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Magical Mystery Pour #18: Wold Top Marmalade Porter
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Magical Mystery Pour #18: Wold Top Marmalade Porter

This is the last of the beers chosen for us by David Bishop (@[email protected]) and it’s another from Yorkshire, this time Driffield, out east near the North Sea coast. It’s not really a part of the world we know at all, dimly remembered childhood holidays in Scarborough and Whitby aside, […]

Magical Mystery Pour #16: Black Sheep Riggwelter
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Magical Mystery Pour #16: Black Sheep Riggwelter

This beer chosen for us by David of Beer Doodles fame (@beerdoodles) is either a modern Yorkshire classic or a ubiquitous supermarket PBA depending on your point of view. ‘PBA’? That’s ‘premium bottled ale’, a category which didn’t really exist before about 1990, when breweries and supermarkets decided they needed […]

Treat Yo Self
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Treat Yo Self

We can’t go to Falmouth without finishing up in Hand Bar for ‘something silly’. This time, it was Evil Twin’s Molotov Cocktail Imperial IPA, and Lervig Barley Wine. We crammed quite a lot into 24hrs in Cornwall’s beeriest town, trying as we were to make the most of a short […]

Goose Island Brewery Yard Stock Pale Ale
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Goose Island Brewery Yard Stock Pale Ale

A meticulously recreated 19th Century pale ale produced with the close involvement of beer historian Ron Pattinson? Yes please. As with the Fuller’s Past Masters beers, there was never a moment’s doubt that we had to taste Goose Island Brewery Yard, but the talked-about price — GBP20 for a 750ml […]

Magical Mystery Pour #15: Durham Brewery Bombay 106
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Magical Mystery Pour #15: Durham Brewery Bombay 106

A 7% traditional English-style IPA designed to evoke the 19th Century? Yes please. This is the second beer chosen for us by David Bishop (@beerdoodles — website here). He says: ‘Big boned and no nonsense. I think this will be a nice beer for you to share — 250mls each […]

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Too Fancy to Drink: Gadd’s Russian Imperial Stout

These two bottles have been sitting on the shelf since March 2015, throbbing with sinister energy like the crate containing the Ark in the first Indiana Jones film. Last night, we decided to vanquish them. They are non-identical twins — the same base beer (a 12% ABV historic homage) with […]

Yarrow, Alecost and Nightmares
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Yarrow, Alecost and Nightmares

Yarrow leaves. SOURCE: Kohler’s Medicinal Plants, 1887, via Biodeversity Library. I’m all about Harvey’s at the moment. It’s all I wanted to drink in London the other week, and about all I’m interested in drinking now we’re back in Penzance. Last night, I pulled something of theirs from the back […]

Magical Mystery Pour #13: Loverbeer Beerbera
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Magical Mystery Pour #13: Loverbeer Beerbera

The last of five beers chosen for us by The Beer Nut (@thebeernut) is a wood-aged brown ale made with 20 per cent grape juice and an 8% ABV. It’s another expensive one, this: we paid GBP13.50 for a single 375ml bottle from Beer Gonzo. It’s a very pretty bit […]

Magical Mystery Pour Side Mission: Thomas Hardy
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Magical Mystery Pour Side Mission: Thomas Hardy

You never saw The Beatles live? Seriously? But they’re a hugely important band! That’s a bit how it feels to have been into beer for all these years without ever getting to know Thomas Hardy’s Ale. It was listed in the Bible of our early enthusiasm, Michael Jackson’s Great Beer […]

Magical Mystery Pour #12: Troubadour Magma Triple-Spiked
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Magical Mystery Pour #12: Troubadour Magma Triple-Spiked

This 9.8% ABV Belgian take on IPA is the fourth of five beers suggested to us by The Beer Nut (@thebeernut). We bought it from Beer Gonzo along with its sibling which we wrote about yesterday. It cost GBP3.25 for 330ml which seems pretty reasonable for a ‘special edition’ fancy-pants […]