New west country wine – and beer – merchant.
Somerset, along with the rest of the west has a thriving micro and small brewery sector, and the north of Somerset, around the Mendips to the River Avon is particularly strong for small breweries. It is interesting that we have the smallest city in England, which is proving to be a new source of available and interesting beer. Wells has seen the usual pubs and small hotels that have come and some have gone. Yet in 2016 it now has a new micropub (yet to be sampled).
Alongside this development, a new independent wine merchant The Good and The Grape has been opened by Andrew Kinnersley, a local to the Wells. Like many wine outlets, he does stock the drink in question – beer but Not the usual supermarket selection of lagers from the big combines, or a small sprinkling of bottles in the corner. Andrew stocks a selection of his specially sourced craft ales.
The joy of The Grape and the Good is that Andrew knows his beer stock and does not look down on the beer connoisseur in favour of the wine drinkers. Where else would you buy a beer and have it wrapped as if it was a bottle of excellent Bordeaux.
We chatted briefly about the trend of using excessive American hops and such, and I left with his recommendation to try a dark beer from a new brewer in Dorset – Gyle 59, see separate post.