Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Beer of the Day, 8th August

A quick call in the Kings Head, (why do I still want to call it the Station Tavern ?), yesterday revealed a bar full of beer to tempt any beer drinker, but passing over the Bradfield 'Farmers Blonde' and 'Hophead' from Dark Star, I went for the single hopped Pictish 'Citra'.

If you are unfamiliar with the brewery, they are based in Rochdale and have been brewing there for around 10 years. Their 'Brewers Gold' is a regular in the Star and often a guest in the Rat. Richard Sutton, the brewer, often brews single hop variety beers and this one is not to be missed.

Light and hoppy, with plenty of fruit background from the hop (more towards grapefruit or melon I found), Citra is an American hop that I am sure we will be seeing plenty more of in the future. I have already encountered Roosters and Ossett brewing with it and when other brewers realise its attributes I am sure they will follow suit.

5 comments:

Mark said...

Part of the single hop series I assume? I had the Warrior recently and thought it was great.

Chunk.

ChrisM said...

Pictish are possibly my favourite brewery, it's a real shame you don't see their beers more often further away from home.

The Jibber said...

Agreed about Pictish. Their Citra is excellent. Don't forget Oakham's version which I think is even better (available at Peterborough Beer Fest in a fortnight).

Just one other point. We tend to call pubs by their landlord's name so that the King's Head to us is always 'Uncle Bruce's' (Bruce being the uncle of Alex Travis - a friend and colleague of ours). The Grove is always 'Ian's' or increasingly 'Chloe's'! The Jubilee at Sowerby Bridge Railway Station, 'The Brothers Grim' etc etc. This system can't quite cope with the Star and Sportsman (Sam's, and Sam's!)

Tandleman said...

As I've said before, you don't see much of them at home. I could have done with some of that on Sunday, my birthday where there was nothing decent to drink in Cask in Pimlico.

Anonymous said...

Timbo keep it quiet about the c hop had Brodies -citra on sun what a great hop but i have heard there are limited supplies of it.Tandleman had Darkstar-hophead and over the moon in the cask on sun.lovely.