The 4 finalists of the CAMRA National Club of the Year 2017 include my (reasonably) local (only 5 miles walk away) RAFA Albatross Club in Bexhill-on-Sea again (the reigning champion), the Cheltenham Motor Club, Dartford Working Men's Club (sic), and Leyton Orient FC Supporters Club in East London. Oh yes, and I walked the five miles along the seafront to the Albatross Club yesterday, and five miles back, and enjoyed a pint of the Hastings (now brewed by Franklins) Mosaic Pale (4.8%), a single hopped, slightly hazy, vegan friendly, pale citrus bitter, not bad at all, cheers!
Friday, 20 January 2017
Friday, 13 January 2017
Ale doesn't ask questions... Ale understands!
Though this one does ask questions of you, the (at least!) 6.5% Our Auld Ale, the annual dark winter ale from FILO Brewing Company of Hastings, drank in their brewery tap, the First In Last Out (FILO), 14-15 High Street, Hastings TN34 3EY. Spicy, rich and full bodied, a Christmas Pudding of a beer, cheers!
Saturday, 24 December 2016
Monday, 12 December 2016
It's that time of year and, for the past few years, we have had available, down here in East Sussex, not only had the long-established Harveys (website) 7.5% Christmas Ale, but also the, Hastings brewed, FILO (website) Our Auld Ale at 6.5%. This is a gorgeous 'Christmas Pudding' of an ale, well worth the visit to the First In Last Out in the Hastings 'old town' High Street, rich, but not too sweet, with a dry bitter finish... I had my first pint of the year yesterday, and it's at least as excellent as in previous years.
Enjoy your Christmas build up with good ales wherever you are, cheers!
Sunday, 9 October 2016
My brother and I had a nice wee 7 mile walk to Cooden Beach, East Sussex, yesterday, and enjoyed this East Sussex brewed 3.8% Session IPA very much indeed! The brewers, Long Man (website), say this session ale is brewed using "the famous triple C hops", which I believe means, Chinook, Cascade and Columbus, 3 hops from the USA that usually mean plenty of citrus flavours and bitterness, particularly as this ale is 'dry hopped' too! And they're not far wrong, excellent, thirst quenching, with a hint of citrus (Dan, the Routemeister, suggested "quince", though I'm sure he was jesting, I caught more grapefruit and orange flavours), very bitter with a dry aftertaste, pretty damn good indeed, cheers Long Man!
And cheers to the skills of the cellar manager at the Cooden Tavern, part of the 1931 built Cooden Beach Hotel, built for the same gentleman, Earl De La Warr, who sponsored the construction of the rather splendid De la Warr Pavilion in nearby Bexhill, whilst he was mayor of Bexhill in 1935 (website).
We supped up, then walked the 7 miles back home along the seafront, cheers!