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  • Ginger 23 Oct 2008 21:27:24 6,808 posts
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    First gold is from the same people that make tanglefoot - it's their premium ale and better than tanglefoot.

    This thread's got me curious now - I spy a random ale buying spree :)

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  • JuanKerr 23 Oct 2008 21:37:35 36,094 posts
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    Okay, let's strike a deal - I'll buy a bottle of First Gold if you buy a bottle of Pumpking. We both have to post our impressions on this very thread after we've drunk it.

    Random ale buying sprees are awesome: every time I got to the supermarket, I always try to buy at least one ale that I've never tried before and one local ale. Waitrose is the best for this as they not only have a geat selection, but always stock local stuff.

    Tesco is improving their selection, but Waitrose is still the mecca for ale drinkers who want to pick up a few bottles to drink at home :)
  • Lexx87 2 Nov 2008 12:59:29 20,869 posts
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    Can I just add that i've never had London Pride before, and it is the most lovely drink ever invented.

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • Deleted user 3 November 2008 09:42:34
    Son, you've got a whole world of ale opening up to you now. It only gets better...
  • Deleted user 3 November 2008 09:43:20
    Oh and Sainsbury's ale selection is superb. And I got an ale festival going on around the corner soon, independent brewers ftw!
  • Psychotext 3 Nov 2008 09:45:19 52,802 posts
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    I bought a bottle of Pumpking yesterday... I'm not sure what I was thinking.

    Will bravely try it though. :)

    Oh, I tried Hobgoblin for the first time yesterday, which wasn't bad at all.
  • BanjoMan 3 Nov 2008 09:51:21 13,730 posts
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    Best ale at the Sheffield Beerfest last month was from The Brew Company. Although I did have a decent pale ale and a malty golden ale from Acorn of Barnsley. But I must say, I'm very pleased with my latest batch of homebrew. It's malty with a caramel overtone and a rich amber colour.Read all about it.

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  • DocX 3 Nov 2008 10:43:32 1,963 posts
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    Anyone see the Neil Morrisey programme that started the other week? He's buying a pub and opening a micro-brewery. He reasons that because some kitchen-made homebrew turned out ok, it's one small step to a national brand known as MoFo beers :)
  • LeoliansBro 3 Nov 2008 10:54:20 41,872 posts
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    Running a microbrewery would be solid awesome.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Lexx87 3 Nov 2008 10:54:29 20,869 posts
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    Just read through the blog BanjoMan and while I know nothing about homebrewing at all, it was still quite interesting. I can see it now...bottles all over with that world famous banjo stamp!

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • Deleted user 3 November 2008 11:56:32
    DocX wrote:
    Anyone see the Neil Morrisey programme that started the other week? He's buying a pub and opening a micro-brewery. He reasons that because some kitchen-made homebrew turned out ok, it's one small step to a national brand known as MoFo beers :)

    Apparently his stuff isn't that hot and a bit weak as piss rather than meaty and satisfying. All power too him though.
  • BanjoMan 3 Nov 2008 12:18:20 13,730 posts
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    Lexx87 wrote:
    Just read through the blog BanjoMan and while I know nothing about homebrewing at all, it was still quite interesting. I can see it now...bottles all over with that world famous banjo stamp!
    Thanks man! You never know, Banjo's Brews may yet become a reality. But not this decade.

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  • Psychotext 3 Nov 2008 12:22:47 52,802 posts
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    BanjoMan wrote:
    Thanks man! You never know, Banjo's Brews may yet become a reality. But not this decade.
    I can't help picturing a pissed Banjo the bear. I know that's not where your nick comes from, but still... :)
  • Lexx87 3 Nov 2008 12:58:16 20,869 posts
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    Yahuh!

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  • warlockuk 3 Nov 2008 13:19:28 19,102 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    You sup ale, you don't sip it.

    Philistine!
    QFT :)

    And I always put Hobgoblin et al in the fridge - not 'cos I want it ice cold, but because it's nicer than when it's bastard warm.

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • JuanKerr 3 Nov 2008 13:32:15 36,094 posts
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    You're both wrong - you 'quaff' ale.
  • BanjoMan 3 Nov 2008 13:34:17 13,730 posts
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    I've read (in very fancy books) that below a certain temperature, liquids just numb the taste buds. This is why ice-cold beer tastes so refreshing on a hot day, but it's not the best way to drink ale. Real ale should be served between 10-15C, or thereabouts. I'll check in my books tonight.

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  • Psychotext 3 Nov 2008 13:41:41 52,802 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    You're both wrong - you 'quaff' ale.
    You only quaff ale when you're sufficiently inebriated. Quaffing before that point is just a waste of perfectly good ale.
  • Tiger_Walts 3 Nov 2008 13:49:40 16,525 posts
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    One of the locals has Hobgoblin on tap, mmm. Also get the odd run of Hawkshead Red at another. Moorhouse's Pendle Witches' Brew is another favourite, that doesn't last long on the pump.

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  • Goban 3 Nov 2008 14:10:03 8,997 posts
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    It's unfortunate that the bottled versions are so poor in comparison to their draught counterparts.

    I really need to get my little brewery going again.
  • BanjoMan 3 Nov 2008 14:11:25 13,730 posts
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    My favourite mass-produced cask ale is Abbot Ale at the minute. It just can't be beat for malty depth.

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  • JuanKerr 3 Nov 2008 14:15:02 36,094 posts
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    I developed a taste for Abbot Ale while camping in Suffolk during the Summer. Very tasty indeed.
  • Psychotext 3 Nov 2008 14:19:03 52,802 posts
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    Well, thanks to this thread I've decided to have a nice bottle of Tangle Foot.

    Cheers!
  • JuanKerr 3 Nov 2008 14:20:59 36,094 posts
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    A bottle of ale at 14.20 on a Monday afternoon? That's craaaaaazy.
  • Goban 3 Nov 2008 14:23:54 8,997 posts
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    I really feel like going to the pub for a pint.
  • Lexx87 3 Nov 2008 14:29:08 20,869 posts
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    Same. Anyone up in B'ham feel like a drink?

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • Psychotext 3 Nov 2008 14:47:20 52,802 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    A bottle of ale at 14.20 on a Monday afternoon? That's craaaaaazy.
    Missus is away, work is shit. Sounds like good sense to me. I might have my bottle of pumpking after this and then hit the wine.

    /staggers off the wagon
  • JuanKerr 3 Nov 2008 14:49:58 36,094 posts
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    Fair enough! I really like Pumpking, will be interested to hear what you think of it.
  • LeoliansBro 3 Nov 2008 14:51:20 41,872 posts
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    Pumpking eh?

    /shops

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • JuanKerr 3 Nov 2008 15:00:59 36,094 posts
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    Seasonal beers ftw.

    You get get Pumpking in Tesco - it's made by the same brewer that produces Hobgolbin.
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