Box Steam–Soul Train

20170708_145832What they say: “A blonde, continental style beer with a hoppy and fruity aroma and a refreshing citrus taste.”

Another pale fruity beer, anyone would think it’s summer. Needless to say, not really to my taste – it’s strength was subdued but at 4.7% A.B.V very much present.

The White Horse, Witcham, Cambridgeshire. July 2017

Everards–Sunchaser

20170707_194122What they say: “A refreshing and zesty ale, we looked further afield to Europe to find just the right hops and malt to create Sunchaser’s subtle flavours. Create your ‘sunchasing’ moment to enjoy this beer, Untitledwhether relaxing in the pub or harvesting like our Leicestershire fox!”

Yep, not one I’d rush back to though pleasant enough sitting in the garden of a pub on the banks or a river on a reasonably warm July night. 4.0% A.B.V.

The Swan on the River, Littleport, Cambridgeshire. July 2017.

Mordue–workie ticket (cask)

20170702_171231What they say: “A tasty, complex beer with malt and hops throughout and a long, satisfying bitter finish. ‘Champion Best Bitter in Britain’ award  2013 & ‘Champion Beer of Britain’ 1997.

Was delighted to come across the cask version of this after having really enjoyed the bottled incarnation some three years ago. Deliciously flavoured – and coloured too. Dark but not over malty. Guesting alongside the more regular Doom Bar at the time of our visit.

The Swan on the River, Littleport, Cambridgeshire. July 2017

Great Newsome–Jem’s STout

WP_20170518_20_27_51_ProWhat they say: “Dark mahogany coloured traditional stout. Complex aroma of liquorice, prunes & hop resin on the nose with a deep burnt coffee and liquorice on the palate.

I do like a trip to the dark side on occasion and this made the journey very worthwhile.

4.3 % A.B.V May 2017

Yates–Islander

20170618_154825What they say? Well, nothing it seems. I couldn’t find any mention of it on the brewery website and there is precious little about it anywhere else. Several weeks on and the brewery have not responded to my request for tasting notes.

Nevertheless it was a very welcome guest at our local. Nice dark copper colour and good balance of hops and malt for my palate.

The Rottingdean Club, East Sussex. June 2017