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.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Four Beers this Week

Four new beers this week, although one is an old favorite with a new strength (the strength did rise quite a while ago but I only just noticed).

First the old favorite Marston's, Pedigree from England Old and New

Marston's, Pedigree (4.5%), England   Marston's, Pedigree (5.0%), England

The old one was 4.5%, the new is 5.0%, not much differences in taste, although the new one may be a bit sweeter. the new 5.0%, deep amber colour with a thin head, aroma is malt, taste is malt, liquorice and toffee with a sweet aftertaste of refreshers.

The next on is also one I have had before, on draught in Durham, it was good then so worth trying in bottles.

Marston's, EPA from England

Marston's, EPA, England   Marston's, EPA, England

3.6% golden colour with a good head, fruity hop aroma, citrus hop taste, it was as good in bottles as it was on draught and at 3.6%, it just goes to prove, beer doesn't have to be strong to be good.

Next, Robinsons, Unicorn from England

Robinsons, Unicorn, England  Robinsons, Unicorn, England

4.3% amber colour with a thin head, hop and malt aroma, hop and malt aroma taste, quite a good beer.

Lastly, Thomas Hardy, Ushers Founders from England

Thomas Hardy, Ushers Founders, England  Thomas Hardy, Ushers Founders, England

4.7% deep amber colour with a thin head, low in aroma, taste is malt and hop, an ok bitter. It is possibly better than is sounds here but the other beers were all better on the night.


  1. The Pedigree seems to up and down at those two strengths, a photo of mine from feb 2010 says exactly what you commented above. They seem to alternate with the white bottle and the black design also.

  2. From ratebeer,
    Marston’s is raising the abv of its Pedigree bottled ale to 5% and giving it a new red label. The Burton-Upon-Trent brewer has "changed the process, not the recipe" of its 50cl bottle in order to better reflect the taste and aroma of the cask ale version, according to brewing director Richard Westwood. The new red label design will also be rolled out to cans and cask hand pulls, but they will both remain at 4.5%abv. Westwood told OLN: "We didn’t want to produce a new beer. We used the same raw materials and tweaked the process to produce a beer that retains all of Pedigree’s characteristics. "It’s a better match to the cask version." The new bottles will start appearing on shelves over the next couple of weeks. Marston’s have pledged to absorb costs so there will be no price rises stemming from the launch and new look.

  3. head to head taste test might be in order i think!!!