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.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Third week in 2017

Here are the beers I had over the third week in 2017 not all new but one that I haven't had since 2008 and its in a new bottle. The other two have names that have been used before, although they are new beers. So I will do something new and show the other, original beers as well

Marston's, Old Empire IPA from England

Marston's, Old Empire IPA, England Marston's, Old Empire IPA, England

5.7%, pale amber colour with a nice head, fruit aroma, taste is fruity, hoppy and bitter, not too bad. The old photos from 2008 are here.

Marston's, Old Empire, England Marston's, Old Empire, England

Shepherd Neame, Spitfire Gold from England

Shepherd Neame, Spitfire Gold, England Shepherd Neame, Spitfire Gold, England

4.3% deep gold in colour with a poor head, hop aroma but the taste was ok as the hops were not that bad. The original one is below.

Shepherd Neame, Spitfire from England

Shepherd Neame, Spitfire, England Shepherd Neame, Spitfire, England

4.5% amber colour with a nice head, hops and malt aroma, malt, hop and fruity flavour, a very smooth refreshing drink, another one I like.

Brains, The Rev James Rye from Wales

Brains, The Rev James Rye, Wales Brains, The Rev James Rye, Wales

4.3% amber in colour with a nice head, hop aroma, malty taste with some hops but not too bad. The original one is below.

Brains, The Rev James from Wales

Brains, The Rev James, Wales Brains, The Rev James, Wales

4.5% deep amber colour with a good head, sweet malty aroma, malty taste with some fruitiness, I though it was an average cask beer but this bottle was good.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

York, second week in January

We went away to York for a few days at the end of the first week in January but we didn't get many new beers and those we did get were not good at all. We did however drink plenty of good beers though, but they have already been recorded on here before.

Ossett, Excelsior from England

Ossett, Excelsior, England

5.2% hazy gold colour with a nice head. citrus hoppy aroma and taste, not to my taste at all.

Bad Co, Clockwork Orange from England

Bad Co, Clockwork Orange, England

4.8% slightly cloudy gold in colour with a thin head, some orange in the aroma and taste but mainly hops

The Rat Brewery, Rat Crafted from England

The Rat Brewery, Rat Crafted, England

5.0% pale amber colour with a nice head, the rest of it is hops.

First beers of 2017

Well this year I am going to try and keep up, I do not think I will however. These are some of the new beers I have had up until the end of the second week in January.

I do however hope that the taste of beers improves this year as some of these beers are not that good. I think that the spate of new brewers around the county all seem intent on making very hoppy beers, especially with the use of new hops from America. Even the bigger brewers are doing the same sort of thing and it is not good at all.

Young's (Charles Wells), Special from England

Young's (Charles Wells), Special, England

4.5% amber in colour with a good head, some hops and caramel in the aroma and a nice bitter taste.

Samuel Adams, Rebel IPA from USA

Samuel Adams, Rebel IPA, USA Samuel Adams, Rebel IPA, USA

6.0% gold in colour with a thin head, the aroma and taste are the modern hop and slightly citrus, shame.

Eden Mill, St. Andrews 19th Brew from Scotland

Eden Mill, St. Andrews 19th Brew, Scotland Eden Mill, St. Andrews 19th Brew, Scotland

3.9% gold in colour with a thin head, the aroma and taste are the modern hop and slightly citrus, yet another one of these beers.

Brains, The Rev James Rye from Wales

Brains, The Rev James Rye, Wales Brains, The Rev James Rye, Wales

4.3% amber colour with a nice head, hop aroma, malty taste with some hops but not that bad.

Shepherd Neame, Spitfire Gold from England

Shepherd Neame, Spitfire Gold, England Shepherd Neame, Spitfire Gold, England

4.3% deep gold in colour with a poor head, hop aroma but the taste was ok as the hops were not that bad.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Christmas Beers 2016

Well its time for the Christmas beers again, not got many this year as, I didn't get out much at all to the pubs and the shops were pretty poor with their selections.

Schwaben Bräu, Weihnachtsbier from Germany

Schwaben Bräu, Weihnachtsbier, Germany Schwaben Bräu, Weihnachtsbier, Germany

5.5% gold in colour with a thin head, normal lager but with a slight Christmas taste, not bad at all and in a nice bottle.

Brakspear, Hoppy Holiday from England

Brakspear, Hoppy Holiday, England Brakspear, Hoppy Holiday, England

4.0% gold in colour (or very pale amber) with a nice head, with a bitter hop aroma, there is a slight Christmasness to the taste but also lots of hops, although not too much.

Shepherd Neame, Master Brewer's Choice Rudolph's Reward from England

Shepherd Neame, Master Brewer's Choice Rudolph's Reward, England Master Brewer's, Rudolph's Reward, England

3,8% pale amber colour with a poor head, not very Christmassy in aroma or taste but drinkable.

Hatherwood, The Winter Warmer from England

Hatherwood, The Winter Warmer, England Hatherwood, The Winter Warmer, England

5.5% amber in colour with a thin head, it had a bitter aroma and a slight Christmas taste.

Samuel Smith's, Winter Welcome Ale 2016/2017 from England

Samuel Smith's, Winter Welcome Ale 2016/2017, England Samuel Smith's, Winter Welcome Ale 2016/2017, England

6.0% deep amber in colour with a nice head, fruity malt aroma, slightly bitter malt, caramel, fruit and hops taste, really nice.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Did I say more Draught Beer

Here are some more draught beers I had towards the end of this year.

Ninkasi Brewing (Banks), Ninkasi Special Bitter from USA (England)

Ninkasi Brewing (Banks), Ninkasi Special Bitter, USA (England)

5.8% amber colour with a nice head, fruity malt aroma and the taste is bitter malt, the best beer they had in Spoons this week.

North Yorkshire, Golden Ginseng from England

North Yorkshire, Golden Ginseng, England

3.6% gold colour with a nice head, bit of a floral aroma, taste is dry with some hops.

Black Sheep, Ember Inns Pale Ale from England

Black Sheep, Ember Inns Pale Ale, England

4.0% amber colour with a good head, not a bad aroma and taste. Had this in the Lake District and it is brewed specially for Ember Inns.

Robinsons, Unicorn from England

Robinsons, Unicorn, England

4.2% amber colour with a nice head, hoppy aroma, dry citrus hop and malt taste, good beer, I have had this one in bottles and that was good as well.

Friday, 9 December 2016

More Draught Beers

Some more from the second part of this year, I still have quite a few to do.

Elland, Elland Blond from England

Elland, Elland Blond, England

4.0% deep gold in colour with a nice head, quite a nice bitter but a bit hoppy, again.

Backyard Brew, Shed Head American Pale Ale from Sweden

Backyard Brew, Shed Head American Pale Ale, Sweden

4.6% deep gold with a thin head, floral fruitiness in the aroma and taste, but not too hoppy at all.

Arcadia (Caledonian), Thunder Trail from USA (Scotland)

Arcadia (Caledonian), Thunder Trail, USA (Scotland)

5.2% light amber in colour with a nice head, malt aroma, the taste is some caramel, not a bad beer.

Eagle (Adnams), Ah Reet Summer Blonde from New Zealand (England)

Eagle (Adnams), Ah Reet Summer Blonde, New Zealand (England)

4.4% gold colour with a nice head, citrus hop aroma and a bitter taste.

Naylor's, Origaninal Liquorice Libation from England

Naylor's, Origaninal Liquorice Libation, England

4.4% black in colour with a nice head, the aroma is blackcurrant and something strange, the taste is a stout with liquorice and blackcurrant, not that good at all.

Some Draught Beers

Here are some draught beers I have had over the second part of this year, all a bit late I know but at least I have eventually done them.

Pretty Things (Caledonian), Seasoned Traveller from the USA (well Scotland really)

Pretty Things (Caledonian), Seasoned Traveller, USA (Scotland)

5.0% gold colour with a thin head, citrus aroma and a bit too much of a hop taste, one of Wetherspoons made in the UK beers.

Allegra (Truman's), Ipanema IPA from Brazil (England)

Allegra (Truman's), Ipanema IPA, Brazil (England)

4.6% gold in colour with a thin head, some fruit and hop in the aroma and a hoppy taste, another one from Spoons.

Hambleton Ales, Celeia Gold from England

Hambleton Ales, Celeia Gold, England

4.0% gold in colour with a nice head, citrus hop aroma and taste but not too bad at all.

Milestone, Going For Gold from England

Milestone, Going For Gold, England

4.3% gold colour with a good head, hop aroma and taste but not too bad again.

Brewster's, Hophead from England

Brewster's, Hophead, England

3.6% gold colour with a thin head, another one that is all hops not too good.