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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
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
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