What is it called? Paxton’s Folly.
Who made it? The Handmade Beer Company, Ffos y Ffin Brewery, Capel Dewi, Carmarthen.
What is it? ‘A classic style Pale Ale.’
Alc Vol: 3.8%
What it says on the label: “Light amber in colour with a malt driven backbone. The light hop finish is floral and fruity.”
Food combination: None mentioned on the label. I drank it with cabanos and some fierce pickled onions.
Retired Bloke verdict: Extra marks to the copywriter; this is the first time I’ve read of a beer with a backbone. I bought a bottle of this in Wright’s Food Emporium, a restaurant/deli in deepest Carmarthenshire countryside with what could be described as a highly individual style. It was very cloudy in the glass. It had a pleasant balance of bitterness and fruitiness, but it didn’t linger in the mouth. It was ok.
It’s not about the beer: Paxton’s Tower is a Neo-Gothic folly on a hilltop near Llanarthney in the glorious Towy Valley. It was built between 1806-09 by Sir William Paxton, in honour of Lord Nelson.