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  1. DonPolo

    Recommendations for Beers while in England

    They mostly have pumped ales and normal taps for lager and cider. I think its funny that nearly ever pub has Fosters and you pretty much can’t find it in Australia.
  2. DonPolo

    Recommendations for Beers while in England

    I’m now over the Christmas beers. A bit sweet and spicy for me.
  3. DonPolo

    Recommendations for Beers while in England

    Lastly in the pub there were these ‘single use kegs’ which they fill and then send back for recycling. The beer goes into the bag and the gas goes into the space around the bag. Not sure what the advantages are apart from weight. The guy behind the bar said something about them being good because it didn’t matter what sort of gas set up you had. This advice, of course, went right over MY head.
  4. DonPolo

    Recommendations for Beers while in England

    Bumped into this ‘nano pub’. Very small place amazing range of beers. I had the porter. Very mild and delicious.
  5. DonPolo

    Recommendations for Beers while in England

    Lots of pubs have Christmas beers. And I am yet to see a repeat of the Christmas version so lots of different ones
  6. DonPolo

    Recommendations for Beers while in England

    Lots of pubs have Christmas beers. And I am yet to see a repeat of the Christmas version so lots of different ones
  7. DonPolo

    Recommendations for Beers while in England

    Some samples. I had the blonde. Not the little jar samples in front. See this in a lot of pubs. These are only the beers pumped from the cast.
  8. DonPolo

    Recommendations for Beers while in England

    Have seen but not tried Brew Dog. Will do. Timothy Taylor’s if I can find it.
  9. DonPolo

    Recommendations for Beers while in England

    I should have mentioned these three were very good. Got a Hop House 13 Lager from the Brewers Project in Dublin in the fridge. Apparently owned by Guiness. 650ml 5.0% GBP 2 at the local supermarket single buy. It's on tap in many of the places that I've visited. Blurb from the Irish Mirror Guinness say Hop House is "a distinctive golden lager". It is brewed with Guinness yeast, Irish barley and a mixture of hops from across the globe - Galaxy and Topaz from Australia and Mosaic from the USA. Sound good? Guinness added: "It has a sweet fruity aroma, with hints of Apricot and Peach, and subtle malt notes breaking through.
  10. OK so I'm 5 days in and I should have posted before. I have almost unlimited pubs and hundreds of breweries to sample beers from. Any standouts I should try: pubs or packaged beers? I'm currently in the Manchester region at the moment, one night in Gloucester then three in London. BTW a lot of pints are GBP 2.75/3.50 which compares very favourably with Australia. I hear they get more expensive down south. I believe it is something to do with generally lower alcohol levels and lower taxes on the alcohol content anyway. Some of the popular beers are 3.5 - 4.0% and not considered session beers. I'll have to research some of the ones I've tried so far. But some that come to mind: Hobgoblin Gold on tap - 4.2% Pilgrim, Nelson Sauvin, Citra and Summit hops Hobgoblin Black Wych in the bottle - 5.0% Challenger, Fuggles, Progress hops Black Crystal, Oats, Pale malts Shipyard American IPA - 5.0% not sure of the hops but American I must admit to have very quickly gotten used to the hand pumped cask ales.
  11. DonPolo

    The Friday Night 6 Pack Session

    Haven't tried any of them yet. But at $2.50 a bottle they compare very well with other six packs and the $11.00 I paid last night for a pint of Stone Age Brewing's Subject's (Belgian) Ale. Mind you Dina's Liquor at the Civic Bus Interchange has six packs of Stone Age Brewing's Pots Porter and the Subject's Ale for $17.99 for this week only.
  12. DonPolo

    The Friday Night 6 Pack Session

    Aldi have six packs of 330ml swing tops if anyone's interested. Bergbrau is the brewery. It is a mixed pack with 2 each of a Lagerbier Hell, a Hefe-Weisebier and a Pils. $14.99. Funny enough when I looked at the two six packs left I didn't know they were mixed packs. I saw one bottle in the first six pack which was a Pils and on the other six pack the bottle closest to me was a Hefe-Weisbier so I thought the packs were one or the other. I was debating whether to get two or one; did I really need more beer, did I really need more swing tops, did I want a Weisbier or a Pils? Imagine my pleasant surprise when I go the six pack home!
  13. DonPolo

    Flat Beer

    I guess the yeast must stay viable even after carbonation. Otherwise the process of 'harvesting' the Coopers commercial yeast from a six pack of their beer wouldn't work. I don't how this will go but next time I open a PET that's a bit flat, I might return the cap, give it a shake and see what happens. Granted, I may have poured out a tad before I've realised how flat it is but it might be interesting anyway. Views?
  14. DonPolo

    Flat Beer

    Fair enough but I swear the ones in the photos are out of a Coopers pack and I have just gone back to the pack to confirm.
  15. DonPolo

    Flat Beer

    Yes I see now. Interesting engineering solutions. It appears that the tops without the seal also have a different configuration to fit into the thread of the bottles. Still I'm inclined to think that the tops with seals would be better.
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