Friday, 24 February 2012

This will always be a prickly issue!

Most of us like a strong ale from time to time.However, my visits to Wetherspoons create a regular problem.
There is often little or no choice in the 3.5% to 4.5% range.It happened once again on a recent visit.OK I have to say there were two excellent beers on in the 'strong range'. There was the deelish Ilkley Brewery's Lotus IPA @5.6% and the superb Coach House Blueberry Classic Bitter @5%.
However, there is a problem if you are driving, as a strong pint may push you close to the limit. There is also a more common reason, in that you just want two or three nice mid range ales, of which there are very many available, in the current market place! 
I am tempted to say Wetherspoons are pandering to, let's say, a certain clientele who patronise their boozers between the hours of 10am-3pm! 
They often have up to eight beers on offer, and not one blonde/golden ale, or anything under 4% available.That cannot be right. Oh sorry, they always have one.The Ruddles! In my view, it's a sub standard tipple. 
Would be interested to know if you encounter similar problems.
Finally, this is not a 'slag off Wetherspoons' rant. I pop in to one of their local boozers on a weekly basis.Its just that I think it is only fair to have at least 2 or 3 out of EIGHT or NINE ales in the 3.5-4.5% range.