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10-02-2016, 16:41
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Now I have known to bang on about poor cask beer in London and sometimes I get told off for it. Can you believe that? Well I'm usually right on that subject, but it isn't just that the beer is badly kept in London, but that some of it, honestly, isn't that good. It is only fair then, to fess up when I come across good London micro brewed cask beer. Step up to the plate please Five Points Brewery of Hackney, London.

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pqK1OHEVPpk/Vrtd1lKOZ-I/AAAAAAAAGYc/6tPkP0a3uGc/s1600/Five-Points-Pale-Kegclip.png (https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pqK1OHEVPpk/Vrtd1lKOZ-I/AAAAAAAAGYc/6tPkP0a3uGc/s1600/Five-Points-Pale-Kegclip.png)In the excellent Blackjack Taphouse - or is it the Smithfield Market Tavern? - I had my first pint of Five Points Pale. What a great beer. Trust me on this one. It has an easy drinking elegance, is bitter and hoppy without going over the top and above all keeps the body that you need to hold beer together. Served at the peak of cask conditioning and through a tight sparkler, it was so good I had to have two more. The true test of a good beer is surely that one pint isn't enough? Now I haven't, to my best recollection, come across this beer in London, but I will look out for it. I just hope I don't find it warm, flat and wishy washy. I reckon too that it illustrates a point I have often made before, that the best new wave breweries do cask as well as keg and bottle. When you get your cask beer spot on, you really are a brewer. There is no place to hide when you produce real ale. Well done on that front and shame on those that produced great cask and then gave it up.

I should point out too that I recall Matt Curtis mentioning the brewery, so I looked up the article (http://www.totalales.co.uk/blog/2015/12/20/the-2015-golden-pint-awards?rq=five%20points). It was his cask beer of 2015. Well done that man. I can see where he is coming from.

Tonight, having shaken off my lurgy, more or less, I'm going to try some of the new version of a beer I brewed and had a big hand in the recipe, Rammy Craft's Chocolate Chilli Stout (http://tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/chocolate-chilli-stout.html). The chilli has been upped. Hooray!

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