Monday, 19 June 2017

Bedfordshire Craft Beer Review: Golden Fox from Banks and Taylor

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Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Bedfordshire craft beer review is for Golden Fox from Banks and Taylor.

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Golden Fox from Banks and Taylor is a gold beer. Bitter floral and juicy up front with elderflower, ginger and lemon. Hoppy but nice and light. I was expecting disappointment but this was a pleasant and quaffable pint with well balanced summery flavours.

Interested in the wide world of craft beer? Check out this video review for Station X from Concrete Cow Brewery.


The Beer in Review is a blog about craft beer and real ale. Keep up with new posts and contact me with comments and questions on twitter or YouTube. I'd love to hear about your craft beer adventures and recommendations from your home town.

Lancashire Craft Beer Review: Ruby Duck from Fuzzy Duck

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Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Lancashire craft beer review is for Ruby Duck from Fuzzy Duck.

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Ruby Duck from Fuzzy Duck is a red craft beer. Lovely fruity boozy bitter up front. Served at just the right Cellar temperature you really get a complex maltiness like a rich Rye bread. Cherry strawberry and almond fill out a rich full bodied beer that has a little bit of nutty walnut astringency to finish.

Interested in the wide world of craft beer? Check out this video review for Pirate Life Pale Ale

The Beer in Review is a blog about craft beer and real ale. Keep up with new posts and contact me with comments and questions on twitter or YouTube. I'd love to hear about your craft beer adventures and recommendations from your home town.

Gloucestershire Craft Beer Review: Jouster from Goffs

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Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Gloucestershire craft beer review is for Jouster from Goffs.

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Jouster from Goffs is an amber bitter. Very fruity up front with apples and peaches. Sharp and crisp but with a hint of mellow sweetness like orange blossom. A fresh green bitter edge of mint and sage.

Interested in the wide world of craft beer? Check out this video review for Desert Ryder from Craft Academy in London.


The Beer in Review is a blog about craft beer and real ale. Keep up with new posts and contact me with comments and questions on twitter or YouTube. I'd love to hear about your craft beer adventures and recommendations from your home town.

Essex Craft Beer Review: Endeavour from Mighty Oak

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Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Essex craft beer review is for Endeavour from Mighty Oak.

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Endeavour is a dark amber craft beer from Mighty Oak. Single hopped and very malty upfront. Not hugely complex. A bit fruitier with a whiff of vanilla and cinnamon towards the end. Full bodied, bitter and flavourful. A classic English bitter.

Interested in the wide world of craft beer? Check out this video review for Hungarian Brutal Bitter!

The Beer in Review is a blog about craft beer and real ale. Keep up with new posts and contact me with comments and questions on twitter or YouTube. I'd love to hear about your craft beer adventures and recommendations from your home town.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Maine Craft Beer Review: Rye Pale Ale from Shipyard

Maine Craft Beer Review: Rye Pale Ale from Shipyard
Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Maine craft beer review is for Rye Pale Ale from Shipyard.

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Rye Pale Ale from Shipyard is a dark amber beer. Delicious floral aromas. Beautifully hoppy with citrus and floral notes of orange blossom and lavender . Resinous but not dank. Just such a good beer. Doesn't need to be ice cold. Great with Chinese or Thai food.

Interested in the wide world of craft beer? Check out this video review for Brutal Bitter from Hungarian brewer Legenda!


The Beer in Review is a blog about craft beer and real ale. Keep up with new posts and contact me with comments and questions on twitter or YouTube. I'd love to hear about your craft beer adventures and recommendations from your home town.

Essex Craft Beer Review: Pegasus from Mr. Majolica's Brewing Co.

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Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Essex craft beer review is for Pegasus from Mr. Majolica's Brewing Co.

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Pegasus from Mr. Majolica's is a dark gold beer. Very bright fruity flavours up front. Sharp crispy apple. Boozy. I warmed up to this one. Not a stunner but a good characterful pint. There is a soft bitter astringency. Some green herbalness that lends to the bitterness. Some fennel or more like wormwood. Interesting.

Want to know a bit more about Mr. Majolica and his craft beers? Check out this episode of The Parade of Pump Clips!


The Beer in Review is a blog about craft beer and real ale. Keep up with new posts and contact me with comments and questions on twitter or YouTube. I'd love to hear about your craft beer adventures and recommendations from your home town.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wiltshire Craft Beer Review: New Forest Ale from Downton Brewery

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Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Wiltshire craft beer review is for New Forest Ale from Downton Brewery.

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New Forest from Downton is a russet coloured beer. Bitter sweet coffee flavours up front. Very pleasant earthy flavours or cumin and turmeric. A quaffable English bitter. Lovely!

This is the sort of beer that would give the whole "craft beer revolution" in many places some actual credibility.

So much of it is either alco-poppy IPAs of questionably high ABV, stouts "aged" in barrels where people used to keep whiskey, or beers with flavourings that have no business being in beers.

This is the kind of ale that has been found all over the UK for centuries. Reddish-brown, low alcohol, and earthy bitter.

Maybe this sort of beer is simply too difficult to make well. It relies on malts and domestic hops to create all the flavours. There is an art to that. Not 27 kinds of "new world" hops and bits of guava being used to create the flavours of new world hops and guava.

I think it is time for craft beer to grow up a bit and branch out into more interesting and varied flavours.

Interested in a good old English bitter craft beer? Check out this video review for Hope and Glory from Brentwood Brewing Company


The Beer in Review is a blog about craft beer and real ale. Keep up with new posts and contact me with comments and questions on twitter or YouTube. I'd love to hear about your craft beer adventures and recommendations from your home town.