Coniston No 9 Barley Wine
Top Tastings 2012
ABV: 8.5% Origin: Coniston, Cumbria, England Website: www.conistonbrewery.com
The results of CAMRA’s annual Champion Beer of Britain competition regularly provoke dark mutterings. Usually I hear them from trendy young hopheads convinced that the judging panel favours supposedly boring traditional low gravity styles but this year […]
European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012 Top Tastings 2012
ABV: 6.8% Origin: Manchester, England Website: www.marblebeers.co.uk
Marble/Emelisse Earl Grey IPA. Pic: The Ormskirk Baron, www.theormskirkbaron.com.
A serious looking 750ml bottle from Manchester’s marvellous Marble brewery can usually be relied upon to contain something at least interesting, but they’ve excelled themselves with Marble Earl Grey […]
Top Tastings 2011
ABV: 7.2% Origin: Macclesfield, Cheshire East, England Website: redwillowbrewery.com
Redwillow Ageless Double IPA
Recent years have seen the emergence of a number of new, small British breweries that place themselves firmly in the international craft beer movement rather than the native real ale tradition. I hesitate to use the label “craft […]
Top Tastings 2011
ABV: 7.3% Origin: Manchester, England Website: www.marblebeers.co.uk, www.fullers.co.uk
Fuller's head brewer John Keeling with Marble Old Manchester. "Old and from Manchester." Pic: Fuller's
Collaboration beers are especially popular among the new generation of craft brewers, often across national boundaries, and have produced some fascinating results. But here’s one that crosses the […]
Top Tastings 2010 (Granite)
ABV: 6.5%, 8% and 10.4% Origin: Millom, Cumbria, England Website: http://hardknottale.co.uk/
An extended review of a beer featured as a new real ale in a bottle on the bottled beer review page in the February 2011 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view […]
ABV: 8.7% and 10.7% Origin: Manchester, England Website: www.marblebeers.co.uk
An extended review of a beer featured as a strong and special beer on the bottled beer review page in the November 2010 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is additionally available in […]
Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version was first published on facebook January 2009.
ABV: 3.9% Origin: Millom, Cumbria, England Website: http://www.beckstonesbrewery.co.uk/
Beckstones Black Gun Dog Freddy Mild Ale
When this won gold in its class and silver overall at the 2008 Champion Beer of Britain you could hear people muttering “who?”. But it was […]
Featured as a selection from the new Good Bottled Beer Guide in BEER August 2009. For more selections see previous post.
ABV: 6% Origin: Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England Website: www.acornbrewery.net
Acorn Gorlovka Imperial Stout
Acorn brewery has its origins in the old Barnsley Brewery, well known for its Barnsley Bitter. When this went into […]
Featured in BEER August 2009 as a selection from the latest Good Bottled Beer Guide. For more selections see previous post.
ABV: 4.4% Origin: Bury, Greater Manchester, England Website: www.outstandingbeers.co.uk
The immodestly named Outstanding Brewery in Bury, Greater Manchester, was launched only in 2008, although the involvement of one of Britain’s leading […]
First published in BEER December 2007 as part of a piece about strong beers for the festive season. For more strong festive beers see previous post.
ABV: 11.5 per cent Origin: Middleton Junction, Manchester, England Website www.jwlees.co.uk
JW Lees Harvest Ale
The term “vintage”, which strictly speaking refers to the grape harvest, is often […]