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Ales to win over lager drinkers

First published in BEER February 2009.

With real ale bucking the trend of decline in pubs, and with longer days and better weather on the way, it’s a good time to go evangelising among home drinkers looking beyond slabs of Stella. Back in the mid-80s cask ale brewers hoped to meet lager drinkers halfway by […]

Cheddar Totty Pot

Top Tastings 2008. Featured in BEER February 2009 as an ale to win lager drinkers.

ABV: 4.7% Origin: Cheddar, Somerset, England Website:

Cheddar Totty Pot

Established in 2006, this small brewery near the tourist hotspot of Cheddar Gorge soon won a reputation for good quality beers, including a bottle conditioned range. Its porter, […]

Duvel-Moortgat Duvel Rood

Featured as an ale to win lager drinkers in BEER February 2009.

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Breendonk-Puurs, Antwerpen, Vlaanderen Website:

Duvel-Moortgat Duvel Rood

Belgium is a rich source of golden ales often mistaken for lagers, but beers like Duvel- Moortgat Duvel, despite their delicate colour and palate, have the fruity complexity of ales. Duvel […]

High & Mighty Beer of the Gods

The Hepworth version featured in a piece on ales with which to convert lager drinkers, first published in BEER February 2009. This version may no longer be in production.

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA (original version); Horsham, West Sussex, England (licensed version) Website:,

High & Mighty Beer Company

While licensing of […]

O'Hanlon's Goldblade

Great British Beer Festival Real Ale in a Bottle Bar 2006; also featured as an ale to win lager drinkers in BEER February 2009.

NOTE: This beer was originally briefly reviewed under an earlier name, Double Champion.

ABV: 4% Origin: Clyst St Lawrence, Devon, England Website:

O'Hanlon's Goldblade

This is one of several […]

Hop Back Summer Lightning

Originally published in What’s Brewing August 2002 Also reviewed in a piece on beers to convert lager drinkers to ales with, BEER Feburary 2009

Hop Back Summer Lightning

Origin: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England ABV: 5% Buy from: most supermarkets, beer shops, mail order from the brewery (tel 01725 510986,

Summer Lightning is […]