Fancy A Pint? #10

The retirement project to sample a pint of beer or cider brewed or fermented in each county in the United Kingdom.

IMGP5021County: Rhondda Cynon Taff

What is it called? Otley 09 Blonde

Who made it? Otley Brewing Company Limited, Pontypridd.

What is it? A pale ale.

Alc Vol: 4.8%

What it says on the label: “Beer evolution is the mantra at Otley – a synergy of passion, innovation and fresh attitude that results in non-conformist, progressive brews for independently-minded free thinkers and drinkers.”

I say: It’s not every day you read a beer bottle blurb with references to Protestant Christians and atheists. The list of ingredients reinforces the claims to a non-traditional approach; as well as the usual (malted barley, hops, yeast, wheat) it includes orange peel, coriander and cloves.

Food combination: none suggested on the bottle. We drank it with salmon on pad thai noodles, which should be non-traditional enough.

Fancy another? Yes. An unusual and very refreshing pint.

It’s not about the beer: The Welsh national anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Land of my Fathers) was composed in Pontypridd by local poets/musicians Evan and James Jones.


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