Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beer Of The Week - 16

As I said, I struggled to find a beer of the week last week. This week has been impossible.

I have travelled far and wide, tried every different style, and new and old breweries and beers but I have had nothing that has the 'wow' factor. I am unsure if this is down to the time of year, a lack of the right ingredients, or just purely down to me.

All I can hope for is an upturn in fortune next week, or any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Beer Of The Week - 15

I must admit this week's choice was becoming difficult. I have a Mallinsons up my sleeve just in case,but nothing really hit the spot until I tripped off down into Chesterfield today. I have a few pubs I like to visit there, but I never realised I would hit 2 beer festivals in 2 pubs. And I had to drive, Timbo's Law !!

Oddly both festivals were locally based, one with Sheffield beers, the other showcasing the best of two local breweries. The latter had Pentrich beers, rarely encountered in our part of the world, and very drinkable and Little Critters from Sheffield.

My co pilot, with a taste for darker beers, saw the Little Critters 'Hazelnut Milk Stout' at our first call but time overtook us and we had to scratch it for some hoppier beers but....

We called at our second pub and our second festival, and guess what was on the bar....well done ! I ignored it, preferring a weaker hoppy beer but once I had a sip of my mate's stout I was sold, next beer sorted.

It is 6%, and unusual for the brewery, not named after an animal. It is a milk stout, but one with attitude - a sweet body with oats and lactose, and a superb hazelnut hit, both in the nose and the taste. It am not a nut fan, but this one worked, may be more than one would be a challenge but it was a superb beer. Look out for it.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Beer Of The Week - 14

They have come a long way since starting brewing in a Pocklington garage in 2011, to their current brew plant in Malton. Brass Castle are one of Yorkshire's success stories.

I have tried many of their beers, admittedly some I have enjoyed more than others, but this weekend our local Huddersfield drinkers can get my favourite. Misfit is desrcibed as a 'rolling hop swap beer' showcasing different hop pairings. They are 4.3%.

Call in the Sportsman and try this months version, it has El Dorado and Citra hops in the mix and it is good. Sorry it is excellent. I have been less than impressed by Citra in the last couple of years until I came across this version which has made me fall in love with it again.

Enjoy it...but please leave me some more for Monday !!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Beer Of The Week - 13

I know its a day early but I very much doubt any beer today reaching the heights that this weeks choice has. This week there was a Brew York tap takeover at the Sportsman. I did not attend but called in the following day to sample their range. I had encountered some of their beers before, and frankly I was/am a bit ambivalent towards them, until.....

I discovered Tonkoko.

What a surprise. The pump clip describes it as a milk stout. Well, that is true, but only a part of the story, what really matters are the other ingredients listed on the clip. Tonka beans, Coconut, Cacao nibs and Vanilla are all added to the mix and it creates an outstanding beer, at a sensible strength of 4.3%.

It isn't just me that likes it either as it won the Gold Award for the Speciality Beer at the York Beer Festival 2016, and went on to win the Overall Beer of the Festival.

But what of the taste ? The tasting notes refer to 'Bounty in a Glass' and that is a perfect description. The coconut, which is hand toasted, and coffee blend perfectly together with underlying chocolate notes. I must admit I never really got the vanilla though.

Should you wish to try it, then the Sportsman may still have some available, otherwise it is available in cans or on keg.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Beer Of The Week - 12

Since a fair chunk of my week has been taken over bythe Star Beer Festival, it seems only fair that my choice of Beer Of The Week comes from their list. I was not alone in selecting this beer, it was the first to run off, early in Friday's session.

Loch Lomond 'Southern Summit' is  a 4% light, hoppy beer. It is from the Scottish brewery that has been on the go since 2011 at the southern end of the eponymous loch. It is subtle, and not overly bitter with both Summit and Citra hops in the mix.

It seems that I am not the only one to have enjoyed this beer, as it started life as a special but its popularity and several SIBA awards persuaded the brewery to add it to their core portfolio. Look out for it, it is excellent.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Star Spring Festival

The Star at Folly Hall,Spring Festival starts Wednesday 22nd March at 5pm, and 5pm Thursday. It will be open from noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The festival will be inside the pub this time. 15 beers available on a special bar, and apart from the ever changing selection on the main bar there will be another 15 available as cellar runs. In effect there are the same amount of beers available as usual just in different places.

Beer will be £1.50 a half and food will be available at certain times each session.

The list will follow separately.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017




Star Festival List.

1 Chapter Dead Mans Fist 5.5
2 Bradford Idler 4.5
3 Neptune Poseidon 4.8
4 Top Rope 8 Bit Pale 3.9
5 Loch Lomond Southern Summit 4
6 Wiper & True Rye Mild 4.9
7 Wild Card Jack of Clubs 4.5
8 Black Jack Why Me 4
9 Neepsend/Steel City Tibillus 4.4
10 Mallinsons HCP 4
11 Lincoln Green JGC Sups 4.3
12 Nomadic Pale 3.8
13 Goose Eye Goose Hop 4.6
14 Horbury What Now 4.2
15 Neptune Mermaids Purse 4
CELLAR RUNS
16 Horbury Ruby 4.1
17 Wild Card Queen Of Diamonds 4
18 Tatton Gold 4.5
19 Settle Yorkshire Flyer 4.3
20 Abbeydale Cavorter 3.7
21 Purple Moose Black Rock 4
22 Sonnet 43 Making a Case (#38) 4.8
23 North Brewing Prototype 3.8
24 Sandstone Celtic Pride 4
25 Mallinsons Rakaseka Citra 4.5
PUB BAR & EXTRAS
A Big Smoke Sunshower 4.8
B Top Rope Born To Lose 3.9
C Neepsend Peppercorn Stout 4.4
D Wiper & True Milkshake 5.6
E Bespoke Saved By The Bell 3.8
F Harbour Daymer 3.8
G Horbury Horbury 5 Hop 4.1
H Settle Blood Red Orange IPA 4.8
I Neptune Undercurrent 4.7
J Church End Sideshow 4.4
K Tatton Obscure 5.7
L Neptune Fugu 4
M Hawkshead Windermere Pale 3.5
N James and Kirkman Tickers Delight 6
O Adnams Fat Sprat 3.8
P Adnams Mosaic 4.1