Compass brewery's Tannerbaum, Bath Ale's Festivity, Stroud Brewery's Ding Dong and Hook Norton's Twelve Days.
To celebrate British Pie Week (3rd - 9th March) we decided to make pie our dinner. And instead of just one tasty pie we went for five to make it into a pie taste test... We tested pies from local producers and big brand names, but who won??
My buddy Dan and I checked out a few of the more artisan lagers out
there. Some impressed, others held true to their routes and were
relatively typical lagers that even a devout lager boy would enjoy.
I asked my friend Kelly at the Wine Tasting co to give me the low down on some English wines. The Wine Tasting co is a wine shop and tasting venue in the heart of Somerset. They’re based in a town called Winscombe, not far away from Cheddar.
opened, they offer expert knowledge and friendly advice on all the wines
they sell. With my Mum living close by, I always try to pop in when I’m
in the area.
We put five bottled beers up against each other through a rigorous testing process – well we drank them.
Ales tested: Bath Ales - Wild Hare, Oakham Ales - Citra, Brakspear (Marstons) Oxford Gold, Organic Barbus Barbus - Butts and Hogs Back Brewing Company - T.E.A.
Whilst wandering through the beer section of Wholefoods in Cheltenham, I noticed a couple of international pale ales. I started wondering how these imported pale ales compared and stood up to our English pale ales.
To try and make the test less bias we tasted blind.
The four pale ale contenders for the blind taste were Ivanhoe - Ridgeway Brewing (UK), Sierra Nevada (USA), Mad Goose – Purity (UK) and Coopers Brewery (Australia).