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, 15 January 2016

Theakston's

The Theakston's Brewery was sold in the 1980's but it went back to the family in the 2004 and I just realised that I have not covered them before. So here is a list of the Theakston beers I have photos of, as with the last list, some of the labels may have changed.

Theakston, Lightfoot from England

Theakston, Lightfoot, England 52 beers 3 - 38, Theakston, Lightfoot, England

4.1% gold colour with a thin head, slight soapy aroma, dry sweet citrus taste, better than is sounds.

Theakston, Black Bull Bitter from England

Theakston, Black Bull Bitter, England

3.9%, amber colour with a very good head, malt aroma, very good bitter taste, very good bitter.

Theakston, Masham Glory from England


Theakston, Masham Glory, England Theakston, Masham Glory, England

4.7% amber in colour with a thin head, fruity aroma, dry mixed fruit and peel taste, like tasting a Christmas cake as you mix in the ingredients, as you can probably guess this was very good.

Theakston, Dark from England

52 beers 3 - 26, Theakston, Dark (Mild), England

3.5% black with a good head, malt aroma, roasted malt taste, not as watery as some milds but this was a smooth version.

Theakston, XB from England

Theakston, XB, England Theakston, XB, England

4.5% amber colour with a good head, sweet fruity aroma, fruity malt taste, quite nice (after trying so many poor beers since this, quite nice, means it was very good indeed).

Theakston, Old Peculier from England

Theakston, Old Peculier, England Theakston, Old Peculier, England

5.6% deep brown colour with a thin head, malt aroma, malty liquorish flavour, a very very good beer.

Theakston, Hogshead Bitter from England

Theakston, Hogshead Bitter, England Theakston, Hogshead Bitter, England

4.1% amber colour with a nice head, sweet malt and hop aroma, bitter caramel taste, nice.

Theakston, Distiller's Cask from England

Theakston, Distiller's Cask, England Theakston, Distiller's Cask, England

6.5% deep amber colour with a thin head, vanilla aroma, caramel malty sweetness with a hint of whisky.

Theakston, Best Bitter from England

Theakston, Best Bitter, England

3.8%. amber colour with a good head, malt aroma and bitter malt taste, a good standard English draught bitter.

Black Sheep

After the Theakston's Brewery was sold in the 1980's, (although is went back to the family in the 2000's) in 1992 Paul Theakston established the Black Sheep Brewery in the old Lightfoot Brewery premises. What is amazing to me is that I have never covered the Black Sheep Brewery beers properly on here before, I have done some in the past but never all together. So here goes, some of the labels may have changed but these are the ones I have and it is rather a long list.

By the way I do not think that I have covered the Theakston's Brewery either, so that will have to follow.

Black Sheep, Black Sheep Ale from England

Black Sheep, Black Sheep Ale, England Black Sheep, Black Sheep Ale, England

4.4%, amber colour with a thin head, slight hop aroma, fairly bitter hoppy flavour, nice.

Black Sheep, Riggwelter from England

Black Sheep, Riggwelter, England

5.7% deep dark brown with a good head, strong but very nice dark Yorkshire ale.

Black Sheep, Golden Sheep from England

Black Sheep, Golden Sheep, England Black Sheep, Golden Sheep, England

4.7%, gold colour with a thin head, sweet citrus hop aroma, slight fruit and bitter hop taste, nice beer.

Black Sheep, Yorkshire Square Ale from England

Black Sheep, Yorkshire Square Ale, England

5.0% light amber with a thin head, malt aroma, dry citrus fruit and malt taste, very nice.

Black Sheep, Monty Pythons Holy Grail from England

Black Sheep, Monty Pythons Holy Grail, England Black Sheep, Monty Pythons Holy Grail, England

4.7% gold colour with a thin head, citrus hop aroma, bitter citrus hop taste, obviously named after the great Monty Python film.

Black Sheep, Emmerdale from England

Black Sheep, Emmerdale, England

4.2% gold colour with a thin head, slight malty aroma, tastes like a cheap bitter, a gimmicky beer, for tourists. Named after the fictitious dale, the setting for the long running soap, Emmerdale (formerly Emmerdale Farm).

Black Sheep, Velo from England

Black Sheep, Velo, England Black Sheep, Velo, England

4.2% clod colour with a nice head, hoppy aroma and fruity hop taste, not the best from Sheep but ok. it was produced for the Tour de France 2014.

Black Sheep, Ruddy Ram from England

52 beers 4 - 17, Black Sheep, Ruddy Ram, England

4.0% dark brown in colour with a good head, chocolate and coffee aroma, taste is similar but ever so slightly thin.

Black Sheep, Golden Sheep from England

Black Sheep, Golden Sheep, England Black Sheep, Golden Sheep, England

4.7%, gold colour with a thin head, sweet citrus hop aroma, slight fruit smooth bitter hop taste, nice beer.

Black Sheep, Blind Side from England

Black Sheep, Blind Side, England.

4.3% amber colour with a nice head, not much aroma but with a bitter woody taste.

There are more but they will have to wait.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Truefitt Brewing

My Daughter bought me a pack local beers at Christmas and last night while listening to our local football team winning I drank them. For a new brewer, these beers were not too bad at all, they have only been brewing since 2012 and are doing fairly well. Although three of these beers are far too hoppy for me but I can see how well they are made. However the stout was very nice and I will have to see if the make an ordinary brown beer, that is more for next time.

Truefitt Brewing, TEAsside IPA (Jasmine Green Tea) from England


Truefitt Brewing, TEAsside IPA Jasmine Green Tea, England Truefitt Brewing, TEAsside IPA Jasmine Green Tea, England

5.5% hazy gold colour with a thin head, slight tea aroma and a very hoppy taste it was also very bitter. This was a trial brew and it was not too bad.

Truefitt Brewing, Erimus from England


Truefitt Brewing, Erimus, England Truefitt Brewing, Erimus, England

3.9% gold colour with a good head, very hoppy aroma and taste, I am sure those that like hoppy would love this.

Truefitt Brewing, Mydilsburgh from, England

Truefitt Brewing, Mydilsburgh, England Truefitt Brewing, Mydilsburgh, England

5.0% gold colour with a good head, hoppy aroma and taste, very much like the others but as I have said not too bad.

Truefitt Brewing, Ironopolis from England

Truefitt Brewing, Ironopolis, England Truefitt Brewing, Ironopolis, England

4.7% black in colour with a good brown head, coffee aroma and a nice bitter stout taste, the best I have had yet..