This is what best bitter should taste like

Fancy A Pint? The retirement project to sample a beer or cider brewed or fermented in each county in the United Kingdom.

IMGP5919County: North Somerset.

What’s it called? The Original Bitter.

Who made it? Butcombe Brewery. Established by Simon Whitmore in 1978, the original micro business was sold in 2003 and moved to its current larger purpose-built brewery in the village of Wrington in 2005. More info on

What is it? A best bitter.

Alc Vol: 4.5%

What it says on the label: Classic amber colour, hoppy, malty pepper smell, clean, dry bitter taste.

Food combination? None suggested. I drank it with a bowl of salted cashew nuts.

Retired Bloke verdict: One of a half-dozen of assorted beers I bought in my local Bargain Booze shop just before Christmas, this had a lovely rich smell and taste. All in all, this was just what a best bitter ought to be.

Fancy another? Yes please.

It’s not about the beer: No main road runs through Wrington. All six ways out of the village involve more than two miles of winding narrow lanes to reach an A road.  “The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road” (G K Chesterton).


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