Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Footnote to My London Trip


As I emerged blinking into the Manchester sun at Piccadilly Station, a thought occurred to me. Was my mate Graham around? I phoned him. He was a few hundred yards away having a coffee. Despite my thoughts of "no beer today" we met in the Fringe Bar. Two beers tried, Full Mash Seance (4%) was pale, hoppy and thirst quenching. Slightly less hoppy, but as good, was Blackwater Afterlife (4.5%) which was pale, full bodied with a bitter finish. Both Midlands beers by the way. Then across the road to the Smithfield where the very pale brown Phoenix Jack the Lad (4.3%) was astonishingly good, with resiny bitterness throughout and a strong bitter finish. All three beers were spot on, cool, full of condition and fresh as a daisy.

I reflected on the tired, stale, over vented, oxidised, warm and frankly poor beer I had had in London. It was good to be home!

Phoenix Jack the Lad is one of six beers Phoenix are brewing for tickers. I'll cover tickers here very soon!

3 comments:

Zak said...

Sun in Manchester? Do you think I was born yesterday?!

Tandleman said...

No. I've seen you" (-:

Greyman said...

I think tickers, or scratchers, need covering! Maybe you should lay a few down and see what happens in a few years time? Second thoughts, they'd make a bigger mess of your kitchen!