Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Best Of British Beer: October Case.
It's safe to say I've not had the best week or so. Not getting jobs I've interviewed for and various things just not going my way. It was after a 12 hour shift that I was just about ready to explode. I stormed in, threw my bag down and slumped down on the sofa ready for a night of disappointing telly and the realisation that it would all start again tomorrow. Until I noticed a familiar box sitting in the corner of the living room. Emblazoned across the side were four words that, when used together, I have come to adore. IT'S BEST OF BRITISH BEER TIME! Another huge thanks has to go to these chaps for providing me with yet another wonderful case to sample.
Lancaster Brewery for some time now, when the chance for familiarity arose, I pounced. Aromas of chocolate, heavily roasted nuts and a touch liquorice seemed to whisper, 'It'll all be ok'. As flavours of rich red fruit, coffee and pudding spice coated the mouth and caressed me into a warm cuddle as freshness took over on the finish to settle me down. I was at peace with the world once more.
Cheddar Ales Hardrock Pale Ale. A familiar brewery and an unfamiliar brew in a familiar style. The perfect blend for a safe adventure. Upon opening, all fear of the unknown was cast aside. A beautifully golden pale ale with all the classic notes of flowers, citrus and spice. The palate had an unusual herbaceous twist which put a huge smile on my face. It seemed to say, 'Hey, the world isn't such a bad place'.
This is a true testament to the restorative qualities of beer. We know that beer makes us happy, sometimes so happy we laugh. a lot, slur our words and fall over through sheer enjoyment. But sometimes beer has a comforting quality whether it be through intimate knowledge of a brewery, particular flavours that we find safe or just the booze numbing the senses. Whatever it may be, beer makes everything better!
For more beer inspiration check out our other Best of British Beer case reviews.