The beer thread

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Why is there no beer thread here? Had to shove this in the wine thread instead!

Anyone else on here who enjoys a decent pint? I'm a former member of CAMRA the campaign for real ale and attend beer festivals when I can. I drink German and eastern European lagers, and British real ales.

Roll up a barrel and join me for a pint and some beery chat. Let's talk beers, festivals, and even beermats!

ArkadyRose Sun 06-Jan-13 21:22:30

Aww, I was hoping you meant as in brewing.

We can talk brewing too! A friend of mine has started microbrewing recently and I'm looking forward to testing his batch when it's done grin

Do you brew then Rose?

ArkadyRose Sun 06-Jan-13 22:56:29

I do - though mostly meads; I brew a few metheglyns (herbal mead) that blur the line between being mead & being honey beer, mind you.

shriekingnora Sun 06-Jan-13 23:12:21

Ahem. I own a brewery grin

You own a brewery?!? How cool! Although if I owned one I'd have drunk the profits by now grin

I've never had true mead, only ones with honey added after the brewing process and I found them unpleasantly sweet. Much like strong (8% +) Belgian beers.

ArkadyRose Mon 07-Jan-13 22:07:41

Most of my meads are up around the 16-20% ABV mark, and are decidedly not sweet by the time they're racked & bottled! Apart from the chocolate mead - that tends to be quite sweet, but then I freeze-distill it to make chocolate mead liqueur afterwards anyway. Oh, and then there was the Yuletide mea, which tastes like liquid Christmas pudding - that one's sweet but also 18% ABV.


I'm ill and there's a selection of Shepard Neame brews awaiting sampling in the kitchen... Being ill sucks sad

Trills Tue 08-Jan-13 21:55:50

Nearly all of the pint glasses in my house (and there are a few) are souvenirs from beer festivals.

ArkadyRose Tue 08-Jan-13 21:55:53

Whereas I'm pregnant with about 20 gallons of mead in the kitchen I can't touch for the next 6 months at least! I feel your pain! (My OH is very happy with all that mead to himself though.)

Oh!!! My spiritual home!
I always thought I was weird because I just can't stand wine but give me beer/lager and I'm a happy girl!

TheSecondComing Tue 08-Jan-13 22:01:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Same here trills! Or nicked from pubs...

Congrats Rose! Had to re-read your post a couple of times. Thought you had a novel approach to brewing for a minute grin

Clown I know lots of women who love a pint! Got to say that the last beer fest I went to had loads of women attending. Was brilliant to see! Real ale has such a rep of being an old man's drink.

Anifrangapani Tue 08-Jan-13 22:06:56

I was going to give brewing a go - home not commercial. This is what happens when you find a beer brewing book in Oxfam.

TSC I'll look out for that one, I love the taste of ginger! Keep meaning to try that crabbies stuff to see what it's like...

Trills Tue 08-Jan-13 22:16:55

My current favourites are Badger Golden Glory (in bottles) and Wainwright (I think Thwaites?) which is in bottles and I've also seen it in pubs.

SoMuchToBits Tue 08-Jan-13 22:20:37

Do you have any Late Red in your stash, Daddyman? That's worth a slurp IME....

Crabbies is bloody lovely, but not really beer IYSWIM.

Plenty of badger in local pubs here! Although I avoid the nettle one [boak] Probably the worst beer I've ever tasted!

Trills Tue 08-Jan-13 22:40:21

I've never seen badger in a pub!

(funny sentence)

Hall and woodhouse pubs. Mostly in Dorset, but available in other semi coastal locations too!

Trills Tue 08-Jan-13 23:01:15

Is badger local to you then?

(no idea where it is from)

ArkadyRose Tue 08-Jan-13 23:03:48

I've seen Badger on tap in a few Kent pubs. I usually drink Shepherd Neame brews when round that way though.

It's from Dorset and I'm in Sussex, but lucky enough to have 2 of their pubs close by. Not been recently though so have missed out on the Xmas beer sad

And if they ever change the taps they keep the normal bottles too smile

hatgirl Tue 08-Jan-13 23:09:48

Hi all, another real ale fan here. We are lucky to have a lot of good breweries and microbreweries near us.

How comes you are a former member of CAMRA SillyBeardyDaddyman rather than current?

Left CAMRA when I had to go teetotal for a couple of years. Bad times.

Right then. I've got an open bottle of wychwood snake's bite here. Saw it for the first time in Tesco the other day.

It's a cider apple fruit beer, 4.2%.

Gotta say, I'm not greatly impressed. I had high hopes as I love wychwood's beers, but this tastes like something I would have drunk at 16 with my mates in an alley. It's overpoweringly sweet and appley, and doesn't really have any beer bite to it.

Disappointing to say the least.

hatgirl Fri 11-Jan-13 21:52:41

hmmm... i think you were asking for that mistake. Sounds a bit kopperbergy

If i'm wanting something a bit lighter than beer i've had success with Aspells cider. Or I just stick to fursty ferrent or speckled hen rather than going fruity (although I do like some of the german fruit beers)

I quite like some of the raspberry beers. Thought I'd try this as I've had a non alcoholic apple beer before that was rather good!

Just discovered that by eating a Cadbury's creme egg I've improved the taste of the beer! Huzzah!

Anifrangapani Fri 11-Jan-13 22:09:26

I you are lucky enough to find Eden Gold ....give it a try. It is lurverly

monsterchild Fri 11-Jan-13 22:14:00

Another bee lover here, though I've been off the stuff for the last 9 months. Can now consider having a small glass! I live in the US though, so haven't heard of "real ale" what makes it real?

Do quite like a bottle of Samuel adams, will say that's a good American beer.

Eden gold... Not come across it yet, but will keep my eyes peeled!

monsterchild Fri 11-Jan-13 23:37:11

Sam Adams is good. And happily we now have many more microbreweries here, so we now have choices of types of beers, not just variations on Budwiser!

monsterchild Fri 11-Jan-13 23:37:58

And thanks for the link; i feel more edjumicated now...

NatashaBee Fri 11-Jan-13 23:41:14

Also in the US, used to be a member of CAMRA when I lived in the UK. I was pleasantly surprised when I moved here and found so many microbreweries/ craft beers (I guess those are fairly close to real ale). I can even buy fullers and Hobgoblin in World Foods. We started brewing last year although just from a kit, would love to branch out a bit further this year and make wine or some different beers though. How do you make mead?

USA cask ale finder

Don't know if this is any good for you monsterchild?

monsterchild Sat 12-Jan-13 00:01:04

oh thanks, Silly! there are two where I am. we are lucky to live in the Rockies where there are many breweries. and wineries too, actually.

Natasha, mead uses honey instead of grapes to ferment into wine.

I made a beer with figs once. it was very good

Had a bottle of shepherd neame IPA last night. Not bad, nicely hoppy, but quite heavy for a pale ale I thought. Still enjoyed it though!

WhoDaresWines Mon 28-Jan-13 14:49:32

I love the Sam Smiths Stout, well all of their beers really but don't live anywhere near to a pub that stocks them. I love drinking real ale and am the proud possessor of the latest Good Beer Guide. Love wine too hence the

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