In our part of the world, the Blue Anchor Brewery is one of a number of brewpubs and microbreweries, notable for being the oldest and longest running. They make four beers under the name ‘Spingo’ and we’re becoming aware of the mysterious allure of Spingo Middle (5%).
The three times we’ve tried it (once at the Blue Anchor itself, twice elsewhere as a special guest ale) it’s struck us as a bit… wrong. It’s got a background sourness and a slight saltiness which we’re used to flagging as an ‘off’ flavour. The more we drink it, though, the more we find ourselves craving that tang.
It’s something like the acquired taste of Rodenbach beers, although not as in-your-face as any of those.
Are you an experienced Spingo drinker? Can you tell us if this sour wackiness is a recent problem, or a traditional part of the beer’s character?