Sunday, November 05, 2017

We are taking a break

Dear Reader.

Due to various unforeseen circumstances, 'A Swift One' is taking a short sabbatical. We apologise to all for the lack of content but we hope to return in the very near future, bigger and better.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Beer Of The Week 43 - Tiny Rebel ' Random Number Generator'

This week I have chosen a beer I am not too fond of, in fact I think a pint may be too much.

I have drunk plenty of odd beers in my life but I think Tiny Rebel may have aced them all. Remember the controversy about Black IPAs. Well try and get your head round a pale black IPA. No a pale, black IPA. A black IPA that is pale. Yes, me too.

American hops, and smoked malt. As Tiny Rebel says about their Random Number Generator: 'its a contradiction in terms that contradicts itself in the glass', its a light beer that tastes dark. The opposite taste to a black IPA in fact. It is 4.8% so has a bit of body to support its weirdness.

There is very little else to say about it.

Should you wish to sample it, try the Sportsman, it should be on the bar there over the weekend

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Beer Of The Week 42 - Cathead

Yes I know it says 'Beer Of The Week' not brewery of the week but this week has been a little strange. As happens regularly in the life of Timbo, things did not go according to plan and my planned trip to the Sheffield Beer Festival was shelved, where I had expected to find my choice. However early in the week I had managed a bus and beer trip to Hull.

For those who do not know the city, it has a fine drinking area in the old town, with three pubs all under joint ownership, and all three are connected with Cathead brewery who brew at one of them, 'The Lion and Key'. One of my reasons for visiting the city was to try their beer, as it does not seem to travel outside the pubs.

In the three pubs I managed 9 different beers from the brewery. Many were light, some with fruit additions, and there was a stout but two stood out in terms of weirdness. 'Fairground' was a toffee apple flavoured dark beer, and it did taste of toffee apple, and 'Jamaican Pale' seemed a little tame until I suddenly got a hit of lime and coconut.

It was certainly a revelation to me - I had heard good things of the brewery but I was very impressed, a second visit seems not too far off !

Friday, October 13, 2017

Beer Of The Week 41 - Liberation 'Ale'

This week's selection has surprised me as much as any beer I have selected for 'Beer Of The Week'. I never expected a 'Beer of the Week' to come from the Wetherspoons festival list. I did see the list a few weeks ago, an to say I was disimpressed may be an understatement but may be I was a little premature.

Liberation Brewery are based in Jersey, in the Channel Islands and have been brewing for over a century. Their beers rarely seem to make it to the mainland, in fact, all the ones I have sampled bar one, have been at 'Spoons festivals.

'Liberation Ale' is a 4% beer, golden coloured with a clean, fresh taste with just a hint of citrus. Reading their website explains why: Maris Otter and lager malts are used and teamed up with Goldings, Styrian Goldings and Hallertau Herskbrucker hops.

The beer is readily available throughout the Wetherspoons estate, and given their prices, is an absolute bargain.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Beer Of The Week 40 - Brass Castle 'I Am Gruit'

I must admit that in all my drinking career, which has been quite extensive, I have never encountered a beer called 'Gruit'. However this week Brass Castle brewery from Malton have corrected that when I came across their 'I Am Gruit' .

That set me looking at Wikipedia, which explained that Gruit is effectively a beer brewed without hops, instead using herbs. There were four in this version but I never jotted them down from the pump clip. One was thyme however, as the beer had a strong flavour and nose of that. I was a little unsure what to expect but once I got used to the unfamiliar taste I was quite drawn to it. It was 4.3%, which gave it enough body to support the variety of flavours within.

I experienced it in The Head of Steam in Leeds but I hope to try it again closer to home soon. I assume it to be a fairly new beer as it does not yet appear on 'Untapped' (my usual crib source!), nor does it appear on the brewery web site.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Beer Of The Week 39 - North Riding Brewery 'Dandelion and Burdock'

There is not much I can say about this beer that is not covered in the title. It is a dark beer, 4.5% and is brewed by Stuart Neilson at his North Riding Brewery in Scarborough. Since the brewery moved from its previous home at the North Riding Pub, their beers have become morely widely available, and some are more extravagantly experimental.

This is one of those. I have sampled their beers that taste of neopolitan ice cream, coffee, and other interesting things, but this one is special. It took me back to my childhood, when little Timbo had his Ben Shaws pop delivered by a van and he could choose what he fancied that week. Often Cream Soda won, but a good reserve was their Dandelion and Burdock. 

Somehow Stuart has managed to make a beer that recreates that taste perfectly and transported me back 60 years. The strength of the beer gives it enough spine to support the two dominant flavours, and both are noticeable in the taste. It was sampled in Leeds, but is available at local outlets too.

Follow up...a while ago I featured Brew York 'Tonkoko Stout' .This week I have discovered their Imperial version on keg. 7.5% and superb, at the Vic in Halifax.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Beef Of The Week 38 - Turning Point 'Summer Grove'

Most of our reader this week will have been enjoying himself at the York Beer Festival. I saw the list and was drooling, but circumstances dictated I could not manage it. But after a trip around Yorkshire this week, I found my beer of the week closer to home. In fact in The Grove.

I called in by chance yesterday, and saw a couple of Turning Point beers on the bar. In fact there were four, two each on cask and keg, but one was repeated and I had had one of the others before so I concentrated on 'Summer Grove' on cask.

The brewery itself seems to have hit the ground running since I first came across them earlier this year with their distinctive pump clips and their modern tasting beers. Not quite what I expected from a brewery in Kirkbymoorside. However back to the matter in hand.

I selected my beer with half an eye, I was concentrating on my mobile - Yorkshire scraping through their match against Warwickshire - rather than reading the small print on the clip. The first mouthfull soon changed that. It was 6%, I had seen that, but I had over looked the addition of Belgian yeast, Rose water, and gooseberries. A very interesting and refreshing beer with layers of flavour, each further mouthful bringing different flavours. And it was a collaboration with the staff at the Grove.

I am not sure if the beer will be available elsewhere, but with both cask and keg on the bar at the pub, I am hopeful it may last for a liitle while