Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Steve Johnson - RIP

Today I heard the sad news that Steve Johnson, one of the faces behind local bars, had passed away. There is little else I can say,except he was one of the nicest blokes I have ever met. And from my side 'A Swift One' is going into a spell of mourning. Even though we met through beer, there is more than beer ...and I cannot find the right words...Steve J a legend ...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Beer Of The Day - Thornbridge 'Wye'

Those of you who have read my drivel over the years may have heard me wax lyrical about Thornbridge Wye.

I have had it loads of times. I shouldn't like it. But for some bizarre reason I Do.

4.7% and light..sounds ok..cucumber...(pardon)...cucumber...in a beer

In a beer I hear you say. How it actually got there is beyond me, but that may be science and that is not my speciality.

I have checked the brewery website without success and also read several other 'beer' websites. This is a marmite beer...you either love it or hate it..but why don't you read the pump clip before you buy it and complain it tastes of cucumbers !!

But if you see it you may be quite impressed..I am

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beer Of The Day - Fyne 'Jarl'

With temperatures reaching unusually high levels yesterday, there was really only one style of beer to look out for as a thirst quencher. I needed something light, hoppy and refreshing, and not too strong. Much as I tried I failed, but my bad luck was tempered by the taunting pole in The Grove. There taunting me was Fyne Brewery 'Jarl'

One of the core range of beers brewed by the Scottish brewery it is multi award winning and it is easy to see why. A light golden colour, it is fresh tasting, with grassy and citrus notes coming through before a dry finish. Its strength makes it an ideal summer beer, and its flavour ,ideal  to accompany a summers day.

I cannot wait for it to reach the bar, I am sure it will not stay long, and I am willing to bet it will be raining outside. It will still taste as good.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Huddersfield Real Ale and Cocktail Trail 2016

This years Real Ale and Cocktail Trail started on 16th July and continues until 7th August and allows plenty of time to visit the 14 venues on the trail. Visit 8 of the 14 and get your card stamped and you are entitled to an engraved glass.

The participating venues are (in the order on the form)
Herberts Bar
Northern Taps
Revolution Bar
The Albert
The County
The Grove
The Head Of Steam
The Kings Head
The Slug & Lettuce
The Kings Head
The Slug and Lettuce
The Sportsman
The Vulcan
The Plumbers
The Cherry Tree

Beer Of The Day - Hydes 'Munchen'

Hydes Brewery are one of the country's older statesmen in brewing terms, having been brewing for over a century in Manchester. They do brew a basic core range of beers but they have started brewing small batch beers in the last few years. I encountered one of their more interesting ones yesterday in The Crown in Huddersfield.

'Munchen' is a Bavarian style beer. It is straw coloured and 5%. It uses the traditional style of Pilsnen malt and a collection of German Noble hops - Hallertau, Mittlefrau and Hersbrucker.

It is an excellent English take on a classic German style of beer, but is only available for one month, so its a grab it while you can scenario.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pub of the Week - Summer Wine Brewery Tap

Tucked away in the far corner of Crossley Mills industrial estate at Honley, Summer Wine Brewery's newly opened 'Tap' is our featured destination this week. Easily accessed by bus or train from Huddersfield town centre, the work in progress bar exclusively serves up SWB beers including a couple on handpull.

Plans are underway for a new plant to be installed in the remainder of the unit and an outdoor drinking area is currently under construction. A smart screen at the back of the bar displays what's on offer and it will shortly be possible to check the brewery's website for live updates. 

Current licensing only allows opening from 5pm Friday and noon on Saturdays & Sundays but keep an eye on the website for news and updates at www.summerwinebrewery.co.uk

Tel: 01484-665466

Beer Of The Day - St Barnardus ABT 12

(Before I start I apologise for the break in normal service but gremlins from Windows 10 have blighted my blogging. I hope the matter is now rectified - but I am not optimistic !)

This choice is slightly unusual in that it is not a cask beer, but rather a keg beer that I discovered accidentally. It is more usually found in bottles but on draught it was too good to miss.

St Barnardus are a trappist brewery from the Westphalia region of Belgium. 'ABT 12' is their flagship beer, and it is easy to see why. It is an Abbeye style Quadrupel, and absolutely rammed with flavour from the head throughout the whole beer. It does come at 10% abv however.

The head is creamy coloured and the beer dark, almost deep maroon, and the taste is complex, maybe the most complex I have ever encountered, which makes it difficult to define. Each taste brings something new out of the glass; bitter but sweet, hoppy but malty, fruity yet tart. It does have a lingering bitter finish.

I came across it in the middle of last week in the Victorian Cafe Bar, in Halifax, but it is available in bottles.