Tuesday, May 11, 2010

No5 - Timothy Taylors

Taylors are a different beast to other breweries mentioned in this series. Again, they are based in Keighley but their beers are known nationwide, and appear on bars up nand down the country.

The brewery commenced in 1858, moving five years later to its current premises. It is also the owner of 28 pubs which serve the Taylor's range. It is unusual to find all the beers brewed on the bar at once, but all the tied pubs have some of the core range available.

They are probably best known for their 'Landlord', a well hopped 4.3% bitter, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.This is also the base for their darker 'Ram Tam', which is almost black with more malty, and caramel undertones. The 'Best Bitter' is again not hard to find, and this is a 4% bitter, with a good hop and malt balance. The rest of their core range includes a light mild, 'Golden Best', at 3.5% which is a good quaffing ale, especially on a hot summer's day, and their 'Dark Mild' at the same strength which is a good example of the type.

Taylor's very rarely stretch outside these five beers. One occasionally finds their 'Porter' during the winter, and even more rarely a stronger beer called 'Havercake' at 4.7%.

No exactly a 'tickers' brewery but one that concentrates on what they do well and continues to produce excellent beers that are enjoyed far and wide.

1 comment:

TIW said...

I think i'm alone in not really liking Havercake. Everyone seems to go a bit mental for it when it's available.