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Thread #15397   Message #137817
Posted By: Liz the Squeak
18-Nov-99 - 05:42 AM
Thread Name: BS: What's your favourite brew/beer?
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favourite brew/beer?
Ahh, now we're on a subject I know a great deal about!!!

I lived in a county (Dorset) that is smaller than London, and had at one point no less than 4 major breweries, within 20 miles of my home (heck, the county is only 45 across.....)and at least two microbreweries, one directly across the road from my lodgings.... There were in that town, 21 pubs, 3 clubs and numerous off licences. I visited them all in one week..... for a bet. I won. And as Micca will confirm, my wedding reception was on the premises of the world famous and greatly revered Eldridge Pope & Co, so I can organise a p**s up in a brewery....!

For favourites, I have to confess, a deep and fond regard for the now sadly faded Wessex, used to be made in Weymouth, they renamed it JD (for John Devenish, the original brewer), closed the Weymouth brewery so it had to be imported from Devon, then called it something poofy like 'Golden Hop', changed the recipe and finally it ceased to be the beer it once was.... It was my first taste of beer, weaned me off of cider (my grandfather used to make his own, that's how they used to keep me quiet as a child..... hmmmmm)and got me hooked for good. My prefered now has to be Tanglefoot or Badger Best, made by the Hall and Woodhouse Brewery, Blandford, Dorset. Available both bottled and canned, it travels well, and keeps fairly well too. None of this widget stuff either.

First allegance must always go to Eldridge Popes' Royal Oak beer. Golden and rich, hoppy yet nutty, a poem in a pint pot. But there are certain beers that have to be drunk in an English pub. Royal Oak doesn't taste the same sitting in the front room watching Eastenders....

And as for Belgian beer..... There are as many as there are days in the year, and my favourites this year are Palm (jolly picture of a cart horse on it) and Grimbergen blonde, but there have been others, too many to even contemplate, let alone discuss here....

Incidentally, I understand the Alcoholics Anthem is in the database, have a look at it, to the tune of 'Men of Harlech' (or 'Woad' if that's the one you learnt first)it goes down a storm at most singarounds, especially if you are glutted with good singers and long drinking songs.