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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 19th October 2014)

    Bucking Fastard: Buntingford Twitchell
    Aqualung: Redwillow Ageless IPA
    Mobyduck: Dark Star Hophead
    london calling: Alecraft Sonoma IPA
    hondo: Hawkshead Windermere Pale
    Thuck Phat: Itchen Valley IPA
    aleandhearty: Rat Ratsputin Imperial Stout
    oldboots: Elland 1872 Porter
    Wittenden: Brown Cow Green Piece
    ROBCamra: Malmesbury Burnivale Hop
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    A fair week.

    Buntingford -- Twitchell*
    Harviestoun -- Old Engine Oil
    Sixpoints -- Brooklyn Bitter
    Hook Norton -- Chinook Gold
    Surrey Hills -- Greensand IPA*
    Moorhouse's -- Black Cat Reserve

    The International Real Ale Festival was in full swing in The George,but the specially brewed ales I tried were very so so.BOTW goes to Buntingford Twitchell in excellent shape in the White Hart Tap,St Albans.Traditional,flavoursome and wont knock your head off.

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    An extended stop at the Great Western in Wolverhampton last Monday boosted the list :-

    Holden's Black Country Mild 3.7%
    Holden's Black Country Bitter 3.8%
    Hook Norton Brew Moon Antipodean Ale 4.0%
    Holden's Scary Face 4.2%
    Hopstuff Fusilier 4.2%
    Liberation American Brown 4.2%
    Bateman's Colonel's Whiskers 4.3%
    Batham's Best 4.3%
    Holden's Golden Glow 4.3%
    Wild Card King Of Hearts Pale 4.5%
    Caledonian Brouerwij't IJ ISA 4.6%
    Otter Ale 4.5%
    Wild Card Porter 4.7%
    Millstone True Grit 5.0%
    Holden's Special 5.1%
    Jenning's Snecklifter 5.1%
    Welton's Old Chestnut 5.2%
    Adnam's Sixpoint Brooklyn Bitter 5.5%
    Marston's Old Empire 5.7%
    Shepherd Neame Abbaye Blonde 6.0%
    Wychwood Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale 6.5%
    Redwillow Ageless IPA 7.2%


    The easy winner is the Redwillow Ageless IPA at £3.50 in the Great Western. It's a classic high ABV new world hop beer. Why did I waste time with the rather dull Holden's Scary Face?

    BOTW Redwillow Ageless IPA

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    A relatively barren week
    Darkstar Hophead
    Darkstar American Pale Ale
    Flying Monk Elmers

    Best of the bunch - Hophead.
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    I was out tonight but of the dozen new beers I tried none would be Botw more like duds of the week.It amazes me how much imo bad beer is around.But all is not lost as my future son in law gave me 5 bottled beers about 3 weeks ago from Alecraft who are a brand brewed by Verulam at the Farmers boy St Albans.He gave me the beers then about 3 hours later asked for my daughters hand in marriage.A dowry or a bribe I don't know but it worked.Anyway back to the beer .All were very good but the -Sonoma IPA 8.0 was something else and BOTW

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    Hawkshead - Windermere Pale
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    Quiet week:
    Oakham Bishops Farewell*
    Itchen Valley IPA*
    Beacon Red Beacon*

    The Red Beacon was ideal for an autumnal day but BOTW Itchen Valley IPA was excellent and just topped it.

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    Another fairly quiet week, but the standard of the beers was pretty high.

    Oakham - Citra.*
    Rat - King Rat.
    Rat - Ratsputin Imperial Stout (7.4%)*
    Fyne - Jarl.*
    Fyne - Vital Spark.
    Bobs - Yakima Chief.
    Elland - Diablo.*
    Townhouse - Audley Gold.

    Easy winner was the Ratsputin, a rich warming Impy. It would have passed the three pint with ease. However, I suspect I wouldn't have!

    Highlight of the week was undoubtedly meeting one of my brewing heroes, Malcolm Bastow of Five Towns Brewery*, in Harry's Bar Wakefield. In the usual Friday teatime rush, a moment of serendipity, saw him and his wife being forced to sit on our table. After the initial suspicions of being recognised by a complete stranger were dealt with, we had a great conversation about all things beery, for well over an hour. I learnt a few gems, such as if he's brewing a pale, hoppy beer, he tests it on the wife first. If she screws her face up in dislike, he knows he's on the right lines! Both he and his wife came across as really nice people.

    *Responsible for such beers as Peculiar Blue, Niamh's Nemesis, Monster Mash etc and several BOTWs.
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    Rudgate - Asgard Legend
    Gt Newsome - Pricky Back Octhan
    Taylors - Boltmaker
    Young Henry/Banks's - Young Henry's Real Ale
    Elland - Beyond the Pale
    Elland - 1872 Porter
    BAD - Dazed & Confused
    Ilkley - The Man from D.U.N.K.L.E
    Wentworth - Challenge
    Village - White Boar
    Ian Ramsey / Everards - Village Elder
    Two Birds/Banks's - Two Birds Golden Ale
    Moorhouses - Black Cat Reserve
    10 Barrel - OG IPA
    Ardenes - McChouffe
    Thwaites - Wainwright
    Black Sheep - Golden Sheep
    Butcombe - Bitter
    Taylors - Havercake
    Robinsons - Dizzy Blonde
    Arbor - Triple Hop
    York - Terrier
    St Austell - Tribute
    Stone - IPA
    Sonnet43 - Blonde

    Not as good a list as it looks due to a disappointing visit to Skipton, a toss up between two dark beers; 1872 and Black Cat Reserve, but Elland 1872 just gets it.

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    Yorkshire North, West and former North Riding
    Thornbridge Hall-Jaipur IPA 5.9%abv. The daddy:so popular here The Cover Bridge Inn
    the guv sends 40 odd texts when it is coming on. Very moreish for a strong 'un.*
    Bad Co.-Comfortably Numb 3.8%abv. Prize winning fruity 'n' earthy hops.*
    Salamander-Great Scott 4%abv. Workmanlike hoppy pale ale.Good malt base balancing the hops.*
    Wensleydale-Session Bitter 3.7%.Pale Yorkshire bitter:smooth hops.
    Dent-Aviator 4%abv. I've been waiting to try this beer for ages: a really intriguing amber best bitter.Seville marmalade-I'd rather have this than croissants for Sunday breakfast.*Taken here The Old Hill Inn
    Dent-Ewe Juice (House beer at Tan Hill Inn) 5%abv. Rather sweet mid brown strong 'un.Not really to my taste.
    Black Sheep-Reaper 4.1%abv. Red ale,enthusiastically packed with Yankee hops,including Summit, which apparently has to be hand picked as there aren't (or weren't) any machines for picking dwarf hops in the US.What larks.
    Black Sheep-Best Bitter 3.8%abv. I often overlook this,but on form it is a fairly flavoursome Yorkshire bitter,the gritty side of malty.
    Black Sheep-Riggwelter 5.9%.A good mid brown dryish strong'un, not often seen on my travels.
    Rudgate-Jorvik Blonde 3.8%abv.Pale but not expansive.
    Brown Cow-Simpson and Simpson Ledsham Sessions 3.6%abv. Pale and hoppy:earthy and stone fruit.*
    Brown Cow-A Green Hop Beer using Yorkshire grown hops-First Gold. Crisply herbaceous. *
    A cracking week for me,marred by the prospect of few if any forthcoming pub visits in the next few days. In a normal week, any of the starred beers would be BOTW worthy, but after due consideration, my BOTW is Brown Cow Green Piece,if only as consolation for missing the Kent Green Hop beers. In fact, I really enjoyed this, even though on a mere half pint’s acquaintance as I was driving.
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