I have enjoyed great health at a great age because everyday since I can remember I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles. - Bishop of Seville

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Would you be interested in getting your Sunday papers from here at 12 noon?

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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).


Pax 4.5% PDF Print E-mail
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CorvedalePax (4.5%abv) is a delicious beer from Corvedale Brewery in Craven Arms, Shropshire.

A golden and bright ale with a nice fruity blend of aromas and flavours.

Hereford Pale Ale 4% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageHereford Pale Ale is brewed by Wye Valley Brewery in Herefordshire.  A delightful straw coloured pale ale with a delicate citrus hop aroma, a hint of sweetness before a ‎‎balanced dry bitter finish.  Malt: Pale and Wheat.  Hops: Target and Styrian Goldings.
Bronze medal in the 2005 SIBA National Beer Competition Best Bitter Category.

Hop Head 3.6% PDF Print E-mail
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Brewsters Hop Head (3.6%abv) is a delicious beer from Brewster's Brewery in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

A pale hoppy brew, with a fresh floral hop character from a blend of English and American hops. A most satisfying and refreshing session beer.

In America the West Coast Brewers are often known as Hopheads because of their passion for hoppy beers.

Hoodie 4.1% PDF Print E-mail
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One of ThwaitesImageThwaites latest Signature Ales Hoodie (4.1% ABV) hopped using only Mount Hood to give a clean hopped character with herbal and grapefruit notes

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.

Wainwright 4.1% PDF Print E-mail
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ImageImageThwaites Wainwright (4.1% ABV), a favourite at the Blue Bell, what with all the walking and all! @Daniel_Thwaites

The name of this beer is linked to Alfred Wainwright, who was born in Blackburn in 1907, when Thwaites were just celebrating the halfway point of their bi-centenary. Wainwright went on to become famous for his books depicting coastal walks and Lakeland pictorial guides, of which he sold over two million to date.

Wainwright Ale was originally produced as a seasonal one-off to celebrate the bi-centenary of Thwaites (you might recall tasting it then - unless you had too much of course!). It is now a permanent fixture and is a refreshing straw-coloured beer with soft fruit flavours and a hint of sweetness that comes from the fine malt.

This beer is made with Pale Ale and Maris Otter malts, Golding, Fuggles and Styrian Goldings hops.

Joule's Pale Ale 4.1% PDF Print E-mail
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JoulesJoule's Pale Ale at 4.1% from Joule's Brewery is brewed with a blend of crystal malt providing a biscuity base and tipple malt providing a malty sweet caramel flavour. The crisp, clear finish is provided by our local mineral water. Our special blend of hop flower gives the fruity, well rounded bitterness and slightly spicy aroma.

'It is a well known fact that those who enjoy pale ale find a little pleasant conviviality comparatively innocuous, and some constitutions are absolutely strengthened by such a gentle and nourishing stimulant as pale ale, especially of such a class as that brewed by messrs Joules and co'

Alfred Barnard 1889.

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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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