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From the cellar: Coopers Original Pale Ale

Coopers Original Pale Ale

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Regency Park, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia Website: Date: 18 September 2000

Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that historical spirit. A beer from a classic […]

Ilkley Mary Jane and Siberia

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012 Top Tastings 2012 (Siberia)

ABV: 3.5% and 5.9% Origin: Ilkley, Bradford, England Website:

Ilkley Mary Jane

It’s a generational thing, not a Yorkshire thing. When I heard that the Ilkley brewery’s flagship cask ale goes by the name of Mary Jane, it made perfect sense. The name […]

Artésienne St Glinglin Édition Limitée Amarillo

Beer sellers: Abbaye des Saveurs

ABV: 6% Origin: Auchy-les Mines, Pas de Calais, France Website:

Artésienne St Glinglin Limited Edition Single Hop Amarillo

You’ll look in vain for the delightfully assonant St Glinglin (pronounced like ‘san-glan-glan’ but with French nasalised vowels) in the Dictionary of Saints. When a French speaker says something will […]

Fyne Jarl

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 3.8% Origin: Cairndow, Argyll & Bute, Scotland Website:

Fyne Ales Jarl

Cask golden ales are now as ubiquitous in Britain as traditional bitter, and most, it’s sad to say, make for relatively bland, if refreshing, drinking. One of the ways some of them are marking themselves out is by […]

Redemption Trinity and Redemption/Kernel Number One Strong Dark Mild

London Beer Tastings 2011

ABV: 3% and 6.1% Origin: Tottenham, London N17, England Website:

Redemption Trinity

Redemption, launched early in 2010, now seems like something of a veteran among the new wave of London brewers. Impressive from the start, it’s rapidly settled down into a consistently performing and reliable source of decent beer, […]

Camden Town Pale Ale and Wheat Beer

London beer tastings 2011 For more background on the brewery see Camden Town Hells Lager

ABV: 4.5% and 5% Origin: Kentish Town, London NW5, England Website:

Tap handles line up at Camden Town Brewery. Pic: Mark Dredge.

Although the marvellously juicy and refreshing Hells Lager is to me Camden Town’s greatest achievement so […]

Brodie’s Citra, English Best and Olde Ardour

London beer tastings 2011. For more Brodie’s beers and more background to the brewery, see previous post.

ABV: 3.1%, 3.9% and 5.7% Origin: Leyton, London E10, England Website:

Brodie's Citra

Like the brewery’s Amarilla, Citra is a popular, refreshing and approachable beer featuring an especially fragrant new US hop. A cask sample […]

Brodie’s Amarilla, Black IPA and Californian


Highland (Swannay) Orkney Blast

Beer sellers: Scottish Real Ale Shop

ABV: 6% Origin: Swannay, Orkney, Scotland Website:

Highland (Swannay) Orkney Blast

One of Britain’s most northerly breweries and one of its more ambitious, the Highland Brewing Company’s Swannay Brewery was established by Rob Hill, formerly with the Orkney Brewery, originally as a beer firm that contracted out […]

Itchen Valley Pure Gold

ABV: 4.8% Origin: Alresford, Hampshire, England Website:

This beer featured in a piece about the influence of different malts on beer flavour on the bottled beer review page in the May 2011 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is also available […]