Over the weekend the unsuspecting drinkers of Huddersfield were assailed by beers of all sorts of flavours to challenge their taste buds. On Saturday the Star provided 3 of the them, Art Barn 'i beer', Boggart 'Dark Rum Porter' and Coach House 'Pink Grapefruit'.
The Art Barn brewery from Bridport is unusual around these parts and their 4% beer was bursting with vanilla taste, a very unusual beer and not necessarily to everyone's taste. Boggart from Manchester is more common, but the same cannot be said of it's 'Rum Porter'. It was obviously dark, weighing in at 4.6% with loads of rum flavour, but it was hard to tell if it boasted real rum or just essence. Either way, it was generally well received (except by me!!)
Coach House is a well established brewery and often brew fruit flavoured beers. Their 'Blueberry' is excellent but the 'Pink Grapefruit' did not reach those heights, though was light and refreshing - albeit a little sweet - plus the nearer the bottom of the barrel, the sweeter it got.
On the bar in the Rat on Sunday Saltaire managed to get in on the act with their 'Raspberry Blonde'. It did exactly what it said on the pump clip and at 4% delivered a light coloured ale full of raspberry flavours. It too was a little on the sweet side for my liking - maybe the sign of raspberry essence rather than the real thing. Nevertheless 4 beers showing what can be done when the brewers stray from the usual recipe of malt and hops and give the town's drinkers some unusual flavours to savour.