[drinking] Ales

Guvnor

The Guvnor
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#41
You lucky lot with your fancy real ales. My choice is a bit restricted due to coeliac disease. I had not had beer or lager for about 4 years until yesterday when I bought some gf Stella. My god it was nice. I used to hate cider but have had to adopt it as my usual tipple, but the Stella being so nice may change things.
There are some interesting ciders around, from the real ale end of the spectrum, but I don't know what it is that triggers the coeliac.. is it the wheat/barley etc.? The SeaCider is very good, and I have started to try these 'quirky' ciders this summer.
Of course Stella will be very clean and pure so it may be the best option.
I once stayed at the 'Stella' hotel opposite the main brewery in Leuven, oddly almost no-one in Belgium drinks Stella..
 
#42
There are some interesting ciders around, from the real ale end of the spectrum, but I don't know what it is that triggers the coeliac.. is it the wheat/barley etc.? The SeaCider is very good, and I have started to try these 'quirky' ciders this summer.
Of course Stella will be very clean and pure so it may be the best option.
I once stayed at the 'Stella' hotel opposite the main brewery in Leuven, oddly almost no-one in Belgium drinks Stella..
It is the barley usually. I have tried the special gluten free beers in the past but they are usually dire. Stella gluten free is the first one that actually tastes like lager. Yes I love trying new ciders, always go for the trial sizes at festivals. Angry Orchard cider is great for me, not too sweet or dry, but I will keep my eye out for seacider.
My experience of Belgium is no one drinks anything. I went to a conference in Brussels 25 years ago and spent half hour one night looking for some nightlife.
 
#43
There are some interesting ciders around, from the real ale end of the spectrum, but I don't know what it is that triggers the coeliac.. is it the wheat/barley etc.?
Barley for beers, but generally any cereal so wheat, rye etc all out. The last but one continuum I went with 2 friends and we went out for an Indian meal, my one friend spent 2-3 minutes questioning them as he has an egg and peanut allergy, my other friend checked that no fish oil was used as he has a reaction to that and then I asked about the coeliac thing. They must have thought we were pulling a prank.
 
#46
Discovered there was a beer festival at the old castle in Paphos harbour at the weekend. Naturally it was the last day, and I discovered it as I was walking away from the car park and the car I had just parked there.
 
#47
Greene King IPA at home tonight
A very inoffensive, middle of the road beer. We had Dry Neck last night from the Wychwood Brewery.

We now have a dozen breweries and mirco-breweries in the area. We now have two in and around the town! Mad Squirrel and the Frogmore micro brewery are right on my doorstep. We're also not far away from the Tring Brewery and the Chilterns Brewery as well, not to mention a number in St Albans such as the Three Brewers. Far Brew is close to where my parents live and there are Micro Pubs in Hemel Hempstead, Weathampstead, Markyate, and Slip End.
 
#50
Attended an event called Cask Days last weekend, with over 300 different cask conditioned ales to try from all over Canada, the US, and a few from the UK. Most brewed specifically for this event. We drank mostly the darks - porters and imperial stouts and double lagers. Luckily the venue was walking distance from home! Here’s the full list: https://caskdays.com/oncask
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#51
I never reckoned the West Country much when it came to beer but have become quite partial to Bath Ales in the last year or so, and more recently have discovered Dartmoor Jail ale and Exmoor Stag bitter which are both good.
 
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