/ Real ale polypins.

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Chay - on 02 Aug 2012
Hi All,

Have a few friends and relatives coming down for a weekend soon and looking to get a polypin of real ale in and looking for some suggestions! The following would be best;

Not Pale but not dark and chewy either (it is a long session after all)
strongish- 5%<
A nice enjoyable flavor that goes down fairly easily.

I can get the usual things fairly cheap, looked at things like doom bar which don't get me wrong is lovely, but thinking maybe something a little less well known would be nice. Needs to be reasonably priced and without MASSIVE delivery charges.

Thanks,
GB
AJM - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to GingerBread22:

Go for something local maybe? Look on it as an opportunity to get something in that you/your guests won't have had before, and you might well get to taste before you buy if you do that too.
Chay - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to AJM: I looked into that at Christmas; My local breweries are the purple moose/snowdonia ale guys in Porthmadog and frankly, I really don't like their beer having tried them all.

Think there maybe something around Llangollen but i wont be getting down there before hand to try it so really location is fairly irrelevant.

GB
gingerdave13 - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to GingerBread22: could try bath ales - they do a few different sizes/types and delivery...

'Gem' is normally my fav from them.
MonkeyPuzzle - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to gingerdave13:

Bath Ales are grand. Also check out Arbor Ales and Bristol Beer Factory.
Chay - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to gingerdave13: MonkeyPuzzle:

Thanks guys, will check these out!
plyometrics - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to GingerBread22:

Not sure if you've visited the following:

http://www.beerbarrels2u.co.uk/party-barrels.asp

All relatively mainstream, but a good selection nonetheless.
sam@work - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to GingerBread22: http://www.hooky.co.uk/product/polypins-and-minipins.ashx

hook norton beer 20lts 68 delivered ??
Chay - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to plyometrics: Yea, that's my fall back option. I've ordered from there before, usually pretty good!

Cheers.
plyometrics - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to GingerBread22:

No worries. On the real ale theme, can't help but recommend my new favourite bottled ale:

http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/beers/badgerales/poacherschoice.asp

Not one for a session, but extremely tasty IMHO!
Chay - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to plyometrics: That looks like a lovely ale to sit down with in the evening maybe with some nice cheese and crackers or something ;)

Will keep my eye out for that, I must say, I do love to try different real ales!!

Thanks,
GB
Steve John B - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to GingerBread22: Bowman in south Hampshire make lovely beer. No idea about delivery costs (and can't check cos booze-related websites are blocked at work) but god-damn they're nice. You can get everything from 18 pints upwards. Swift One is the session ale, Wallops Wood a tiny bit stronger (still only 4% IIRC) and more flavoursome.

http://www.bowman-ales.com

jonfun21 on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to GingerBread22:

These guys are great near us, mad goose, gold and origina UBU are all nice:

http://www.puritybrewing.com/products/Purity%20Own%20Cask%20Ale%20and%20Bottles

These guys don't do polybins yet but I do really like their beer:

http://www.winclebeer.co.uk/
Chay - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to Steve John B: Thanks Steve, the beers look excellent but it's seems you can only get them if you go there and pick them or "in specialized off licenses". Can't seem to find anything about ordering online.

Shame!

Cheers.
gingerdave13 - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to GingerBread22: would also reccomend woodfordes wherry as a real 'session' beer - it's not too strong..
owennewcastle - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to gingerdave13:

Don't like purple moose???? It's brilliant, one of the best breweries round here in my opinion. Other options further east are the orme brewery, llanrwst brewery and conwy ales.
DreadyCraig - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to GingerBread22:
http://www.hogsback.co.uk/shop/minipin-of-tea-4-2-17-pints/
This is good ale, my local brewery, only 2 miles from my door
MJ - on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to GingerBread22:

Not sure were you live, but the Albion in Conwy has a selection of local beers: -

http://www.conwybrewery.co.uk/5.html

You could go for a tasting session and perhaps buy a polypin based on that.


Alternatively, this brewery is pretty good: -

http://www.springbrewery.co.uk/our-beers

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