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So, at the moment, Wetherspoon pubs are doing their beer festival, with 50 beers and a few craft ciders to try over the fortnight that it's running. Since our local Wetherspoon was also the local CAMRA branch's Pub of the Year last year, it's a nice cheap place to have a good pint, and my Dad and myself went to try some beer last night. I write up the results of this little journey now.

Thwaites Brewery, Lancashire: Nutty Black - AN (A very good mild, eminently drinkable.)
Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, Dorset: Toad's Croak - AN/SO
Highgate Brewery, West Midlands: Red Rogue - AN
Mordue Brewery of Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Autumn Tyne - AN/SO
Browar Namyslow, Poland: Namyslow Original Plum Beer - SO (A bit sweet but still very nice!)
O'Hanlon's Brewery, Devon: Goldblade - BD/SO
Greene King Brewery, Suffolk: Bonkers Conkers - SO/AN
Everards Brewery, Leicestershire: Equinox - AN (It's an Everards beer. 'nuff said.)
Hilden Brewery of County Antrim, Northern Ireland: Hilden Molly's Stout - BD (I don't like stout. I tried it anyway but it still wasn't brilliant.)
Caledonian Brewery of Edinburgh: Smokey Pete - SO
Brains Brewery of Cardiff: Top Notch - BD/SO
Exmoor Brewery, Somerset: Wild Cat - AN
Woodeforde's Brewery, Norfolk: Norfolk Nog - AN
Barons Brewery, Australia: Black Wattle Original Ale - AN
Robinson's Brewery, Cheshire: Old Tom Chocolate Ale - SO


Date: 2008-11-09 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What do: AN, BD and SO mean?

Re: Terminology

Date: 2008-11-09 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
see below!

Date: 2008-11-09 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is Mr. Coxon's own scoring system, from here:

A.N. is for All-Nighter, a beer that is just right. You could drink nine pints of the stuff and you still wouldn't have had your fill. S.O. is for Special Occasions, a beer that is a good pint but is just a little off-centre. You'd have one or two of an evening, but you wouldn't want a third. B.D. is Bit Dubious - after a half pint you've probably really had enough, but you can plug through and finish it before ordering something else. G.A. is God Awful, and you'd throw that one into a bush before getting a nice one.

I count nine All-Nighters above, which is just over a week's worth...

Date: 2008-11-09 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
a few years ago, when those planespotters were arrested in greece, one of them was from tamworth and he was a member of CAMRA and they made him a beer in his honour. i think they called it 'waynespotting'...

Date: 2008-11-09 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Highgate Brewery is not far from Novacon's Quality Hotel in Walsall, and I keep thinking they ought to get some in, or that some of us should make a visit, or something.

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