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05-04-2011, 05:49
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I was at a birthday party yesterday at the well known Angel in Manchester. The pub is normally closed on a Sunday, but my mate Jim whose birthday it was and is a regular there, had arranged for it open for him as a private function.http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbLa1-MsVuU/TZnJo-S2vhI/AAAAAAAACzk/uMpA9sAPfas/s1600/Windermere+Pale+3.jpg (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbLa1-MsVuU/TZnJo-S2vhI/AAAAAAAACzk/uMpA9sAPfas/s1600/Windermere+Pale+3.jpg)I started with Hawkshead Windermere Pale and such was the appeal of this splendidly hoppy, Citra dominated, pale beer, that I almost continued with it to the end of the do, despite, or possibly because of its relatively weak 3.5% strength. Of course the road to Hell is paved with good intentions and the fast moving Lakeland Gold handpump was far too tempting. Resinously bitter, but easy drinking, it made the stepping up adjustment all too easy.I've said it before (http://tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/last-week.html) and will say it again. Hawkshead have a superb range of beers and they certainly aren't afraid of using hops at the front of each beer , all of which seem to complement each other to a remarkable extent, despite being very different. They are one of the top breweries in the UK presently, with an attention to detail and eaxacting standars of production that few match. While they do bottle, this has been done mainly by brewing a simply superb range of cask conditioned ales that you want to drink a few of. And you know, drinking a few pints of beer that you can really enjoy one after the other, is still in these days of edgy, hard to drink beers of doubtful quality, something to treasure.
So seek them out and to enjoy at their best, make sure the beer is sparkled as the brewery intends.https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8629758183547510158-5868632459655804592?l=tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.c om

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