Along with creating my blog this month I also joined Untappd a social network for beer lovers. In all honesty I joined just as a convenient way of logging beers I had tried rather than the social aspect, or at least that is what I tell myself as I have 0 friends on it.
I came across this site through some of the Beery people I follow on twitter and after a few teething problems (due to not having rebooted my tablet in months rather than the site itself) but I must mention the support from Untappd was fantastic! I wish the IT helpdesk at work was even half as efficient.
My local supermarket has just expanded its range of canned ales and at 2 4-packs for £8 thought it was worth a try, although I can hear the purists prepping the bonfire for me already. First up Southwold Bitter from Adnams, this is a lovely classic bitter and the canning process doesn’t seem to have affected the bitter at all. The other ale I tried in canned form was Fursty Ferret from Hall & Woodhouse (better known as Badger). Now I normally love this ale as although light it has a pleasing depth of flavour, well it does from a bottle. The canned version however seems to lack the oomph.
Next up was Old Thumper from Ringwood Brewery, this was mellow with a very soft aftertaste. It was pleasant with nothing bad about it but it wasn’t memorable or outstanding either. Courage Directors by Wells and Young was in a similar position. It is always a reliable bitter and handy option in pubs where the other option would be lager, but again it is nothing outstanding.
Now the stars of the month were First Gold, again from Hall & Woodhouse (Badger). This is a gorgeous amber ale with a light lime lingering finish. (For some reason the alliteration makes me draw out the sentence in my head in a Nigella Lawson food pornish way).
But my beer of the month has to be Whitstable Bay Pale Ale from Shepherd Neame brewery. It was a lovely light ale but still managed to deliver a complexity of flavours, malty with hints of cinnamon and chocolate slowly tapering to a creamy finish. Now whether I enjoyed this beer so much because I drank it so close to the brewery in Faversham and there was little distance for the beer to travel, or because I had just spent the previous few hours with my in-laws (love them to bits but hard to see how quickly they are aging) I cannot say. All I can say is if you see it on tap try it.