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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 3rd January 2016)

    Wittenden: Larkin's Traditional
    Thuck Phat: Abbeydale Thaw
    Aqualung: Dark Star Imperial Stout
    Real Ale Ray: Peerless Gold
    Bucking Fastard: Dark Star Creme Brulee
    Mobyduck: Siren Craft Counting Vampires
    aleandhearty: Salamander Star of Wonder
    ROBCamra: Revolutions Go Go
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    West Kent:
    Westerham-God's Wallop 4%abv:Mellow malt led Old Ale,balanced by gently persuasive Kent hops.Caramelised root veg.
    Larkin's -Traditional 3.4%abv:Incredibly fresh and luscious toffeeish. Best Traditional I've had this year. My BOTW
    "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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    Well balanced, dry and bitter at 4.9%? Yes please.
    BOTW Abbeydale Thaw

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    Another week of local pubs apart from a quick visit to St Albans and the new Hatfield Spoons.

    Settle Nine Standards No.1 Golden Ale 4.1%
    Elgood's Hickathrift 4.3%
    Celt Experience Lost Antlers 4.4%*
    Adnams / Stone Amber Ale 4.5%*
    Brodie's Bramling Cross Pale 4.5%
    Portobello American Pale Ale 4.8%
    Brodie's Black APA 5.0%*
    Brodie's Old Street Pale 5.0%*
    Everard's Nutcracker 5.0%
    Nethergate Old Growler 5.0%
    Hop Studio Obsidian 5.0%*
    Hanlon's Goodwill 5.0%
    Brodie's Jamaican Stout 5.4%*
    Hook Norton AFO 5.4%
    Arbor Why Kick a Moo Cow 5.5%
    Dark Star Imperial Stout 10.5%*


    I can't let the festive season pass without nominating the formidable Dark Star Imperial Stout. This year the local Rose and Crown had two casks, one delivered in 2015 and one delivered in 2014 and stored in the cellar. I tried both and the old one seemed to keep it's condition marginally better but I wouldn't be able to tell which was which. It was £4.50 a pint this year that still seems like very good value to me. The Brodie's Black APA and Hop Studio Obsidian provided very stiff competition.

    BOTW Dark Star Imperial Stout
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    Peerless - Gold

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    A very good week,including a crawl around central London.

    Cronx -- Palace Blonde Ale (keg)
    Jo C's -- Stout Robin *
    Potbelly -- Captain Pigwash
    Woodforde -- Nog
    Marble -- Pint *
    Dark Star -- Creme Brulee *
    Siren Craft -- Pompelmocello Grapefruit IPA * (keg)
    Burning Sky -- Aurora *
    Fullers -- Jack Frost *
    London Beer Factory -- Porter
    Inkspot -- EIPA *
    Essex Street Brewery -- Smokehouse Porter *
    Siren Craft -- Undercurrent *
    Camden -- Helles Lager (keg)
    Watling Street -- Premium Ale
    Pig and Porter -- Red Spider Rye *
    Southwark -- LPA
    Hammerton -- N1 *
    Wild Card -- King of Hearts *
    Surrey Hills -- Greensand IPA*
    Tillingborne -- Hop Troll *

    Some wonderful beers ,with special mention to the Siren Craft Pompelmoccelo which turned out to be the perfect palate cleanser for BOTW Dark Star Creme Brulee ,both on top form in The Pint Shop, Cambridge.

    Next week a visit to Berko and Tring may start the year off well.
    "Good people drink good beer" Hunter S Thompson

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    Dark Star Hophead
    Hop Art Hoppist*
    Red Squirrel Redwood IPA*
    Fullers Jack Frost
    London Beer Factory Porter*
    Inkspot EIPA
    Essex Street Brewery Smokehouse Porter*
    Siren Craft Undercurrent*
    Camden Pale Ale(keg)
    Revolutions Go Go
    Wild Card King of Hearts
    Southwark IPA
    Clarkshaws Strange Brew
    Cloudwater Stout*
    Siren Craft Counting Vampires*(keg)
    Lagunitas Born Yesterday*(keg)
    Wimbledon Special Pale Ale
    Woodfordes Wherry

    Some good beers but the easy winner is Siren Craft Counting Vampires a delicious Blackberry IPA enjoyed in the Euston Tap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    Next week a visit to Berko and Tring may start the year off well.
    Are you treating yourself to a new suit, BF? Sounds like a Savile Row tailor.
    '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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    A shockingly quiet Christmas saw me make the pub only once, a very quick teatime session, on New Year's Eve.

    Five Towns - La Biere d'Hiner.
    Salamander - Star of Wonder.*
    Cottage - Polar Express.
    Five Towns - HB.*

    Star of Wonder was a decent stout, but I'm not sure whether it falls into the Christmas beer category.
    '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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    Quote Originally Posted by aleandhearty View Post
    Are you treating yourself to a new suit, BF? Sounds like a Savile Row tailor.
    Apologies for slipping into a bit of boater slang.It's been a long time since I bought a new suit,but Berkhamsted is a smart town,maybe I do need to upgrade my clobber !!
    "Good people drink good beer" Hunter S Thompson

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