The Speaker – Pale Ales and Porters – March 2011
Dennis at the Speaker in Westminster (review here) has sent me the list for his Pale Ales and Porters festival which starts on 14th March 2011 and lasts for two weeks.
The Speaker in Westminster
Don’t expect them all to be on at once – Dennis has 4 handpumps and he sets aside 2 of them for his festival beers. Contact the pub directly (020 7222 1749) if you need to know what’s on today. Also, remember that the Speaker doesn’t open at weekends – just Monday to Friday midday – 11:00pm.
Anyway, here’s the list:
- Zenith Pale Ale (ABV 4.0%) Summer Wine (Holmfirth, W. Yorkshire) – No tasting notes available.
- Pail Ale (ABV 3.7%) Concrete Cow (Milton Keynes) – A very pale beer brewed using lager malt and hops.
- Welsh Pale Ale (ABV 3.7%) Breconshire (Brecon, Powys, Wales) – Pale golden and mildly hopped, based on an old Welsh beer style.
- Brentwood IPA (ABV 3.7%) Brentwood (Brentwood, Essex) – A lightly hopped, pale session beer.
- Harvest Pale Ale (ABV 3.8%) Castle Rock (Nottingham) – Pale yellow and hoppy, Champion Beer of Britain 2010.
- Whitwell & Mark Pale Ale (ABV 4.4%) Derwent (Silloth, Cumbria) – A full flavoured, classic pale ale.
- Farne Island Pale Ale (ABV 4.0%) Hadrian & Border (Newcastle upon Tyne) – A copper coloured, well balanced bitter.
- East Anglia Pale Ale (ABV 4.6%) Humpty Dumpty (Reedham, Norfolk) – Dry, amber coloured best bitter with a citrussy aroma.
- Leeds Pale (ABV 3.8%) Leeds (Leeds) – A golden, citrussy ale with a hoppy finish.
- Palmer’s Best Bitter (ABV 4.2%) Palmer’s (Bridport, Dorset) – A predominantly malty best bitter. AKA Palmer’s Traditional IPA.
- Funnel Blower (ABV 4.5%) Box Steam (Colerne, Wiltshire) – A dark brown porter with a subtle vanilla aroma.
- Burton Porter (ABV 4.5%) Burton Bridge (Burton, Staffordshire) – Smooth yet smoky, hints of coffee and chocolate.
- Bottle Wreck Porter (ABV 4.7%) Hammerpot (Poling, West Sussex) – A traditional, flavoursome black porter. Named after a local 19th century shipwreck that contained hundreds of bottles of porter.
- Yorkshire Porter (ABV 4.4%) Old Mill (Snaith, East Yorkshire) – A delicious, slightly sweet porter with roasted chocolate flavours and a pleasant hop aroma.
- Old Slug Porter (ABV 4.5%) RCH (Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset) – A rich, dark brown beer. Chocolate, coffee, roast malt and hops, with lots of body and dark fruits.
- Black Bee (ABV 4.5%) Phoenix (Heywood, Greater Manchester) – Brewed with a blend of roasted malts and honey.
- Captain Pigwash (ABV 5.0%) Potbelly (Kettering, Northants.) – An easy drinking, dark porter.
- Humpty Dumpty Porter (ABV 5.4%) Humpty dumpty (Reedham, Norfolk) – A full bodied, malty brew with hints of liqourice.
- Battledown Porter (ABV 4.5%) Battledown (Cheltenham, Glous.) – A dark red porter with a hint of coffee, velvety smooth and rich in malt.
- ST. PATRICK’S SPECIAL – Shenanigans Black Lager (ABV 4.2%) Harviestoun (Alva, Clacks.) – A black lager brewed with roasted barley. Strangely familiar.
- ST. PATRICK’S SPECIAL – Paddy’s Tarmac Tipple (ABV 4.5%) Moles (Melksham, Wiltshire) – A dark and smooth porter style beer with a rich, fruity palate.
See you there…
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