THE retirement project: to sample a pint of beer or cider brewed or fermented in each county in Great Britain.
WELL, after last night’s incursion into cider country, here we are, back on the beer after a hard day watching the tree surgeons working.
Another of Marks and Spencer’s range of British beers, this is brewed in the village of Great Alne, seven miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace and final resting place of William Shakespeare, who made his views about weak beer pretty clear in Henry IV, Part 2: “Doth it not show vilely in me to desire small beer?“.
The Huff Cap pub restaurant in the village derived its name from the days when most pubs brewed their own beer, Huff Cap being a 16th Century term for a strong ale which would “huf one’s cap” or make the head swell (according to Wikipedia).
So, here it is.
What is it called? Warwickshire Amber Ale.
Who made it? Purity Brewing Ltd.
ALC VOL: 4.5%
What it says on the label: “This distinctive amber ale is brewed using English malts, Hallerfrau Northern Brewer and Cascade hops. It has a full flavour with a touch of malt on the finish.”
I say: A full mouthful of fruit, then a touch of liquorice, and a woody finish.
Food combination: “This malty ale will work well with barbecued meats or spicy, salty Mexican food.” We had it with beer-battered fish and oven French fries. Worked fine for me.
Fancy another? Yes please.