It’s always interesting to see the old adverts that pubs sometimes use to decorate their walls. A poster for Bateman’s Salem Porter from the early 90s caught our eye this week.
We assumed this beer had been discontinued because we’ve never seen it for sale anywhere, unlike their ubiquitous XXXB and Rosey Nosey Christmas beer. But, no, they still make this multiple award winning cask only beer.
Keen as we are to find it on cask one day, it would also be nice if their bottled range (which we can get very easily in corner shops in our bit of London) included this apparently brilliant beer. Perhaps they could drop one of the three very similar golden ales to make room?
Maybe they feel there’s no market? If so, that’s a shame, because we really believe dark beers (milds, porters, stouts, lagers, whatever) are going to be the next big thing. After all, what’s a cooler looking pint than one that’s pitch black?
These are our final words on Cornwal, which we’re sure is becoming a boring topic.
Ten great Cornish beers
- St Austell Tribute (cask conditioned).
- Marks and Spencer’s Cornish IPA (bottle conditioned).
- St Austell Proper Job (bottle conditioned).
- St Austell Admiral’s Ale (bottle conditioned).
- Sharp’s Chalky’s Bite (bottle conditioned).
- Skinner’s Ginger Tosser (cask conditioned; excellent despite the terrible name).
- Carn Brea One and All (bottled; not brewed in Cornwall).
- St Austell Clouded Yellow (bottle conditioned; a fake Bavarian wheat beer).
- Lizard Ales’ An Gof (bottle conditioned; strong dark ale with salt and smoked malt).
Five disappointing Cornish beers
- St Austell HSD (cask conditioned and bottled).
- St Austell IPA (a Greene King IPA beater – bland and weak).
- Sharp’s Doom Bar (didn’t find a good bottle or pint of this anywhere; maybe we should have gone closer to the source and made it to Rock?)
- Skinner’s Betty Stoggs (cask conditioned; too much crystal malt and some cardboard).
- St Austell Tribute (bottled; dead and flavourless compared to the cask version).
Two decent Cornish pubs
1. The Castle Inn, St Ives – looks a bit rough around the edges (those “drugs will not be tolerated” signs send all the wrong signals) but was full of old men and guest ales when we went on a weekday lunchtime.
2. The Ship Inn, Mousehole – probably cheerier in season, but has a very friendly and efficient – he earwigged when we were deciding what to have and the drinks were lined up on the bar before we got there. Our mates’ kids tell us the Ribena Fruit Shoots were well kept, too.
Next time, we’ll check out the Blue Anchor and the Tinner’s Arms at Zennor.
A few months ago, we spotted that Young’s bottled Kew Brew (now “Kew Gold”) is a dead ringer for a decent draught Koelsch. We tested that theory again this week and are now prepared to say, outright, that it’s the best substitute for draught Koelsch you can get in the UK.
Filtered, pasteurised bottles of Frueh just don’t compare. It’s even better than Meantime’s slightly bland effort.
Has anyone else had a bottle of Young’s Chocolate Stout recently? We just tried one at a Young’s pub in London and were astounded to discover that (a) it’s got better and (b) it no longer tastes of chocolate, but rather intensely of smoke and roasted barley. The ingredient list includes oats and “natural chocolate flavouring”.
Any insight much from those in the know would be much appreciated.
We’ve just returned from a week in Cornwall, in the far south west of England, so expect a few posts in the coming days on our beery adventures around St Ives. We got the week off to a good start last Saturday, though, with a few bottles of Marks and Spencer’s relatively new Cornish IPA on the train.
We’ve just returned from a week in Cornwall, in the far south west of England, so expect a few posts in the coming days on our beery adventures around St Ives.
We got the week off to a good start on the train from London last Saturday with a few bottles of Marks and Spencer’s relatively new Cornish IPA.
We were pleased to see that the supermarket chain are now crediting the brewers of their own-brand bottle-conditioned beers on the labels (we beer geeks like to know where our booze is coming from) and that this is a product of St Austell.
We guessed it would be a rebadge of their brilliant bottle conditioned Proper Job, but it’s not. It’s weaker (5% as opposed to 5.6%) and also has a lighter body and drier finish. It’s much closer, in fact, to cask conditioned Proper Job. We thought it was delicious. One of the best bottled beers we’ve had in a long while.
Thanks, St Austell and M&S, for a great start to our break.