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Thankfully one of the Pleasures of getting older is finally abandoning the Drinking of Lager , in fact I haven't drank Lager for the

best part of 5 years and I feel much better for it . Slowly but surely I have ben sampling some of Englands Real Ales and what a

Pleasure it has been thus far , Wetherspoons , Aldi , M&S , Morrisons , Pubs in Norfolk , Suffolk , Dorset and Kent have all enjoyed

my Patronage and I dont intend to stop anytime soon :D

With this in mind I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations or advice , is anyone availing themselves of a special offer in

a Supermarket or indeed has anyone been really disappointed by a particular Brew , I loaded up in M&S at the weekend , they are

currently marketing Ale from all over England at £2.50 a Bottle or 4 for the price of 3 , lovely stuff .

Aldi have some lovely Badger Ale at £1.25 a Bottle or the Cornish Tribute Pale Ale at £1.28 , Spitfire by Shepard Neme is another favourite .

Anyway I am all ears in my desire to be educated further so lovely to hear some of your thoughts and perhaps treat you to a Bottle on

the GU South this Summer .:D

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Drinking Beer? Is there any other kind? 

One of the best things about living aboard and moving constantly, well nearly, is that I get to sample ales from different areas and breweries. Nice! There's good and there's some not so good. In the last nearly four years there's only been one pint I couldn't finish, it was a well known pint but in very poor condition. Took it back to the bar and all I got was a shrug of the shoulders. (I wanted pork scratching).

Supermakets of differing breeds, often sell IPA in bottles. Really can't remember the brand, but check the label, the one I go for is 5%. Lovely beer. 

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Joker IPA?   I do like craft beers, but find one bottle is often enuff as two put me to sleep.

Obviously, I avoid anything brewed south of Tadcaster..................

I have ordered an organic lager from the Black Isle [not an island], from Asda today, I find the best beers tend to be  over £1.50 tbh

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When you're on the BCN or thereabouts (there's also one in Kinver), track down one of the six(?) Batham's pubs. Their best is delightful.

Now, what's going on with the mid sentence paragraph spacing? Is your post supposed to rhyme? :D

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1 hour ago, LadyG said:

 

 I find the best beers tend to be  over £1.50 tbh

Normally, yes - that's where the "bargains" bit of the title comes in, finding beers which are generally more expensive than that for a more advantageous price. For example, Morrison's are currently selling 6-packs of bottled Marston's Pedigree for £7.00. I do like Pedigree except that it has a peculiar habit of evaporating soon after it has been poured into my glass.

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Can I ask the more experienced amongst us , what about the strength of these Ales ? Once they go above say 5.6

some I find can be hard to drink in any quantity , perfectly fine but you wouldn't want more than a couple

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20 minutes ago, Parahandy said:

I loved that about " avoid anything brewed south of Tadcaster " whats that all about ? 

Its a simple well known fact that suvern beer brewed daarrnn  saarrff is quite simply crap and the south starts at Sheffield.

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19 minutes ago, Parahandy said:

Can I ask the more experienced amongst us , what about the strength of these Ales ? Once they go above say 5.6

some I find can be hard to drink in any quantity , perfectly fine but you wouldn't want more than a couple

There is one called Jaipur at 5.9 that is very easy drinking, but like you I don't normally enjoy the stronger ones. 

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30 minutes ago, Parahandy said:

I loved that about " avoid anything brewed south of Tadcaster " whats that all about ? 

Lady G is Scottish and thus, not unreasonably, probably has a preference for brews from the Northern part of Britain. Tadcaster (in Yorkshire) has two breweries. The products of one of them are worth drinking.

28 minutes ago, Parahandy said:

Can I ask the more experienced amongst us , what about the strength of these Ales ? Once they go above say 5.6

some I find can be hard to drink in any quantity , perfectly fine but you wouldn't want more than a couple

Quite so. I love trying a variety of beers but am not interested in those whose strength means that I shall go to sleep before finishing my second pint.

Confronted with a shelf of beers in a shop I generally choose something whose alcoholic percentage begins with a 4.

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26 minutes ago, Parahandy said:

Can I ask the more experienced amongst us , what about the strength of these Ales ? Once they go above say 5.6

some I find can be hard to drink in any quantity , perfectly fine but you wouldn't want more than a couple

If you come across Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild at 6% try it.  Very easy to drink, way too easy.  

 

 

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Selling bottled real ales (am I the only one of hates the term "craft ales" - no doubt invented by a marketing person) is a double edged sword. 

The Hogsback Brewery produce an excellent bitter called TEA (Traditional English Ale) and the bottled version was a live beer, containing yeast to allow a secondary fermentation in the bottle.

Some of the more stupid supermarket customers just upended the bottle into the glass, disturbing the yeast and making the beer cloudy.

They complained in such numbers that the brewery was forced to stop producing live bottled beers. The new bottled TEA is only OK, no longer exceptional unless you buy it draught in a pub.

Indeed live bottled beers are like hen's teeth to find in a supermarket now.

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1 minute ago, cuthound said:

 Am I the only one of hates the term "craft ales"?

 

 

NO!

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55 minutes ago, Parahandy said:

I loved that about " avoid anything brewed south of Tadcaster " whats that all about ? 

I think you will find that folks introduced to beer in North Yorks and above will find southern stuff to be rather flat and not to their tastebuds, I think its the water.

Memories of being served flat warm stuff in London, , or gassy sparkling stuff in Brum [Watneys Red Barrel]

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36 minutes ago, mrsmelly said:

Its a simple well known fact that suvern beer brewed daarrnn  saarrff is quite simply crap and the south starts at Sheffield.

Oh really !!  Gales 'Prize Old Ale'  corker came in at 11.6%. Unfortunately since Fullers bought the brewery I think they stopped brewing it. Some specialist micro breweries are brewing it to the original recipe, probably a bit too strong for northern drinkers. Other decent southern beers are Gales HSB and Wadworths 6X. 

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13 minutes ago, LadyG said:

I think you will find that folks introduced to beer in North Yorks and above will find southern stuff to be rather flat and not to their tastebuds, I think its the water.

Memories of being served flat warm stuff in London, , or gassy sparkling stuff in Brum [Watneys Red Barrel]

 It was impossible to get drunk on Watneys Red Barrel. I think there was more alcohol in tap water.

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4 minutes ago, Flyboy said:

Oh really !!  Gales 'Prize Old Ale'  corker came in at 11.6%. Unfortunately since Fullers bought the brewery I think they stopped brewing it. Some specialist micro breweries are brewing it to the original recipe, probably a bit too strong for northern drinkers. Other decent southern beers are Gales HSB and Wadworths 6X. 

6x is gopping. I ran several Waddies pubs and its not a nice beer, their best was Farmers glory but they stopped brewing that for draught about 97 and I wasnt impressed!! 11.6 is too strong for session drinking and is more akin to barley wine.  Beer of course is all about personal  choice but its pointless talking to a suvverner about beer as they havnt drunk any unless they have tried such  as Taylors Landlord or even better Ram Tam.

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1 minute ago, mrsmelly said:

6x is gopping. I ran several Waddies pubs and its not a nice beer, 

I can't agree with that; I first encountered it in Devizes in 2000 when we were having our last boat built down there, and I have enjoyed it ever since.. Nowadays I  most often rink it at the Cropredy Festival.

I can't agree with the earlier assertion that Wadworth''s is a Southern beer either - I don't think that the good folk of Wiltshire consider themselves paprt of the South.

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Just now, Athy said:

I can't agree with that; I first encountered it in Devizes in 2000 when we were having our last boat built down there, and I have enjoyed it ever since.. Nowadays I  most often rink it at the Cropredy Festival.

I can't agree with the earlier assertion that Wadworth''s is a Southern beer either - I don't think that the good folk of Wiltshire consider themselves paprt of the South.

Its VERY south. I used to sell it from the wood in one of my pubs which was better than most but its got a  nasty tang to it. Have you  tried their JCB?

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1 hour ago, mrsmelly said:

Its a simple well known fact that suvern beer brewed daarrnn  saarrff is quite simply crap and the south starts at Sheffield.

Fortunately not my experience , and I am a Northerner which is fortunate again . Is Beer all about strength though ?

 

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16 minutes ago, Parahandy said:

Fortunately not my experience , and I am a Northerner which is fortunate again . Is Beer all about strength though ?

 

Stronger beers tend to have more flavour BUT some  weak session beers at say 3.6 can still be flavoursome. My favourite session beer is southern actualy Ringwood best although of course now bought out. The best of the hundreds of beers I have sold was Freeminers Deep shaft stout at 6percent which was fabulous. Hooky best is also a good brew for a weak beer.

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6X is a great beer, so is Bass and Butcombe Bitter. Only good northern beer is Old Peculiar, the rest is tosh. When i was truck driving i hated having to overnight up north, crap beer, especially that Tetley rubbish, their tea was better.

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In '63 when I was 16 I went with my workmates for a dinner break (lunch) pint of Tenants Queens bitter, one of Sheffield's best brews then, I was half pissed for the rest of the afternoon. A few months later I could mange 2 to 3 pints of normal strength bitter, at that time I used to visit my brother in Poole, Dorset, there I felt like a man as I could manage 6 pints of what my old man used to call "pump watter". 

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