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, 14 July 2017

Local New Small Pub

Around here and most of the UK, lots of small pubs are opening up, most selling beers from local brewers. When I started drinking (many years ago) there were many pub like this and I hope they are here to stay.

I decided to pop into one last week and will make it a promise to visit the others soon. You may notice that one of these beers is not very local though. So these are the beers I had in the pub right next to my local Indian, the Crafty Cock had some good beers and it was handy for food afterwards.

Roundhill Brewery, Brown Ale from England

Roundhill Brewery, Brown Ale, England

4.9% deep brown with a good head, not much aroma but a really good taste maybe a bit of liquorice. This is from the closest brewery to me.

Roosters, YPA from England

Roosters, YPA, England

4.1% gold in colour with a nice head, not much aroma and a taste that was not bad.

Bad Co, Whiter Shade of Pale from England

Bad Co, Whiter Shade of Pale, England

3.2% pale gold in colour with a thin head, some hop in the aroma and a hoppy taste,

Velkopopovicky, Kozel Czech Export from the Czech Republic

Velkopopovicky, Kozel Czech Export, Czech Republic

4.0% gold in colour with a nice head, low in aroma, it had a bit of a lager taste but not bad.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Holiday by the Loire

Well I had a week away down in the Loire area of France and had some really nice beers, that was not a big surprise as I have done this many times now.  Our Holiday blog

Lets start with a typical French beer

St Omar, Biere d'Or Des Flanderes from France

St Omar, Biere d'Or Des Flanderes, France St Omar, Biere d'Or Des Flanderes, France

4.0% gold in colour with a thin head, just a plain ordinary hot weather French beer but not bad. I think I actually bought this one when I got back home.

Les Brasseurs De Gayant (Saint-Omer), Itinéraire des Saveurs Biere Blonde de Garde du Nord from France

Les Brasseurs De Gayant (Saint-Omer), Itinéraire des Saveurs Biere Blonde de Garde du Nord, France Les Brasseurs De Gayant (Saint-Omer), Itinéraire des Saveurs Biere Blonde de Garde du Nord, France

6.0% gold in colour with a nice head, a nice slightly sweet aroma and a good Blonde taste, very nice. Another photo taken in England but I did buy it in France.

Saint-Omer (ALDI), Kusterbier from France

Saint-Omer (ALDI), Kusterbier, France Saint-Omer (ALDI), Kusterbier, France

4.5% gold in colour with a poor head a very typical French beer, even though RateBeer say it is made in England this was bought on the Loire in France and I do not think it was from home.


Mort Subite, Witte Lambic from Belgium


Mort Subite, Witte Lambic, Belgium Mort Subite, Witte Lambic, Belgium

5.5% hazy yellow in colour with a nice head and quite fizzy, sweet limy aroma, nice but sweet fruity wheat beer taste.

Karlsbräu, Ecu d’Or Blonde from France

Karlsbräu, Ecu d’Or Blonde, France Karlsbräu, Ecu d’Or Blonde, France

6.4% gold in colour with a thin head, nice malt aroma and the taste is a quite nice blonde.

Karlsbräu, Ecu d’Or Blanche from France

Karlsbräu, Ecu d’Or Blanche, France Karlsbräu, Ecu d’Or Blanche, France

4.5% cloudy yellow with a good head, a nice typical French wheat beer.

Britt, Altiplano Bière Bio au Quinoa sans gluten from France

Britt, Altiplano Bière Bio au Quinoa sans gluten, France Britt, Altiplano Bière Bio au Quinoa sans gluten, France

4.5% cloudy gold in colour with a thin head, malt aroma and taste, not too bad.

Saint-Omer, Kingsbräu Abbaye from France

Saint-Omer, Kingsbräu Abbaye, France

6.2% blond in colour with a thin head, another good French abbaye beer

Monday, 8 May 2017

Greene King, IPA's

Greene King, the brewer from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, seems to me to make quite a few India Pale Ale's and most are very good. So I will have a look at the Greene King IPA beers that I have tried. I will do them in order of strength with the weakest first.

Greene King, IPA

Greene King, IPA, England Greene King, IPA, England

3.6% amber in colour with a thin head, hop aroma, a nice light hop taste and very easy to drink.

Greene King, East Coast IPA

Greene King, East Coast IPA, England Greene King, East Coast IPA, England

4.0% gold colour with a thin head, it was very much like one of the Badgers beers.

Greene King, IPA Gold

Greene King, IPA Gold, England Greene King, IPA Gold, England

4.1% gold in colour with a thin head, citrus hop aroma, smooth and mild citrus hop taste.

Greene King, IPA Export

Greene King, IPA Export, England Greene King, IPA Export, England

5.0% amber in colour but darker than your usual IPA, light hop aroma and it had a hint of toffee in the taste, nice.

Greene King, IPA Reserve

Greene King, IPA Reserve, England Greene King, IPA Reserve, England

5.4% deep amber in colour with a thin head, bit of a hoppy aroma and a nice bitter hop taste.

Greene King, Double Hop Monster IPA

Greene King, Double Hop Monster IPA, England Greene King, Double Hop Monster IPA, England

7.2 deep gold in colour with a good head, sweet hoppy aroma, it as quite a hoppy taste but not too bad,

Greene King, Very Special India Pale Ale

52 beers 4 - 21, Greene King, Very Special India Pale Ale, England Greene King, Very Special India Pale Ale, England

7.5% amber in colour with a thin head, hoppy aroma, strong hop and alcohol taste but not too bad.

There is also this one from Tesco that I have had.

Metropolitan Brewing Co (Greene King for Tesco.), Big Bad Wolf IPA

Metropolitan Brewing Co (Greene King for Tesco.). Big Bad Wolf IPA. England Metropolitan Brewing Co (Greene King for Tesco.). Big Bad Wolf IPA. England

6,0% deep gold in colour with a nice head, citrus hop aroma, dry with some caramel and hops.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

A couple from Japan

These are my first Japanese beers since our Joshua finished working in Japan. One of these was good, the other one was bad. They came from Booths supermarket, a great place for beer buying, although there do not seem to be many of them about.

Hitachino Nest, Saison Du Japon from Japan

Hitachino Nest, Saison Du Japon, Japan Hitachino Nest, Saison Du Japon, Japan

5.0% yellow in colour with a thin head, bitter aroma and a foul acidic metallic taste, not good at all.

Hitachino Nest, White Ale from Japan

Hitachino Nest, White Ale, Japan Hitachino Nest, White Ale, Japan

5.5% cloudy gold in colour with a nice head, the aroma and taste where more like a French / Belgian wheat beer than a German one but very nice.

Day at Jon's 9th April

Here are some from overseas we had at the beginning of April when over at Jon's.

Veltins, Grevensteiner Naturtrübes Landbier from Germany

Veltins, Grevensteiner Naturtrübes Landbier, Germany Veltins, Grevensteiner Naturtrübes Landbier, Germany

5.2% slightly cloudy gold colour with a thin head, some caramel in the aroma, malty sweet taste.

Frankfurter Brauhaus (Lidl), Perlenbacher Weissbier from Germany

Frankfurter Brauhaus (Lidl), Perlenbacher Weissbier, Germany

5.0% cloudy yellow in colour with a thin head, another good wheat beer, even if it was from Lidl.

Perła, Mocna from Poland

Perła, Mocna, Poland

7.6% light amber in colour with a very thin head, if there was any aroma it was alcohol and the taste wasn't as strong as alcohol level

Some from the Fish Beerfest in April

Here are the beers I missed from the Fish Beer Festival in April, there are quite a few but I will put them all on one blog. All of the beers are from the UK and most are local to the pub.

Allendale, GFPA Gluten Free IPA

Allendale, GFPA Gluten Free IPA, England

4.7% a hazy gold colour with a thin head, hoppy aroma and a fruity hop taste. This one was Gluten Free, but far too hoppy for me.

Allendale, American Brown Ale

Allendale, American Brown Ale, England

4.6% brown in colour with a good head, malty aroma and nice malty taste. This one was good.

Roundhill Brewery, Vegan Dark Ale

Roundhill Brewery, Vegan Dark Ale, England

5.2% dark red in colour with a nice head, fruity aroma and a sweet but nice taste, the vegan bit made no difference at all. This is a very local brewery to me and was nice to find.

Durham Brewery, Jaded Muse

Durham Brewery, Jaded Muse, England

4.4% amber in colour with a nice head, hoppy aroma and taste, not the best from Durham.

Bosun's, Down the Hatch

Bosun's, Down the Hatch, England

4.0% gold in colour with a nice head, malt and hops in the aroma and the taste was not dissimilar.

Blackhill, 70 Fathom

Blackhill, 70 Fathom, England

4.0% gold in colour with a thin head, herbal aroma, the taste was a bit fruity and not to hoppy

Blackhill, Jet

Blackhill, Jet, England

4.1% gold colour with a thin head, some fruit in the aroma and the taste was zesty, not too good.

Hilltop, Classic Bitter


Hilltop, Classic Bitter, England

3.9% amber in colour with a nice head, nice bitter aroma and taste, a good ordinary beer.

Yard of Ale Brew Co, Mochsta

Yard of Ale Brew Co, Mochsta, England

4.5% black in colour with a good head, coffee and malt aroma, the taste was of dark malt with some hops.

Yard of Ale Brew Co, Free the New World

Yard of Ale Brew Co, Free the New World, England

4.2% gold in colour with a nice head, malt and hop aroma, the taste was hops.