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... hmm on the other hand, if we're all so suggestible, and if the big beer companies have all manner of chemical flavour enhancers at their disposal, why do all the popular brands taste like crap to me?

(Probably because I'm a snob, as befits my shallowness.)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Aug 12th, 2013 at 10:19:10 AM EST
Karma !! For my sins (snobbishness) I received an invitation tonight to have a beer with my stepson, in the pub over the road from the restaurant where he's working.

It's a "John Bull Pub". Well yeah, I would have run a mile but...  This appears to be an export-formula pub that you can find on five continents. To be fair, the staff were English, and I managed to chat about the cricket while watching the highlights of the 4th Ashes test which I have been following online over the past 4 days (comedy collapse by Australia, made my day). But the beer, my dear...

I started with a Young's London Stout, which was not bad, but didn't really float my boat. I was intending to try a Wells Bombadier next, it seemed the best bet with respect to my tastes, in the absence of any actual cask ale. Alas, my stepson insisted on buying me a "Wells banana bread beer".

It wasn't a bad beer, but the banana thing put me off it. As a thought experiment, cf. Pete Brown, I tried to imagine whether it would have tasted of banana if I hadn't known. I'm pretty sure it would; the dominant impression, in both nose and mouth, was the "banana" flavoured lollies of childhood, which contained only the specific chemically-produced "banana" ester. To my surprise, I find that the beer is made with real (fair trade) bananas. A waste of good bananas, for my money (or my stepson's).

But that's enough snobbishness for me (two pints being my limit on a week night) -- it was a fun evening anyway.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Aug 12th, 2013 at 06:44:46 PM EST
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Banana and cinnamon is a common smell in german wheat beers, so I'm not surprised somebody made a beer from it. That said, I'm not a fan of that beer and dislike Young's beers generally so I'm not going to speak in favour.

But I've been a snob about beer for ages, especially the idea of adding slices of citrus fruit to wheat beer. However, since I returned from Berlin with a bottle of wormwood syrup, I've been pouring that into my wheat beer like a demented thing and enjoying it considerably.

I simply cannot justify such behaviour under my previous snobberies, so I won't try. But it's nice, try it.


keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 15th, 2013 at 07:18:59 AM EST
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and it's luminous green as well, which brings out my inner 5 year old

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 15th, 2013 at 07:19:27 AM EST
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