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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).


Kooky Gold 4.1% PDF Print E-mail
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Off Beat

A golden session ale at 4.1% with light bitterness and a tasty burst of Cascade hops.

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.

Yuletide Red 4.5% PDF Print E-mail
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AOThe newest beer by Dave Facer (the brewer of our Blue Bell Bitter), Yuletide Red at 4.5% is a rich ruby red beautifully balanced beer with a whiff of orange peel, spice and pepper topped off with a lovely fruity taste.

Old Dog Bitter 4.5% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageOld Dog Bitter is beer for the connoisseur. A 'premium' bitter with a smooth, full bodied flavour brewed by Weetwood in Tarporley. Dark roasted malt produces a deep colour and the use of the whole hops provide that extra flavour and aroma to what will be a memorable and lasting experience.

Awarded 'Best Premium Beer CAMRA (Bradford Branch), 1995
Jolly Roger 4% PDF Print E-mail
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facersjollyrogerwWe've produced a special celebratory beer for Mad Ed's regular tooter blower Roger Higham who octogenerates this Sunday (10th Jan)! Do come and join the party, the beer will be on from Sunday lunchtime.

Jolly Roger is a ruby ale specially produced by Dave Facer (the brewer of our Blue Bell Bitter) Imageat 4% abv. It has a predominant hop palate of grapefruit with a bit of lemon and some nuts, ginger, chocolate, liquorice and a lovely deep red colour.

Nelson's Eye 4.5% PDF Print E-mail
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altThe multi-award winning Nelson's Eye at 4.5% is single hop (Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand) a lovely pale golden ale with bags of flavour. Just what you would expect from this exciting brewer. This unique hop from New Zealand evokes white grape skins, tropical fruits and citrus. This bitter beer is a real eye opener.

Bragdy Heavy Industry from Henllan, N Wales is the newest local brewer to us (started Sept 2012).


CAMRA Champion Beer of North Wales 2014

International Beer Challenge 2015

Bronze - Bottled Beers

SIBA National Beer Competition 2015

Gold - Bottled Bitters up to 4.9%

SIBA Wales and West Region 2014

Gold – Bottled Bitters up to 4.9%

Bronze – Overall Bottled Beers

Weetwood Best 3.8% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageA beer brewed in the traditional manner by Weetwood in Tarporley to produce the rounded flavour and sharp bitterness of a classic bitter, finishing with a full happy and pleasant aftertaste.

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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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