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Brewskie is back! Sorry for the gap in between reviews, life has rather taken over the last couple of months and although the drinking hasn’t necessarily stopped, the writing about the wonderful things we’ve been drinking unfortunately has.

In 5: Bitter, Sharp, Lively, Tasty, Satisfying

So now we’re back, we decided to come back with a bang and grabbed a bottle of Lakeland Gold off the beer shelf that we’ve been saving for a good few months for the occasion. We bought this flavoursome little number during our trip to the Lake District back in July. The guys at Hawkshead have done a truly wonderful job of opening up their brewery to the public in 2006. When planning our trip we did some research on Breweries in the Lake District and thought that Hawkshead looked like an excellent place to stop for a bite to eat and a jar to drink, we were proved very right. It has a great selection of home brewed ales as well as a selection of international beers and hand picked wines if you are that way inclined. I’ve posted some photos of the brewery below for you.

The Lakeland Gold is a lovely bitter brew with a very distinctive flavour. It is a little darker than a regular golden beer with more of a bitter bite than you get with the regular summery golden beers. But that’s not to say it doesn’t work, there is enough sweetness running through the flavour to keep it interesting and lively. Every mouthful is different and the more you drink the more you discover about its little nuances and it’s this intrigue that keeps you wanting more.

I bought a decent sized batch of bottles of this beer and although I generally only ever drink one of them in a session it’s one I know can be relied upon to give me that beery fix I need after a long day at work. It’s most certainly full bodied and would be particularly good with a curry, the hotter the better!

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In 5: Hoppy, Bitter, Oasis, Straw, Tarty

Hailing from these parts we were always going to be slightly biased with our opinions of a beer brewed in the capital of the North. With plenty of water around you would have to be in a real Shambles not to be able to put together a quality beer. So does this beer make a City United, or will there always be those loyal to the Red and those detracting Bitter blues?

Well for starters it is a bottle-conditioned ale, something we really need to start paying a lot closer attention to. The sediment started to escape from the clutches of the bottle after we got a little overexcited pouring – the welcoming aromas coming from this simple yet stylish bottle were too much to handle.

Once in the glass it’s more of a light straw colour than an Ian Brown with a lovely foamy head that alludes to the lively nature of the brew. A single sniff and you quickly Cotton on to where the taste is going as it hits you with a bright hoppy punch. There is a real bitter taste to this tarty little number which is raw and borders on the uncontrolled but it’s brought just back into check by the Oasis of citrusy undertones. It’s nowhere near as fiery as some beers that hit you like a steam train on the world’s first passenger railway line but it certainly packs a good punch.

So if you are Alan Turing around the country and fancy a pint, grab a bottle of Manchester Bitter from Marble and you can be guaranteed a Haciending.

Show your love for Manchester on the I LOVE MCR Facebook page.

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In 5: Sour, Fruity, Honey, Bitter, Tinny

This was another beer we picked up from the Micro Bar in the Manchester Arndale and we were hoping for great things as there were obviously only a few carefully selected beers on offer. Unfortunately we were a little disappointed by this fruity brew.

We were promised a ‘zesty aroma and a fruity flavour’ and I suppose we did get this to some extent but for us it just didn’t seem to work so well. We got the high notes from the fruits and a little bit of honey to bind it together but there was something not quite right. It left us feeling a bit bitter about the whole experience and particularly sour too. There was a slightly metallic or tinny aftertaste that lingered and annoyed like sitting next to a music class full of year 9 kids with the xylophones out.

We were drinking this with a wonderful home-made vegetable curry and tarka dal that Mrs Brewskie lovingly prepared for a house party. So maybe it’s not a great one with a curry and that interfered with our experience somewhat, we hope so, because we were expecting more.

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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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Casablanca Beer, 5.0%, Casablanca, Morocco


In 5: Bitter, Unremarkable, Ordinary, Bland, Generic

Brewed with a hint of camel dung and a lot of sand we aren’t sure how or why this beer managed to leave Morocco and end up on sale in the UK. It is almost as if they have created a generic beer from bottled water and we have no idea how this manages to weigh in at 5%. Perhaps it tastes better on the beach in 30 degree sunshine but we certainly won’t be rushing over to Casablanca to find out. It doesn’t travel well and definitely doesn’t do anything for us on a rainy February day in the UK. On this evidence it can stay in Morocco – don’t drink it again, Sam.

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