Monday, August 28, 2017

Beer Of The Week 34 - Hawkshead 'Windermere Pale'

Often my choice of beer of the week has been on the quirky side, or the unusual, and is often a one off beer that is a case of catch it when you can. This is not the case this week. I have chosen a beer that is regularly and widely available.

Hawkshead 'Windermere Pale'  is one of those beers that I see so often I overlook it many times, but there are times when a beer just hits the right spot at the right time, and on a warm summer day this on just does that.

It is 3.5%, a sensible quaffing strength,  and very pale but boasts plenty of flavour, with a blend of fruit and hops. It is brewed with Lakeland water, giving it a softness, and Maris Otter malt, and a complex mix of  three English hops and American Citra hops, giving it that little extra edge.

As I said, it  is available widely on cask but also in bottles, which are stronger at 4%. If you are like me and overlook it, next time try it, it may just be the beer for you.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Beer Of The Week 33 - Squawk 'IPA' (Citra/Mosaic)

This week I have come across a few beers that may have taken the weekly accolade. I won't mention which ones because I may need them later but they all faded into the background when I called at the Market Tavern on Wednesday.

There was no contest. A Squawk beer. An IPA at an IPA strength of 5.5%. And Citra and Mosaic Hopped. What was there not to like. May even be my beer of the year. There is very little else I can say.

End of this weeks blog - except I believe the Sportsman may have a barrel as well.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Beer Of The Week 32 - Church End 'Goats Milk'

If you are concerned that you may have missed week 31, do not fret. It does not exist due to my laptop finally disintegrating. Armed with a new machine, we are off and running again.

For the first time in this series this beer is not my choice, but is rather the choice of The Great British Beer Festival as their Champion Beer. Admittedly if I didn't like it it would not be included.

Church End brewery 'Goats Milk' has been around for a few years, and is one of the regulat beers from the Nuneaton based brewery. It is light, hoppy 3.8% beer, with pale barley and oats and a subtle hop blend giving a very quaffable beer. It got it's strange name as it was first brewed for a beer festival at 'The Goat' pub.

It is (or at least was !) often available locally. Try the The Star or The Kings Head if you want to sample it.