The choice wasn't to any of our liking last night in the Regal Moon. Nothing seemed to appeal, or was just too strong for midweek supping, even at bargain basement prices. Seemed some of the Christmas stock was being wheeled out too, with an unlikely looking pumpclip complete with Santa in all his finery. Talk about the ghost of Christmas Past. So what's a man to do? While my companions tucked in to Old Hooky, which was judged much better than expected, I chose the dark side.
Acorn Old Moor Porter is an old favourite in the Regal Moon and deservedly so. Rich and satisfying, with good mouthfeel it was just the job on a wet Rochdale night. I stuck with it until my last pint when the siren call of pre-bus pint Elland 1872 Porter beckoned. For those that don't recall, this is the Champion Beer of Britain and for once (controversial) a worthy winner. At a hefty 6.5% it is my "one for the road" beer here. A word too about the continual appearance of this beer in the Regal Moon, as this could be considered to be a bit of a coup. Well Manager Chris has had this beer on for years when it was champion of nothing at all, so he still gets supplies for his support. Rightly so. I won't describe the beer to you, except to say it hides its strength very well as you drink it, but gives you a lovely warm glow as you head for the bus.
So there you have it. Two tip top porter beers to recommend to you. Trust me on this. Of course to get the full effect, these beers need to be fully conditioned, served at around 12°C and served through a tight sparkler to produce a lovely creamy head. Anyone tells you different, don't believe a word.
A bit of a CV. Tandleman is a veteran beer lover, local CAMRA Chairman and activist, beer writer, beer reviewer and pursuer of all things good in beer. He lives in the North West of England and London. Despite his CAMRA membership, he does not limit himself to cask conditioned beer, though he believes that cask conditioning, when done correctly and appropriately, brings a quality to beer that is hard to equal by any other kind of presentation. He is a strong supporter of Northern methods of beer dispense and avidly detests poorly presented beer and dislikes pasteurisation. He regularly visits Germany, has conducted corporate British and German beer tastings for CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival where he has worked for years on Biere Sans Frontieres and was Deputy Organiser at CAMRA's very successful National Winter Ales Festival in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival from 2013 to date. He admires good brewers wherever they are and has travelled extensively in pursuit of good beer to drink.
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