Copper Dragon – Best Bitter

WP_20160823_20_58_57_ProWhat they say? Well nothing at the time of typing as the website is undergoing an overhaul, however say this: “Deep golden colour. Light caramel and a slight fruity nose. Bitter hoppy flavour with some caramel and fruity background”

I got to try it’s stablemate Golden Pippin a couple of years ago and was excited to come across another one of their beers more suited to my awkwardly traditional taste buds.

It didn’t disappoint either – a nice blend of flavours and light enough for a session beer. Excellent stuff.

3.8% A.B.V. August 2016.


Panther – Festive Panther

WP_20160822_21_08_15_ProWhat they say: “A dark ale brewed especially for the festive season. A rich, smooth and full flavoured ale. The addition of mulled spic adds a warm aromatic flavour.”

Hmm yum. Even in the summer I like a nice dark ale and this went down well although it was just a tad too sweet for my awkward taste buds. Another quality beer from this young  (2010) Norfolk brewery that made it back home to East Sussex before I got around to sampling it. Bottle conditioned, so store upright and pour carefully.

4.5% A.B.V. August 2016

J.W. Lees – Manchester Star Ale



What they say: “Manchester Star was a brew discovered in an old recipe book (from about one hundred years ago). Manchester Star is a 7.3% ABV, dark ale, with chocolate, malty overtones and a warming finish made from 100% British ale malt, chocolate malt and Goldings hops. Manchester Star Ale is available in 100 Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.”

Another deliciously dark ale and what a punch it packed too – something I didn’t realise straight away having not read the label until the morning! Fortunately it was the only beer of the night. Delicious but treat it with respect. August 2016

Adnams – Explorer

WP_20160821_20_05_38_ProWhat they say: “We use Tipple malt to provide the biscuity backbone of this blonde beer but it’s the hops that give it its personality…………………..captures the spirit of discovery by blending Chinook and Columbus hops with the New World. The citrus attack will burst on your palate. Fantastic served chilled and the fruity hoppiness of the beer means that it goes well with cleanly flavoured foods. Try it with salmon, vegetarian options and with summer salads. (Contains barley). Silver medal winner at the 2015 Great British Beer Festival.”

Yep, too citrusy for me but another good summer ale.

5% A.B.V. August 2016

Moonshine – Cambridge Pale Ale

WP_20160819_17_41_32_ProWhat they say: “Pale coloured ale: a well balanced beer with a smooth malt profile that is complemented by a restrained hop flavour.”

We were back in our old home town of Cambridge for a funeral and the post service gathering presented numerous research opportunities, although having to drive back to Suffolk, participation was extremely limited.

This was brewed just a few miles away in Fulbourn and whilst it wasn’t really my thing – as you may have guessed it was good to try an ale from my birth place – well, near to it anyway.

The Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Cambridgeshire. August 2016.