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Strangford Lough

This is getting back to the promotional activities of a lot of folk in the beer industry (and beyond).

Hi. I have a new mystery novel, where someone is killed in a brewery. Would you like to plug it?

Our brewery has a new design profile, and we have just made some lovely t-shirts. Would you care to show the new design?

Dear Sir/Madam. We have a new beer out. It’s been very popular locally, and we enclose tasting notes. If you publish them, we will most likely link to your blog/web site/whatever-

The good people at Strangford Lough sent me two bottles of beer instead. Which I can relate to.

Looks like this is a flying or contact brewery, meaning that they get their beer brewed to spesifications at various spots around the globe. It is stated on the label that it is made somewhere in the E.U. Nothing wrong with contract brewing – Mikkeller does not have a brewery, remember. Still, I think it in everybodys interest to tell where beer is brewed, but in this instance they seem to find it more important to market romatic notions about the Northern Irish landscape.

So – The Legbiter. A sturdy half liter bottle, pouring an amber ale into my glass. Mild carboanation, and a rather mild ale. Sweet malt, very British hoppiness, floral and herbal notes in the finish. A hint of yeast.

I’m sure the Irish myths around this spins a tale, but there is not very much top distinguish this beer from hundreds of others. I would advice them to try for a signaturea ale with a more stand out character.

But this is certainly drinkable. On a hot day in multiples.

St. Patricks’s Best is a decent bitter. It has caramel, and there is a little yeast here, too. On the thin side, tones of cognac.  Dry finish. Nice golden glow. An all right session beer, but not spectacular. I think this would be better on keg or cask than in bottled form – but that applies to most low alcohol beers from the UK.

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