luscious cane sugars complimented by delicious, fruity Bramling cross hops to give a malty, crisp and hoppy flavoured ale. It is one of our more popular seasonal ales and goes superbly with ham and light cheeses.

Less well known than the widely available ‘Old Peculier’ and those that know me will read the blurb and know that this is my sort of beer. 4.1% so a nice balance of flavour and strength. Made the mistake of serving it to cold – couldn’t wait for it to warm up after it being outside in the awning – but very tasty nonetheless!

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Elgoods – Warrior

WP_20131227_001What they say: Warrior is a truly traditional style English Bitter Ale.  A blend of finest Pale Ale, Amber and Crystal malt is used for the fruity malty flavour and generous portions of English Hop varieties (Challenger, Goldings and Fuggles) give a well developed hop character.

I’m really liked this offering from this Cambridgeshire brewery – as the blurb says, a good old fashioned strong bitter that’s not over hopped. 5.5% so go easy.

Black Sheep –Golden Sheep

WP_20131225_008The blurb: Enjoy a taste of summer all year round with Golden Sheep our premium golden ale. With its dry and refreshing bitterness that develops with a light, citrus fruit flavour, it really hits the spot……..Characteristic Black Sheep dry palate with marked grapefruit-hop and very long refreshing finish……Golden Sheep is a light golden ale that develops with zesty grapefruit and other citrus fruits, with a clean, crisp bitterness and long refreshing finish.

A ‘young’ beer that started life as a Tesco’s Finest beer in 2005. The blurb says it all, another top quality ale from the guys at Black Sheep. 4.7% in the bottle though so treat it with respect.

Adnams – Lighthouse

WP_20131225_007The blurb: Based on our Champion Pale Ale, Lighthouse is a golden beer with a light fragrance, lovely malty flavours and a long hoppy finish. Brewed with Pale Ale and Crystal malt, it has a hint of caramel and toffee. It’s hopped with a blend of Fuggles and Goldings hops.

We’re starting to see more of this Suffolk brewers beers on shelves around the country – and that’s a good thing. 3.4% so nice and light and easy drinking. Paler than I usually prefer but I really enjoyed this. Serve a bit cooler for a great beer on a warm summers night – if we get any!

Tydd Steam – Yooligan

WP_20131225_005What the brewers say: Dark festive brew.Dark crystal malts combine well with hops giving a spicy sweet finish

Again at the Bridge in Waterbeach, Cambs and nice to see them trying beers from micro breweries. Full bodied at 4.7%. Not as clear as it should have been so not surprising that it didn’t taste quite right sadly.