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