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.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Big Red

The second beer with lunch in Wetherspoons, Water House, was also a new one. My brother Mick wanted to taste it first before we bought it but I said that was the cowards way, wish I had tasted it first.
Ossett, Big Red from England
4.0% dark red colour with a thin head, fruity aroma, bitter fruit taste, not as good as it sounds.

Ossett, Big Red, England

Silly Billy

The First new beer in Durham was bought in Wetherspoons, Water House, with lunch.
Grainstore, Silly Billy from England
4.3% gold colour with a good head, citrus aroma and dry citrus taste, good pint of beer.

Grainstore, Silly Billy, England

Dark Side

Last beer for this visit to York, was in the Swan.
Salamander, Dark Side from England
4.8% black colour with a good head, roast malt aroma and taste. Salamander make that many different beers I think they must just give every new brew a new name.

Salamander, Dark Side, England

Freddie Trueman

The second beer in the Slip Inn York was
Copper Dragon, Freddie Trueman from England
4.0% gold colour with a thin head, malt aroma, fruity malt taste.

52 beers 3 - 28, Copper Dragon, Freddie Trueman, England

Sandstone

Back to the beers we had on our recent trip to York, this one was in the Slip Inn.
Wainstones, Sandstone from England
4.0% light amber with a good head, malt and hop aroma, nice bitter taste.

Wainstones, Sandstone, England

Friday In Again

Well this is becoming a habit, I am not going out again tonight, Dot is going for a meal with the girls and I am driving.  Hopefully there will be some new beers tomorrow but I still have plenty to to catch up on.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Two Strong Lagers

This week I have tried two different Strong Lagers and while both do the job, I do not think I would buy either of them again.
Carlsberg UK, Skol Super from England
9.0% gold colour with no head, malty alcohol aroma, strong alcohol taste you can feel the heat all the way down like whisky but fizzy.

Carlsberg UK, Skol Super, England

And Thorougoods, Imported Strong Lager from, somewhere in the EU
Brewed for Bargain Booze Ltd, it is 7.9% gold colour with a poor head, sweet sugary aroma, sweet alcohol taste, too sweet.

Thorougoods, Imported Strong Lager, EU (somewhere)

Four Mile Walk

Yesterday we did a short walk that turned out to be about four miles, more than we intended to do, well more than we intended to do before lunch.  We walked north from the old Pinchinthorpe railway station, along the disused Middlesbrough & Guisborough Railway, to where the path meets the Esk Valley Line and then back again.  After a picnic lunch in the warm sun (20C), I was too tired to walk any more so we moved on the Great Ayton and sat by the river Leven in the sun.

Topping and Train

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Short Walks

I have just added a new blog to outline the various Short Walks we have done over the last couple of years.

These are usually short circular walks, the photos are all in order of the rout left to right (although they may not have been taken on the day of the walk). If you click on a photo you will be taken to a larger image on my flickr page, where you can also click on, map, on the left of the page to find the location.

Beer is usually involved somewhere along the way.

Over that way

Monday, 21 March 2011

Yorkshire Dales

The last beer on Saturday was the second Yorkshire Dales beer I have had.
Yorkshire Dales, Great Shunner from England
4.2% very dark colour with a poor head, the aroma and taste are bitter chocolate, very ordinary.

Yorkshire Dales, Great Shunner, England

Great Shunner Fell is the third highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England.

The Last Wensleydale

On Saturday night I had the last of the Wensleydale beers that I bought in Leyburn (although there are still some Wensleydale beers for me to buy and try).
Wensleydale, Scotts Farm Ale from England.
4.4% hazy brown colour with no head, toffee and chocolate aroma, bitter caramel taste.

Wensleydale, Scotts Farm Ale, England

Cleaning the van

Today I am cleaning the van out after our week away. As our next trip away is without the van, several things need to be found in the van and transferred to suitcases.

Just got a call from the van insurance company, to let me know the it is that time of year again. £235 including UK recovery (not using it overseas this year), sounds good to me.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Saltaire, Blonde

Another Saturday night beer was,
Saltaire, Blonde from England
4.0% gold colour with a thin head, nice fruity aroma, and a good citrus hop taste.

Saltaire, Blonde, England

When Titus Salt built Saltaire in 1853 (the famous model village, now a World Heritage site), it did not even include a pub, now it has a brewery.

Paella, Beer and Rugby.

Last night we went to Jonathan and Lorraine's to watch the Rugby, drink beer and eat food.
The only disappointment of the night was England's poor performance, as they lost to the Irish, although England still won the Six Nations. The beer and the food was very good though and as the Rugby was involved in the night, the first beer review is also Rugby related.
Batemans, Hooker from England
4.1% amber colour with a thin head, malty aroma, bitter caramel taste, not at all like the commercial description.

Batemans, Hooker, England