🍻 Real Ale / Lager / Cider or Spirits?

:beers: Real Ale / Lager / Cider or Spirits?
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#21

Don’t drink beer too often these days, but when I do I prefer a good ale to a lager (though a decent lager can go down very nicely on a hot sunny day). Red wine’s what I drink most of, and my spirit of choice is gin - has to be a decent gin, and mixed with a proper tonic such as Fever Tree. I’m quite partial to whisky but I rarely actually drink it; I think I actually prefer a really good Bourbon to a Scotch malt. I love short coktails such as a Sidecar, Manhattan or Martini, but can’t be arsed with those things that are mostly juice.


#22

Don’t drink that often these days. But when I do it’ll be ale and significant amounts of it. Harveys Best would be my ideal.

Also quite partial to these new overhopped pale ales that seem to be everywhere these days.


#23

Well it depends if at home or work.

At work nothing from the time I arrive to the time I leave minimum 28 days later.

At Home on a good day.

Coffee with a rum livener in it.

Followed by an Orange juice with a vodka and Galianno (spelling here)

Next a few San Miguel Pale Pilsen’s as has more flavour than San Mig.

This will be then assisted with either a Rum and Coke Philippine Tanduay Rum or a Vodka and Coke Gilbeys Vodka.

The occaisional bottle of white or red wine with a meal then a couple more drinks of the day to finish with.

Today I am at the San Miguel Pale Pilsen stage :slight_smile:


#24

Originally posted by @Fowllyd

Don’t buy beer too often these days…

Changed it for you

I think that in the holy trinity of beer, wine and spirits the UK is top in two out of the three. Nothing beats a decent real ale or a smoky Islay single malt.

The two pubs I frequent most both have an excellent staple ale, on all the time (Harvey’s and Courage Best) and five or six guest ales. I don’t think there’s ever been a wider range of beers available.

Fowllyd and I were virtually weaned on Gale’s HSB, and I think that remains my favourite, although sadly no longer brewed in Horndean, or by Gale’s

Lager-type beers in other countries seem a bit samey. I’m not sure that I’d pass a taste test with Singa, Tiger and Tsingtao for example. However, Peroni is lovely, and I can tell Mahou (Madrid) from Estrella (Barcelona).

I remain to be entirely convinced that French wine is the best in the world. For reds, certainly, I prefer a Montepuliciano or a Rioja. Whites - ok, nothing beats a good flinty Chablis

I love a G&T made with a Bombay Sapphire or Plymouth, but no spirit comes close to an Islay malt - Laphroig, Lagavullin or an Ardbeg, which is like God’s tears


#25

Oh yeah, I drink a bottle of red wine on my Friday TV night with Mrs Sfcsim! Suppose that counts!


#26

Originally posted by @SO5-4BW

Originally posted by @Fowllyd

Don’t buy beer too often these days…

Changed it for you

I think that in the holy trinity of beer, wine and spirits the UK is top in two out of the three. Nothing beats a decent real ale or a smoky Islay single malt.

The two pubs I frequent most both have an excellent staple ale, on all the time (Harvey’s and Courage Best) and five or six guest ales. I don’t think there’s ever been a wider range of beers available.

Fowllyd and I were virtually weaned on Gale’s HSB, and I think that remains my favourite, although sadly no longer brewed in Horndean, or by Gale’s

Lager-type beers in other countries seem a bit samey. I’m not sure that I’d pass a taste test with Singa, Tiger and Tsingtao for example. However, Peroni is lovely, and I can tell Mahou (Madrid) from Estrella (Barcelona).

I remain to be entirely convinced that French wine is the best in the world. For reds, certainly, I prefer a Montepuliciano or a Rioja. Whites - ok, nothing beats a good flinty Chablis

I love a G&T made with a Bombay Sapphire or Plymouth, but no spirit comes close to an Islay malt - Laphroig, Lagavullin or an Ardbeg, which is like God’s tears

A friend of mine’s spirit of choice is gin when not drinking wine, and they’ve just discovered Bombay Sapphire and love it…going back to the real ale though, some years ago I’d occassionally go to the Flower Pots at Cheriton and enjoy a pint of Diggers Gold…haven’t been there for a long time though so not sure if they do it anymore.


#27

Usually beer on the rare occasion I’m drinking. I’m quite lucky where I live as it’s about a 4 minute walk from a small brewer, which is nice. If I’m wanting a lager, which is what I’d drink in the summer, my favourite is called St Mungo’s. Brewed in Glasgow, don’t know if you can get it down south but waitrose sell it.


#28

Cask Bitter or English IPA for me, it’s an overwhelming preference for me.

I’ve mentioned it before on the other site, so a couple of you might already know that I brew my own. Too cheap to buy imported ale, and fed up with American craft brew having too much of everything in it because of the bigger is better mentality, I found that home brewing is the only way around it all. It also means I can make a lower ABV and drink a shedload without getting shitfaced too quickly.

My garage always has at the very least a 55lb sack of imported malt in it…Even grew my own hops for a few years until the price came back down.

After ale, then it’s bourbon for me. That is one area where I have embraced my limited metamorphosis into becoming American. I used to like scotch, but bourbon is so much more throat and taste bud friendly. Love the stuff.


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#30

Originally posted by @saintbletch

Haha! Nope, I’m not that kind of brewer. I use 1 litre bottles and don’t make labels for something that I will be throwing down my neck while everyone around me wonders what that dark stuff is, and say 55 degrees? WTF! …It’s all for me, and me alone. :wink:

10 gallons per brew is too much trouble for all that pissing about.


#31

Hmmm, when I first started drinking I started on Lager, strangely (as I was in Blandford) it was Badger’s lager that I started on , Hofbrau I think. Never really like the taste of it but it was what everyone drunk, Uni tought me the joys of bitter and looking after properly (I was cellarmaster at the Student Union for 4 years and we used to sell gallons of “live” ales and used to have to look after them). The Uni’s beer festival was legendary in the ales we procured.

I like most “live” ales these days but do miss HSB, had a session on ESB once that gave me the hangover from hell. Sitting in a pub in Richmond watching football on my own (was on a course) and didn’t get up from my barstool until after the 5th pint. I practically hit the floor straight away, oh well. Ringwood ales are my mainstay these days due to them being in my locals. Ringwood Best when I’m driving 49er when I’m sessioning, Old Thumper when I really don’t care.

I will keep away from the pasteurised crap that they sell these days, John Smiths. etc and if there is no real ale in a pub I will have a cider.

Spent some time in the offices in Seattle and the beer out there was fantastic, craft and micros breweries all over. Still managed to drink the Yanks under the table though AND shocked them with downing an American pint in 8 seconds and not falling over.

After Ale whiskey please, a nice decent Whiskey will have me purring…


#32

I love BTripz, and plan to make him my bitch one day


#33

Grew up in a Courage pub so it was always Directors for me. So difficult to find a pub round here that knows how to keep an ale these days but will always go for an ale, really can’t take lager. Cider has got a lot better than the 2 old favourites from my youth ( Strongbow + Dry Blackthorne) but if i there’s no ale then it would be Rum and coke.


#34

Is that a good or bad thing?

Really must try the Poole Brewhouse and Kitchen one day, all my friends have given it good reviews.


#35

Sorry, I just can’t get past your user name. Your entire post just sounds like something a Gerry Anderson puppet hero would never actually say.


#36

Originally posted by @Coxford_lou

Saturday night, know it’s gonna be a late one and too lame to stay awake - JD and coke

Yes, I’m a big fan of the coke but if I’m short of cash and it’s just about staying up then I’ll just have speed.


#37

Got to be ale. Doombar or Ringwood best if on a session. The beauty of ale though is that it’s all a bit different so when you see something you’ve never had before you never know what you’re gonna get. Lager and spirits ain’t like that.

I had a few Guinness West indies porter’s last night. Lovely drop, highly recommended.


#38

Aha, saw this thread when it was originally posted and meant to reply then.

My first introduction to decent beer was at uni - in our SU they sold real ale, which I’d never really encountered until then. They regularly had Ringwood Best and Fortyniner on, with one or two others rotating.

From then on I’d always pick real ale, given the choice. Gradually came to realise that I was much more into stouts and porters than anything else. My staple was a Shepherd Neame-brewed porter branded as a Sainsbury’s special (which I believe they sell to this day - it’s a solid choice).

However the true revelation came when I discovered Brewdog. It must have been circa 2008, when I found their Punk IPA, Dead Pony Ale and 5AM Saint beers in the Portswood branch of Waitrose. It seems relatively tame now, but at the time Punk IPA’s flavour seemed huge - the likes of which I’d never really encountered before. Although there’s a huge buzz about the company now, they were relative nobodies back then.

My interest in the craft side of beer bubbled along for a while. Went to a couple of local beer fests, popped into Bitter Virtue (a magnificent, all-encompassing beer shop in Southampton) now and again…

Then last year, some friends of mine discovered an app called Untappd. The premise is pretty simple - you log beers you drink, give them a score out of 5, maybe add a comment and photo if you feel like it. Plus you can add your friends so you can see what they’re drinking and there’s the usual gamification features (you earn ‘badges’ for trying different types etc.)

I’m not quite sure why the culture has enveloped me to quite the extent that it has; perhaps it’s more because of the rise of the craft brewery than anything. Craft beer fests are ten-a-penny now and even most Wetherspoons sell a decent range. Brewdog’s bars are generally excellent (and have been a feature of my away days this season!) The Craft Beer Co. bars have more taps than you could possibly get through in an evening. The Leopold Tavern in Southsea is the sole reason I’m happy to ever set foot in Portsmouth.

My top beer styles are now the absolutely extreme ones. 10% (or higher stouts) and sour beers (a style I didn’t even realise existed until 18 months ago) tend to be my favourites. I know Ohio said above that he’s fed up of that more-is-better attitude to brewing but it just suits my palate. Soz!

In fact, here’s some of my fave ‘extreme’ types of beer that people rarely seem to know about:

Imperial Russian stouts - a style originally brewed for Russian czars, no less. Regularly above 10% ABV (I have some on my beer shelves that are 16%!) Black as night with roasted, malty and often coffee or chocolatey flavours. Sometimes come barrel-aged (whiskey casks or the like). Unbelievable depths of flavour.

**Sour beers ** - typically Belgian, the most common styles are lambics, gueuzes and Flanders red ales (the latter being almost vinegary). Very much an acquired taste but if you ‘get’ one or more of the styles, you’ll wonder how you lived without them.

**Black IPA ** - American porters can be quite hoppy anyway, so a black IPA is like the halfway house between one of those and your traditional British IPA. Except with everything turned up to 11. An inspired half-breed.

**Smoked beers ** - often harking back to the German rauchbier style, these carry super-roasted flavours. Again, very distinctive but can also be very addictive. At last year’s GB Beer Festival I had a smoked stout that nearly blew my head off.

Here’s my Untappd profile: https://untappd.com/user/amplifiedAnt

Nearly 800 unique beers in under 2 years sounds a bit mad now that I take stock, but hey. The numbers are somewhat inflated by drinking halves or thirds of pints at beer fests. Plus y’know, I’ve stayed in relatively decent shape and could have been spending the money on worse things I’m sure.

TL;DR, I know a pointless amount about (and drink too much) beer.


#39

Not a big drinker as I’m always the driver, (the missus hasn’t driven for 35 years for medical reasons) but do like bitter. If I’m driving I limit myself to 1 pint, depending on the watering-hole, either Ringwood Best or HSB. Sadly nowadays even if I’m not driving I just don’t have the “stomach” for more than a couple of pints…you have to get in training for serious consumption.

However I am particularly partial to a good Cognac and can down large quantities of it without suffering a serious hang-over. Favourites are Remi Martin VSOP and Martel VSOP.

Hot summer afternoons in the garden…wtf…cheap fizzy lager stuff from the fridge.


#40

Liar, you were on the pints mid-week with me.

Trying to impress?