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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).


Landslide 4·9% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageLandside from Facers at 4.9% is a golden in colour with a gentle malt introduction enhanced by additional notes including resinous esters and full lemon and orange fruitiness with a hint of cherry and strong mouth feel.

Based in Flintshire, the brewery was founded early 2006 by ex-Boddington brewer Dave Facer after a move from premises in Salford where he started his own brewery in early 2003.
Broadside 4.7% PDF Print E-mail
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AdnamsAdnams Broadside 4.7% abv is brewed by Adnams brewery in Suffolk. Brewed to commemorate the fierce Battle of Sole Bay fought against the Dutch Republic in 1672 off the Southwold coast, Broadside has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame. It’s a fine heart-warming English beer, rich in flavours of malt and hops which enjoys a special place in many people’s hearts.

Brewed with Pale Ale and Chocolate malt and First Gold hops, Broadside is a dark ruby red beer rich in fruitcake aromas, almonds and conserved fruit.

Broadside is a multi-award winner, including ‘Best Strong Bitter’ in the country, and awarded a gold medal at the Great British Beer Festival. Voted ‘Best Strong Bitter’ in the country, it was duly awarded a bronze medal at GBBF in 2011 and Gold award in the International Beer Challenge in 2009.

Solitaire 4.3% PDF Print E-mail
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Blackjack Solitaire at 4.3% abv is brewed by Blackjack Brewery in Manchester.

Described as a super pale session ale pale and brewed with a blend of lager and ale malts. It's just crisp clear and just what you want when you're out having a sesh.

Dray Bells 4.1% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageWadworth's Dray Bells is a crisp and warming mid-amber bitter with a hint of "Christmas pudding with chocolatey notes" thanks to the addition of satsuma orange peel, dark brown muscovado sugar, cinnamon and all spice (no cloves this year). The pump clip features Wadworth's famous working shire horses.

Cwrw'r Eryri 3.6% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageFrom Y Bragdy Mŵs Piws / The Purple Moose Brewery in Porthmadog, N. Wales. Cwrw Eryri / Snowdonia Ale ABV 3.6%
A tongue-twistingly refreshing and hoppy ale brewed with Pale, Crystal and Wheat malts combined with a delicate combination of Pioneer, Goldings and Lubelski (which replaced the Hersbrucker Hallertau) hops.
Brewed specially for the Welsh Highland Railway's 'Rail Ale Festival' 19th-21st May 2006.
In keeping with the other beers in the Purple Moose stable, this beer has won loads of awards:
  • Silver in 'Bitters' category, Society of Independant Brewers (SIBA) Wales & West Region Competition 2012
  • Gold in 'Bitters' category, CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain Competition 2012
  • Silver in 'Bitters' category, CAMRA Champion Beer of Wales Competition 2011
  • Joint Bronze in 'Bitters' category, CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain Competition 2010
  • CAMRA Champion Beer of Wales 2009
  • Gold in 'Bitters' category, CAMRA Champion Beer of Wales Competition 2009
  • 'Overall Champion', Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Wales &West Region Competition 2008
  • Gold in 'Bitters' category, Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Wales & West Region Competition 2008
  • Gold in 'Bitters' category, CAMRA Champion Beer of Wales Competition 2008
  • Gold in 'Bitters' category, CAMRA Falmouth Beer Festival 2007
  • Bronze in 'Bitters' category, Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) West Region Competition 2007
  • 'Overall Champion', Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) West Region Competition 2006
  • Gold in 'Bitters' category, Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) West Region Competition 2006


Straw Poll 3.9% PDF Print E-mail
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One of ThwaitesImageThwaites latest Signature Ales Straw Pole (3.9% ABV) is a lovely hazy wheat ale with strawberries!

Thwaites is hoping its latest Signature ale will have drinkers excited. Brewed in Crafty Dan, Thwaites’ on site craft micro-brewery, the team of Thwaites expert brewers is confident you'll enjoy this one.

See alt Hazy yellow
Smell alt Strawberry
Taste alt Fresh fruit, refreshing
Bitter 3 alt alt alt alt
Sweet 3 alt alt alt alt
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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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