Friday, 15 January 2016

London Craft Beer Review: London Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing

Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's London craft beer review is for London Pale Ale from Meantime Brewing.

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London Pale Ale was a clear light amber bitter. Delightfully hoppy with a heavy citrus. Kind of like a lemony gin and tonic. Back of sweetish biscuits. Always a lovely beer and a safe bet if you are in a non-pub environment.

So remember last year when Meantime sold up to American big brewing to fund expansion and made loads of money? Well, I sort decided that if I had a choice of a British owned craft brewery beer and Meantime it would have to be the former every time.

Sadly, or rather happily for Meantime, it is difficult to find craft beer not in a pub when you are out for a bite to eat in London. Happily though, it is getting more common to get decent beer at non-pub eateries even if that beer is not 100% British craft any more.

And so it was that the beautiful princess found herself in Bangers wine bar without much choice in the beer department. It was this or a Shepherd Neame (or like Peroni or whatever) and my experience of pump beers in non-pubs has usually been terrible (not that it would have been in this case but I didn't fancy risking it). I opted for tap poured Meantime.

By the way, if you are in the vicinity of Liverpool Street or Moorgate and want a quiet sit down and surprisingly reasonable lunch in elegant but casual surroundings try Bangers. It's on the corner of Eldon and Wilson Streets right round the corner from Finsbury Circus.

You would never know you were in one of the busiest craziest city centres in the world. It is basically underground in what was presumably an old cellar. Very elegant. Very calm. And you can get a very good cheese burger cooked just how you like it for around £12.

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