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, 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.

Friday, 9 December 2016

More Draught Beers

Some more from the second part of this year, I still have quite a few to do.

Elland, Elland Blond from England

Elland, Elland Blond, England

4.0% deep gold in colour with a nice head, quite a nice bitter but a bit hoppy, again.

Backyard Brew, Shed Head American Pale Ale from Sweden

Backyard Brew, Shed Head American Pale Ale, Sweden

4.6% deep gold with a thin head, floral fruitiness in the aroma and taste, but not too hoppy at all.

Arcadia (Caledonian), Thunder Trail from USA (Scotland)

Arcadia (Caledonian), Thunder Trail, USA (Scotland)

5.2% light amber in colour with a nice head, malt aroma, the taste is some caramel, not a bad beer.

Eagle (Adnams), Ah Reet Summer Blonde from New Zealand (England)

Eagle (Adnams), Ah Reet Summer Blonde, New Zealand (England)

4.4% gold colour with a nice head, citrus hop aroma and a bitter taste.

Naylor's, Origaninal Liquorice Libation from England

Naylor's, Origaninal Liquorice Libation, England

4.4% black in colour with a nice head, the aroma is blackcurrant and something strange, the taste is a stout with liquorice and blackcurrant, not that good at all.

Some Draught Beers

Here are some draught beers I have had over the second part of this year, all a bit late I know but at least I have eventually done them.

Pretty Things (Caledonian), Seasoned Traveller from the USA (well Scotland really)

Pretty Things (Caledonian), Seasoned Traveller, USA (Scotland)

5.0% gold colour with a thin head, citrus aroma and a bit too much of a hop taste, one of Wetherspoons made in the UK beers.

Allegra (Truman's), Ipanema IPA from Brazil (England)

Allegra (Truman's), Ipanema IPA, Brazil (England)

4.6% gold in colour with a thin head, some fruit and hop in the aroma and a hoppy taste, another one from Spoons.

Hambleton Ales, Celeia Gold from England

Hambleton Ales, Celeia Gold, England

4.0% gold in colour with a nice head, citrus hop aroma and taste but not too bad at all.

Milestone, Going For Gold from England

Milestone, Going For Gold, England

4.3% gold colour with a good head, hop aroma and taste but not too bad again.

Brewster's, Hophead from England

Brewster's, Hophead, England

3.6% gold colour with a thin head, another one that is all hops not too good.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

More beers to catch up.

Still catching up on some of the beers from the last few weeks, I am very easily distracted from what I am doing and I think that is why I have got so far behind. Hopefully I am getting better at this, we will have to just see how it goes.

St. James’s Gate (Diageo), Hop House 13 Lager from Ireland

St. James’s Gate (Diageo), Hop House 13 Lager, Ireland. St. James’s Gate (Diageo), Hop House 13 Lager, Ireland.

5.0% gold colour with a thin head, hop aroma and the taste was not at all like lager, this one is from the makers of Guinness.

Titanic, Mid Atlantic from England

Titanic, Mid Atlantic, England Titanic, Mid Atlantic, England

4.5% amber colour with a thin head, some citrus in the aroma and also in the taste.

Banks's, Amber Bitter from England

Banks's, Amber Bitter, England Banks's, Amber Bitter, England

3.8% amber colour with a nice head, a really average beer and not much different from the Banks’s Bitter, I said average but it was still better than those very hoppy beers.

Baytown, Press Gang's Arrival from England

Baytown, Press Gang's Arrival, England Baytown, Press Gang's Arrival, England

3.8% pale amber in colour with a thin head, an average pale ale but not too bad.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Last from our second trip to France 2016

Here we go with the last beers from the last trip to France this year, well the ones I have drunk anyway.

Lepers, Pastor Ale from France

Lepers, Pastor Ale, France Lepers, Pastor Ale, France

5.0% deep gold in colour with a thin head, not a bad beer in an attractive bottle.

Brasserie des Sources, Abbatiale Grand Biere De Garde from France

Brasserie des Sources, Abbatiale Grand Biere De Garde, France Brasserie des Sources, Abbatiale Grand Biere De Garde, France

7.0% amber colour with a thin head, malty aroma, strong fruity caramel aroma.

St Feuillien, St Feuillien Triple from Belgium

St Feuillien, St Feuillien Triple, Belgium St Feuillien, St Feuillien Triple, Belgium

8.5% gold in colour with a nice head, it had a sweet aroma with a nice strong slightly bitter taste.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Last from our first trip to France 2016

I think that these may be the last of the beers I got while on the first holiday in France this year, there may be one or two more but we will have to see later. Some of these where drunk back home but some where drunk in France, anyway they were all bought over there.

Gayant, La Goudale Ambree from France

Gayant, La Goudale Ambree, France Gayant, La Goudale Ambree, France

7.2% amber in colour with a thin head, some caramel in the aroma and not a bad taste at all.

Saint Germain, Page 24 IPA from France

Saint Germain, Page 24 IPA, France Saint Germain, Page 24 IPA, France

4.9% amber colour with a thin head, it was quite nice and not really an IPA at all.

Saint Germain, Page 24 Irish Stout from France

Saint Germain, Page 24 Irish Stout, France Saint Germain, Page 24 Irish Stout, France

3.9% black in colour with a thin head. light roasted aroma, taste is light roast but with a watery finish.

St-Feuillien, Saint Graal from Belgium

St-Feuillien, Saint Graal, Belgium St-Feuillien, Saint Graal, Belgium

8.0% hazy gold colour with a good head, sweet aroma and a strong fizzy taste, very strong.

Brasseries de Bourbon, Bourbon from Réunion Island (France)

Brasseries de Bourbon, Bourbon,  Réunion Island (France) Brasseries de Bourbon, Bourbon,  Réunion Island (France)

5.0% gold in colour with a thin head, there was some grass in the aroma and the taste was quite nice.

A set from our French holidays 2016

During our first trip to France in 2016, I had a set of beers from the Coreff brewery. I thought I would cover these together but separate from the others.

Coreff, Ambrée (Goularz) from France

Coreff, Ambrée (Goularz), France Coreff, Ambrée (Goularz), France

5.0% amber in colour with a nice head, malt aroma and taste, it is a bit fizzy but not bad.

Coreff, Blonde (Melen) from France

Coreff, Blonde (Melen), France Coreff, Blonde (Melen), France

4.2% gold colour with a thin head, at first it was like Leffe but it was a bit thin, it was weaker after all.

Coreff, Blanche (Gwenn) from France

Coreff, Blanche (Gwenn), France Coreff, Blanche (Gwenn), France

4.5% hazy yellow in colour with a nice head, a typical French Blanche, slightly bitter.