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I'm often asked what beer I would recommend, my reply has always been "sorry I can't, all palates are different - taste them and make up your own mind." It doesn't sound that helpful a response but having spent many years travelling and supping all kinds of brews, a taster will get you past the problem I experienced of having a pint in front of you, bought with your own hard-earned cash and feeling upset as you really couldn't stomach finishing the beer.

You can help those still in a quandary by adding your own beer comments and there's guidance from CAMRA & Cask Marque along with some notes from Roger Protz (Good Beer Guide) below. Here is information on how beer and cider is actually brewed from WikiPedia. To help you distinguish between Welsh and other cider & perry varieties we've used the Welsh forms for Seidr and Perai! Press here for CAMRAs NBSS (see below).


This is real ale that's alive and not your fizzy dead lifeless and tasteless stuff.

Smouldering 4.2% PDF Print E-mail
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Six BellsA lovely beer from the Six Bells Brewery in Bishops Castle, Shropshire. Smouldering a 4.2% Ruby Red and a new addition to the Six Bells Special Ales. Subtle malt undertones and floral notes married with fruit flavours and a retained bitterness, make this a tantalisingly tasty brunette that looks like a ruby red but drinks like a blonde.

Brewery founded in 1859, revived by Big Nev in 1997. Classic and innovative beers from Bishops Castle.

Elmers 3.8% PDF Print E-mail
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beerFlying MonkElmers from Flying Monk Brewery is a 3.8% pale bitter, brewed with Maris Otter malt, hopped with East Kent Goldings and Nelson Sauvignon.

Habit 4.8% PDF Print E-mail
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beerFlying MonkHabit from Flying Monk Brewery and at 4.2% Habit is an amber coloured ale with contrasting sweet & bitter flavours from Maris Otter Mash and Kentish Hops giving a lasting finish with fresh, floral overtones.

Odd Ball Red 4.2% PDF Print E-mail
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Off Beat

A delicious ruby red ale at 4.2% with masses of Columbus hops giving a spicy flavour and finish.  The bold fruitiness of this ale will surprise the uninitiated but we reckon you'll be back for more!

We're looking forward to this one from Brewster Michelle Kelsall who started Offbeat Brewery in the Borough Arms 2 barrel brew pub in Crewe during November 2010, and renting Unit 6, Thomas Street, for storage and office space. They rapidly outgrew the Borough Arms kit and pushed ahead to get a 6 barrel plant installed at the unit; a 2 barrel brewery just couldn't keep up with the demand.

Sunrise 3.8% PDF Print E-mail
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hafodThe newest brewer on the block Phil is producing some wonderful beers at his self-built micro brewery called Hafod Brewery in Mold.  Sunrise is a pale, refreshing ale with good citrus flavours and a crisp, bitter finish..

The Hafod Brewing Company Ltd is a microbrewery based in Mold, the county town of Flintshire in North Wales. Founded in May 2011, it officially started trading in October of 2011 to local pubs in and around its home town of Mold. News of the brewery soon spread and the brewery now supply numerous outlets from pubs to restaurants with finest quality real ales and bitters. The beers are brewed using only 4 natural ingredients; Malted Barley, Hops, Water and Yeast. Nothing else is added, so you can be sure that your pint of Hafod is free from added artificial nasties!

Electric Mountain 3.8% PDF Print E-mail
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altBragdy Heavy Industry from Henllan, N Wales started brewing in Sept 2012.

Electric Mountain at 3.8% is a copper coloured, dry tasting beer, using Maris Otter and Crystal malts. Hopped with Czech and German hops for an up front bitterness, citrus notes and a refreshing finish. We think there is a hint of ozone on the finish ;)

One of the fastest movers we've had, electric! One we like so you'll see it here on more than one occasion too.

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You might wish to use the new beer scoring system from CAMRA. It goes like this...

CAMRA has a new online National Beer Scoring Scheme (NBSS). The NBSS is a six point scale (0-5) for judging beer quality in pubs that has been designed to assist CAMRA branches in selecting pubs for the bestselling Good Beer Guide. In the past CAMRA members filled in cards to rate the beer in a pub and then submitted the entries to CAMRA, but now they are able to fill the details in online at - making the process quicker and easier than ever before.

CAMRA members will be asked to examine the look, smell, and taste of each beer before offering their evaluation. The scores are:

0 = Undrinkable: No cask ale or the quality is so poor you can't finish it.

1 = Poor: Barely drinkable

2 = Average: Competently kept but uninspiring.

3 = Good: Good beer in good form. Worth another pint.

4 = Very Good: Excellent beer in excellent condition, another pint is a must.

5 = Perfect: Very rarely given by the seasoned drinker. Probably the best beer you are likely to find.

Should you feel like waxing lyrical, Roger Protz kindly let us reproduce some tasting notes for your guidence below...

Table courtesy of the Cask Marque Trust
Tonic Water, Quinine
Floral, Grassy, Citrus
Tropical/Soft Fruits
Peach, Pineapple, Banana
Toffee, Horlicks, Biscuit
Coffee, Burnt Toast
Fullness, Thick
Spirit, Warming
The Language of Beer

Nose: the aroma. Gently swirl the beer to release the nose. You will detect malt: grainy, biscuity sappy. When darker malts are employed the nose will have powerful hints of chocolate, coffee, nuts, vanilla, liquorice, molasses and such dried fruits as raisins and sultanas. Hops add superb aromas of resins, herbs, spices, fresh-mown grass and tart citrus fruit - lemon and orange are typical with intense grapefruit hints from American varieties. Sulphur may also be present when waters are 'Burtonised': i.e. gypsum and magnesium have been added to replicate the famous spring waters of Burton-on-Trent.

the appeal in the mouth. The tongue can detect sweetness, bitterness and saltiness as the beer passes over it. The rich flavours of malt will come to the fore but hop bitterness will also make a substantial impact. The tongue will also pick out the natural saltiness from the brewing water and fruit from the darker malts, yeast and hops. Citrus notes often have a major impact on the palate.

A decade in the Good Beer Guide!the aftertaste, as the beer goes over the tongue and down the throat. The finish is often radically different to the nose. The aroma may be dominated by malt whereas hop flavours and bitterness can govern the finish. Darker malts will make their presence felt with roasty, chocolate or coffee notes; fruit character will linger. Strong beers may end on a sweet or biscuity note but in mainstream bitters, bitterness and dryness come to the fore.

Editor Good Beer Guide
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