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From the cellar: Williams Brothers (Heather Ales) Kelpie

Williams Brothers Brewery

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Website: First published: 5 February 2001

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.

At the time of writing, the beer was brewed at the […]

Baladin Nora Birra Egizia

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version was first published on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 6.8% Origin: Piozzo, Piemonte, Italia Website:

Baladin Nora Birra Egizia

The restlessly creative Teo Musso is one of the pioneers of the new wave of Italian craft brewers: his brewpub Baladin dates back to 1996 and originally showed a […]

Thornbridge Bracia

Featured as a strong ale for winter in BEER November 2009. For more strong beers see previous post.

ABV: 9% Origin: Ashton-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, England Website:

Thornbridge Bracia. Pic by Andy of, used by permission.

Rising star of British craft breweries Thornbridge have an impressive range of unusual beers but perhaps this is […]

Pitfield's 1896 XXXX Stock Ale

This beer featured in BEER November 2009 in a piece about strong ales for winter.

ABV: 10% Origin: North Weald, Essex, England Website:

Pitfield's 1896 XXXX Stock Ale

Pitfield Brewery is one of the pioneers of the British microbrewing revival, originally set up in 1981 in Pitfield Street, Hoxton, in the days […]

Hair of the Dog Adam

Top Tastings 2009, Beer sellers: The Beermongers

ABV: 10% Origin: Portland, Oregon, USA Website:

Hair of the Dog Adam


Hair of the Dog, founded in 1993 by Alan Sprints, is now known as one of the most adventurous and consistently high-hitting breweries in the craft brewing heartland of the Pacific Northwest. They […]