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The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) believes it has achieved its primary aim of promotion of Real Ale. It was founded in the days of Watneys Red Barrel, with a red barrel keg tap on the bar, later reduced to Watneys Red and a red keg shaped bar tap. Other keg beers at the time were Whitbread Tankard, Worthington E and Ind Coope’s Double Diamond; all thankfully long gone.

We now have a thriving collection of small and micro breweries producing real ales, such that even the big brewers and combines try to compete, either buying up real ale breweries, or setting up their own so called smaller ‘craft’ breweries within their main breweries.

Does this mean that CAMRA has now finished its job. No, it will need to continue to support real ale against the conglomerates but will now also campaign to keep our British pub heritage against the continuing closure of pubs in both towns and rural areas.

RCH Brewery – Thirty Five Point Bitter

RCH Brewery – Thirty Five Point Bitter 4.5%

RCH Brewery – Thirty Five Point

A pale golden ale with grapefruit and malt aroma. It has a hop bitterness and hints of grapefruit.  
This ale is brewed with American Endeavour hops, which impart the grapefruit notes to aroma and taste.
This is a anniversary ale from RCH Brewery, celebrating 35 years of brewing from its inception at the Royal Clarence Hotel in Burnham-on-Sea to its present home in Hewish, near Weston-Super-Mare. The ale was on tap at the May 2015 Burnham Food and Drink Festival, along with other excellent ales from RCH.

Exmoor Ales – Exmoor Stag

Exmoor Ales – Exmoor Stag 5.2%

Exmoor Ales –             Exmoor Stag

Another offering from Exmoor Ales in Wiveliscombe, Exmoor Stag is their strong bitter ale.

This is a dark copper ale with good aroma and malt taste, with biscuit and toffee notes. Stag was first brewed in 1991 to celebrate the centenary of Somerset Cricket Club.

An ale to look for around Somerset and N. Devon and further afield.

Beer Flights

Wetherspoon’s Festival Beer 

Beer Flight at Wetherspoon’s

Wetherspoon’s autumn World Beer Festival benefitted in the Pub I used, with the option of a Flight (3 x 1/3s) in the excellent and easy to carry holder, with blackboard discs on with the ale number was written in chalk. Hopefully these holder will become more widely available in other Wethersppon locations, when festivals are taking place. 

Great innovation sponsored by Adnams, so much better than using a tray, end better than a flight tray on which the glasses are less stable. This holder was so easy to carry across a crowded pub.

The Kernel Brewery – Table Beer

The Kernel Brewery – Table Beer 3.2%

The Kernel Brewery London – Table Beer 3.1%
This is a golden ale, with a hoppy and slight pine aroma. It has a pleasingly smooth taste with hop notes and lightly bitter. A refreshing light ale with a good flavour to go with food or as a session beer.
This is an interesting ale from this independent brewery in Bermondsey, south east London. The Brewery is underneath the main railway viaduct from London Bridge Station and supplies ales to the London area and some specific locations around the UK, with a listing on their website.               Edited with BlogPad Pro

St Austell Brewery – Admiral’s Ale

St Austell Brewery – Admiral’s Ale

St Austell Brewery – Admiral’s Ale 5.0%
This rosy pink bronze-copper ale, has aromas of malts, peaches and fruit cake, pouring with a cream head. It has a pleasant and acceptable warming maltiness, with a background hint of hop bitterness and following warming aftertaste.
Another beer from Cornwall that should become a favourite for any occasion. Best Bottle Conditioned Beer 2010 -Great a British Beer Festival and Supreme Champion 2008 – International Beer Challenge. The ale was first brewed to mark the bicentenary of Nelson’s victory at Tragalgar.          Edited with BlogPad Pro

St Austell – Tribute Extra

St Austell – Tribute Extra 5.2%

St Austell Brewery – Tribute Extra 5.2%
Following the great success of their Tribute Ale, St Austell have come up with this allegedly seasonal, bottle conditioned, stronger and maltier version. This is a beautiful golden amber ale, a little darker that Tribute. The citrus aroma is mellowed with a spicy tropical malt aroma. The malt flavours come out again modifying the citrus flavours and hoppiness, moving this beer away from a pale ale to a deeper full bodied brew.This is yet another excellent ale from Roger Ryman at St Austell, a beer that would go well as an alternative to wine for meal and a beer I for one will be wanting to try again.

Elgood’s Brewery – Black Dog 3.6%

Elgood’s – Black Dog 3.6%

Elgood’s Brewery – Black Dog 3.6%

This is a real black ale in colour with a sweet malt toffee and plum aroma. It has a sweet but smokey toasted taste, with a hint of barley wine notes and a following gentle bitterness. Made using crystal malt and roasted barley, with Fuggles hops.
This is a dark mild ale from the the brewers at Wisbeck, Cambridgeshire on the East Anglian fens, reflecting the peaty black soil of the area. This Mild Ale makes a pleasant alternative to the bitters and lagers on offer, and is well worth looking out.                                                                                         Edited with BlogPad Pro

A pint of Tribute

St Austell Tribute 4.2%

A Tribute in London
This is the very successful real pale ale from St Austell Brewery, produced initially for the total eclipse in 1999 by their head brewery Roger Ryman. Tribute is now available over a large area of the south west and in supermarkets nationally.

St Austell -Tribute

Tribute is an orange amber ale, with pervading citrus and malt aromas. The taste is citrus sharpness and sweet crystal malt sweet flavours with a light bitterness; with a malty sweetness after taste.
A very good pint with good memorable aromas and good enjoyable taste.    Edited with BlogPad Pro

GWB – Hambrook Pale Ale

Great Western Brewery – Hambrook Pale Ale 4.0%

GWB – Hambrook Pale Ale

This is another offering from one of our local micros Great Western Brewery based at Hambrook. This pale ale comes with a light golden colour and an aroma of green English Hops, green wood and fruit? The taste is of English hops but without the overpowering bitterness of an India Pale Ale; with a good malty balance and a bitter aftertaste.
This beer is named after the village in which the Brewery is located, just north of Bristol.