In reply to Jimbo W:
The Scottish ales used to be derided, but are actually very good now.
I like Latitude and Kelpie, the sea weed one. A good Schieallion is also a cultured brew. I will try your recommendations, thanks.
Best things I've had in ages from a share-a-bottle-with-friends sippin beer perspective have been Evil Twin's Even More Jesus and Traquair's Jacobite Ale. Oh, and Struise's Pannepot. And probably some other stuff...
I don't actually drink regular session bitters in bottles that much - they're more of a going out thing.
> Not at all convinced by the high alcohol thing.. ..however, trashy blonde is really quite different and a hoppy bitter thirst quencher.
I haven't had their stupidly strong ones - those do feel like a bit of a novelty - but I've had and liked Tokyo* and the Paradox Isle of Arran. You do have to be prepared for the fact that they aren't going to taste like regular session bitters, though.
Fursty Ferret, Tanglefoot, Broadside, Landlord, Spitfire and Doombar are all sitting in the fridge awaiting Christmas consumption.
Oh and the Discworld ales but I wont touch them as I want them original to go with the rest of my Discworld collection, although I hope the other half got the hint and got me a set to drink at Christmas
> Thank God no-one's recommended the Black Isle brewery who's products seem to have gone downhill year after year since I first tasted them in 2003.
Ah right, I come across the organic porter occasionally and it normally seems alright. I'll have to double check it to be on the safe side...
Our Christmas order this year is a mixed case of Harveys bitters and a case of Green Jack's Trawlerboys. Was considering just getting a polypin of the latter, but flat places where things can be put without disturbing them are at a bit of a premium...
Cheers, not heard of that, will keep an eye out for Jeeves, oh yeah there's not a lot wrong with the reopened old no 7 probably the best pub in town centre. My mate from South Wales thinks it's worth a trip north just for a pint of two
Her mother just impressed me, she gave me six bottles of beer I'd never tried before, guessing correctly that the ale brewed "exclusively for Marks and Spencers," would have escaped my notice. They seem to be from a bunch of different breweries, am drinking the Citra IPA (Oakham Ales, no mention of M&S on their website,) at the moment and enjoying it. I don't know how to say this, but I recommend M&S for ale??!??
I rather like the Anarchy brewery.
Kernel (they have a buy from the brewery every saturday until 3, handy for anyone visiting the biscuit factory since just down the road)and Meantime.
Some wychwood stuff.
Tom, it's Geeves. just stocked up on Pale Rider, Easy Rider, Riders on The Storm (all kelham island beers), Copper Dragon, Acorn Gorlovka Imperial Stout and Barnsley Gold, Bombardier Colonel's Special Reserve and Brakspeare Oxford Gold. All in the 4 for £5 at A??A. They sometimes get Ossett Excelsior in as well which is superb as is Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted from Morri?????.
For a normal everyday pint before bed or watching Rugby with my father in law on the telly Landlord or Harvest Pale are my mainstays but there is loads of lovely stuff out there...didnt realise any big shops did Kelham Island beers.
Harvest Pale is slightly stronger in the bottle. All the brewery's chain pubs sell it and I found it in that posh independant supermarket in Clithero (who's name I forget but I do know their beer collection is ace) so it counts as mainstream ;-)
William Bros Joker IPA, Birds n Bees
CrossBay Zenith (from Morecambe I think)
Timothy Taylor Landlord
Jennings Cumberland Ale
Orkney Raven Ale
Loch Ness Wilderness
St Andrews 80 Bob
Fyne Ales Avalanche
Oh and I forgot Inveralmond Ossian is rather good, spoilt for choice really especially now in Scotland. The Drovers and St Andrews 80 shilling are both new to me but Aldi had them in recently and they are great.
I like anything from the William Bros and Loch Fyne breweries, I just picked my favourite tipples at the moment.
There are some Red Rose stuff from Lancaster that is not bad but I'm not sure where you can get it other than in that area. Cross Bay is new as far as I am aware, and the Zenith I tried was a rather nice IPA. Quite like a few of the ales from An Teallach (An Teallach, Beinn Dearg and Crofters I have tried) and also Skye too (Red Cuillin).
You can get Harvest pale in Morr******* here, nice drink. I don't know whether the Barnsley A**a is unusual but they always have a really good range of local beers, at the moment there's acorn, kelham, ossett, copper dragon, gooseeye and other breweries. I've also had saltaire and Cragg vale from there.
Hmmmmm beer! Current favourites are probably - Anything from Adnams but particularly Bitter, Broadside, Gunhill and Ghost Ship
Greene King - Suffolk Springer
Shepherd Neame - 1698
Inveralmond - Thrapledouser
Arran - Sunset and Blonde
Orkney Brewery - Corncrake
An Teallach - An Teallach
Particularly fond of an Arran Blonde. Loch Fyne Jarl is excellent, as is most beers from William Bros. and Harviestouns. With Arran Brewery moving to Falkirk, there is quite a good local (to me) hub of good breweries now.
Corncrake Ale (Orkney Brewery)
RedNess - http://www.lochnessbrewery.com/#!beers/cwvn They've only been on the go for a couple of years but they make a great line of beers. The Red Ness has overtaken Red Cuillin as my favourite red ale.
Innis & Gunn Rum finish.
Dartmoor Jail Ale