Responsible drinking with flavour – English style

This BotF correspondent spent a very pleasant afternoon on the back deck another frequent BotF correspondent, but fell on his driving sword to enable Mrs BotF to get stuck into it.

Fortunately, BotF had been up to the Balgowlah Porters and picked up a couple of British Beers that were later found to be relatively low in alcohol.

First cab off the rank was “Landlord Strong Pale Ale” – brewed by Timothy Taylor, a brewer from the town of Keighley in Yorkshire, England. In most countries, “Strong” used as an adjective to describe a beer refers to the alcoholic strength. At a 4.1% strength – Landlord doesn’t qualify – but on a flavour basis, this beer makes the grade easily. Even out of the bottle, it has a taste that is very similar to an English Bitter out of the tap. Long lasting bitter taste really hits the spot.

The second beer was an even weaker drop – alcohol wise (3.4%), which is close to a mid-strength in Australia. Brakspear Bitter is the signature beer from Brakspear, a brewer from Oxfordshire. Brakspear goes on at great length about how it makes this Bitter, with Double Dropping fermentation. Primarily a tap beer, but it has recently been produced in bottles and cans. The Poms reckon it is a great “session beer” and actually talk up the 3.4% alcohol strength. It is distinctively flavoured – more so than an Australian mid-strength. I found it a little thin, and the Timothy Taylor was the better of the two.

I think the real test would be in an English Bar having a pint of each to compare.