Arundel Brewery – Queens Park Hop

WP_20131231_009Another beer that made the short journey from Sussex  up to South London. Brewed with hops from Queens Park in Brighton, this must have been a special as it is not on the brewery’s web site. I seemed to recall enjoying it but it was New Years Eve and getting a little late…..


Loddon – Hoppit

WP_20131231_005What the brewery say: The predominant hops in Hoppit are East Kent Goldings which traditionally have a Seville Orange marmalade flavour. As well as Pale Ale malt, Hoppit also contains dark Invert Sugar which gives the beer its smooth taste.

My first beer from this Oxfordshire brewery and it didn’t disappoint. The lighter 3.5% A.B.V was welcome as we were well into our New Years Eve research expedition. Enjoyable and a great session beer.

Brains – S.A.

WP_20131231_003What the brewer says: The renowned ‘special ale’ is copper coloured with a full premium quality flavour. A nutty richness derived from a blend of fine pale and crystal malts is balanced with a satisfying dryness from the unique use of three hops: Challenger, Goldings and Fuggles. The aroma has a hint of spirit which adds to the legendary mystique of this premium cask beer.

Enjoyed this more than once on our British Isles Tour which started in Cardiff. An excellent Best Bitter found over 200 miles away in South London, and the 2nd on our New Years Eve research expedition.

Exmoor – Gold

WP_20131231_002What the brewery says: an appetising and enticing gold in colour. The nose is an interplay between a fresh bouquet of grassy and floral hop and a subtly soft, fluffy caramel-tinged maltiness. The palate sees more balance between gentle grainy maltiness and sprightly floral, citrusy fresh hop fruitiness. The finish is bittersweet with hints of citrus fruit weaving in and out.

Actually, they said a whole lot more too. Click HERE to check out the full, unedited text which pretty much sums it up. Perhaps more likely to lure lager drinkers than bitter lovers, I enjoyed it nonetheless. The first of rather too much ‘research’ on New Years Eve.