Sunday, 5 April 2015


This week I have two very differing beers to recommend and highlight. One is a classic, iconic, local ale. The other being a sumptuous slurp, from a fledgling brewery, situated on the banks of the River Irwell, in Ramsbottom,South East Lancashire.

So, let's kick off with the former, this being, Thwaites Old Dan, brewed at the "Crafty Dan" brewery in Blackburn.
 It is a deep copper coloured ale. And has a fruity, vinous aroma. This rich, robust ale at 6.5%, has a delicious complexity of flavours. Raisins, caramel malt, treacle and a hint of spice. A most pleasant, oily mouthfeel, that leads to a fruity,
bittersweet finish, that is most pleasing and warming - class in a glass.

The second super slurp, was Brewsmith, Nelson Sauvin Pale.
It's certainly one for the hopsters, at 4.2%. Strong, citrus aroma - grapefruit for me. A most refreshing, crisp and flavoursome beer. Firm, well hopped backbone, with lemon and grapefruit in charge. More grapefruit in the long, dry, bitter finish. An exceptional beer, in perfect condition, when sampled at the Bridge Bier Huis,Burnley. Watch out for their award-winning beers - they are delicious.

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