Briggsy's Belting Beverages:
Folk who read my beer column in the Lancashire Telegraph, will recall that I named some of my favourite beers of 2016 last week.
Well, already in 2017, I have sampled some belting beverages. And here I present my favourite three of week one.
Golden gong: Springhead, Drop O' the Black Stuff(4.0%).
Stunning Porter sampled at Tapster's Promise, Colne.
Almost black in presentation. Beige, creamy head. Roast malt aroma. Dark chocolate, ground coffee, dark berry fruits flavours. Smooth mouthfeel.A dry roasted finish. In exceptional condition - awesome Porter !
Silver salute: Portobello, Stiff Lip(5.5%). Glorious IPA tasted at the New Brew-m, Burnley. Citrus aroma. A mighty juicy, citrus bomb. Melody of flavours. Grapefruit, tangy orange, piney and lemony flavours detected. Dry bitter finish. Refreshing in the extreme.
Bronze medal: Deeply Vale, Ripper(4%). A typical New Zealand style Pale Ale. Golden in presentation.Lemony aroma. Juicy, refreshing citrus flavours. A tad peachy too. Pleasant, moderate bitter hopped and subtle tangy finish.
In exceptional condition at the Hare and Hounds, Padiham.