My hop plant in the garden produced it's first big crop this year, so I brewed a gallon and opened the first bottle at the weekend (OK not in the last day!) and it had turned out really good. A lot better than I'd expected. There's enough hops in the freezer to do another 3-4 gallons, so I'm hoping to 'tune' the recipe after drinking a few bottles of the first batch.
This initial recipe was based on one from the time when it was illegal to make home brew (up to the late 1960s) but you could buy malt extract from the chemist (for health purposes), hops (also from the chemist for hop pillows), and bread yeast.
It's been a few weeks I'm afraid but the local baseball team had a beer tasting at their ballpark in the off season. Several brewers participated and my fav was the local pub, 'Maguire's.' They brew several but the stout is their best IMHO.
Just realized that doesn't fit the parameters though as they were draghts. I suppose bottled would be Michelob Amber Bach.
Not yet I'm such a dark ale woman . Hope to see you on the moors one day and we can share a couple of bottles round the camp fire. I've got the Rigwelter T-shirt ... we were up at the brewery in September.