Monthly Archives: March 2014

Budget 2014

The Budget 2014

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborn has reduced the duty on beer by 1p per pint. With a pint now costing on average £3, this is a huge saving and will make it far more viable to visit a pub for a pint or two. This could mean a saving of £1 or so a year. Still I guess other taxes will soon claw it back, and no doubt the duty will be raised in the next budget – remember the reduction in VAT from 17.5% down to 15%, it did not return to 17.5% but went on up to 20%.

Quantock Brewery – Wills Neck

Quantock Brewery – Wills Neck ale 4.3%
This ale was awarded Supreme Champion at the National Beer Competition in 2013.
This is another ale from the team at Quantock Brewery in Wellington. It is has a golden ale colour with a strong fruit aroma. It has a strong and excellent ale taste, which ends with a grapefruit flavour finish.
Worth a 4 rating on the national beer rating scale                                               Edited with BlogPad Pro

Goose Island Brewery – Honker’s Ale

Goose Island - Honkers Ale
Goose Island – Honkers Ale

Goose Island Brewery, Chicago IL – Honker’s Ale 4.3%
The Brewery indicates that Honker’s Ale is inspired by visits to English country pubs.

This is a darker golden amber coloured ale, typical of an English bitter type. It has a strong hop flowers and malt aroma, with a sweeter taste with a slight underlying bitterness.

This is an excellent English ale type, which for an American brew surpasses many actual English bitters. Definitely scores a top 5 on the NBSS(CAMRA) and a beer I will be looking out for again.

Cheddar Ales – Totty Pot

Cheddar Ales - Totty Pot Porter
Cheddar Ales – Totty Pot Porter

Cheddar Ales: Totty Pot Dark Porter 4.7%
This is the Porter Ale offering from our local micro brewery Cheddar Ales here in Cheddar, below the Mendips Hills area of Somerset and carries their potholing theme with ‘Pot’ being part of the name of some of the Mendip caves e.g. Rod’s Pot
Totty Pot has a strong malt barley wine and dark berry fruit aroma. It is a very dark chocolate brown, slightly lighter than a dark stout. The flavour is a pleasant roasted coffee, chocolate and malt sweet taste with a light bitterness but with a milder coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Brewed with Maris Otter Pale malt with Crystal, Chocolate and roasted malts and flavoured with Goldings and North Down hops.