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.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Middleton-in-Teesdale One

We have just had a couple of nights away in a Hotel in Middleton-in-Teesdale, we had bought another two night Bed & Breakfast voucher from Groupon. It didn't get off to a good start though, as I had stupidly applied for a job and the interview was on the afternoon of the first day away. It also meant that I was a bit stressed for a lot of the time we were there.

Day one, Monday 18th June

As soon as the interview was over we set of for Middleton-in-Teesdale and had a good drive there. When we arrived at The Forresters Hotel & Restaurant, there was nowhere to park, so Dot went in to ask. We had to drive down a narrow lain to get to the back of the hotel where we were met by the boss and shown to our room.

All I wanted was a beer to see if I could relax, so it was straight down to the hotel bar. Waiting there was a bonus, a hand pulled beer, a hand pulled beer I hadn't had before.

Jarrow Brewery, Rivet Catcher from England

Jarrow Brewery, Rivet Catcher, England

4.0% gold colour with a good head, citrus hop aroma and a refreshing citrus hop taste.

After two of them, I was feeling a little better and we went to look at the rest of the village. it was getting late and the shops were closing, so we had a look at the couple of bridges while the sun was still shining.


On the walk back we looked into the other hotel in town and they also had a hand pulled beer I hadn't had.

Mithril, Game of 2 Halves from England

Mithril, Game of 2 Halves, England

4.1% gold colour with a good head, citrus hop aroma, citrus hop taste.

Again I had two, sat outside in the sun, something very rare this year, before going back to our hotel for another couple of Rivet Catcher.


Neither of these bars had a TV so I missed my first match of Euro 2012 but I did catch up later, with the highlights show in the room.

Beer Time


  1. Hope you got over your bad start... looking at the foti at least you seem to be enjoying the beer.. I am a whisky man myself... I discovered years ago there is no such thing as bad whisky.. some just taste better than others..

    1. Mostly the same with beers Jimmy

    2. I suppose it is.... My brother in law is from Mansfield.... Although I am not a beer drinker for some strange reason I had no issue and could manage a pint of Mansfield Ale.. I remember in the early 60s when I went into the Forces.. I went into a pub in Aldershot and got a pint of Courage and Barclay... I think that is what it was called.. I spat the first mouthful out straight at the bar, I really thought it was warm soapy water..and a trick had been played on me.. A few minutes later I was happy drinking a Double Diamond... No idea if those makes are still there.. But my tipple is Grouse.. It tastes the same in Edinburgh, Middlesborough and Hong Kong..

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