Monday, 30 November 2009

Thornbridge Straight Five


It isn't often you see five Thornbridge beers on handpump at the same time - at least not in my experience. Me and the lovely E called into the Waterhouse for a sharpener before meeting friends for dinner just along the road and then heading off to see comedian Dave Spikey.

I fought my way to the bar and to my surprise, there they were; Kipling, Pioneer, Jaipur, St Petersburg and a new Christmassy beer, Hark. Now we only had an hour, so where to start? It had to be Jaipur. This was rich, hoppy, floral, resinous and as always, it had a distinct hazy cast, which didn't make a jot of difference to the taste. Kipling though was full of sharp edges and to both of us, tasted harsh and unbalanced. I was glad it was just a half. St Petersburg was stunningly good, rich, fruity, malty, with warming alcohol and a coffee and hops finish. Hark had cake spices in and was surprisingly to me at least, pale. It was spicy and interesting, but not particularly moreish. And that was it, time was up. I don't know why this JDW was showcasing Thornbridge, but it was nice to see and as they had another four or five pumps dispensing other beers, there was something for everyone..

We did call back for more after Mr Spikey, but such was the crush at the bar, that we couldn't even see the handpumps, so retreated next door to the City Arms for a very decent pint of Copper Dragon Golden Pippin. No hardship there!

9 comments:

Mark said...

They were on in Wetherspoons?! Blimey. That line up in a JDW is about as rare as seeing a pretty girl in a JDW!

BeerReviewsAndy said...

Lucky Lucky man, I would have loved to have been there.

Our local spoons has done something similar with Saltaire beers, they even got a couple of guys up from Saltaire to chat to people!

Matt said...

Simple explanation for this. Thursday night was 'meet the Brewer' with the lads from Thornbridge. A very good turnout and lots of free samples. One lucky punter won a pin of Jaipur in the quiz.

Sid Boggle said...

I wonder what JDW paid for the beer. I understand Thornbridge are quite expensive...

Tandleman said...

Dunno, but I think they were all £1.79 a pint.

Jeff Frane said...

"£1.79 a pint"

And that's what's wrong with the US of A. You won't find pubs giving away good beer like that over here.

Damnit.

Tandleman said...

Doesn't happen that much here either really.

Erlangernick said...

Was this the Spoons where you found me that one-off (?) Hawkshead PA? Best beer o' the trip.

What's a normal JDW price, if not £1.79? I honestly can't remember.

Erlangernick said...

Heh...googling for "weatherspoons waterhouse manchester" leads to an old newsletter explaining that the pub was going smoke-free in 2005.

I don't think I'd survive too long if I lived a bus ride away from that pair of pubs.