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.

Monday, 1 July 2019

Spaten, German beers

Had a new Spaten beer last week and realised that I had not mentioned them before. Not that there is anything special about them but some are very good. I also have a very nice earthenware drinking mug from them that I had first before I ever heard of them.

Spaten, München Hell, Germany

Spaten, München Hell from Germany

Spaten, München Hell, Germany Spaten, München Hell, Germany

5.2%, another disappointing beer, I should have known better than try a this type of beer, must have been seduced by the nice bottle.

Spaten, Oktoberfertier from Germany

Spaten, Oktoberfertier, Germany Spaten, Oktoberfertier, Germany

5.9% gold in colour with a thin head, slightly sweet aroma and a malty taste.

Spaten, Optimator from Germany

Spaten, Optimator, Germany Spaten, Optimator, Germany

7.6% deep brown in colour with a nice head, malty aroma and a nice malty taste.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Looking back at Roundhill Brewery

With interest in the last Roundhill Brewery blog, I have looked back and picked out the following beers from older blogs. Plus a new one I had last night in The Crafty Cock Billingham, most are from there or The Porky Pint or The Fishermans Arms in Hartlepool. Also at the end is one that was never bloged.

Roundhill, Blue Gals from England

Roundhill, Blue Gals, England

4.4% slightly cloudy light amber in colour, a bit of a blueberry aroma and a not bad fruity taste, this is the one from last night.

Roundhill Brewery, Vegan Dark Ale from England

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 bitt made no difference at all.

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.

Roundhill Brewery, BPA (Billingham Pale Ale) from England

Roundhill Brewery, BPA (Billingham Pale Ale), England

5.2% gold in colour with a nice head, hoppy aroma and taste, not the best of theirs, for me that is.

Roundhill, Chocolate Orange Slug from England

Roundhill, Chocolate Orange Slug, England

4.8% dark brown in colour with a good head, a nice porter aroma and a slight orange porter taste.

Roundhill Brewery, Pale & Golden, England

Roundhill Brewery, Pale & Golden, England

4.2% gold in colour with a nice head, it did have a citrus aroma and it was a very nice bitter.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Some more from our trip to France 2019

I had quite a few new beers in France this year, here are three to start with, one is even from France.

Antwerpse Brouw, Seef Bier from Belgium

Antwerpse Brouw, Seef Bier, Belgium Antwerpse Brouw, Seef Bier, Belgium

6.5% hazy gold in colour with a good head, a sweet banana aroma, nice fizzy wheat beer taste.

Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie, Super Cadi from Belgium

Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie, Super Cadix, Belgium Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie, Super Cadix, Belgium

5.6% gold in colour with a good head, nice aroma with some hops, sweet hopy fizzy taste.

De Sutter, Trois Chariots Blonde IPA from France

De Sutter, Trois Chariots Blonde IPA, France De Sutter, Trois Chariots Blonde IPA, France

6.3% gold in colour with a good head, nice aroma and a slightly bitter mild hop taste.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Brasserie de Bellefois, France

Had some good beers on our recent trip to France, over the years the French beers have got better and better, here are some just from one brewery. These are bottles I brought back with me if it doesn't look at all like France.

Brasserie de Bellefois, 732 Bière Dorèe from France

Brasserie de Bellefois, 732 Bière Dorèe, France Brasserie de Bellefois, 732 Bière Dorèe, France

5.6% pale cloudy amber in colour with a thin head, malt aroma, the taste is malty toffee and some yeast.

Brasserie de Bellefois, 1356 Bière Blonde from France

Brasserie de Bellefois, 1356 Bière Blonde, France Brasserie de Bellefois, 1356 Bière Blonde, France

5.6% cloudy amber in colour with a thin head (strange for a blonde), malty aroma, the taste in bitter sweet malts and fruits.

Brasserie de Bellefois, 1356 Bière Rousse from France


Brasserie de Bellefois, 1356 Bière Rousse, France Brasserie de Bellefois, 1356 Bière Rousse, France

5.6% deep red in colour with a thin head, nice malty aroma and the taste is a good low hop very nice beer. It tasted more English that modern English beer does.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Roundhill Brewery Trip, Billingham

Recently I went on a trip to the closest brewery to my house, it's about three miles away, I was meeting up with the lads from the Fish in Hartlepool. The brewery was the Roundhill Brewery, only small but very good. It is on the Cowpen Lane Industrial Estate, so not far at all for me.

We had four beers and a talk on how it was made, all in all a very good trip.

Roundhill Brewery, Bewley Blonde, England

Roundhill Brewery, Bewley Blonde, England

4.3% gold in colour with a nice head, hoppy aroma, bit hoppy but not bad at all.

Roundhill Brewery, Mabel the Table, England

Roundhill Brewery, Mabel the Table, England

3.2% deep gold in colour with a good head, it has hops in the aroma and the taste was a nice easy to drink beer.

Roundhill Brewery, Billy Town Brown, England

Roundhill Brewery, Billy Town Brown, England

3.9% deep brown in colour with a nice head, nice brown ale aroma and taste.

Roundhill Brewery, Midnight Slug Porter, England

Roundhill Brewery, Midnight Slug Porter, England

4.8% black in colour with a good head, nice rich porter aroma, slightly sweet porter taste, this is the one I had most of.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Beers from last night

These are the beers I had last night around Dave and Claire's, Dave now likes the really strongly hopped beers, I can drink them but they are not a favorite. Even though I had these last night some of the photos are older. One of the beers though was very good see if you can work out which one it was.

Williams Brothers, Rubus Grapefruit IPA from Scotland

Williams Brothers, Rubus Grapefruit IPA, Scotland

5.5% gold in colour with a nice head, the aroma was of fruit and the taste was definitely grapefruit, not good.

Aldi, The Hop Foundry Triple Hopped Pale Ale from England

Aldi, The Hop Foundry Triple Hopped Pale Ale, England

4.0% gold in colour with a nice head, some hops in the aroma and plenty of hops in the taste.

BrewDog, Punk IPA from Scotland

BrewDog, Punk IPA, Scotland

5.6% (the original photo of the bottle is 6.0%) gold in colour with next to no head, all I got was hops, in the aroma and taste, as before I do not like this.

BrewDog, Dead Pony Club from Scotland

BrewDog, Dead Pony Club, Scotland

3.8% pale red in colour with a poor head, hops and far to much hops, it says californian pale ale, it should stay there. It is not as bad as the first tasting in 2014, the hops have come down quite q bit.

Affligem, Blond from Belgium

Affligem, Blond, Belgium Affligem, Blond, Belgium

6.8% abbey blond, gold in colour with a good head, hop aroma, although the commercial description says "low on bitterness" I found it to be bitter with a hoppy taste  but still very good.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Ninkasi, the French one.

I have had other beers with the same makers name Ninkasi but this is for the French one.

Ninkasi, Blonde Pilsner from France

Ninkasi, Blonde Pilsner, France Ninkasi, Blonde Pilsner, France

4.0% hazy gold in colour with a nice head, hoppy aroma and taste.

Ninkasi, Ambree from France

Ninkasi, Ambree, France Ninkasi, Ambree, France

4.5% amber in colour with a nice head, a citrus aroma and a hoppy fruity taste.

Ninkasi, French IPA from France

Ninkasi, French IPA, France Ninkasi, French IPA, France

5.4% amber in colour with a nice head, malt, caramel and hop in the aroma, nice taste with not too much hop. The one that frightened me the most, was actually the best.

Friday, 29 March 2019

January's Beers continued

Continuing with the beers I had in January, these were just as bad as the last lot I had.

Timmermans, Lambicus Blanche from Belgium

Timmermans, Lambicus Blanche, Belgium Timmermans, Lambicus Blanche, Belgium

4.5% hazy pale gold in colour with a thin head, a sour aroma and taste, not good at all.

Box Steam, Pony Truck from England

Box Steam, Pony Truck, England Box Steam, Pony Truck, England

3.8% pale amber in colour with a thin head, slightly fruity aroma and you can taste the hopps.

Van Vollenhoven & Co, Falcon Ale from Holland

Van Vollenhoven & Co, Falcon Ale, Holland Van Vollenhoven & Co, Falcon Ale, Holland

6.2% gold in colour with a thin head, grapefruit and hop aroma, and a bitter hop taste.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Bottles from early January

Here are three of the bottles I had back in January, I have not written much about them as that is what I thought at the time, even though they are all German.

Braukunst Keller, Bavarian from Germany

Braukunst Keller, Bavarian, Germany Braukunst Keller, Bavarian, Germany

5.3% hazy gold in colour with a thin head, zesty aroma and taste with some hops.

Hopfmeister, Franz Josef from Germany

Hopfmeister, Franz Josef, Germany Hopfmeister, Franz Josef, Germany

4.9% gold in colour with a thin head, citrus aroma and a hoppy taste.

Hanscraft Co, Bayerisch Nizza Wheat Pale Ale from Germany

Hanscraft  Co, Bayerisch Nizza Wheat Pale Ale, Germany Hanscraft  Co, Bayerisch Nizza Wheat Pale Ale, Germany

5.0% cloudy gold in colour with a thin head, a bitter sweet aroma and a tangy citrus taste.