Bottled beer recommendations.

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Sep 21, 2011
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Not quite in the last day as I've given up drinking on a school night :D however, last weekends ales included Thwaites' Wainwright, Jennings Sneck Lifter and Cumberland and a Brakspear Triple.

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John Fenna

Lifetime Member & Maker
Oct 7, 2006
Well - the only bottled beer I have had recently is Speckled Hen - not as good as draught Hen but not too dusty!
I generally get what is on offer in Aldi and you can get some very good ones now and again :)
This thread had reminded me of my time in Belgium and I only wish I could easily get hold of Duvel, Kriek (made with cherries from the Commune I lived in for a while :) ) etc over here ... do not think of Stella:yuck: as a typical Belgian brew!

Mick w.

Aug 20, 2011
west yorkshire, uk
I'm currently a massive fan of the Ringwood brewery's 'Old Thumper' and also their 'forty-niner' - both different, both instantly quaffable!
As far as the dark side goes, have you tried 'Ilkley Black' Elen? Can't go wrong with that! In fact all the Ilkley Brewery stuff is good.
I'm not a massive fan of blonde ales, but I'll have to admit that Golden Sheep is very nice.

Someone mentioned the ribblehead meet - I'm working over some of that, is it ok just to pop up during the day and say hello? It'd be nice to put some faces to names!

British Red

M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)
Dec 30, 2005
Given the weather is...warm....fruit that would normally make it through till Spring in cool store isn't going to.

Theres a good excuse to make some experimental fruit based items. We really do need to crack "suicider", not to mention "scumble" :). I also have one interesting and original thought for a new drink....will probably call on the "usual suspects" for some impartial reviews in a month or two :D


Sep 19, 2008
I've always slated American beers but after being over to Boston recently I can heartly recommend Samuel Adams :D

A lot like Old Speckled Hen imo

Larger Tesco stores and specialist beer stores stock it...


Jul 23, 2007
Central Scotland
American beers (what we call lagers) are generally not the best (ok I'm being polite) but they have loads of stonking west coast microbewerys in the San Francisco bay area, Portland Oregon and up in Seattle. A little lighter weight normally but they do some good 'porter' style and 80' style too. I'm a huge fan of the west coast IPAs. Try Sierra Nevada, it's one of the few we get over here, it's ok but not their best.

These guys are ace Pliny the elder...mmmmm

you know all this talk of beer is making me thirsty!!


Full Member
Jan 11, 2011
Tonight I drank a bottle of Estrella.
This beer was made for Ferran Adria , the chef at El Bulli ;the Spanish restaurant which started the Molecular Gastronomy movement.
Chef Adria has alot to answer for but this super posh and pricy beer (Chrimbo present from my in-laws) is actually very good indeed.
Lots of guff on the box (yes, box) about the bouquet and the palate and what sort of glass to drink it in, what temperature, how full.
The flavour is a little like a good Belgian Wittbeer , with bits of citrus and some coriander and very gentle fizz.Really subtle but very
clean taste and I would certainly drink it again.
Worth the £10 + price tag? No, probably not , but way way better than I thought it was going to be!
If someone else is buying then yes.Very nice with hot nachos salsa and cheese!
Cheers , Simon


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