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    This Space For Hire Aqualung's Avatar
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    May 2012


    A somewhat different and extended list from normal due to a St David's Day jolly in the Black Country.

    Batham's Mild 3.5%
    Holden's Black Country Mild 3.7%
    Holden's Black Country Bitter 3.7%
    Vale Red Kite 4.0%
    Upham Punter 4.0%
    Titanic Iceberg 4.1%
    Hopstuff Fusilier 4.3%
    Batham's Best Bitter 4.3%
    Holden's Golden Glow 4.4%
    Hopstuff Pale 4.5%
    Lancaster Black 4.6%
    Burton Bridge Top Dog Stout 5.0%
    Clarence & Frederick's Oatmilk Stout 5.0%
    Twickenham Black Eel 5.0%
    Dark Star Festival 5.0%
    Westerham Azzurri Double 5.0%
    Brodie's Old Street Pale 5.0%
    Holden's Special Bitter 5.1%
    Mantle Dark Heart 5.2%
    Hopcraft Citraic 5.4%
    ELB Quadrant Oatmeal Stout 5.8%
    Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild 6.0%
    Hopcraft Long Nines Stout 6.0%
    Brodie's Chinook Bacon IPA 6.0%
    Holden's Old Ale 7.2%

    There are quite a few contenders but I'm surprising myself by nominating the lightweight Holden's Black Country Bitter as tried in the rather poncy Fellows in Dudley for £2.75. It was in perfect condition and I just don't remember this beer being that good.

    BOTW Holden's Black Country Bitter

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    This Space For Hire Wittenden's Avatar
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    Fancy pub renovation

    Goody Ales-Bleangate Brewery: Genesis 3.5%abv Deep ruby, full of flavour for the abv.Long bitter finish.Award winning with Kent Challenger hops.
    Dark Star: Hophead 3.8%abv. I hadn't tried this for a while. Some commentators say it isn't the beer it was. Hmmm. Not as austere, mellow, but with a sackful of new style hops. Very drinkable if worryingly pale, and my BOTW.
    Last edited by Wittenden; 02-03-2014 at 20:52. Reason: kent patriotism
    "At that moment I would have given a kingdom, not for champagne or hock and soda, or hot coffee but for a glass of beer" Marquess Curzon of Kedlestone, Viceroy of India.

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    Sep 2012


    A couple of nice twiggy bitters
    instant karma -test brew 2
    harveys -sussex bitter

    also good was celt-dark age

    good in bottle
    moncada -red rye
    thwaites -crafty dan
    jw lees -Manchester star
    but bofw
    alchemy-galaxy burst ipa

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    Quietish week for me, but it was saved by sampling two of my favourite beers, both from the Kirkstall stable.

    Kirkstall - Dissolution IPA.
    Mr Grundys - Red Baron.
    Harthill - Hart of Yorkshire.
    Kirkstall - Black Band Porter.
    Copper Dragon - West Coast Pale.
    Wensleydale - Penhill Porter.
    Bobs - White Lion.
    Bobs - Chardonnayle.

    Easy winner was the Dissolution IPA, an absolutely superb beer when it's on form.
    'And where he supped the past lived still. And where he sipped the glass brimmed full' John Barleycorn, Carol Ann Duffy.

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    Popes Hop Market a light hoppy 3.8% pint of luvverliness. Tried in The Baum of course.

    A close second was Greenfield Silver Owl an unexpected treat in The Millpond in Stalybridge.
    A pub is for life not just for Christmas

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