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In 5: Refreshing, Smooth, Organic, Malty, Mellow

We picked up this funny little misshaped bottle of beer on an educational trip our local Waitrose – to see how the other side live. It is brewed on the site of a medieval hall from water they pull out of the ground on the brewery site itself, which is always nice, considering beer is pretty wet and water is by far the largest constituent ingredient. It is also organic and approved by the Soil Association… Yes, there is something called the Soil Association. Apparently the worm wasn’t so sure but the ants ganged up on him and made him vote yes and no one likes the slug so they didn’t tell him when the vote was.

Back to reality… When you get yourself one of these beers obviously the first thing that strikes you is the shape of the bottle. After drinking so many beers from round bottles we didn’t even realise the shape was like an old medicine bottle until we go it home and into the fridge. Apparently the bottle is a copy of one from Gibbstown, near Philadelphia which dates from c. 1770. There is no real explanation why they copied this exact bottle shape but who cares, it’s different and it’s pretty cool.

So enough waffle, what’s the beer like?

Well firstly it’s got a lovely amber colour to it. There is a lot going on with the aroma too, fruity with a hint of something sweet. When we finally tucked in we were thoroughly impressed with how it tasted. It’s a lovely mellow brew, which is both refreshing and smooth. It has a slight malty undertone to it and as an organic beer the flavours could be a little too strong, and although the beer occasionally borders on the wild side it is just about kept in check with a delicate balance.

This is a real easy drinker and one of the better organic ales we’ve come across. St Peter would definitely have this coming out of the taps in his Basilica if he were still around.

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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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Many people believe that the taste of a beer should reflect the place that it originated, in this case Barnsley. Thankfully with Barnsley Gold, this is not the case. Instead, you can drink this tender brew while laughing at the audacity of the brewer to combine the words – Barnsley and Gold. Perhaps this would be a bit harsh toward the brewer however in fairness, this is the only gold that Barnsley has ever produced and as such, should be celebrated as an achievement in itself.

Perfect for a sunny day in summer, autumn, winter or spring this lovely golden brew was a breath of fresh air on our recent trip to the CAMRA pubs of Yorkshire. Anyone who ever tried eating an acorn as a child (or a student doing a dare in return for beer) will vouch for the fact that they are minging. Fortunately the good folk at Acorn Brewery used a more traditional approach to brewing beer which avoided the use of any acorns. However, much like an acorn, the Barnsley Gold grows with every mouthful into a fine and mighty pint which Jill Masterson of Goldfinger fame would be proud of. With each swig you get a hint of flavour without lingering too long on the palette. It really flew down and has refreshing qualities which leave you wanting more.

Be careful not to tell too many people about this wonderful brew, or there will be a gold rush at the bar!

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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: Creamy, Smooth, Drinkable, Amber, Buttery

Don’t get yourself in a Fourie when trying to decide what to have at the bar, just in time for the Rugby 6 Nations Banks’s have brought in the Lion’s Roar for all those England fans. It certainly isn’t a Moody number and every mouthful brings a Flood of joy as it flows down without a Care in the world. Ignore the Carling and make Shaw you order a Lion’s Roar for a nice, hoppy ending.

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