THE retirement project to sample a pint of beer or cider brewed or fermented in each county in the UK.
What’s it called? Barnsey
Who made it? Bath Ales, Warmley.
What is it? A dark bitter, using a mix of Maris Otter, Chocolate and Crystal malts and Branding Cross hops.
Alc Vol: 4.5%
What it says on the label: “Rich in fruit with hints of chocolate, this full-bodied dark ale is a complex but deeply satisfying beer.”
Food combination: None suggested.
Retired Bloke says: This pint looked and smelt really rich. So I was expecting a fuller flavour than I got. But it went very nicely with my bowls of roasted peanuts and smoky bacon crisps.
Fancy another? Maybe.
It’s not about the beer: The 18th Century entrepreneur William Champion built a house in the Kingwood area of Warmley, which featured an extraordinary garden. To this day it includes a giant statue of Neptune, a grotto, and an artificial lake.