Product Type: Badger Brewery Beer
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Drinking a Nice Pint of Ferret
Badger Fursty Ferret
Member Name: Andy.mack
Badger Fursty Ferret
Advantages: A very nice mixture of Malt, Hops and fruit
Disadvantages: A little stronger than it may appear or taste
As I didn't finish work until lunchtime today and what with it being Christmas Eve I decided to have a beer to relax after a particularly tough week this week. Once home it was simply a matter of picking which of the beers in my rather well stocked beer cupboard that I would opt for and in the end I plumped for a bottle of Badger ales Fursty Ferret. It's a beer I only discovered on our trip to Dorset in September but one I have become very fond of, very quickly.
Who Are Badger
The Badger brewery was founded on a farm near Blandford Forum in Dorset by Charles Hall during 1777. Having brewed a few pints to pay his workers he quickly expanded and founded the Ansty brewery, which he named after a small village near Blandford and started to brew ales on a larger scale. In 1847 following his death, his son joined forces with George Woodhouse to form the Hall and Woodhouse partnership which still to this day is the sole owner of the Badger brewery. It was under this partnership that the Badger logo and name were decided upon.
Then in the early 1900's when a new brewery was built at the current Hall and Woodhouse site in Blandford that it too was named after the previously adopted logo and since then it has been known as the Badger brewery rather than Hall and Woodhouse. Unlike a number of the other regional breweries the Badger brewery seems to be able to expand and cover a regional demand without selling out to one of the more affluent City names. The next few years will see further expansion to the Badger brewery with a number of new buildings being constructed on their current site in order to increase production.
What's in a Name
The name of this particular beer is something of a folk tale. The beer was first brewed in the Gribble Inn where it is claimed the local Ferret population used to scratch on the back door of the pub after a taste of the new beer. So distinctive is the scent of Fursty Ferret that they would smell it brewing and want a taste and the name was created. The recipe was bought by Hall and Woodhouse along with the Gribble Inn during 1991 with the pub being sold back to the landlord in 2005 but Hall and Woodhouse retained the brewing rights to Fursty Ferret.
In the Bottle
The first thing that obviously catches your eye with this beer is of course the name. It is a little unusual and the white label on the bottle really stands out against the golden liquid on the inside. As the beer is poured into a glass the first real observation is how amber the liquid in the glass is. When you add a little natural light to the mix it makes the glass glow and the appealing look of the pint really does add to the anticipation of the first few sips.
Upon pouring the beer and letting it settle the aroma of the beer is the next element to really catch your senses after the look of the beer. The aroma has a very strong hint of Hops to it, whilst this is blended with the rather more appealing but very faint scent of Seville oranges. When you combine the appealing scents from the glass with the rather impressive look of the golden pint it is even harder to resist that first taste.
Lifting the glass to my lips the scent of the hops becomes a little stronger but they add a greater sense of anticipation as that first drop of beer passes your lips. I found that just like it's look the taste of Fursty Ferret is quite light and refreshing. There is a very distinct but not overpowering taste of malt that combines nicely with a very nice combination of fruits and a more nutty flavouring. The scent of the Seville oranges becomes more evident as the taste of them appears within the pint. I found the taste to be very pleasant and with that it made this a very drinkable pint that could be enjoyed during a rather prolonged session.
Where Can I Get It
As with just about all of Badger's ales they have managed to get Fursty Ferret in through the doors of the supermarkets and it always seems to be selling particularly well. The main supermarkets often have offers on Badger beers but the normal retail price is between £1.57 and £1.67 for a 500ml bottle, making it a very good quality beer for a very reasonable price. You can also get Fursty Ferret in cans for £5.22 for 4 but I've never tried it from a can and couldn't comment on any difference in taste.
So I Should Try It Then?
Before sampling my first taste of Fursty Ferret I had been told by numerous people that is was a decent pint of ale and with that in mind I had been very keen to try it. Now 4 months later I still enjoy a bottle of Fursty Ferret on a regular basis. It isn't a heavy ale as the flavour and colouring of the pint attest to. It's important though to remember that even though it doesn't look or taste heavy it is still 4.4%abv. It is a very nice pint that I feel lends itself to being drunk all year round and if you like a nice combination of fruit, malts and hops then I would suggest that this is very much a beer for you.
Summary: A nice refreshing pint with traditional beginnings
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