If you know me or of me, you will know I like beer. Over the last few years I have been collecting photos of every new beer I have.
I now have over 1,700 individual beers photographed and have realised that many beers that I assumed I have photos of, I haven't.

This blog will be therefore be an account of my quest for new beers to photo and how I enjoyed them (or not).
My email is ralphgant@sky.com.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Greene King, IPA's

Greene King, the brewer from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, seems to me to make quite a few India Pale Ale's and most are very good. So I will have a look at the Greene King IPA beers that I have tried. I will do them in order of strength with the weakest first.

Greene King, IPA

Greene King, IPA, England Greene King, IPA, England

3.6% amber in colour with a thin head, hop aroma, a nice light hop taste and very easy to drink.

Greene King, East Coast IPA

Greene King, East Coast IPA, England Greene King, East Coast IPA, England

4.0% gold colour with a thin head, it was very much like one of the Badgers beers.

Greene King, IPA Gold

Greene King, IPA Gold, England Greene King, IPA Gold, England

4.1% gold in colour with a thin head, citrus hop aroma, smooth and mild citrus hop taste.

Greene King, IPA Export

Greene King, IPA Export, England Greene King, IPA Export, England

5.0% amber in colour but darker than your usual IPA, light hop aroma and it had a hint of toffee in the taste, nice.

Greene King, IPA Reserve

Greene King, IPA Reserve, England Greene King, IPA Reserve, England

5.4% deep amber in colour with a thin head, bit of a hoppy aroma and a nice bitter hop taste.

Greene King, Double Hop Monster IPA

Greene King, Double Hop Monster IPA, England Greene King, Double Hop Monster IPA, England

7.2 deep gold in colour with a good head, sweet hoppy aroma, it as quite a hoppy taste but not too bad,

Greene King, Very Special India Pale Ale

52 beers 4 - 21, Greene King, Very Special India Pale Ale, England Greene King, Very Special India Pale Ale, England

7.5% amber in colour with a thin head, hoppy aroma, strong hop and alcohol taste but not too bad.

There is also this one from Tesco that I have had.

Metropolitan Brewing Co (Greene King for Tesco.), Big Bad Wolf IPA

Metropolitan Brewing Co (Greene King for Tesco.). Big Bad Wolf IPA. England Metropolitan Brewing Co (Greene King for Tesco.). Big Bad Wolf IPA. England

6,0% deep gold in colour with a nice head, citrus hop aroma, dry with some caramel and hops.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

A couple from Japan

These are my first Japanese beers since our Joshua finished working in Japan. One of these was good, the other one was bad. They came from Booths supermarket, a great place for beer buying, although there do not seem to be many of them about.

Hitachino Nest, Saison Du Japon from Japan

Hitachino Nest, Saison Du Japon, Japan Hitachino Nest, Saison Du Japon, Japan

5.0% yellow in colour with a thin head, bitter aroma and a foul acidic metallic taste, not good at all.

Hitachino Nest, White Ale from Japan

Hitachino Nest, White Ale, Japan Hitachino Nest, White Ale, Japan

5.5% cloudy gold in colour with a nice head, the aroma and taste where more like a French / Belgian wheat beer than a German one but very nice.

Day at Jon's 9th April

Here are some from overseas we had at the beginning of April when over at Jon's.

Veltins, Grevensteiner Naturtrübes Landbier from Germany

Veltins, Grevensteiner Naturtrübes Landbier, Germany Veltins, Grevensteiner Naturtrübes Landbier, Germany

5.2% slightly cloudy gold colour with a thin head, some caramel in the aroma, malty sweet taste.

Frankfurter Brauhaus (Lidl), Perlenbacher Weissbier from Germany

Frankfurter Brauhaus (Lidl), Perlenbacher Weissbier, Germany

5.0% cloudy yellow in colour with a thin head, another good wheat beer, even if it was from Lidl.

Perła, Mocna from Poland

Perła, Mocna, Poland

7.6% light amber in colour with a very thin head, if there was any aroma it was alcohol and the taste wasn't as strong as alcohol level

Some from the Fish Beerfest in April

Here are the beers I missed from the Fish Beer Festival in April, there are quite a few but I will put them all on one blog. All of the beers are from the UK and most are local to the pub.

Allendale, GFPA Gluten Free IPA

Allendale, GFPA Gluten Free IPA, England

4.7% a hazy gold colour with a thin head, hoppy aroma and a fruity hop taste. This one was Gluten Free, but far too hoppy for me.

Allendale, American Brown Ale

Allendale, American Brown Ale, England

4.6% brown in colour with a good head, malty aroma and nice malty taste. This one was good.

Roundhill Brewery, Vegan Dark Ale

Roundhill Brewery, Vegan Dark Ale, England

5.2% dark red in colour with a nice head, fruity aroma and a sweet but nice taste, the vegan bit made no difference at all. This is a very local brewery to me and was nice to find.

Durham Brewery, Jaded Muse

Durham Brewery, Jaded Muse, England

4.4% amber in colour with a nice head, hoppy aroma and taste, not the best from Durham.

Bosun's, Down the Hatch

Bosun's, Down the Hatch, England

4.0% gold in colour with a nice head, malt and hops in the aroma and the taste was not dissimilar.

Blackhill, 70 Fathom

Blackhill, 70 Fathom, England

4.0% gold in colour with a thin head, herbal aroma, the taste was a bit fruity and not to hoppy

Blackhill, Jet

Blackhill, Jet, England

4.1% gold colour with a thin head, some fruit in the aroma and the taste was zesty, not too good.

Hilltop, Classic Bitter


Hilltop, Classic Bitter, England

3.9% amber in colour with a nice head, nice bitter aroma and taste, a good ordinary beer.

Yard of Ale Brew Co, Mochsta

Yard of Ale Brew Co, Mochsta, England

4.5% black in colour with a good head, coffee and malt aroma, the taste was of dark malt with some hops.

Yard of Ale Brew Co, Free the New World

Yard of Ale Brew Co, Free the New World, England

4.2% gold in colour with a nice head, malt and hop aroma, the taste was hops.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Our trip to Lincolnshire

Went away for a couple of days to Lincolnshire followed by a couple of days in Peterborough, although I did not have any new beers in Peterborough and I left before the motorhome show started. Anyway although the beer and food at the Rose & Crown site was good, the site itself left a lot to be desired, see the link.

Patron Saints Ale from England

Patron Saints Ale, England

4.5% amber in colour with a good head, it had a nice malt/hop aroma and taste and was the best of the beers I had.

Tom Wood's, Hop Bunny Hop from England

Tom Wood's, Hop Bunny Hop, England

4.4% amber in colour with a nice head, malt aroma and a malt and hop taste, ordinary but not bad.

Tom Wood's, Imp Stout from England

Tom Wood's, Imp Stout, England

4.8% black in colour with a nice head, it had a nice stout aroma and taste and it was not too bad.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Some from Spoons in Thirsk

Just had a few days in Thirsk and a few beers in Wetherspoons there, usually when I am in a Spoons I have one new beer, then switch onto something I like, unless the new one is good.  All of these where not too bad at all.

Birrificio MC-77 (Hook Norton), Mild The Gap from Italy (England)

Birrificio MC-77 (Hook Norton), Mild The Gap, Italy (England)

4.5% dark brown in colour with a nice head, bit of a malty chocolate aroma, some bitterness in the taste but good.

Bodebrown (Banks’s), Brazillian Burton Pale Ale from Brazil (England)

Bodebrown (Banks’s), Brazillian Burton Pale Ale, Brazil (England)

5.0% amber in colour with a nice head, malty aroma and a malty taste, not bad.

Butcombe, Union from England

Butcombe, Union, England

4.8% slightly hazy gold colour with a good head, hop and malt in the aroma with a bitter hop taste.

Maxim, Hapi from England

Maxim, Hapi, England

4.0% gold in colour with a nice head, slightly sweet fruity aroma, bitter taste, not bad

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Abbaye de Vauclair

All of these beers are from De Gayant, I have not covered them before, well not together so I thought it was about time. One of them was new to me as well and it just reminded me that these French beers are so good. I will leave the new one till last, a Wheat Beer I got from Lidl on our last trip in the van.

De Gayant, Abbaye de Vauclair Blonde from France

De Gayant, Abbaye de Vauclair Blonde, France De Gayant, Abbaye de Vauclair Blonde, France

6.5% gold colour with a thin head, another beer very much like Leffe blonde very nice.

De Gayant, Abbaye de Vauclair Triple from France

De Gayant, Abbaye de Vauclair Triple, France De Gayant, Abbaye de Vauclair Triple, France

8.5% gold colour with a good head, sweet aroma, sweet strong alcohol, not as bad as it sounds. Looking at the photo it was taken in France.

De Gayant, Abbaye de Vauclair Rubis from France

De Gayant, Abbaye de Vauclair Rubis, France De Gayant, Abbaye de Vauclair Rubis, France

5.0% red colour with a good head, fruity aroma, slightly bitter summer fruit taste, I am not the best person to review this type of beer as I do not like them.

De Gayant, Abbaye de Vauclair Blanche from France

De Gayant, Abbaye de Vauclair Blanche, France De Gayant, Abbaye de Vauclair Blanche, France

4.5% cloudy gold in colour with a nice head, a really good aroma and taste, another great beer from these people.