Confession Time – Which Beers Are You Embarrassed to Like?


Why do people feel uncomfortable admitting to liking (or disliking) certain beers? And which beers do you have a secret soft spot for?

We were prompt­ed to pon­der this sub­ject by this Tweet from Rhys Dal­trey:

Twitter screenshot: "Embarrassing​ revelation: I have a weakness for Tanglefoot. I keep it quiet, so as not to spoil my 'craft' pretensions..."

As it hap­pens, we too have more time for cer­tain Bad­ger beers than you might expect. They were among the ear­li­est ales we real­ly got to know at Hall & Wood­house out­posts in Lon­don, as well as dur­ing a series of hol­i­days in Dorset and around. We don’t talk about them much these days because the bot­tles don’t excite us – they seem to taste par­tic­u­lar­ly stewed even by the stan­dards of super­mar­ket ales – and we don’t get much chance to drink the cask incar­na­tions, but we’re cer­tain­ly not embar­rassed to men­tion them.

Per­haps it’s a result of hav­ing blogged about beer for 9.99999 years but we’re not much ashamed to admit to lik­ing, or dis­lik­ing any­thing. We’ve paid our dues and if we say we do or don’t like a beer, it’s an hon­est reac­tion. (Which is not to say it might not be stu­pid, mis­in­formed or con­fused – that’s a whole sep­a­rate issue.)

Even now, though, we know we’ll draw a bit of fire if we express a lik­ing for, or even tol­er­ance of, cer­tain beers. That’s why we so often resort to the lan­guage of extreme sub­jec­tiv­i­ty, such as ‘soft spot’ above – like Rhys, we couch it almost as a fail­ing on our part.

Anoth­er approach is to go on the offen­sive: unlike you sheeple, I con­tro­ver­sial­ly like Budweiser/Bass/Special Brew, and if you’ve got a prob­lem with that, you can see me out­side in the car park. It’s the same thing though, real­ly – an acknowl­edge­ment that The Com­mu­ni­ty won’t approve.

Be Honest, Fess Up

What we’d like to see, more gen­er­al­ly, is peo­ple stat­ing plain­ly what they like, and what they don’t. There’s no wrong or right answer, and you don’t need spe­cial exper­tise or train­ing to know whether a beer tastes good to you, right now. (Even if down the line you might be baf­fled by your own judge­ment.)

Peo­ple hold­ing back from express­ing an hon­est view skews the whole con­ver­sa­tion to a hand­ful of con­sen­sus brew­eries and beers.

And, of course, for that to hap­pen, oth­ers need to respect the pref­er­ences of oth­ers. (Last year, some­one told us they were dis­ap­point­ed in us for nam­ing Duv­el as a great Bel­gian beer. Weird, right?)

With all that in mind, let’s have an amnesty: which beers do you have a secret crush on that you don’t want the kids at school to know about?

And you can also tell us which beers you know you ‘ought’ to like but don’t, although we actu­al­ly had a pret­ty good round-out on a relat­ed top­ic a cou­ple of months back.

Here are some beers we feel slight­ly naughty lik­ing – but nonethe­less pub­licly admit­ted to lik­ing – in recent months, to get the ball rolling: Guin­ness (Bai­ley, every now and then); Hoe­gaar­den (not what it used to be, appar­ent­ly); Bass (NWIUTB); Marston’s Pedi­gree (NWIUTB); LIDL’s own-brand Bière de Garde; Ring­wood Forty-Nin­er (cask, at The Farmer’s).

56 thoughts on “Confession Time – Which Beers Are You Embarrassed to Like?”

  1. McE­wan’s Cham­pi­on – some­times you do want a bit of bang for your buck. Punk. Sol with a wedge of lime. Voca­tion in Tesco – I think they’re still good beers even if they have ‘sold out’.

    1. I think lik­ing or hat­ing voca­tion is the shib­bo­leth that tells you whether some­one is into craft beer because they like the taste of the beer, or whether they like the asso­ci­at­ed hip­ster image.

      1. We found the cans from Tesco pret­ty rough but we’re not annoyed that they’re *in* Tesco.

        1. When I’ve had it on draught it’s been great, a lot of the Tesco cans seem to have been sit­ting in stor­age way too long.

    2. Cham­pi­on is a decent beer – per­haps bet­ter than decent. I tried all three of the Voca­tion cans when they appeared in Tesco & found them good, so-so and dis­ap­point­ing­ly ‘hot’; nev­er bought the ‘good’ one again, though, main­ly because I can’t remem­ber which of the two less strong ones it was. Voca­tion are very reli­able on cask, though.

  2. I agree with you re Lidl biere de garde, bloody good stuff, also fond of Titan­ic plum porter, about which I have seen sniffy com­ments. And when its as hot as a dock­ers armpit, unusu­al in this coun­try I know. I will hap­pi­ly quaff a cold Kro­nen­bourg.

  3. Much like your­selves, still got a soft spot for Guin­ness, and per­haps even more con­tro­ver­sial­ly, quite enjoy Guin­ness Extra Cold. In bot­tled form, my part­ner’s mum tends to have 1698 by Shep­herd Neame in the house for me, which I’ve grown to real­ly enjoy over the past year or so (and is bot­tle con­di­tioned). Trib­ute in bot­tle is fine, and I don’t put my nose up to it.

  4. I’ve always quite liked Doom Bar, and get a bit sad when peo­ple use it as a by-word for crap cask. Although I’ll admit it’s prob­a­bly much more for nos­tal­gic rea­sons than any­thing else.

  5. As a brew­er by trade I’m not sup­posed to admit that after a long day it will not be uncom­mon for me to wan­der to the local cor­ner shop near my house and obtain a cold can of kro­nen­bourg 1664. Whether it’s down to not want­i­ng to be chal­lenged or nos­tal­gia for years of French camp­ing hol­i­days I could­n’t tell you, only that I enjoy it.

  6. Hel­lo,

    My name is Dina and I have no shame, sort of. While my favourite brews are high on the Whale Scale™, I still love Negro Mod­e­lo, Cheladas of all sorts, and Coors Light. I will drink any Pab­st Blue Rib­bon hand­ed to me, and I’m not afraid of a bit of Hoe­gaar­den.

    Thanks, I feel bet­ter just typ­ing this out.

  7. ABIn­bev’s Flow­ers Orig­i­nal (if they still make it). Rather embar­rass­ing, but it was the beer that first got me into real ale as a teenag­er and I have always held a soft spot for it…

  8. Very hap­py to have inspired this post. Part of my Tan­gle­foot shame is that it’s rea­son­ably priced in my local super­mar­ket (canned rather than bot­tle, I’ve nev­er under­stood Bad­ger’s clear bot­tle pol­i­cy). There’s plen­ty of these beers on my list, prob­a­bly for sim­i­lar rea­sons, I don’t live in a ‘craft’ hotspot, or get to the pub often enough, so most of my ses­sion beers come from there.

    1. I have a “soft spot” for Hob­gob­lin too! Even in bot­tle.

      Fond of cask Tet­ley’s as well.

  9. I assume any­one who takes the time to cor­rect or scold my taste in beer is a needy flam­ing eejit. While not embar­rassed, I do love going to a sports bar near where my wife work on the odd Fri­day when I am off an hour ear­li­er to drink their fresh house brand­ed dis­count lager. Sweet, malty, sim­ple and cheap. Goes with deep fried onion rings. As I am usu­al­ly dressed for work in the black shoes, grey flan­nels, vest, bright silk tie and fusty tweed coat (attire being anoth­er source of non-embar­rass­ment) most of the work­ing guys in the place look at me with that mild loathing reserved for man­age­ment. Which rais­es the ques­tion: who has such stand­ing in a pop hob­by tiny sub-cul­ture like beer that one could feel embar­rass­ment under their gaze? I can’t think of any­one who could wield such sway.

    1. When you say “vest”, I assume you mean “waist­coat” not “sleeve­less item worn under shirt,” oth­er­wise you might gen­uine­ly have some­thing to be embar­rassed about…

      1. Actu­al­ly was mean­ing v‑neck sweater vest but I have mus­tard yel­low Claude Green­grass grade doe­skin waist­coat so, con­verse­ly, you might now bet­ter appre­ci­ate my degree of not giv­ing a rats ass.

  10. Abbot. Used to get sent to Great Yarmouth by work years ago and it was the only thing I found drink­able in the hotel (and I could stick it on the food bill for expens­es). Anoth­er one that is prob­a­bly more nos­tal­gia than any­thing else.

  11. Kaltenberg gen­uine fake Ger­man lager (by Thwait­es) on draught in my (no real ale, no craft) local. Also Per­lan­bach­er pils (cans not bot­tles) from Lidl; and Hendry’s (fake Ten­nen­t’s!!) from Aldi. And Aldi’s fake craft fake Newkie Broon.

    (As an aside, whilst you may have noticed that some super­mar­ket “Ger­man” beers have been made in France for a cou­ple of years, did you spot that Sains­burys’ “French” beers are now brewed in Scot­land?

  12. Don’t know if you can find it on your side of the pond but Leinenkugel’s Sum­mer Shandy is my guilty plea­sure. And no, I’m not embar­rassed to admit that.

  13. You can only be embar­rassed to like a par­tic­u­lar beer if you see your vis­i­ble choice of beer as defin­ing your pub­lic image or lifestyle. For­get about appear­ing cool and drink what you enjoy – it’s much sim­pler and more hon­est.

    1. No man is an island, etc. etc. It’s quite nat­ur­al and human to wor­ry what oth­ers might think of you (or, more to the point, what they might *say*). But, yes, it should­n’t stop peo­ple enjoy­ing what they enjoy – it’s an instinct to be over­come rather than indulged.

      1. I think this state­ment might be more local­ly cul­tur­al than you expect:

        It’s quite nat­ur­al and human to wor­ry what oth­ers might think of you (or, more to the point, what they might *say*). ”

        1. Is it, though? I know peo­ple say “I don’t care what peo­ple think of me” but, almost invari­ably, what they actu­al­ly mean is “I enjoy being per­ceived as the kind of per­son that does­n’t care what peo­ple think”.

          Tru­ly not car­ing about oth­er peo­ple’s opin­ions is patho­log­i­cal.

          1. No, I actu­al­ly don’t care and by that I mean it is very com­mon in my nation to not give the roden­t’s rump. What I was try­ing to say nice­ly is that this is a very Eng­lish and per­haps south­ern Eng­lish con­cern.

          2. Well, obvi­ous­ly I can’t dis­cern your true moti­va­tions for doing any­thing but, I’d con­tend, it’s vir­tu­al­ly impos­si­ble for you to do so either.

            I can pre­sume, though, that (for instance) you wear clothes? For rea­sons oth­er than warmth or per­son­al safe­ty? You might, per­haps, put a small amount of thought or effort into acquir­ing social­ly or cul­tur­al­ly appro­pri­ate clothes. You might mod­u­late your behav­iour or speech depend­ing on the social set­ting? You might make a point on an inter­net com­ment board very nice­ly, even though being blunt might serve your pur­pos­es bet­ter? Humans are social ani­mals, and we’re con­stant­ly sig­nalling to oth­ers infor­ma­tion about our­selves. It’s rare for peo­ple to not try, on any lev­el, to make that infor­ma­tion pos­i­tive.

            Triv­ial exam­ples, obvi­ous­ly, but my (prob­a­bly pedan­tic) point is that vir­tu­al­ly every­one cares what peo­ple think _to some degree_ and that those who tru­ly don’t are not healthy indi­vid­u­als.

          3. Fair enough but by tak­ing this pass­ing men­tion of under­stand­ing of myself to an absurd lev­el to con­firm some­thing or oth­er it sort of ele­vates and con­firms my con­cern about being over­ly con­cerned with appear­ances.

            One of the things I have seen (over my decade and a half of beer writ­ing) creep into good beer appre­ci­a­tion, espe­cial­ly over the last few years, is a form of faux pro­fes­sion­al­ism and pre­cious­ness that needs and maybe even feeds on this sort of self-doubt about what is a very sim­ple mat­ter – enjoy­ing beer. We are told we need to take “off-flavour” cours­es, style tuto­ri­als and input from our bet­ters. We are los­ing the author­i­ty to make our own deci­sions. I put it down to the need for the faux pro­fes­sion­als, the self-accred­it­ed con­sul­to class that needs to affirm its spe­cial knowl­edge as a means to make a buck because they have sort of run out of options or run into their own lim­i­ta­tions.

            So while this appears to be a sim­ple mat­ter, I see it as part of an insid­i­ous trend that results in folks being stripped and even strip­ping them­selves of the very thing that lies at the heart of every plea­sure hob­by, the abil­i­ty to enjoy one­self on one’s own terms. It is only beer. One should nev­er be embar­rassed by the joy in it.

            [PS: social set­tings encour­age the height­en­ing of point out this sort of thing, hope­ful­ly pleas­ant­ly and infor­ma­tive­ly with­out prig­gery.]

          4. by tak­ing this pass­ing men­tion of under­stand­ing of myself to an absurd lev­el to con­firm some­thing or oth­er it sort of ele­vates and con­firms my con­cern about being over­ly con­cerned with appear­ances.”

            Well put! 😀

            I also accept your point that an abun­dance of con­cern in this mat­ter is com­mon and, prob­a­bly, more com­mon in Eng­land… if you accept (and you don’t have to) that affect­ing dis­re­gard for peo­ple’s opin­ion is an attempt to influ­ence peo­ple’s opin­ions then there’s real­ly no end to the log­i­cal whirlpool that runs round and round your head.

            The obvi­ous answer is, per­haps, just to be your­self and damn every­one else… but what if it’s been so long you’ve for­got­ten what that even is?

            Reminds me of this sketch by (obvi­ous­ly) an Eng­lish come­di­an:

            Your oth­er point is good… beer should be sim­ple. Or at least straight-for­ward. Is it a male thing, that we try to make the things we enjoy over-com­pli­cat­ed?

  14. I’ve got a soft spot for much of Shep­herd Neame’s out­put – espe­cial­ly their always-hard-to-find-out­side-Kent Mas­ter Brew.

    Far more con­tro­ver­sial­ly, I don’t find their beers in the slight­est trou­bled by being in clear bot­tles. There, I said it.

    1. Mas­ter­brew! Love­ly when in per­fect con­di­tion but rel­a­tive­ly few pubs in Kent seem to keep it that way so seems to have a pret­ty poor rep­u­ta­tion amongst most beer drinkers local­ly. One of the rea­sons microp­ubs have tak­en of in East Kent could be that they offer an attrac­tive alter­na­tive to Shep­herd Neame’s ubiq­ui­ty.

    2. > Far more con­tro­ver­sial­ly, I don’t find their beers in the slight­est trou­bled by being in clear bot­tles. There, I said it.

      I test­ed leav­ing a Spit­fire in the sun all day, next to anoth­er bot­tle wrapped in black plas­tic as a con­trol. Three peo­ple were total­ly unable to find any dif­fer­ence between the three. So I’m with you there.

  15. I find it very sad if peo­ple are embar­rassed about lik­ing a beer. It’s easy to be intim­i­dat­ed when there seems to be a con­sen­sus that Brew­ery X is awe­some where­as any­thing that comes from Brew­ery Y is utter­ly undrink­able.

    But even­tu­al­ly I found the hive mind often got it ter­ri­bly wrong, so often that it gave me the con­fi­dence to trust my own opin­ion, whether any­one else agrees or not. I’m sure it’s saved me fork­ing out hun­dreds for shit­ty beer that oth­er peo­ple raved about, too.

    Now I rather enjoy the chance to com­mend beers that oth­ers dis­miss. It feels a bit more con­struc­tive than revil­ing the over-hyped garbage, too, though that is also fun and should be done more.

  16. Some macro lagers are ok – Per­oni, 1664, even Carls­berg. I pos­i­tive­ly enjoy Czech pil­sners (espe­cial­ly Bud­var), which are not very trendy these days. Sam Smiths beers in gen­er­al are also still a touch­stone.

    On the oth­er hand, I strug­gle to get very excit­ed about some much-laud­ed US and Scan­di­na­vian beers, espe­cial­ly flavoured stouts which too often end up oily and chem­i­cal-tast­ing (there are excep­tions of course, such as Lervig’s Three Bean Stout).

    1. I’m with you, par­tic­u­lar­ly on the hyped, high ABV US stouts, they’re all far too sweet, and you can bare­ly tasste any­thing of the actu­al beer for the adjuncts added.

      Three bean stout was great though, no argu­ment here.

  17. In the 80s I must con­fess to a real lik­ing for draught Long Life, avail­able all too rarely in Ind Coope pubs.

  18. Beers I have soft spot for and in fair­ness ain’t scor­ing high on any review site 1)superbock Por­tuguese lager Sor­ry I start­ed drink­ing on this stuff 2) any­thing I asso­ciate with my dad : cop­per drag­on best and pip­pin black sheep best and ale, thwait­es best and mild non bad beers but my soft spot is def­i­nite­ly big­ger than deserved by the qual­i­ty. 3) Heineken – if I have to drink a main­stream lager I’m pick­ing this one. Is it best of a bad bunch or is this irra­tional favoritism? I can remem­ber hav­ing a caf­frey s phase twen­ty odd year back. Soft spot there hard­ened but would pick over say John Smiths still for nos­tal­gia.

  19. I too like draught Bass when I find it. Co-op own brand bot­tled Czech pil­sner is cheap­er and nicer than Bud­var. Hate Punk IPA, since the first time I tried it. Can’t get the hang of Cam­den Helles, despite all the col­umn inch­es. Local­ly, we’re all sup­posed to dis Wye Val­ley beers because they are ubiq­ui­tous, but I am delight­ed when I see them. And for rea­sons of deep nos­tal­gia, swig­ging New­cas­tle Brown from the bot­tle while lis­ten­ing to met­al makes me feel very alive. If not my taste­buds

  20. I still like holts bit­ter on cask. The pub near­est to me has just been done up as a holts pub and it’s nice to go there for tea with my wife and daugh­ter. It was the first ever pint i bought in a pub, 63p, near­ly 30 years ago.

    On the oth­er side, i don’t real­ly like Cam­den beers, always found them under­whelm­ing.

  21. Old Pecu­liar, bot­tle or local Cor­nish cask, Marston’s Pedi­gree, Erdinger, includ­ing the alco­hol free ver­sion. Some­thing I’m not keen on is the pop­u­lar Prop­er Job, rather have almost any­thing else from StA

  22. I used to stand up for Doom Bar, hav­ing enjoyed it in Corn­wall (on hol­i­day), but hav­ing had it since it’s gone nation­al I’ve fall­en into line. Hob­gob­lin is fine, though, and I always enjoy Old Peculi­er. Sticky strong bit­ters in gen­er­al are OK with me. Haven’t drunk Tan­gle­foot in years, though – Mark Dredge was so elo­quent on the top­ic of clear glass bot­tles that I could­n’t look at them again, even though I’d nev­er actu­al­ly tast­ed ‘skunk­ing’ myself (I still don’t think I’ve tast­ed it more than a cou­ple of times, & they were pale beers). Also, +1 for Holt’s draught beers – the IPA in par­tic­u­lar – although it’s rare I actu­al­ly find myself drink­ing them.

  23. To be hon­est it isn’t dis­par­aged that much but I do love both Fullers Lon­don Pride on cask and Fron­tier Lager on keg. The first is sher­bet, the sec­ond is liq­uid cop­per coins.

  24. Think­ing about it, I’m so crit­i­cal of beer gen­er­al­ly that I’m not sure there is any­thing I’m embar­rassed to like, but there are def­i­nite­ly sev­er­al beers that I’m a bit embar­rassed to admit that I *dis­like* – I just don’t ‘get’ them and feel I’m miss­ing out some­where.

    - vir­tu­al­ly all Bel­gian Dubbel/Trippel/Quad/Trappist stuff, with the excep­tion of Orval.
    – Tanko­va dis­pensed lagers like PU – can’t see what the fuss is about, but I do like the wood­en cask ver­sion
    – Moor Old Fred­dy Walk­er, which I find gri­mac­ing­ly sweet and cloy­ing, and sim­i­lar beers
    – Real­ly clovey, bana­nary wheat beers and saisons.

    I’m also embar­rassed to admit that I some­times put San Pel­le­gri­no lemon­ade in unpalat­able pints. And if I’m real­ly strug­gling, but need to fin­ish a manky beer for the tick, I chew gum while drink­ing!

  25. I also have a fond­ness for Bad­ger beers, large­ly because they were the go-to beer for my office­mates in Bas­ingstoke, and get­ting to go vis­it them was always fun; that, and there are van­ish­ing­ly few beers like theirs in the US, so they were semi-exot­ic by Amer­i­can stan­dards.

    More recent­ly, I got a lot of side-eye for defend­ing some of our local Pacif­ic North­west pale ales at a beer nerd meet­up the oth­er week; at least with this par­tic­u­lar group, they are ‘bor­ing’ and ‘awful’ (when real­ly, they are just rea­son­ably suc­cess­ful and so easy to find and often fresh, which makes them dubi­ous to some). I was amused.

  26. A cheeky bot­tle or three of ice cold Coro­na on a hot Sum­mer after­noon. Must be necked before it starts warm­ing up though. And I recent­ly dis­cov­ered Nan­ny State (out of neces­si­ty) which was a bit weird – brown beer AND grape­fruit – but refresh­ing enough so I’ll cer­tain­ly have that again.

  27. I like what I like, and see no need to be ashamed of that. I back my taste against any­body else’s, so if they dis­agree, it’s them that’s wrong. 😉

    That said, there is one brew­ery whose prod­ucts I just don’t like, but I think I should: Achel. Not impressed.

  28. Draught Bass and white lemon shandy, when I’m tak­ing it easy now that can be hard to beat! There’s also a lit­tle bit of a stig­ma around some of the non alco­holic beers I would drink, though I find that can be dis­pelled a bit when you actu­al­ly intro­duce some­one to Krom­bach­er NA, which I find to be a near per­fect sim­u­lacrum of a prop­er full strength Ger­man lager.

  29. I love co-op own brand Czech stuff. For my mon­ey, you can’t get a bad own brand Cz beer as it’s all brewed over there. They remind me of the 4 trips I’ve had to Prague with my gf, her hav­ing to ini­tial­ly twist my arm to go on a “city break” and now me prompt­ing her to go at any oppor­tu­ni­ty. Plan on dri­ving down for my 30th next year.

    Also fond of Direc­tors and the var­i­ous knock offs you get in Aldi/Lidl.

  30. Adnams Ghost Ship

    Mar­ble Pint

    Kruso­vice Pil­sner (The dirty rev­e­la­tion that I can’t think of a sin­gle craft brew­er that actu­al­ly does the style well.)

      1. Craft beer’ nerds can be just as bad as CAMRA ones.

        For me it’s the pla­ton­ic ide­al of a great mod­ern bit­ter.

  31. I enjoy the occa­sion­al bot­tle of Hob­gob­lin or any oth­er Wych­wood beer. I don’t mind Cham­pi­on, and some of Aldi’s ales are pret­ty good ( and cheap!). On occa­sion, I just throw all cau­tion to the wind and grab a few bot­tles of aver­age lager when I fan­cy some­thing easy to drink. I hon­est­ly don’t care what any­one thinks of my choic­es (espe­cial­ly hip­sters) which, let’s face it, before Brew­dog start­ed their world­wide cam­paign to turn the world ‘punk’ (gig­gle), were either drink­ing the same beers as above, or did­n’t even know what beer was.

  32. Not so much a list of being embar­rassed to like, more a list of ‘screw you cognoscen­ti for try­ing to make me feel bad about these beers’:

    - Guin­ness (there’s a theme here judg­ing from the com­ments)
    – Actu­al Bel­gian Stel­la (I am con­vinced there’s some­thing dif­fer­ent when it comes from Leu­ven)
    – McE­wan’s Export
    – Mur­phy’s
    – Bod­ding­ton’s
    – Bit­burg­er

  33. Greene King IPA, just think of it as a light Mild.

    Bud Light, 3.5% = 21st cen­tu­ry Mild.

  34. Bass and Pedi­gree may not be what they used to be, but they are objec­tive­ly great beers when prop­er­ly on form. One of the best pints I had last year was Pedi­gree in a plas­tic at a big event spon­sored by Marstons where the casks bare­ly had time to set­tle before being emp­tied.

    Tet­ley has some of the same prob­lem – when I lived in Leeds there seemed to be four lev­els of Tet­ley, stu­dent (prob­a­bly out of date and then watered down), bad­ly-kept cask, ordi­nary keg and in just a hand­ful of pubs, prop­er­ly-kept cask Tet­ley which was a glo­ri­ous thing. Mind you this was when it was still brewed in the city – much the most depress­ing thing about a recent trip there was park­ing on the Brew­ery car park. Not the car park of the for­mer brew­ery, but the car park where the brew­ery used to stand before it was demol­ished.

    I guess my real guilty plea­sure is mod­ern Bod­dies. In a can. With a wid­get. Blame Mel Sykes (appar­ent­ly she’s doing some­thing new with them) maybe, more like­ly it was just a taste of home that was read­i­ly avail­able back in the day, but I still have a soft spot for it.

    Also stub­bies of Car­refour own-brand lager from some­where like Alsace, and Sal­va-Vida from Hon­duras – both a step up from stan­dard Eurofizz lager but tarred with the same brush.

    Not sure either Pint or Plum Porter real­ly count as con­trar­i­an choic­es – the lat­ter was Spe­cial­i­ty CBOB 2015 for flip’s sake. One has to move in pret­ty snob­by cir­cles (or in places which serve them bad­ly) to think lik­ing them is con­trar­i­an?

    As for not likes – I seem to be quite sen­si­tive to cer­tain acrid flavours so whilst I like smok­i­ness I real­ly don’t get on well with a lot of well-regard­ed smoked beers. I’m also quite sen­si­tive to Brett flavours so I may find undrink­able some­thing that oth­ers find has a wel­come bit of com­plex­i­ty.

    Also extreme bit­ter­ness – I love a clas­sic York­shire bit­ter, but I just don’t get the whole IBU arms race thing. I had a cou­ple of US beers at GBBF which are very high­ly rat­ed on the rat­ing web­sites, but which I just could­n’t get on with.

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