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Brewskie

In 5: Cakey, Fruity, Full-bodied, Strong, Drinkable

Ringwood, the maker of probably our favourite summer beer, Boondoggle, launched their Old Thumper way back in 1979 and it’s gone from strength to strength since then, winning the CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain in 1988. It’s pretty easy to find nowadays in most supermarkets and in little multi packs of real ale you get in your Christmas stocking from Aunties and Uncles. If only everyone would just get us beer we’d be guaranteed an excellent Crimbo every year. I’ve tried drinking a sock; it’s not nice and you end up with a mouth full of fluff.

So how did they manage to bottle up their ‘beast of a beer’? Well I reckon it wasn’t quite as difficult, or anywhere near as much fun to watch as Old Thumper the wild boar on the label makes you dream up it might have been. They probably just used the same big machine that they use on most of their other beers… Yawn.

The first thing that struck us after pouring into a glass was the smell of brioche this beer seems to emanate. You certainly won’t get Boared as its taste changes and grows mouthful after mouthful. You discover new aspects of its flavour with a different fruit coming through with every sip. Its all round body is definitely strong enough to handle a BBQ (or a curry for that matter), which makes me think… If Old Thumper were to accidently end up on a spit, and then someone were to say, place a little bit of fire underneath him that happened to roast him up, a pint of Old Thumper would certainly make a wonderful companion to the any hog that were roasted as a consequence. Just don’t forget the apple sauce, a hog roast needs apple sauce; that is a fact that cannot be changed.

So is it a ‘beast of a beer’? Well in a ‘I’m stronger than you’ contest, it would probably thump most beers straight out of the Ring-wood.

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Brewskie

In 5: Cloudy, Bold, Distinctive, Bitter, Moreish

A highly recommended American beer? Yeah, that’s what we thought too.

Well it took us a few mouthfuls to get used to the powerful, full bodied flavour that this Pale Ale throws straight at you but we were soon singing the praises of this hard hitting little beer. There is no messing about with the brewing process and with just the 4 ingredients and no preservatives Sierra Nevada have crafted a classic hoppy yet slightly bitter brew with distinctive flavours that is really moreish. When it’s poured it has a wonderful golden body with enough life in the head to keep it interesting throughout the drinking experience. It’s more bitter and less citrusy than other pale ales we’ve tried but don’t let that take anything away from what Sierra Nevada have done by bottling up this golden pale delight.

If you are ever lost in the Nevada desert, parched and thirsty, this would be an ideal beer for you. Once you’ve got your bearings, head over to Vegas and Pair up your trip with a couple of bottles of Sierra Nevada. It’s certainly not a gamble and you would be feeling Royally Flush with your choice after heading Straight to the bar. When you get back from your little trip I can guarantee you will end up with a Full House of bottles of this lovely stuff.

Make sure you take the Sierra or you’ll end up with an Escort, and the Mrs wouldn’t be too happy about that now would she.

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Brewskie

In 5: Blonde, Smooth, Citrus, Powerful, Light

When you first see this Meg-jestic beer in the glass it comes across as a sweet and innocent little blonde; harmless and welcoming.  However when you finally make your move, it kicks you directly in the hops. Weighing in at 5.5%, its light, moreish flavour disguises its roar potential. Named after a canon this beer certainly isn’t just fodder for a big session and needs to be treated with a little care and a lot of respect. With such a lovely flavour, try not to get ‘megged without it at least touching the sides or its Meg-nitude will mean your trip to the pub quickly descends into a roar-cus occasion. It is a lovely beer for a summer’s day so be careful to drink it up quickly while you’re under the sun or it will go roar-ten.

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Erdinger Weissbier, 5.6%, Erding, Germany

Brewskie

In 5: Smooth, Drinkable, Refined, Fresh, Tasty

If you’re looking for a hum-dinger of a traditional wheat beer, look no further than this smooth, cloudy and delicious German weissbier. It’s refreshing and equally welcomed on cold wintery evenings as it is on hot summer days. Loved by the lady folk as much as the bloke folk there is a charming sweet taste that stays throughout the pint (or 0.5l if you are lucky enough to be in a brauhaus reading this). A bit like the Black Sheep Riggwelter you’ll be ‘erding these up in your fridge to serve with your bratwurst and sauerkraut. Make sure you get a proper weissbier glass so you can enjoy the big frothy head, but be careful not to spill it all over your lederhosen; no one likes a damp hosenschlange.

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Brewskie

In 5: Strong, potent, balanced, distinctive, pungent

This beer certainly doesn’t pull the wool over your eyes in terms of quality and strength with flavours perfectly knitted together, even if you do ram this beer down. It is certainly appropriately named and after a few too many of these you will be on your back, unable to get up. With a far more full-flavoured finish and a more respectable potency than its entry level counterpart (Black Sheep Ale), this sheep is baa far the standout ale of the Black Sheep flock. Ewe’ll be pleasantly surprised by this aromatic beer, rarely found at any traditional pubs or baas, its moisture is distinctive and well balanced and if you’re driving, you mutton’t get too carried away with the first sip or you really will riggwelter.

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