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    Posted: 19 Jul 2012 at 5:17pm
Any one else on here a bit geeky about their beers? I know a few of the Sunderland lads like their ales? Any favourites? Any recommendations ?

Have a couple of bottles of this beauty in tonight, looking forward to it!!


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try to buy a new bottle every time I go to the offy although only something I started recently, get sick of drinking same muck every week
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what sort of stuff you like vidic?You a lager man or do you like to stray?
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The wackier the better! started on the stouts after poland, used to try the lagers alright but gone off them, svyturys form Lithuania is worth a try although not a craft brew by any stretch.


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Originally posted by nvidic nvidic wrote:

The wackier the better! started on the stouts after poland, used to try the lagers alright but gone off them, svyturys form Lithuania is worth a try although not a craft brew by any stretch.


No but still a great lager. I love the imperial Russian stouts, great beers with a great history- Heavy on the alcohol to survive the trips to the  Russian Imperial palaces. Thornbridge do a great one if you come across it. Sam Smith's also do a good one, although I refer their oatmeal. O'hara's in carlow brew a decent dry Irish stout though I must say I still love  the Guinness original in the bottle.
Tried any American IPA's? Some great beers there
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Originally posted by Clonbhoy Clonbhoy wrote:

Originally posted by nvidic nvidic wrote:

The wackier the better! started on the stouts after poland, used to try the lagers alright but gone off them, svyturys form Lithuania is worth a try although not a craft brew by any stretch.


No but still a great lager. I love the imperial Russian stouts, great beers with a great history- Heavy on the alcohol to survive the trips to the  Russian Imperial palaces. Thornbridge do a great one if you come across it. Sam Smith's also do a good one, although I refer their oatmeal. O'hara's in carlow brew a decent dry Irish stout though I must say I still love  the Guinness original in the bottle.
Tried any American IPA's? Some great beers there


Not an IPA man at all! Have to say my favourite one is porterhouse plain, tried loads of diff ones last year in China and still reckon thats the best. Yeah we tried some mad stouts in Poland, none under 9%, dont think have had any russian ones
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They aren't actually Russian though, same as IPA's aren't Indian! I love both American and English IPAs myself, even if they are so different. Porterhouse have a few decent beers, though the last time I was in the one over here I was locked!
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Tried O'Hara's Lean Follain extra stout the other night. Great stuff. http://www.carlowbrewing.com/beer_detail.php?Pid=19

Another that I had recently was Wells Banana Bread Beer http://www.wellsandyoungs.co.uk/home/our-beers/ales/wells-banana-bread-beer


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Originally posted by Padraig Padraig wrote:

Tried O'Hara's Lean Follain extra stout the other night. Great stuff. http://www.carlowbrewing.com/beer_detail.php?Pid=19

Another that I had recently was Wells Banana Bread Beer http://www.wellsandyoungs.co.uk/home/our-beers/ales/wells-banana-bread-beer


That banana bread beer isn't for me. carlow do some good beers though don't think I have had that
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This stuff is the dogs bollocks!best of Czech, we sell it in our boozer, flies  out!!  
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Kozel is a decent lager alright. Would go one now!!
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Bit of a beer geek myself. O Hara's do a stout especially for marks and spencer- have a few bottles for tonight celebrating our league win. Lovely stuff
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Smithwicks Pale Ale is available in a lot of pubs and is worth a try.
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Work part time in a off licence, people seem to always be going for these beers.....

Howling Gale 6 Pack

Had a bottle of this myself before, bit of apple flavour about it. Kinda like a cider but not as acidic.

This stuff is always going off the shelf. Fairly strong volume but must taste very nice with the amount that is shifted.
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That baltika stuff is gorgeous, although I prefer the one with the gold label. Nice beer
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Old Engine Oil Stout is a nice one. Expensive but worth a try.

London Pride, Strong Suffolk are very nice Ale's. Stay well clear of those O'Hara's, horrible. Tried the majority of them and haven't found one I like.

White Gypsy is a very ale, the consistency of a stout and the taste of an ale, only available in Tipperary and 2 pubs in Limerick. Haven't come across it anywhere else.

Smithwick Pale Ale is just offensive. It is disgusting. I drink normal Smithwick and it is streets ahead of the Pale Ale.
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A new English beer made by a Kent winemaker has been named as one of the world's best lagers in the industry's equivalent to the Oscars.

The annual International Beer Challenge – which has been judging the world's best beers for the past 16 years – has awarded the ultimate accolade of a gold medal to Chapel Down vineyard for its Curious Brew premium lager.

The prestigious annual competition attract entries from the world's largest breweries through to the burgeoning band of pioneering microbrewers.

This year, judges tasted over 400 beers before declaring the Kent winemaker's lager to be the best of its class. The competition deemed only 30 beers, from countries including Belgium, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and the USA, to be of gold-medal standard. Curious Brew was one of only three international lagers awarded a golden gong.

US brewery Samuel Adams picked up the other two lager gold medals for its Double Bock and A Dark Night in Munich.

Chapel Down, which only started brewing beer two years ago, believes that its success comes down to using the best quality products and, crucially, bringing a wine-maker's thinking to the beer-brewing process.

The vineyard uses East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade hops. It then re-ferments the lager using the same champagne yeast that goes into its award-winning sparkling wines to create a highly drinkable and refreshing 4.7% abv lager beer.

The whole process is overseen by Frazer Thompson, Chapel Down's chief executive officer, who as a "beer man" has held senior jobs at Heineken and Whitbread. He said: "We've changed people's minds about English wine and now we want to do the same when it comes to lager.

Mass-produced lagers taste like corporate cardboard and have the aroma of market research rather than hops. We've worked really hard to craft something that is more fragrant and more refreshing than other beers when served cold."

The vineyard's still and sparkling wines have won a clutch of prestigious industry awards over the years and some were served at Buckingham Palace during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding celebrations.

Beer expert and author Pete Brown added: "I was intrigued when I first heard from Frazer that he was creating beers and I loved the results when I first tasted them. Brewing with champagne yeast is something you'd expect the Belgians to do, and so is brewing a lager for that matter. The result is a lovely beer which has a sparkling zing that makes it refreshing, satisfying and a lovely halfway house between beer and a sparkling wine. This is a lager for people who love beer."

Curious Brew is currently served on draught at Jamie Oliver's Union Jacks restaurants and several Jamie's Italians, The Swan at London's Globe Theatre, the Royal Opera House, Gordon Ramsay restaurants, ETM's The Gun, The RAC Club and Browns brasseries, as well as various independent pubs in the south-east.

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