Sunday, 22 May 2016

Wiltshire Craft Beer Review: Vanilla Pod from Arkell's

Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Wiltshire craft beer review is for Vanilla Pod from Arkell's.

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Vanilla Pod was a clear gold bitter. After a vaguely disappointing start, this beer kind of grew on me. I guess I was expecting a punchier flavour profile and it was fairly subtle: citrus, vanilla, kinda crème broulle-ish with a carmelised burnt sugar bitterness.

I don't think I have had an Arkell's beer before but it is interesting that they have been family owned since the mid 1800s. It is rare for a brewery to have been independent for that long and be owned by the family who founded it.

And another funny thing that seems to come with age in the brewery business is the ability to drop the Brewery or Brewing Company. These older breweries are simply Arkell's, Young's, Ridley's, Robinson's or whatever.  I reckon you have to be four or five decades in the game before you can do that.

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