A quick heads up on some good recent beer experiences:
Allgauer Buble Bier
An example of what Ratebeer classifies as a Zwickel/Keller/Landbier - 3 [minor] related German beer styles which equate to an unfiltered, slightly cloudier Lagerbier than normal. Sometimes they approach amber in colour, but often they are the standard blonde - which is what this one was. I don't go in for the history of beer styles as a rule, as they are the cause of too many arguments, but if you are interested, why not research
Zwickel/Keller/Landbiers on the Internet?
Any road, this was lovely. All the refreshment and clarity of a Lager, cutting through thirst and all that. BUT with the added, delightful sweetness offered by all the subtle muck, which would normally be filtered out, in the name of a crystal clear beer. This was purchased from Cotteridge Wines, and I know for a fact that they have a few Z/K/L beers, so why not dive in? Other good examples are Hacker Pschorr anno 1417 or St Georgen Brau Kellerbier.
Beavertown 8 Ball Rye IPA
Beavertown are one of the wave of new London microbreweries and I would say that this is their best known beer at present. Certainly it's the only one that I've tried. It's an IPA, so it has a range of lovely hops - particularly lovely in this case. What it also has is the addition of Rye, which gives the beer both a lovely rosey hue, and a subtle sweetness/fruitiness. This tipped it above a good percentage of the burgeoning number of hoppy beers, which are now flooding our better beer establishments. This was bought from Stirchley Wines.
Brodies Hoxton Special IPA
I necked this beer immediately after sampling another Brodies beer - London Lager. I was musing that it would be difficult to top the London Lager which was an unbelievably tasty and well-hopped lager. However, I was clearly mismusing, as the Hoxton Special IPA gently nuzzled the Lager with it's warm, fuzzy [metaphorical] snout, before brusquely nudging it aside. Yes, the Special IPA was that good. In fact, it was one of the best beers I have ever tried. UN-B-LIEVE-ABLE. I already liked Brodies, who are clearly the, if not one of the most brilliantist of the new London brewers, but this sort of bottled majesty is very likely to make me paint my arms purple due to unfettered beer frenzy. Brodies are amazing. Cotteridge
Wines are carrying a range of Brodies, including the London Lager, Big Mofo Stout, Hoxton Special IPA, Hackney Red IPA and Dalston Black IPA. I dare say that none of them will disappoint you.
The Grant Arms, Cotteridge
It has lovely leatherette, curved banquette-style seating (in places). It also has competitively priced clingfilm-wrapped cobs behind the bar, which I am a sucker for.
I have been a bit poor at blogging recently. As such I am currently coming up with some new ideas.