Fancy A Pint? #16

IMGP5790County: Shropshire.

What’s it called? Town Crier.

Who made it? Hobsons Brewery, Newhouse Farm, Cleobury Mortimer. The brewery was established in 1993 by father and son Jim and Nick Davis. The brewery has picked up CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain and Society of Independent Brewers Best Green Business awards.

What is it? A crisp golden ale.

Alc Vol: 4.5%

What it says on the label: “full-flavoured . . . with hints of sweetness complemented by subtle hop flavours leading to a dry finish.”

Food combination: None suggested. I drank it with a chicken casserole and couscous.

Retired Bloke Verdict: Cleobury Mortimer sounds like a peppery old major in a PG Wodehouse country house comic novel. The sort of chap who would only drink “a beer of uncompromising integrity” – which happily is just how Town Crier describes itself on the label. Just like the Major, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely Fancy Another.

It’s not about the beer: Shropshire is landlocked, and with an area of 3487 square kilometres (1346 sq miles) is England’s largest inland county.

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