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London Beer Trip August 2013 – Practise Run for GBBF

August 19, 2013

Starting from Charing Cross, short hop to The Harp (47 Chando’s Place, Covent Garden). Lovely interior and sausages.

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Windsor & Eaton – Guardsman. Nutty and woody (apparently oak-conditioned, learned later). Sort of a bitter I like to brew.

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Next one, Milk Brewery – RA. Citrussy, towards grapefruit, a flavour we tried to avoid all day but didn’t quite succeed. Very nice though.

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Next stop a Brodie’s pub Cross Keys (31 Endell Street, Covent Garden)

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The beer calling my name here was Brodie’s – Kiwi. Grapefruit to the max.

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After a quick walk to Holborn, Holborn Whippet (Sicilian Avenue).

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Went for Moor Beer – Nor Hop. Grapefruity citrus, dispensed through a sparkler as God intended.

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Cask ale was in short supply so tried a keg beer (craft keg for you hipsters), Kernel – Pale Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy. Creamy, soft and – you guessed it – grapefruity. Also had orange and Del Monte fruit cocktail from the tin in the flavour mix.

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A bit of brisk walking to the east and we get to The Gunmakers (13 Eyre Street Hill, Clerkenwell).

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This customer looks very content and happy, beer must be in the air.

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Portobello – Porter. Engine oily, soft, lactose.

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A  two minute walk takes us to The Craft Beer Co. (82 Leather Lane, Clerkenwell). Quite a few beer engines there:

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Blue Monkey – Sanctuary Nottingham Bitter, just a perfect amount of crystal malts, that is, not too much. Perhaps some black for colour…medium body and smooth.

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Thornbridge – Black Harry Dark Mild. Refreshing, roasted flavours.

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Tiny Rebel – Flux, black pale ale, grapefruit aroma and taste. Solid and full body for a 4 per cent abv beer.

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Time to move on, some walking and I just couldn’t wrap my head around how we got to Cittie of Yorke (22 High Holborn) so easily.

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Sam Smith’s – Todcaster Extra Stout. Had given up taking tasting notes at this stage.

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And off to JD Wetherspoon The Knights Templar (95 Chancery Lane). A massive pub.

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Salopian – Darwin’s Origin. No notes written down but was a lovely drop, just a perfect bitter. Balanced, malty, hoppy, with good drinkability (not of the elusive kind).

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A walk to the bridge and Waterloo station. Saw this on the way, would make a nice pub.

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Having crossed the bridge Mr. Morgan started running desperately towards The Hole In The Wall (5 Mepham Street) and a well-needed slash. I met him there outside the pub looking very relieved. No beers.

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But this one slipped down nicely with curry at the end of a long day.

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The day’s beers seemed to hover around 4 per cent abv and two pints cost around £7 1/2. For example, Nor Hop was £3.60, Flux £3.85 and Black Harry £3.55. A far cry from real ale sold in Finland at around £8…

Refreshed and invigorated from the trip, time to get the pipeline in order and make my two fermentors work non-stop – one Kiwi pale ale to brew this week, then it’s boring brown beer bitter season for a while.

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