Sunday, 15 February 2015

Beers of the Week: A beery brace to savour!

It's been an exceptional week for beer slurping. And there were two that fully deserved my two tasty tipples, on this weeks beery travels.
Firstly, a beer from a fledgling brewer. 
Brewsmith Brewery are situated on the banks of the River Irwell, in Ramsbottom,South East Lancs. They brew first class beer. Their Best Bitter was crowned Champion Beer, at November's NW SIBA awards - and they had only been brewing for three months!

Their Nelson Sauvin Pale is another excellent brew. Strong citrus aroma - grapefruit for me. A most refreshing, crisp and flavoursome beer. Firm, well hopped backbone. With lemon and grapefruit in charge. There's more grapefruit in the long, dry, bitter finish. An exceptional beer, when sampled at the Bridge Bier Huis, Burnley. It's certainly one for the hopsters.

The second slurp needed no introduction really. Thwaites Old Dan is a classic and iconic ale.It has a deep copper coloured appearance, and a fruity, vinous aroma. A rich, robust ale at a whopping 6.5%. It has a delicious complexity of flavours. Raisins, caramel malt, treacle and a hint of spice. A pleasant, oily mouthfeel, that leads to a fruity, bittersweet finish, that is most pleasing and warming - class in a glass.