Thursday, 5 February 2015

Beer Review: Swift from Truman's

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A surprise because I don't usually drink during the week but found myself at the pub on Monday night. Just when I thought I had all the beer sorted for the reviews this week this one almost took the Beer of the Week title! But NOT quite.

Considering how badly the weekend started (with two not very nice beers I couldn't be bothered reviewing) I ended up with four really good ones after all.

Swift is a bright gold, hoppy, rich, and fruity beer. Medium bitter without the huge citrus bite you tend to get in lighter beers. It was a lovely mellow pint.

You might be familiar with the Truman's brand if you were a real ale drinker before 1989. That is when the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane London closed. The black eagle was their brand image.

The old brewery buildings have been turned into an arty farty regeneration business centre. So don't get confused there. The brewery has moved to new digs but still in east London.

I was not drinking real ale before 1989 because I wasn't allowed to drink ANYthing way back then, but talking to someone who was I learned that the Truman's brand has undergone a renaissance. The brand was resussitated by two enthusiastic amatuers in 2010.

In the last couple of years the once iconic black eagle has become a common sight on pub pump clips. Truly a testament to the perseverance of an old and respected beer brand and the dedication of a couple of crazy hop heads to beat a dead horse, or bird, into life.

The Beer in Review is a blog about beer. Mostly British beer because that is where I live. I post a review every week day. Make sure you check in on Friday which is when I reveal BEER. OF THE. WEEK!