Flavour tests

Festive ale taste test

We got our chops around four fine and local festive ales. Each distinct and full of flavour, perfect for a cold crisp winters' day.

Compass brewery's Tannerbaum, Bath Ale's Festivity, Stroud Brewery's Ding Dong and Hook Norton's Twelve Days.

British Pie Week taste test

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??

Artisan lager taste test

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.

Richinflavour and the chocolate factory

During National Chocolate week we decided to do a bit of milk chocolate flavour testing. We tested nine variteies of milk chocolate so you don't have to. Though we bet you probably want to.

English Wine tasting from The Wine Tasting co

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.

Recently 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.

Bottled ale taste test

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.

Pale ale blind taste test

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).