The ubiquity of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord

postll.gifWould-be trendy pubs seem to think it’s com­pul­so­ry to offer Tim­o­thy Taylor’s Land­lord. Maybe it’s some­thing to do with Madon­na?

Last night, I went to a friend’s birth­day par­ty in a sup­posed “gas­trop­ub” (viz. they had square plates). It was a per­fect­ly nice place, with very friend­ly bar staff and (impres­sive­ly) a dog. But I wasn’t impressed with the TTL. It wasn’t off – it was just old and tast­ed dull, with no dis­cernible hop flavour or aro­ma. In fact, it tast­ed of Mar­mite, which is not a qual­i­ty I look for in a beer.

The last good pint of TTL I had in a pub was in 2005, at the Trafal­gar in Green­wich. Since then, I must have had 10 or 12 off, hot, stale or just plain dull pints. It’s a nice beer when it’s on form but, like a lot of sim­i­lar prod­ucts, its rep­u­ta­tion is being dam­aged by indis­crim­i­nate dis­tri­b­u­tion and poor qual­i­ty con­trol.

It must be a real dilem­ma for small­er brew­eries – push to expand and risk los­ing con­trol over the qual­i­ty of the prod­uct, or keep con­trol and nev­er sell a pint more than two miles from the brew­ery.

5 thoughts on “The ubiquity of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord”

  1. Thats inter­est­ing. I have heard alot of neg­a­tive things about Landy recent­ly. Its one of my favo­rates in large part due to the fact that it seems to trav­el in the bot­tle remark­i­bly well for such a mod­est ale.

  2. I think there is a prag­mat­ic argu­ment for say­ing that pubs which just can’t han­dle cask ale should sell bot­tles instead. It’s far more reli­able and, yes, TTL is usu­al­ly pret­ty good in a bot­tle, pas­teuris­ing and fil­ter­ing aside.

  3. Come to the Loy­al Troop­er in South Anston in South York­shire for a good pint of Tim­o­thy Tay­lors Land­lord.

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