Once again, last week we found ourselves in a restaurant which had made a bit of an effort with the beer, but not quite enough.
On the up side, there was one of each colour – Hoegaarden (yellow), Guinness (black) and Innis and Gunn (brown).
Sadly, the Guinness was the widgetised draught bottle (fairly bland) and Innis and Gunn’s beer is nowhere near as good as their marketing.
It wouldn’t take much to improve the beer offer here, without getting too geeky. Non-widgety Guinness Original isn’t bad; Hook Norton bottled Double Stout or Fuller’s London Porter would be even better.
And why not replace Innis and Gunn with… well, almost any bottled ale?
We guess the owners are buying what they can get at their cash-and-carry of choice, or through their wine supplier. We’d be interested to hear from anyone who knows how this works, and what would need to change to improve things.
The restaurant was the otherwise very good Eat 17 in Walthamstow, London.