Category Archives: Best Bitter

Old Fart by The Old Fart Brewing Company (UK)

As I start my next half-century on the planet, I thought it only right  that I review an age-appropriate beer. Some people may be offended to given a bottle of “Old Fart” for their 50th birthday, not I …… I say, ‘bring it on’, Victor Meldrew, here I come.

Old Fart by the Old Fart Brewing Company - quite sprightly for it's age
Old Fart by the Old Fart Brewing Company – quite sprightly for it’s age

 

I was pleasantly surprised by this traditional English brew. For a start it looks so bright and young when poured into the glass, clear shiny bronze with nice tight but soft bubbles. It’s a nicely balanced ale too, bittersweet and easy drinking with toffee undertones, it tastes like it was just pumped out the keg in a Yorkshire pub.

Old Fart won’t blow your head off, it won’t even blow your mind but it will blow the cobwebs out after a hard day’s labour and, like most farts, is surprisingly satisfying.

Here’s Jimi Hendrix with ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ …………….

 

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Bathams Delph Ales Best Bitter (ENG)

‘Brewers of genuine beer since 1877’, so reads the label of Bathams Delph Ales Best Bitter. Imagine my surprise then when I knocked the top off and poured out what can only be described as ‘lager’.  ‘Lager is as lager does’ as Forest Gump once said, and this so-called ‘best bitter’ is pale straw in colour and has the malty smell of the aforementioned amber nectar.

Bathams Delph Ales Best Bitter - A sheep in wolf's clothing
Bathams Delph Ales Best Bitter – A sheep in wolf’s clothing

Now maybe this doesn’t travel too well, but I brought this all the way from the UK, a gift from my baby brother. May be it’s his idea of a joke, but damn me if this doesn’t taste like a lager too! A real Trojan Horse of a Best Bitter, with a prize bull on the bottle top. No prizes for the bull,  I’m gonna play it safe and go for a stout tomorrow!

Here’s Delphic live at the Reading Festival 2010