If you know me or of me, you will know I like beer. Over the last few years I have been collecting photos of every new beer I have.
I now have over 2,000 individual beers photographed and have realised that many beers that I assumed I have photos of, I haven't.

This blog will be therefore be an account of my quest for new beers to photo and how I enjoyed them (or not).
My email is ralphgant@sky.com.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Christmas Beers 2017

Well its time for the Christmas beers again, and again as last year, not got many at all, I didn't get out much at all to the pubs and the shops were pretty poor with their selections again.

Wychwood, Brewdolph from England

Wychwood, Brewdolph, England Wychwood, Brewdolph, England

4.0% deep cold in colour with a nice head, not too much of a Christmas tasting beer

Saltaire, White Christmas from England

Saltaire, White Christmas, England

4.6% gold in colour with a good head, not a bad beer but not really any Christmas taste

Sonnet 43, Create Those Moments from England

Sonnet 43, Create Those Moments, England

4.2% deep brown in colour with a good head, slightly spicy aroma and a nice malty spice taste.

Adnams, Marks & Spencer Southwold Christmas Ale from England

Adnams, Marks & Spencer Southwold Christmas Ale, England Adnams, Marks & Spencer Southwold Christmas Ale, England

4.2% deep red in colour with a thin head, slightly spice aroma, nice bitter taste with a hint of Christmas

Ackerland, Biere De Noel from France

Ackerland, Biere De Noel, France Ackerland, Biere De Noel, France

5.8% pale amber with a thin head, spice aroma and a nice slightly sweet taste

Friday, 29 December 2017

Beers from our Whitby Trip

A few days after our trip to Barnard Castle we went to Whitby for a few days and I will log all the beers we had there. It was still September but we were away for Dot's holidays, as my mother was ill we were just taking short breaks close to home, so that we could get back if needed.

Whitby Brewery, Saltwick Nab from England

Whitby Brewery, Saltwick Nab, England

4.2% beep amber in colour with a nice head, malt aroma and a nice sweet toffee taste.

Springhead, Drop O' The Black Stuff from England

Springhead, Drop O' The Black Stuff, England

4.0% black in colour with a nice head, roast malt aroma and a malty liquorice, a nice bitter taste

Whitby Brewery, IPA from England

Whitby Brewery, IPA, England

5.2% gold in colour with a thin head, hop aroma and a fruity hop taste.

Yorkshire Brewery, Two Chefs Honey Beer from England

Yorkshire Brewery, Two Chefs Honey Beer, England

4.0% gold in colour with a thin head, slight honey aroma and a sweet honey taste.

Copper Dragon, Silver Myst from England

Copper Dragon, Silver Myst, England

4.0% gold colour with a good head, aroma is not like pils nor is the taste, it is a smooth and slightly sweet bitter.

Rudgate, Ruby Mild from England

Rudgate, Ruby Mild, England

4.4% deep ruby red colour with a good head, malt aroma, chocolate and toffee taste, a bit on the strong side for a mild it's more like a dunkel.

George Gale, Seafarers from England

George Gale, Seafarers, England

3.6% pale amber in colour with a good head, low aroma and not much to the taste but an ordinary bitter.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Beers from our Barnard Castle Trip

On our last trip to Barnard Castle in September, I had a few new beers and a couple I had had before but I will cover them all here.

Black Sheep, Baa Baa from England

Black Sheep, Baa Baa, England

4.0% gold in colour with a poor head, it was just like all new beers in this country, gold, hoppy and average. I used the older photo here but I did have it again but by accident.

Grey Hawk, Pippin from England

Grey Hawk, Pippin, England

3.9% gold in colour with a poor head, not much aroma and a bitter hop taste.

Pt. Multi Bintang, Bintang Bir Pilsener from Indonesia

Pt. Multi Bintang, Bintang Bir Pilsener, Indonesia Pt. Multi Bintang, Bintang Bir Pilsener, Indonesia

4.7% gold colour with a very thin head, slight malt aroma and taste, it was ok in the heat of Bali and still not bad here at home.

Sonnet 43, Aurora from England

Sonnet 43, Aurora, England

4.4% gold in colour with a nice head, citrus aroma, it also has a citrus taste.

Consett, White Hot from England

Consett, White Hot, England

4.0% gold colour with a good head, not much aroma but a mild hoppy lager taste. Another old one that I have had before.

Heineken Italia, Ichnusa from Italy (Sardinia)

Heineken Italia, Ichnusa, Italy (Sardinia) Heineken Italia, Ichnusa, Italy (Sardinia)

4.7% pail gold with a nice head, not much aroma and a light lager taste. Had this one in the Italian.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Latest, made for ALDI

These are some of the small bottles brewed for ALDI, I think there are more but I will have to add them later.

Twickenham Fine Ales (ALDI), Red Rye IPA from England

Twickenham Fine Ales (ALDI), Red Rye IPA, England Twickenham Fine Ales (ALDI), Red Rye IPA, England

4.7% amber in colour with a nice head, a citrus IPA aroma and a nice hoppy taste.

Brains (ALDI), Spill The Beans Coffee Porter from England

Brains (ALDI), Spill The Beans Coffee Porter, England Brains (ALDI), Spill The Beans Coffee Porter, England

4.4% deep red in colour with a poor head, as it said on the bottle it had chocolate and caramel in the aroma and taste.

Hogs Back (ALDI), Sunny Dayz from England

Hogs Back (ALDI), Sunny Dayz, England Hogs Back (ALDI), Sunny Dayz, England

3.8% gold in colour with a thin head, sweet hoppy aroma, not too hoppy a taste in fact quite nice.

Hogs Back (ALDI), All 4 One from England


Hogs Back (ALDI), All 4 One, England Hogs Back (ALDI), All 4 One, England

4.5% gold in colour with a thin head, faint hop aroma, really nice citrus hop and malt taste.

Sadler's (ALDI), Land of Liberty American Style IPA from England


Sadler's (ALDI), Land of Liberty American Style IPA, England Sadler's (ALDI), Land of Liberty American Style IPA, England

5.0% gold in colour with a thin head, hop aroma and a zesty hop taste.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Real Ale and Craft Beer???

Just a note to say that to me, Beer is Beer, no matter what it is (lager, beer, stout, wheat, you get it), most I like, some are dreadful, but as a beer drinker the terms Real Ale and Craft Beer do not mean a thing to me. If a beer tasted good then it is good, if it tastes bad then it is bad (to me that is) and some Real Ales are pretty bad, it is just one of those things.

I am getting old and have drank many, many, beers, sometimes I think I should pack it in and just drink what I like but no I will carry on for a few years yet. The thing is, I enjoy what I do, even with the foul beers I have tried (and I mean foul) have been worth it, now I know not to get them again.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

August 2017

Here are three of the beers I had in August, as usual I am trying to catch up, the holiday in July and the amount of beers I had then have made it harder. These are all follow ups to brewers that I have done before.

Charnwood, IPA from England

Charnwood, IPA, England Charnwood, IPA, England

5.8% amber in colour with a nice head, slight toffee aroma and a bitter hoppy taste.

Richmond, Drummer Boy from England

Richmond, Drummer Boy, England Richmond, Drummer Boy, England

3.8% amber in colour with a thin head, nice bitter aroma it had a strange bitter taste.

Shepherd Neame, Artesian Light Ale from England

Shepherd Neame, Artesian Light Ale, England Shepherd Neame, Artesian Light Ale, England

3.8% gold in colour with a poor head, an ordinary bitter aroma and a bitter taste.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Some cans I have had for ages

I have not been out much over the last couple of weeks but that doesn't mean that I haven't had anything to drink. I have been getting through some of the beers I have had in the fridge for ages. The first two are cans, both fairly strong ones and both from our last visit to France.

Castelain, Dagsbier Biere Forte from France

Castelain, Dagsbier Biere Forte, France

7.0% gold in colour with a good head, it had a mild aroma and a strong taste of alcohol. It was the same as Karlsberg, Dagsbier Bière Forte from Germany only 1% weaker

Belle France (Saint-Omer), Bière Spéciale Blonde Extra Forte from France

Belle France (Saint-Omer), Bière Spéciale Blonde Extra Forte, France

8.0% gold in colour with a good head, the aroma was of alcohol and tin but it had a smooth strong taste.