THE retirement project to sample a pint of beer or cider brewed or fermented in each county in the UK.
What’s it called? Sussex Golden Ale
Who made it? Hepworth Brewery, Horsham.
What is it? ‘A classic golden ale in a traditional style from this region.’
Alc Vol: 3.8%
What it says on the label: “Best served cool not cold to appreciate all the flavours. Brewed with Sussex grown barley and hops.”
Food combination: “A perfect match for bangers and mash, pie and chips, or light barbecue dishes.”
Retired Bloke says: Another from Marks & Spencer’s range of British beers. Just what was required after a week of pasta and wine in Italy; a proper pint with proper food-for-beer recommendations. I drank it with sausages and mashed potato. It had a nice sharpness to balance the fruity hop tastes.
Fancy another? Yes. Easy to drink. I’ll just get a second helping of grub while you pour.
It’s not about the beer: Horsham holds the record for the heaviest hailstone ever to fall, on September 5, 1958. It weighed 140 kg (4.9 oz), and measured about the size of a tennis ball. Impact speed was calculated at 100 m/s (224 mph).