Several superb beers drunk in favourite pub during special evening.
On Saturday evening, when we said goodbye to a friend returning to Polish (Michael – good luck!) we met obviously in Old No.7, that the memory of atmosphere of this unique pub will accompanied to Michael as long as possible.
For a few days we waited for announced beer from Acorn Brewery – The 13th Noel.
As you can infer from name, this is a seasonal beer brewed at Christmas time.
An interesting fact is numbering of subsequent editions of this ale, and increasing every year power of this beverage.
First edition “The First Noel” took place in 2003 and from year to year increases of 0.5% alcohol content of this beer.
The 13th Noel has 6% abv and it is defined as “Christmass pudding in a glass”.
Bramling Cross hops been used here – an English variation due to the aroma often used for dark beers and Christmas.
Just from this beer I started my Saturday tasting.
I have had the opportunity to try a beer from Dark Star (Carafa Jade).
This time, necessarily I had to taste the award-winning by CAMRA and SIBA – Hophead.
Relatively light golden ale, hopped by Cascade hops, with an interesting flavour profile.
Then, my choice fell on New World Saison from Buxton Brewery.
Ever since I tasted two beers coming from that plant (fabulous Gold and sensational Axe Edge) that with longing I look out further their liquors.
Those impressions I described here, but now stood in front of me portion of New World Saison straight from the keg.
Buxton likes to experiment with different hops: American, New Zealand. In the bottled version of this saison are used hops: Galaxy, Cascade and Sorachi Ace.
Another beer is Gamma Ray from London brewery Beavertown.
During one of my visits to Old No.7 I tried beer in saison style named Quelle, coming from this brewery. And it was a very pleasant experience.
So I could not skip the opportunity to try of this strongly hopped American Pale Ale.
According to information on Beavertown website, Gamma Ray is produced using malt: Pale, caramel Caragold and Caramalt and Wheat.
To hopped they used Magnum, Bravo and Columbus hops.
Well, it’s time for a beer from the brewery, which has not visited on my blog. A beer from Thornbridge.
This brewery was founded in 2005 as a plant with capacity of 10 barrels, in Thornbridge Hall (Derbyshire). In 2009 was opened a new plant in nearby Bakewell with capacity of 30 barrels.
Thornbridge is considered to be the first craft brewery in the UK. Theirs beers have won to date more than 350 awards of national and international importance. They are exported all over the world to over 30 countries.
Their most famous beer is Jaipur – multiple winner of the most important awards, titles and medals.
At the end the choice could be only one – another beer from Thornbridge.
So I asked about half pint of Chiron and I proceeded to degustation.
Ugh, that was an evening full of excitement.
On the one hand, the joy of the great beverages from Thornbridge, Beavertown, Buxton, Acorn, Dark Star…
On the other – sadness at the departure of friend.
I know that Michael looks on my blogger actions of so…
See you in the next post.