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 1,700 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.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Still nothing new

Well it is getting toward the end of February and I have not had any new beers for over a month. I have had a few cans of beers that have changed from what they used to be though, so here goes.

Zywiec, Warka Podaje Piłkę from Poland

Zywiec, Warka Podaje Piłkę, Poland

5.5% gold colour with thin head, slight malt aroma and an ordinary lager taste. According to rate this is the same beer as Zywiec, Warka, Poland, but that is 5.7%.

Marstons, Lancaster Bomber from England

Marstons, Lancaster Bomber, England

4.4%, deep amber colour and a good but thin head, fruity aroma, caramel malt taste, bitter aftertaste. Was made by Thwaites, now only says Marstons on the can but you have to look very hard to see it.

Wychwood, Hobgoblin from England

Wychwood, Hobgoblin, England

4.5% very dark amber with a thin head, fruity hop aroma, nice creamy malt taste, this beer was 5.2% not too long ago, I thought Wychwood were better than this.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Nothing new, so some old wheat beers

Well I have promised to keep up to date with this blog but I have had nothing new for a couple of weeks now, still had plenty to drink though.

So I will cover some older wheat beers I have photos of, some may have been covered before but never mind.

Gulpener, Korenwolf from Holland


5.0% very cloudy gold colour with a thin head, citrus and banana aroma, nice flavoured wheat beer, it is the cloudiest beer I have ever had but I like it a lot. 

Etalon, Weissbier from the Ukraine

Etalon Weissbier, Ukraine

This is before the proper write-ups started, all it says is, Best beer I have had from the Ukraine, 5.0%. Will have to try it again.

Löwenbräu, LowenWeisse from Germany

Löwenbräu, LowenWeisse, Germany

Another one with no write-up, all this one says is, 5.2% good Hefe Weissbier. Same again will have to try it again.

I do have plenty of new beers to try, a fridge full in fact, so I will have to get round to trying them.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Third week in 2017

Here are the beers I had over the third week in 2017 not all new but one that I haven't had since 2008 and its in a new bottle. The other two have names that have been used before, although they are new beers. So I will do something new and show the other, original beers as well

Marston's, Old Empire IPA from England

Marston's, Old Empire IPA, England Marston's, Old Empire IPA, England

5.7%, pale amber colour with a nice head, fruit aroma, taste is fruity, hoppy and bitter, not too bad. The old photos from 2008 are here.

Marston's, Old Empire, England Marston's, Old Empire, England

Shepherd Neame, Spitfire Gold from England

Shepherd Neame, Spitfire Gold, England Shepherd Neame, Spitfire Gold, England

4.3% deep gold in colour with a poor head, hop aroma but the taste was ok as the hops were not that bad. The original one is below.

Shepherd Neame, Spitfire from England

Shepherd Neame, Spitfire, England Shepherd Neame, Spitfire, England

4.5% amber colour with a nice head, hops and malt aroma, malt, hop and fruity flavour, a very smooth refreshing drink, another one I like.

Brains, The Rev James Rye from Wales

Brains, The Rev James Rye, Wales Brains, The Rev James Rye, Wales

4.3% amber in colour with a nice head, hop aroma, malty taste with some hops but not too bad. The original one is below.

Brains, The Rev James from Wales

Brains, The Rev James, Wales Brains, The Rev James, Wales

4.5% deep amber colour with a good head, sweet malty aroma, malty taste with some fruitiness, I though it was an average cask beer but this bottle was good.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

York, second week in January

We went away to York for a few days at the end of the first week in January but we didn't get many new beers and those we did get were not good at all. We did however drink plenty of good beers though, but they have already been recorded on here before.

Ossett, Excelsior from England

Ossett, Excelsior, England

5.2% hazy gold colour with a nice head. citrus hoppy aroma and taste, not to my taste at all.

Bad Co, Clockwork Orange from England

Bad Co, Clockwork Orange, England

4.8% slightly cloudy gold in colour with a thin head, some orange in the aroma and taste but mainly hops

The Rat Brewery, Rat Crafted from England

The Rat Brewery, Rat Crafted, England

5.0% pale amber colour with a nice head, the rest of it is hops.

First beers of 2017

Well this year I am going to try and keep up, I do not think I will however. These are some of the new beers I have had up until the end of the second week in January.

I do however hope that the taste of beers improves this year as some of these beers are not that good. I think that the spate of new brewers around the county all seem intent on making very hoppy beers, especially with the use of new hops from America. Even the bigger brewers are doing the same sort of thing and it is not good at all.

Young's (Charles Wells), Special from England

Young's (Charles Wells), Special, England

4.5% amber in colour with a good head, some hops and caramel in the aroma and a nice bitter taste.

Samuel Adams, Rebel IPA from USA

Samuel Adams, Rebel IPA, USA Samuel Adams, Rebel IPA, USA

6.0% gold in colour with a thin head, the aroma and taste are the modern hop and slightly citrus, shame.

Eden Mill, St. Andrews 19th Brew from Scotland

Eden Mill, St. Andrews 19th Brew, Scotland Eden Mill, St. Andrews 19th Brew, Scotland

3.9% gold in colour with a thin head, the aroma and taste are the modern hop and slightly citrus, yet another one of these beers.

Brains, The Rev James Rye from Wales

Brains, The Rev James Rye, Wales Brains, The Rev James Rye, Wales

4.3% amber colour with a nice head, hop aroma, malty taste with some hops but not that bad.

Shepherd Neame, Spitfire Gold from England

Shepherd Neame, Spitfire Gold, England Shepherd Neame, Spitfire Gold, England

4.3% deep gold in colour with a poor head, hop aroma but the taste was ok as the hops were not that bad.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Christmas Beers 2016

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

Schwaben Bräu, Weihnachtsbier from Germany

Schwaben Bräu, Weihnachtsbier, Germany Schwaben Bräu, Weihnachtsbier, Germany

5.5% gold in colour with a thin head, normal lager but with a slight Christmas taste, not bad at all and in a nice bottle.

Brakspear, Hoppy Holiday from England

Brakspear, Hoppy Holiday, England Brakspear, Hoppy Holiday, England

4.0% gold in colour (or very pale amber) with a nice head, with a bitter hop aroma, there is a slight Christmasness to the taste but also lots of hops, although not too much.

Shepherd Neame, Master Brewer's Choice Rudolph's Reward from England

Shepherd Neame, Master Brewer's Choice Rudolph's Reward, England Master Brewer's, Rudolph's Reward, England

3,8% pale amber colour with a poor head, not very Christmassy in aroma or taste but drinkable.

Hatherwood, The Winter Warmer from England

Hatherwood, The Winter Warmer, England Hatherwood, The Winter Warmer, England

5.5% amber in colour with a thin head, it had a bitter aroma and a slight Christmas taste.

Samuel Smith's, Winter Welcome Ale 2016/2017 from England

Samuel Smith's, Winter Welcome Ale 2016/2017, England Samuel Smith's, Winter Welcome Ale 2016/2017, England

6.0% deep amber in colour with a nice head, fruity malt aroma, slightly bitter malt, caramel, fruit and hops taste, really nice.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Did I say more Draught Beer

Here are some more draught beers I had towards the end of this year.

Ninkasi Brewing (Banks), Ninkasi Special Bitter from USA (England)

Ninkasi Brewing (Banks), Ninkasi Special Bitter, USA (England)

5.8% amber colour with a nice head, fruity malt aroma and the taste is bitter malt, the best beer they had in Spoons this week.

North Yorkshire, Golden Ginseng from England

North Yorkshire, Golden Ginseng, England

3.6% gold colour with a nice head, bit of a floral aroma, taste is dry with some hops.

Black Sheep, Ember Inns Pale Ale from England

Black Sheep, Ember Inns Pale Ale, England

4.0% amber colour with a good head, not a bad aroma and taste. Had this in the Lake District and it is brewed specially for Ember Inns.

Robinsons, Unicorn from England

Robinsons, Unicorn, England

4.2% amber colour with a nice head, hoppy aroma, dry citrus hop and malt taste, good beer, I have had this one in bottles and that was good as well.