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.

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.

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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.

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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

Friday, 22 June 2012

4th Fisherman's Arms Beer Festival

The fourth Fish beer festival was over the Queens Diamond Jubilee holiday weekend, we only managed one day this time but did manage a few new beers.

As every other time, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve and Mandy from Fisherman's Arms (and anyone else involved in the organisation) for doing such a great job.

Also as last time, as I had so many new beers on the night, I am going to do the reviews differently, you will have to click the photo to see the review.

So the new beers I had that night were, in no particular order,

Ossett, Silver King, England

Ossett, Silver King, England

Acorn, God Save The Queen, England

Acorn, God Save The Queen, England

Marston's, Pedigree Diamond, England

Marston's, Pedigree Diamond, England

Oldershaw, Regal Blonde, England

Oldershaw, Regal Blonde, England

Ilkley, Ilkley Jubilee, England

Ilkley. Ilkley Jubilee, England

Titanic, Rule Britannia, England

Titanic, Rule Britannia, England

Slater's, Diamond Jubilee, England

52 beers 4 - 41, Slater's, Diamond Jubilee, England

Flipside, English Crown, England

Flipside, English Crown, England

Daleside, Pride of England, England

Daleside, Pride of England, England

Brewster's, Marquis, England

Brewster's, Marquis, England

Wold Top, Diamond Jubilee Beer 52-12, England

Wold Top, Diamond Jubilee Beer 52-12, England