Cropton – Two Pints Bitter

WP_20150327_007What they say: Classic bitter using Challenger & Goldings hops giving a strong hoppy flavour with a nutty aftertaste

With typical Yorkshire modesty it’s called two pints because it’s twice as good as the opposition! I wouldn’t go that far but it was an enjoyable enough ale from this young micro brewery formed in 2012. 4.0% A.B.V

Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire. March 2015.

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HB Clark – Merrie City – Atlantic Hop

WP_20150325_004What they say: American hops are currently extremely sought after to satisfy the growing demands from UK brewers and drinkers.We have managed to secure stocks of the popular Amarillo hop from across the water and have mixed it with the ever-reliable British Bramling Cross hop to form this fantastic new session craft cask ale.The pale amber craft ale has a fresh, citrus aroma and a tropical, fruity taste, whilst the unique blend of hops leave a bitter-sweet aftertaste on the tongue.

Procured whilst staying on the North Yorkshire Coast was this offering from West Yorkshire brewery H.B. Clark. In good nick but regulars will know from the above description that it’s not my thing. A good summer beer though. 4.0% A.B.V.

The Black Bull, Ugthorpe, North Yorkshire. March 2015

Wold Top – Bitter

WP_20150323_007What they say: Wold Top Bitter is a light amber coloured, crisp clean aromatic session bitter. Home grown Barley malt and Northdown hops give an unusually full flavour and a long hoppy finish for its abv.

Heading south from Northumberland, our next stop was at Lythe, just up the coast from Whitby in North Yorkshire. The village pub was conveniently located at the end of the entrance to the campsite and with poor phone signals and no WiFi on site, nightly visits to the ‘office’ were necessary!

What a lovely pint this was. Pretty much everything I like in a bitter and at 3.7% A.B.V not too heavy either.

The Stiddy, Lythe North Yorkshire. March 2015

Marston’s – Strong Pale Ale

WP_20150322_008What they say:

Marston’s Strong Pale Ale was first brewed before the Great War and was voted the World Champion Beer at the Brewing Industry Awards. Today, Marston’s Strong is brewed using a cool, slow fermentation process together with the finest quality barley and Fuggles and Goldings whole hops.

Combining our expertise and artistry at brewing with exceptional ingredients results in a smooth, strong and very quaffable beer with a superb flavour and robust colour

At 6.2% A.B.V definitely one to be sipped. Too strong for me but another bargain from B & M during our time in Northumberland.

March 2015.

Sadler’s – Peaky Blinder

WP_20150319_006What they say: Brewed with Five different malts and five different hop varieties. Dark and delicious yet refreshing and hoppy.

The first bottled beer to be sampled on our spring caravan trip to the North East and good old B & M in Tynemouth came to the rescue with a selection, most of which were less than £1.50.

I didn’t find it too hoppy, but not quite  bitter enough for my palate. It was black though! 4.6% A.B.V so not one to slosh back.

March 2015