Last night I sampled the Faversham Brewery’s Whitstable Bay Pale Ale. This is a light and easy to drink ale and full of aromatic hop flavours. When I bought it I assumed it came from Whitstable and I was drawn to it because of two memorable incidents: my first Cub Scout camp was just outside Whitstable and we sampled winkles from a stall on the sea front – weird! And secondly my wife and I stayed in a small cottage just behind the high street in Whitstable that had a round jacuzzi bath in the kitchen where we enjoyed gin and tonics before heading off the jazz bars – more weird! Anyway it turns out this is brewed by Shepherd Neame in Faversham and very good it is too. Sensible 4% and, I know this is really irrelevant, but I like the clear bottle – allows you to see the colour of the beer.
We had a party just before Christmas and many people brought a bottle of wine, but increasingly I see people bring beer or more specifically selection boxes of special beers. Very welcome because I get to try something new. First up an Adnams Mosaic Pale Ale which is a single hop beer based on the Mosaic hop which is a new variety; it is marketed under their Jack Brand label. This is a rather golden version of a pale ale at 4.1% ABV but in my view not really a pale ale but suffering from too much fruit flavour similar in taste to Badger Golden Glory which is cheaper for 1½ times as much beer. BTW don’t drink peachy beer other than at BBQ’s in the height of summer.
I was rather disappointed with this as I am normally a bit of an Adnams fan. Glad to have tried it though so well done to all those who put together these selection packs.
It’s been a while since I had a bottle Sam Smiths Pale Ale. It is smooth and super tasty and now is organic (maybe it always was but now it’s obvious on the label). I could happily drink several of these but at 5% its a little strong for lunch! Do not confuse this with the draft bitters that are on offer in Sam Smiths pubs. I enjoyed this particular one with lunch in the Cittee of Yorke pub in Holborn, if you’ve never been there you must now. Go right to the back of the pub and there are booths (you need to be early in the evenings) but seem pretty available at lunch; there is also a wonderful three sided real fire with no chimney (it must go down somehow); if you visit in the winter you can stand around the fire and put your pint on the top! Just a quick note about food, I had the gammon steak – it was huge and good value at £8.95, you can just see the remains in the picture.
Nearest tube: Chancery Lane on the central line. Trip advisor review
Well this was a real surprise – I wasn’t expecting to find real US craft beers for sale in Sainsbury’s but there they were – two of them from the Tap Room Brewing Company, Rochester New York. This is bottled especially for Sainsbury’s and well done them because it’s a really nice beer. Initially tastes a little sweat but has a very hoppy and long lasting flavour. I’m a fan and I have yet to try the other beer of these I bought yesterday.