You lot down there are lucky, you can go round to several pubs in the town and from the selection on offer you are able to select a light, hoppy beer full of taste and flavour, it does not work quite the same up here. Oh yes, there is plenty of beer, there is no argument about that, and a lot of it is very good. But where are the hops ?
We have all drunk beer from the North East and complained that is often too sweet and malty, almost in the Scottish style. However, there are plenty of new breweries in the area now and many of them seem to be moving away from what we may call the regions classic taste, to something lighter and less malty. Unfortunately that does not seem to mean hoppy though. May be I am being a little hypercritical, and no doubt some local enthusiasts will hold me to task over this but I have tried lots of the local beers and only the occasional one hits the spot, and to compound the problem, very few of the local pubs seem to have Yorkshire beers on offer.
I am not going to name names but I am gradually working out the better local breweries and getting to know those who I can trust to provide something that may approximate to my taste. But even those which promise hops in their beers name, often seem to fail to provide the goods at the point of sale. And while I am at it, lots of the beer here is excessively strong for a session, with many of the speciality beers often weighing in at over 5%. And still they don't have enough hops.
Anyway, there is light at the end of the tunnel, in the short term anyway, and that first pint of Mallinsons on Saturday will taste like nectar. But it always does, its just that time away from hops makes you appreciate how good they, and how lucky you Yorkshire drinkers are !!!