Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Beers of the Day - 31st August

After the wonderful beer about over the weekend, I was doubtful that this week would produce much of a similar quality. Seems I was wrong. Tuesday did not start too auspiciously though. I did have one of the worst beers I have encountered for some time in the Cherry Tree. It would not be fair to name it but suffice it to say it had little or no condition, and even less flavour. I abandoned my effort part way through my half.

My next stop was the Rat & Ratchet. There on the bar was Riverhead 'Sherbet Lemon'. It is not a new beer, having been around a few times before, but this was at it's best ever. 4%, light and refreshing, and very drinkable with a decent lemon flavour - I assume from real lemon or lemon rind as I have never come across a hop giving such a fresh lemon hit before - with just a hint of fizz, so maybe real sherbet in there too. It was as good as the previous beer in the Cherry Tree was bad.

The Star also provided another classic. Those who managed to drink the Raw 'Hop Rush' last week commented how similar the new arrival was. This was Steel City 'New World Disorder'. Gazza and Dave always manage to make beers that are full of hops and bitterness, and again, their new offering does not disappoint. It was brewed at the Little Ale Cart plant in Sheffield and at 5.2% has plenty of body as well as flavour. Yet another great beer from a couple of part time brewers whose reputation seems to grow with each new brew. Get it while you can, I doubt it will be around for long.

1 comment:

Leigh said...

not heard of the riverhead - I'll have to keep an eye out. Sounds interesting, that lemon note.