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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).


Blodwen 4.1% PDF Print E-mail
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Blodwyn 4.1% Purple MooseImageFrom Y Bragdy Mŵs Piws / The Purple Moose Brewery in Porthmadog, N. Wales.  Blodwyn is a pale golden best bitter with a citrus aroma and a smooth, yet bitter finish.

Built in Porthmadog in 1891 the Blodwen was the first of a fleet of 32 three-masted schooners. Known as the 'Western Ocean Yachts' these became some of the most famous ships from Porthmadog and were renowned for their speed and handling, as well as their graceful lines.

Blodwen worked in the slate trade from Porthmadog for twenty five years, at one time taking the record for the run from Newfoundland to Greece down to 22 days. In 1916 she was sold to new owners in Newfoundland but was soon lost off Alicante.


Red Riding Hood 4.3% PDF Print E-mail
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Castle RockRed Riding Hood at 4.3% from Nottingham based Castle Rock brewery is a brand new permament beer.

Red Riding Hood ale is brewed using dark crystal malt, with American El Dorado and New Zealand Kohatu hops. Colin Wilde (MD) says: “Its inspiration comes from the popular beer style emerging in the USA, and thanks to our head brewer, Adrian Redgrove, I’m sure it’ll become popular with its robust malty body, balanced bitterness and a fruity aroma of apricot and peaches.”

Red Riding Hood began life as Lincoln Red, a supposed one-off brewed as part of Castle Rock’s monthly ‘Natural Selection’ series to support the work of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.


The Volunteer 3.7% PDF Print E-mail
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The Volunteer is a 3.7% abv golden copper ale bursting with British and European hops. and brewed at Cwrw Iâl, a community brewing company based in Lanarmon yn lâl, Denbighshire, NE Wales.

Doug the Brew says Volunteers make a massive difference to people and communities all over the UK. This ale is a mark of respect to all volunteers everywhere. Why not raise a pint of this modern session ale to them. It is made combining British pale malts and European lager hops to produce smooth extremely quaffable ale.

Gold Beacons 4.2% PDF Print E-mail
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breconFrom Brecon Brewery in Powys, Gold Beacons is a 4.2% abv deep golden ale brewed with Progress and Pioneer hops for a soft yet well defined bitterness, which balances the blend of malts.

Ingredients: Brecon water, Maris Otter Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt, Caragold malt, Malted Oats; Progress and Pioneer hops; yeast.

Established in 2011 by Buster Grant, one of Wales' best known brewers, Brecon Brewing have created a range of beers full of flavour and character inspired by the dramatic locality, working with the local community and reigniting interest in Brecon.

Kia Kaha 4.3% PDF Print E-mail
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Cwrw IalKia Kaha is a 4.3% abv ale and brewed at Cwrw Iâl, a community brewing company based in Lanarmon yn lâl, Denbighshire, NE Wales and celebrates Doug the brew's kiwi roots.

Doug says it's a hop bomb, more late hops than you can shake a stick at and because we felt like it we dry hopped it as well. Made with pale malt and a touch of wheat to give it a creamy head, then hopped using New Zealand's finest to give a tropical fruit and lime peel aroma.

Manchester's Finest 4.5% PDF Print E-mail
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Manchester's Finest (4.5% abv) from Hydes Brewery in Manchester.

The choicest English pale ale malt and English fuggle hops gives this traditionally fermented premium beer its distinctive and satisfying flavour.

A jolly fine pint it is 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 www.beerscoring.org.uk - 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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