CAMRA Approved Pub…Not Behaviour!

The…Central London, England.

Mr. Happy at a pub in London.
I asked for a taster of an ale and then, having liked it, asked and was served two pints of the same sampled cask ale.

Nice brew. Spey Valley IPA at 4.6 per abv., with a malty start and then the hops kicked in with abandon. A very fine brew. Please, don’t blame them!

The initial exchange was less than cordial, a disapproving grunt at best.

So. Mr Happy. Why are you so out of sorts?

<The verbal bits imagined as the barman was unable to speak!>

Well. Let me tell you.
As if you will listen?
First. You want a free taster. And then. Having had that. You expect me to pour two full pints.
And then you expect change from a tenner.
And then you expect me to be cordial after all those demands!
You people are beyond belief!
You fuckin’ foreigners!
Bloody hell!
Make my life miserable, or what?
Thanks so much!

“Love you too!”

Obviously, a pic would give it away!



Fuller’s Imperial Stout–A Stellar Brew

008From Fuller Smith and Turner PLC of London, England, comes Fuller’s Imperial Stout, which slams in at 10.7 percent abv on the back of Centennial hops and rose buds, and presumably a sizeable addition of malt and hops. Aromatics of dark chocolate and a depth of malt present forthrightly.


This ebony coloured imperial stout reveals roast, lightly charred toast, black licorice and chocolate on the palate. Warming alcohol and a flash of marmite step forward as this beer warms in the glass. The finish is of roast, chocolate, and just enough of the hop to pull it all together.


It is bottle conditioned and therefore is real ale in a bottle by CAMRA’s definition. This  requires a steady hand and a careful and steady pour to leave the caked sediment in the bottle of the bottle.

Beavertown Black Betty Black IPA–A Knockout!

002Beavertown Black Betty Black IPA brewed by the Beaver Town Brewery of London, England, hits its stride at 7.4 percent abv. This black beauty of a beer pours an ebony colour with a dense head of mocha coloured foam. 003


On the palate, concentrated flavours of dry roast, dark chocolate, crisp brown toast and a penetrating hop bitterness give rise to the OMG feeling of, is this really happening to me? Yes, damn it, it is, and it’s a mighty good happening! The finish is mouth puckering dry and moreish in nature as hop bitterness unfolds from the core of roast and envelops the tongue entreatingly.

Beavertown Brewery Unleashes An Imperial Stout

beavertown im stoutFrom the Beavertown Brewery of London, England, comes one of the longer names for a beer, ‘Longmorn 1992 whisky barrel aged H20 Beavertown  Imperial Stout’. Sold in hand-signed bottles, this being bottle number 354, which revealed an ebony coloured ale with a glassy coating and a sharply defined nose of black licorice that masks the scent and taste of alcohol, which hits 10 percent abv.


On the palate, Beavertown  Imperial Stout serves up black treacle alongside malt sweetness and a kiss of hop bitterness. With all this in place, it still surprises with a dryness coming through late in the finish, thus increasing drinkability.