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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 18 September 2011)

    Thuck Phat: Saddlers Hop Bomb
    Oggwyn Trench: Purple Moose Ysgawen
    oldboots: Fyne Ales Jarl
    rpadam: Tempest Brewing Jocktoberfest
    Wittenden: Old Dairy Copper Top
    Bucking Fastard: Staropramen Should have nipped down the parallel street to The Old House
    Pubsignman: Brodies Amarilla
    Evil Gazebo: Thornbridge Jaipur
    gillhalfpint: Brass Castle Bad Kitty
    ROBCamra: Green Mill Talisman
    aleandhearty: Magic Rock High Wire
    Alesonly: Burton Bridge Staffordshire Knot
    Al 10000: Castle Rock Harvest Pale
    RogerB: Youngs Ordinary
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    To choose from:
    Oakham Bishops Farewell
    Nobbys Guilsborough Gold
    Saddlers Hop Bomb
    Wetherspoons Red Nectar

    The Bishops sampled in the Lawrence Sheriff Wetherspoons in Rugby deserves a mention as it was on offer for £1.65 making it excellent value and top quality with a CAMRA voucher at £1.15. Definitely the quality at value pick of the week. But BOTW goes to Saddlers Hop Bomb. It does what it says on the tin, full of hoppy bitterness and flavour and flies down for a 5% ale.

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    Folk and Ale festival yesterday so a decent selection of ale and beards

    Dancing Duck - Gold
    Ironbridge - Galaxy
    White Horse - Saracen IPA
    Purple Moose - Ysgawen
    Mortons - Gregorys Gold
    Wood - Summer That
    Northumberland - Summer Gold

    BOTW Purple Moose - Ysgawen very good even by Purple Moose standards
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    Lots of choice mainly from the Midlands but it's a Scottish beer that wins

    Fyne Ales Jarl

    drank in the wonderful Three Fishes in Shrewsbury.

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    The ultra-rare (with only two casks produced, apparently) Jocktoberfest from the Kelso-based micro Tempest Brewing, sampled on my first visit to the rather good Port Street Beer House in Manchester.

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    A choice between Old Dairy Copper Top, a darkly malty best bitter, and Westerham's Westertham Flyer, a take on an American Steam Beer, whatever that is. Interesting: the hopbines ( US Northern Brewer) clamber malelevantly around your molars. Lager yeast is used , but mercifully it lacks that nasty thin chemical taste that puts me off lager.
    On balance both beers were excellent, but my BOTW is Old Dairy Copper Top.
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    I should hang my head in shame as I was in Sheffield briefly but only managed to head into a bar in West Street and have a Staropramen which by default is my BOTW.I did consume a brew from Oldershaw earlier in the week but this came close to BABOTW and was much worse than the kegged lager mentioned above

    Next boating and boozing trip...hit and hope in Milton Keynes and then trying hard not to look like a vulnerable male in Leighton Buzzard.

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    Three strong contenders this week - Hardknott Katalyst (Jolly Butchers, Stoke Newington), Redemption Big Chief (Pineapple, Kentish Town) and Brodies Amarilla (Old Coffee House, Soho).

    I've seen quite a few Redemption beers in recent weeks and have been very impressed with them and the Big Chief was no different, but BOTW goes to Brodies Amarilla, which despite having tried numerous Brodies brews over recent years, was a new one on me and ranks as one of their best.

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    A weekend in Sheffield failed to provide the beer-related opportunities I’d have liked due to pressure of time, but I did get to the Sheffield Tap at the railway station. What a gem that is, and what a rarity compared to facilities at other stations.

    Anyway, having gone in for a quick drink, first one train was passed up in favour of another pint, then another then another until I (almost literally) had to drag myself out. It turned out to be for the best; I increasingly find a large intake of alcohol is necessary to insulate oneself from the misery of travelling on Britain’s railways.

    BOTW from a very strong field just from the Tap alone is Thornbridge Jaipur, with honourable mentions to the same brewery’s Wild Swan and Alchemy, as well as Marble’s Manchester Bitter, any of which would have won in another week.
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    Looking forward to our Sheffield crawl on Thursday and will certainly be starting in the Tap, and may even finish there too.

    Having spent three days at the super York fest, BOTW has to come from there. Brass Castle Bad Kitty 5.5% was our first beer, and whether it was due to being on a clean palate or not, don't know, but it was fantastic. Don't always go for dark beers, but programme states - Chewy chocolate vanilla dream of a porter - and it ended up being voted beer of the festival too. Great beer from a new 2011 brewery.
    Banner at the fest stated York Tap due to open November 2011, so a week up there in the caravan to do justice to the pubs is on the cards.
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