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Bought a couple of bottles of this (not my picture) as part of an order, Buxton with Omnipello - Yellow Belly Stout.

 

Absolutely incredible stuff, it's described as a peanut butter biscuit stout (without either being part of the process), the taste is immense and i can't think of a better stout, it even tops Founders KBS which has long held my number 1 spot.

 

It's strong (11%) and not cheap at 8 to 9 quid a bottle,  but highly recommended.

 

 

 

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Living in Broadstairs at the moment, which has quite a vibrant micropub scene. Visited a couple yesterday, The Four Candles which beer-wise was right up my street, and The Yard of Ale which was fun and friendly with straw on the floor etc but had nothing that wasn’t either a horribly hoppy hipster brew or an outrageously strong Porter/stout. Settled on Gadds Black Pearl, which was nice but a bit much during the day at 6.2%.

 

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It all felt a bit fake though. Trying too hard really. The Four Candles was much more like it, fantastic East Kent Bitter:

 

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Been enjoying this from Waitrose as well:

 

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Bit too much really, should knock it on the head!

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8 minutes ago, milko said:

That Yellow Belly looks like a KKK beer in the wrapper!

 

I think it’s supposed to. iirc the makers said it was a comment on how the KKK were a bunch of cowards, hiding their faces. 

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I went to Buxton a few weeks back and had the Yellow Belly.  It's utterly amazing, a rare 5/5 rating from me on Untappd and I bought a bottle to take away.

 

I may well drink it tomorrow if Wolves secure the Championship title!  It's that or the Rochefort 10 I bought in Bruges.... (I bought a glass to go with it too - so pretty)

 

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If anyone in this thread likes their beer and is price-conscious, the new IPA by Stewart Brewing in Lidl is tasty as fuck and only £1.49. Hell, the whole Lidl own brand range is actually pretty decent but this one is genuinely fantastic.

 

Yellow Belly fans, keep an eye out for Northern Monk beers. The head brewer from Buxton who is responsible for Yellow Belly is now there.

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I have just been to Fynefest, and have tidings to report. Here are my hot takes:

 

Bellfield:

Bohemian Pilsner: Drinkable GF beer, mild flavour. 4.5% 3.5*

 

DEYA:

My Phone’s On Snooze: raspberry Berliner weisse, very morish 3.5% 4*

 

Fyne Ales:

Jarl: still a smooth cask pale ale classic. 3.8% 4*

Workbench Session/ 4th Draft: two takes on Fyne Ales’ new line, 4th Draft has more character but the Session variant is dangerously easy going. 4.2%/ 5.5%, 4*

North West: Veeeeery nice modern lager with a good hop note. 4.7%, 4*

New Ragnarok: Apocalypse perfected, supreme loopie juice. 7.4%, 5*

Shakers in Paris (Brewdog collab): A beer that tastes like a French Martini. Why. 6%, 2*

Superior IPA: A cask loopie juice to Ragnarok’s keg. Nice. 7.1%, 5*

Everyone Loves Pekko: Pekko is merely okay. 3.8%, 3*

Morning Light: East Coast IPA done well. 5.5%, 4*

 

Magic Rock: 

Bourbon BA Bearded Lady: Toasted Pecan Praline is as big a mouthful as its name. 11.5%, 5*

 

Northern Monk:

Eternal: Good sessionable pale ale. 4.1%, 4*

 

Thornbridge:

Passionfruit & Blueberry Tart: It’s clearly rhubarb juice made into bad cider. 6%, 2*

 

Tiny Rebel:

Urban IPA: Very hoppy, very tasty, very more. 5.5%, 4*

 

Honourary cider mention:

Farmer Jim’s Strawberry & Kiwi: it’s a liquid Push-Pop. 5%, 3.5*

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2 hours ago, Boothjan said:

Yum! That was one of my favourites when I was in Bruges.  Had one at Den Halve Maan Brewery where it's made.  So tasty!

It’s fantastic isn’t it! I was in Bruges the other weekend and brought a load back. McChoufe, Barbar, Zot Dubbel, Trippel. All so tasty. 

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Yeah it's awesome. The Trappistes Rochefort 10 was my personal favourite but the Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel was a close 2nd.

 

Absolutely loved some of the bars there - The Beer Wall and the Rose Cafe were unreal.

 

Beer Wall:

 

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Rose Cafe:

 

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Oh and this absolute gem that we just stumbled across.  Perfect.  

 

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1 minute ago, Boothjan said:

Yeah it's awesome. The Trappistes Rochefort 10 was my personal favourite but the Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel was a close 2nd.

 

Absolutely loved some of the bars there - The Beer Wall and the Rose Cafe were unreal.

 

Beer Wall:

 

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Rose Cafe:

 

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Oh and this absolute gem that we just stumbled across.  Perfect.  

 

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We spent our last night is t brugs beertje. It’s my favourite pub in Bruges. Found this little beauty there.

 

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Going away for a long weekend with a few other couples so will be taking a few cans/bottles (we almost had a 72 pint keg coming with us but decided against it considering we all have babies) and decided to go to a supermarket to stock up.

 

Went to Asda and they had quite a lot of choice and a lot in the 4 for £6 deal; then went to Morrisons and it was even better cos every beer was in the same priced deal. Ended up with 4 from Asda and 8 from Morrisons.

 

Go To IPA by Stone
Lagunitas 12th of Never by Lagunitas
Lawless by Purity
Fourpure Session IPA by Fourpure
Wild Gravity and Boston Tea Party by BAD Co.
All Day IPA by Founders
Little Rock IPA by Harbour
Flight Suit by DE14
Twisted Grapefruit IPA by Belhaven
Disco Forklift Truck by Drygate
Mangoes On The Run by Innis & Gunn

 

Roll on Friday.

 

A few of them were picked purely on @deKay's ratings on Untappd. ^_^ (Add me as a friend if you haven't already)

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Working in Wilmington at the moment, which is a massive shithole, but there is a nice local chain of bars here called Ironhill Brewery which do their own beer. Very nice, if a little hoppy. They make them very strong over here though, 6% standard for their IPAs, but on the plus side it makes you flexible for dodging the bullets.

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1 hour ago, El Spatula said:

I've been to many bars more full of wankers than a Brew Dog one. Your average Weatherspoons or Tiger Tiger/insert popular local variants is typically worse.

 

Maybe it's just that the one here in Bristol seems perpetually rammed with young-ish loudmouth types. It's not good science, I'll admit.

 

I like their Dead Pony IPA.

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6 hours ago, Mrs Horribleman said:

Yeah even the one in shoreditch is fine. Not hugely keen on their beer but the bars are decent especially if they have good guest beers. 

 

That Twitter guy was in central Edinburgh during the festival, so for a brief spell each year can probably out-hipster everywhere on earth. Manchester/Liverpool ones are fine every time I've been in. Their Elvis Juice, black lager and Electric India saison are all a cut above and at least you can get half way decent beer in the corner shop thanks to Dead Pony and the IPA.

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Nah I can't stand Brewdog bars.  Some of their beers aren't too bad (I do like Elvis Juice) but as a brand they're awful and the staff/clientele in pretty much every Brewdog bar I've been in just get on my nerves.

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This is more of a "Pub" post than a beer post...

The Brewdog pubs often are full of wankers but as someone said that's a very real risk in 95% of pubs in London, so it's occasionally a preferable choice.

 

True Craft Tottenham just opened near where we live. There's not much in the way of nice pubs near us, so a new one that does nice pizza, good takeaway bottles and a good selection on tap was very welcome...

 

...Or so we thought. The Mikeller passionfruit Weiss was really nice. But why are you stocking Beavertown? Aren't people over that? Just because they're in Tottenham. I mean, the Gamma Ray was one of the most expensive things on tap, being served in 2/3rds for some inexplicable reason. 

 

Anyway, it was echoey thanks to there being no soft furnishing, a mess of tables, really busy and people sat at the bar so queuing for a drink was awkward.

 

The selection of beer was really good and the pizza was really good but it made us realise we've been spoilt a bit with good beer. There's just so much of it, it's so easy to get, that now it's not enough to just serve a good product, they could have done better with the vibe. It just felt like a cafe, and I think we are surely over that in craft beer land.  I mean, it's okay if it's an actual tap room where the beer is being made, because you can forgive that - they're a working brewery after all. 

 

We got a pizza, but as soon as that was done we walked to the Salisbury. It's dark in there, but it's cosy, it always feels friendlier and the beer selection is just as good, probably better. 

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