Piddle – Premium Ale

WP_20160602_14_39_37_ProWhat they say: “Full bodied and amber, sweet and malty with a fruity nose leading to a resinous hoppy flavour with a twist of citrus fruit, giving way to a dry bitter finish”

A nice pint this from nearby Dorest during our stay in Hampshire. I enjoyed it but wasn’t crystal clear, so look forward to trying a better example at some point. 4.1 % A.B.V.

The Three Cups Inn, Stockbridge, Hampshire. June 2016.


Skinners – Betty Stogs

WP_20160604_14_36_07_ProWhat they say: “Betty Stogs is an award-winning, copper-coloured bitter brewed since 1997 using Cornish water; whole-flower Celeia, Northdown and Aurora hops; Cornish malted barley and wheat; and Skinner’s unique yeast……………..Copper-coloured, with a light malty aroma, a floral, even cedar taste, and a sharp tang of bitter grapefruit, this is an ale that has the strength of character to take on tasty dishes like stews, hard cheeses and meat-packed pasties.”

The latest guest at our local was a very welcome return for old Betty. Most definitely had this before – both in our local and down in Cornwall, but it must have been before the Archive was born. A lovely pint – robust and malty. 4.0% A.B.V.

The Rottingdean Club, East Sussex. June 2016

Red Cat – Tomcat

WP_20160608_20_39_39_ProWhat they say: “Having a rich golden colour, Tomcat is packed with 6 different modern style hops providing a very full fruity hop character with just the right level of bitterness. It’s an American Pale Ale, a beer which has seen great popularity over recent years.”

Another ‘local’ find whilst staying near Winchester, this was a bit pale and hoppy for me but then A.P.A’s aren’t really my thing. Had to try in the interests of ‘research’ though! 4.7% A.B.V. June 2016.

Hogs Back – Surrey Nirvana

WP_20160603_21_35_22_ProWhat they say: “The new Hogs Back Brewery staple ale. A well-balanced golden beer with a good bitter sweet balance and a strong citrus aroma”

Another ale from the talented chaps at Hogs Back. Again, as you might realise, not quite my thing, being a little to hoppy, but a pleasant enough drink. 4.0% A.B.V. June 2016

Navigation – Mayflower

WP_20160604_14_36_31_ProWhat they say: “A British “ Mild bitter beer” that’s dark in colour but light bodied. The flavour is dominated by roast malt with a subdued hop character. The Pilgrim Fathers drew their numbers from North Notts and the name of their ship from the delicate pink and white blooms of May.”

A seasonal from the Nottingham brewery is the latest guest at our local. I really like this. Tasty but easy drinking. Keep those hops subdued! 3.6% A.B.V

The Rottingdean Club, East Sussex. June 2016