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Wychwood Brakspear Triple

First published in BEER November 2007 as part of a piece about beers from Booths supermarkets. More Booths beers in previous post.

ABV: 7.2 per cent Origin: Witney, Oxfordshire Website

Wychwood Brakspear Triple

Like Young’s, Brakspear is another revered Thames-side name now achieving good results at a new location. Most readers will be […]

Durham Bede’s Chalice

ABV: 9% Origin: Bowburn, Durham, England Website:

A shorter version was originally published in BEER November 2008. For more smoky beers see previous post.

Durham Brewery

Also amber (like St Austell Admiral’s Ale — see previous post) but considerably stronger is Durham Bede’s Chalice (9 per cent) one of several fine strong ales […]

Fuller's Vintage Ale 1999, 2005 and 2009

Note this post has been superceded. It has been left here for archival reasons. Read a more complete and up-to-date post about this beer.

Top Tastings 2009 CAMRA North London tasting 2010

ABV: 8% Origin: Chiswick, London, England Website:

Note: tasting notes on further vintages can be found after the main article.

Fuller's […]

Hogs Back BSA and Wobble in a Bottle

Here’s a review of BSA and Wobble in a Bottle (also known as Santa’s Wobble) originally published in BEER April 2006, followed by an earlier review of Wobble from pioneering website the Oxford Bottled Beer Database, published on 23 March 2001.

Hogs Back is now one of the most successful breweries in southeast England, but […]

Shepherd Neame 1698

Originally published in What’s Brewing June 2005

Origin: Faversham, Kent, England ABV: 6.5 per cent Buy from supermarkets Website

Shepherd Neame 1698

Shepherd Neame helped pioneer the new generation of real ale in a bottle back in the mid-1990s, when a gorgeous version of Spitfire, now the brewery’s biggest seller in cask, found […]

Teme Valley Hearth Warmer

Originally published in What’s Brewing January 2005

Origin: Knightwick, Worcestershire, England ABV: 6 per cent Buy from Brewery (tel 01886 821235, ), specialist suppliers

Teme Valley Hearth Warmer

A few hundred years ago it wouldn’t have been uncommon for local breweries to keep their own patch of humulus lupus, but times have changed. […]

Youngs Special London Ale

Originally published in What’s Brewing April 2004.

Origin: Wandsworth, London, England (now transferred to Wells and Youngs, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England) ABV: 6.4 per cent Buy from most supermarkets

Youngs Special London Ale

Youngs’ historic brewery site in the heart of Wandsworth, currently slated for possible redevelopment, produces some highly distinctive bottled beers. Most of […]

Greene King Morland Hen’s Tooth

Originally published in What’s Brewing January 2003

Origin: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England ABV: 6.5 per cent Buy from most supermarkets

Greene King Morland Hen's Tooth

Back in 2000 Greene King, now one of Britain’s biggest independent brewers, acquired and closed the old-established family brewery, Morland of Abingdon. Among the brands it acquired was […]

RCH Ale Mary

Originally publsihed in What’s Brewing December 2002

Origin: West Hewish, Somerset, England ABV: 6 per cent Buy from some supermarkets, specialist beer shops, Wessex Craft Brewers (

RCH Ale Mary

The revival of spiced beer brewing in Britain is one of the most interesting developments of recent years. Opening the spice cupboard for the […]

Fuller’s 1845 Celebration Strong Ale

Originally published in What’s Brewing July 2002

Origin: Chiswick, London, England, UK ABV: 6.3% Buy from: most supermarkets, Fuller’s pubs and off licenses

Fuller's 1845

Alongside its renowned cask conditioned ales, the Griffin brewery for years offered only pasteurised beers in bottle. Then to celebrate the 150th birthday in 1995 Fuller’s brewers looked for […]