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I would not generally mind being at the White Horse at Parson’s Green, West London on an ordinary night. Bot the beer and the food is outstanding. I would certainly not mind being there when they serve a five course Burns dinner with BrewDog beers to match the food. Three new beers, including the Abstract 05.

Tuesday 25 January.

I will not be there. But I have some Haggis in the freezer. And my son bought a CD by the Red Hot Chili Pipers.

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The White Horse on Parson’s Green, London, has a Belgian beer festival starting today. 15 Belgian Cask ales. They promise:

• Pure unfiltered lambic in cask from the Oud Beersel and Bockor breweries.
• Alvinne Podge Stout, Gouyasse Tradition, Barbar Honey and ten other Belgian beers all in cask
• Bellegem Oude Bruin, St.Bernardus Prior, Tripel and 12 on draught
• Oud Beersel’s Bersalis Kadet on draught for the first time ever outside Belgium
• Budvar Yeast beer, another first in the UK for The White Horse

If you hang on until the third week of October, London is still the place to be. The Rake in Borough Market has a lambic festival with the following on cask:

  • Hanssens oude lambic
  • Hanssens kriekenlambic
  • Cantillon jonge lambic
  • Cantillon oude lambic
  • Cantillon kriekenlambic
  • Cantillon framboisenlambic
  • Lindemans oude lambic
  • Boon 1yr lambic
  • Boon 2yr lambic
  • Boon 3yr lambic
  • Boon framboisenlambic
  • Girardin oude lambic
  • Girardin kriekenlambic
  • Drie fonteinen oude lambic
  • Drie fonteinen kriekenlambic

Too sour for you?

Go to Stockholm. Sure, they have a number of festivals, including a showcase for Swedish micros. But what impressed me the most is that Monks Cafe in Stockholm offers 453 American beers, starting tomorrow. Four hundred and fifty three. From 79 breweries. And their ordinary beer list is mighty impressive, too. Have a look at their beer list, and bring your credit card!

The Yanks are coming!

The Yanks are coming!

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White Horse

White Horse

I told you about the mixed experience Lars Marius, Stine and I had two years ago when we went to the White Horse Old and Winter Ale festival. The White Horse, with its splendid location in Parson’s Green, West London, has a long standing reputation for its solid beer list, both British and Belgian beers on draft and bottles which are picked for making up a broad range of flavours and styles, not to give a ticker’s list of pale lagers. (There is a lesson to be learned here, Porterhouse!)

But, as I have written about recently, the beer is dependent on the person who is serving it. At the time we had the most sweet waitress, who had just arrived from California. She did her best, but she did not have a clue about English ales. She kept mixing them up, which means we resorted to ordering bottles instead to make sure we got what we ordered.

This year it was easier. When I had elbowed my way past the main bar, I found that the back room, which used to be a restaurant with table service was now the bar for the festival itself, serving about a dozen milds, old ales, stouts, barley wines – English dark beers from cask stillage – no hand pumps, just the gravity to do the job.. Add to this a few BrewDogs and Belgian Winter Ales in the main bar, and you could easily spend the weekend here!

Well, I did not have the whole weekend at my disposal, just a few hours before being on my way. Things were made easier by another young American lady. From eavesdropping on the conversations she was having with the regulars, she had been there for quite some time, this being their last shift before getting back home for Christmas. The expertly poured glasses shown she had used here time there well.

The beers?

Breconshire Rambler’s Ruin is an old ale, with some (intended oxidation. A reddish beer with little carbonation. Nice grassy hoppiness, malty body, but, somehow, the element’s did not blend too well together.

The Adnams Tally-Ho is very port-like, and is most sensibly drunk in halves. Rich, sweet, syrupy. Alcohol warmth. Prunes, figs, blackcurrant, sour cherries. A complex beer, I found myself a bench and sipped this slowly.

To finish off, I asked for the Fuller’s Golden Pride. This is not a new beer, but it is very seldom seen. A classic strong ale. Ripe fruits and berries. Blackcurrants, rowan berries. a little sour and oxidised, but pleasantly so. A neglected gem from the Fullers range, which should be available more often.

But why do they call it Golden Pride? It is not golden at all, but a lovely dark ruby. And when golden beers are a dime a dozen (well, £ 36 a dozen at today’s prices..), they could have played on the true color of the beer. Maybe it used to be golden?

I thought out a name for a ruby beer. Anyone can use it, though it will cost a dozen bottles for the first batch.

Ruby (Don’t take your love to town)

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