Beer of the month, August 2014

Summertime, and the drinking is easy. A local village festival (Wicked Hathern festival) served up 8 different beers, which was a good chance to explore their offerings. A canal cycle ride also brought another beer festival into view:-

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Excellent planning all round 🙂

It’s not all about beers when out and about though. Quite a few bottles sampled at home including the very nice and hoppy Harbour Pale Ale from Cornwall. Tina, the Queen of Cornish Corneas would definitely call this 6% monster “satellite juice”.

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At the other end of the hoppy scale, the dark, delicious and malty Harviestoun Ola Dubh (Gaelic for black oil) 12 Year Special Reserve, made from their Old Engine Oil ale, which is then aged in casks that have previously contained Highland Park 12 year old single malt. A great mash up.

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Going back to excellent planning (and staying with the mash up theme) also meant plenty of good beers when camping, including this month’s winner, BrewDog’s #MashTag2014, an imperial double red ale, voted for by the public and featuring citrus, orange, citrus, more citrus. As a self-confessed hophead, you know that a hoppy monster is bound to win a few of these monthly competitions, and this was one such month.

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