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.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Lynx Beers

While we were out on Halloween, I popped into a small shop near the Royal Oak in Great Ayton. I had just said to Dot, "I bet they don't have a beer I haven't had" and immediately spotted two I hadn't had.

Bavaria Brouwerij, Lynx Premium, from Holland

Bavaria Brouwerij, Lynx Premium, Holland

5.0% gold colour with a no head, usual lager aroma and taste, drinkable and reasonably priced, better than I thought it would be.

Bavaria Brouwerij, Lynx Super, from Holland

Bavaria Brouwerij, Lynx Super, Holland

7.9% gold colour with no head, sweet sugary aroma, very sweet alcohol taste and a strange bitter aftertaste, dreadful beer.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011


We drove to Whitby for a day out on Halloween, a good place to be on such a day, the scene of the original Dracula story. We had a good day, it was warm and the sun was out, great for the last day of October. At the end of the pier, we even paid the £1.20 each to climb to the top of the old lighthouse (something I wouldn't do before), some good views from the top. It was part of Goth week so there were even more people in costume than would normally be expected at Halloween in the UK. As well as the Goths there were Steam Punks and also lots of Pirates, I know about the Goths and Steam Punks but when did people start dressing as Pirates.

Didn't have a beer in Whitby but we did stop off at the Royal Oak, in Great Ayton and there was a Halloween beer on draught, it was very good, so I had two. Dot was driving after that, the Royal Oak seems to be a very nice and friendly pub.

Caledonian, Trick or Treat from Scotland

Caledonian, Trick or Treat, Scotland

4.4% deep gold colour with a good head, toffee aroma, mild toffee and hop taste, I got no ginger at all but I did like it a lot.

We then moved on closer to home and had another Halloween beer in the Ship at Wolviston.

Nick Stafford’s Hambleton Ales, Ghostly Glory, England

Nick Stafford’s Hambleton Ales, Ghostly Glory, England

4.0% deep gold colour with a good head, fudge aroma, some toffee in the taste, nice.