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      02.07.2010 05:56
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      Open yourself up for new taste experiances

      There is a wide range of beers on the market , with many more being introduced so narrowing it down to 5 is going ot be hard as i enjoy the taste of many.

      I am not an alcholic if you get my meaning I just seem ot try things when introduced to the public! so much so i do enjoy it when Asda have there tasting booths.

      My top 5 beers

      AleSmith Speedway Stout
      I tried this once a while back but it is one that has stuck with me as it seems it is one i can not find here in the uk (Tasted it on holiday). This ale was in away my introduction to the "Ale world" it is nice but does remind you of Guinness it is really dark in colour and if i had to describe the taste I would have to admit it tasted very much like a strong coffee, my friend also said it reminded her of cold espresso coffee so there is the hint of that as well as chocolate but it is an acquired taste, It is one though that will want you either getting another or buying something to take a claggy sensation away from the back of the mouth, well that was my experience with it.

      Old Chimneys Black Rat Stout
      This one i have had a few times around England , it is nice with a strong taste of roasted malty chocolate, you can also smell it. it is dark in colour but clear, similar to a johns smiths but the head does not last as long. it is surprising how many real ales seem to smell of coffee or chocolate but it is always nice to try new things,

      Johns Smiths.
      This is a favourite of mine it is smooth and full bodied , it is one i do tend to opt more for as in my local you only have a choice of johns smiths or boddingtons , now and again they do put on a guest cask .
      Anyway johns smiths is more of a fruity taste that a chocolate or coffee taste it also has a taste of oak or some other smoked wood but i think the thing i like more about this is that it is not as filling as a lager, you do not get gassed up with this beer it is one i can drink all night and feel ok of.

      Carlsberg.
      I will have to throw a larger in to this little mix of top five's so I will opt for Carlsberg, I do like this and although the hops do pull through in this to make a great larger , It is fantastic in taste too although i do find i can only manage one of these, yes you may think i am a light weight , but I do find this is a very gassy beer and can lie heavy. But in all this is very refreshing , especially on a hot summers day either as it comes or with a lemonade top.

      Pendle witch.
      I do like this in the cask form, it is very light and watery in my opinion but the taste leaves you wanting more and more , it is a beer that I do like even better than john smiths, but it is one I rarely see to drink unless i venture over to the pendle valley, but in all this is one beer i think shines and should be a regular on pumps in all pubs.

      Well these are my top 5, I have tried to explain them the best i can but my review is not up there with the CAMRA reviewers, I have based them on my taste buds alone and although on some i can detect some of the ingredients, .... well coffee is a pretty easy one to detect... I have tried to inform you the best i can but to get the full benefit I do suggest opening your tastes buds and trying them too , go on it will be an adventure if anything.

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        Our national sport..

        I once worked in a backpackers bar in South Africa and to kill time (and meet girls) we used to do this challenge where we would take the five top four draughts beers there, and a Guinness, blindfold the guest and let them try and guess which is which. Now you wouldn't expect them to know the difference between Castle and Lion Lager, their top two beers, as was the case, but they couldn't even tell a Guinness from lager most of the time saying the Guinness was Castle. The point is the beers are much of the same and it's the only advertising that makes you think there is a difference. If they can convince you their beer is better you will pay more and they will make more money than the other brewery. Advertising is purely about making you feel inadequate and so creating a gap in your life that's probably not there so they can fill it with products. With beer they can make you feel more middle-class and so classier because you quaft Grolsch from a fancy bottle, rather than guzzle Carling from the can like the 'proles', the working-class guzzling Carling so they can be even more working-class.

        The only distinct generic shelf beer in the U.K for me is Beck's, the bottled version as tangy as the pint, a good head and shoulders above the rest, and my staple bottled beer in the pubs. Its Germaness is roar and I believe it's actually brewed in the country of origin for once, unlike most of our supermarket brands. I know the so called Aussie tipple of Fosters is brewed in anywhere but and is made in Warrington from hops picked in anywhere but the Outback. Smirnoff Vodka is made in Doncaster, a brew the Fosters people also own.

        In my dads day he would drink the Watneys Party Seven, which could be bought from the little take-out window the pubs had in the good old days, seven pints of ale jammed into the one can with huge ring-pull. Whatever brewery the pub was affiliated to you could get seven pints of their ale in these cans to take home. The other ales I remember dad would bring home were the Worthing E and Double Diamond barrels, which he would soon polish off.

        As kids we could take back bottles and cans to the pubs and shops and the party seven one would earn threepence! R Whites lemonade one litre bottles would be worth a whole 10p! But my fave was the Fosters5, five pints of the amber nectar in the same tin. Even in the early 80s you would see dusty ones in the Asian newsagents squeezed between the Blue nun and the Babychams.

        Tiger beer is cool; the choice booze of US pilots no less, which could explain a lot. 'It's an Iraqi funeral party? My mistake. Well it's a funeral now pal! Yeehaaaaaaaaa! Tiger Beer is nice because it has that Asian beer tang, which in cider, of course, is called urine. You want your beer to be different from the others and Tiger has that quality. It's also rarely on offer in the supermarket as it's too cool to be reduced, 330 ml of pure heaven.

        Duff Beer, although the fictional tipple of Homer Simpson was based on Miller Lite, apparently, Miller Americas most derided brew. Boots the Chemist sold one of those novelty Christmas six packs with whacky unknown brews in it with bright labels and they had a Duff of their own and it was really nice. I never got to find out where it came from but why doesn't the TV show sanction a Duff beer to go on sale over here? I reckon it would do great business on novelty reasons alone. I would love to supp Duff Beer at the test match and wait for 'Duffman' to come on to the terraces and pump it down our throats from one of those backpacks he has, the Duff that is.

        My favourite lager of all time had to be Fosters Premium, which only lasted about a year here but was bloody lovely. I think they bought it out for the World Cup in 2002 if my memory serves me right. Carling also bought a similar one out but it again flopped, perhaps seen as too gassy and American in beer proud Australia. They are very loyal about their brews and each state sticks religiously to brands brewed on their territories and woes betide if you drink out of state brew! Western Australians, though, have a pact with New South Wales dongas to share loyalties over Tooheys...
        * New South Wales: Tooheys; Victoria Bitter
        * Queensland: XXXX; Victoria Bitter; Tooheys
        * South Australia: Coopers; West End
        * Tasmania: Cascade Draught; Boags Draught
        * Victoria: Victoria Bitter; Carlton Draught; Melbourne Bitter
        * Western Australia: Swan; Emu; Tooheys
        European brews often make your holidays, especially in central Europe. The less said about the Iberian beers the better. German beers are crackers but the one I recall was Tuborg, a Danish treat, but brewed near the Germany/Denmark border. I like it because it reminded me of my first real holiday romance, a Zell-Am-Zee skiing holiday in the mid 80s. It was fresh and crisp and served in one of those curvy beer glasses the continent love and I remember the waiter skilfully weaving across the busy lakeside road to bring it to us on our regular bar encounters before our romantic walks in the foot hills of Austria. In the clubs there, just as you can buy those huge slabs of chocolate, you can get similar style measures of ale, she challenging me to drink a huge three pint glass full in front of the hotel guests to impress her. It was there I realised German girls were not for me, my first gift to her if we had of been an item a Ladyshave for her armpits as she, and not me, gleefully guzzled the full measure down in ten minutes.

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          20.02.2009 16:43
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          A list of my favourite beers

          I only really started getting a taste for beer a couple of years ago, up until that point I would drink lager sometimes on a night out but considered it a far inferior drink to a dry white wine or a vodka and coke. I suddenly started noticing that different beers taste very distinct and that some are much nicer than others, I guess I realised that choosing a beer can be as much of a cultured, personal choice as knowing which grape you like.

          These are my top 5 beers, which I drink regularly and will always be pleased to find on tap in pubs:

          1) Leffe Blonde

          My absolute favourite, I am always overjoyed to find this on tap in bars, in our hometown of Shifnal there is only one place which does but sometimes we go there specifically to get this beer. I first tried it on tap in Belgium where I tried lots of different types of beer, we liked it so much we bought a couple of the bulbous, goblet style glasses to take home with us - the shape of the glass is an important part of the drinking experience with Belgian beers, with this beer I think it is so you can appreciate the rich aroma that it gives off.

          If you think you dont like any beers of a darker shade than lager then this might be an excellent starting point for you, it tastes rich and strong and is a dark amber colour in the glass. Very tasty but quite strong at 6.6% ABV, this is quite noticably stronger than normal lagers so be careful if you have a couple, it makes me tipsy pretty quick. You can get this beer in most supermarkets for around £2.79 for a large bottle which comes with a pressured cork for added freshness.

          2) Corona

          On a hot summers day you cannot beat a bottle of corona with a slice of lime in it! On our honeymoon in Mexico we drank this every day and it became a favourite in our household, over the last couple of years it seems to have really taken off here and it is now widely available in bars and in the supermarkets (where its usually sold in an american style 6 pack with a handle).

          Most bars have also cottoned on to the need for lime in this lager and it really does make a difference, it enhances the flavour and gives it a twist which is missing from other bottled beers. Strangely this beer in particular, I think tastes much better from the bottle than it ever does out of a glass, this might be a psychological thing because we used to drink it chilled in the bottle on the beach but for me it will just never taste as good in a glass.

          3) Tanglefoot

          This is a 'premium bitter' according to the website for brewers Hall & Woodhouse. I stumbled (excuse the pun!) upon this beer when it was featured as the guest ale in my local real ale pub in Shifnal (repeated CAMRA winners The White Hart). Usually I find bitters a little bit too harsh tasting to enjoy but this was different.

          One of the resident beer fans explained to me that because Tanglefoot is quite 'hoppy' this was probably why I was enjoying it more than other bitters, it has a mid golden colour and is not as dark as other bitters and maybe this was symptomatic of both the hop aspect and the fact that I found it more drinkable. I have since bought it bottled in supermarkets and when chilled it pours nicely into a pint glass. For some reason this always reminds me of summer beer gardens.

          4) San Miguel

          When you can find this lager on tap it tastes brilliantly refreshing and for me it transports me straight back to Spain where I have spent a lot of time due to my parents having a flat out there, in all the beach bars this is the standard on-tap lager and in the hot sunshine through June - August you really cannot beat a pint of this in a specially chilled glass (some of the bars keep a whole freezer behind the bar just for the glasses!).

          Light, golden in colour and (to me) this tastes like an american style pilsner lager. I sometimes find it is a little gassy but its great with tapas and actually with a curry too.

          5) Pilsner Urquell

          I tried this beer first of all in Prague a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, its a bit heavier to drink than a standard lager (almost like a halfway house between lager and pale ale) and I think it has an almost fruity tang to it. It is easy to drink with a meal and is not as gassy as a standard lager.

          This is widely served across eastern europe and we also had it in Lithuania and Latvia last year, I am pleased to see it is now becoming a regular feature on supermarket shelves, I prefer it on tap but have yet to see it as such in the UK, better from a bottle than not at all though.

          So there you have it, my top 5 beers for drinking which I felt was quite apt on a Friday afternoon, for the record my fridge already has some San Miguel in it for later :)

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            With so many to choose from it's difficult but these are my top 5.

            With so many beers and lagers available in the market it is a difficult task to choose a top 5. As I'm sure other people do, I find that different pubs, bars and clubs will have the same bottled beers as each other but will have different beers on tap.

            I am not a fan of drinking out of a bottle and will only do so in clubs, at gigs and concerts or other places where there are lots of people in a confined space and spillages are going to happen. Personally, I think drinking out of a bottle is a bit common. I also prefer draught beers. Some people say that Stella, and many other lagers, taste better out of a bottle, but I have to disagree.

            On a night out or social drinking round friends I will drink almost any lager going including Fosters, Heineken, Carlsberg, Carling etc but my top 5 drinks of choice, in no particular order, are as follows:

            1) Effes Pilsner

            Effes is a Turkish pilsner that I discovered whilst on holiday in Dalyan back in 2006. It is the local drink of the Dalaman region and whilst effectively lager, it is less fizzy, darker and a bit thicker than lagers such as Fosters, Carlsberg and the like. It is around the typical 4% abv but I did find it a bit headstrong. I'm guessing it was the midday sun.

            In Turkey it is sold in dark brown stubby bottles containing 500ml with a blue label on it, and it is exceptionally cheap at less than 50p per bottle.

            It can be bought in England, primarily in super markets, although I did notice that the local Wetherspoons sells it as well. Whilst it is not as cheap as in Turkey it is not as expensive as premium lagers and is much better value for money, and in my opinion, is a lot nicer too.

            2) Kronenbourg 1664

            The first ever Kronenbourg I had was in the South of France back in 1995. I was 14 at the time and was on my first ever European adventure away from my parents. I had a friend at the time who managed to get in to sidecar grass track racing, and him and his team mate managed to qualify for a wild card at a European championship event in La Reole.

            After a gruelling 20 hour trip in a transit van loaded up with the sidecar, spares, tools, food, equipment and four other hairy arsed blokes we found the circuit, parked up and proceeded to walk to a local tavern on the side of the river (whose name escapes me) for a beer.

            Being my first time abroad I had never experienced such intense sun and as the first ice cold mouth full of Kronenbourg went down it hit the back of my throat and numbed it. I couldn't even taste the lager. Needless to say we had several more and managed to befriend the French owner and his English wife.

            I still drink Kronenbourg as it is a nice, easy to drink lager which isn't too head strong, but I haven't experienced the same kick in England as I got in France.

            3) Stella Artois

            The good old Stella. Some call it "Stella-act-a-twat" and others call it "wife beater". If I have a lunch time pint with a work colleague or with a client and order this, eye brows are always raised and comments made.

            It has earned the reputation of being a true louts' and fighters' drink and I am unsure how this came about. This is a strong premium lager and there are others out there just as strong which have not got the same reputation. In my experience alcohol affects different people in different ways, and whilst it may make some people think they can take on the world for others, like me, it has the opposite effect and makes them lethargic.

            Stella Artois is a French lager that is brewed to around 5%, it is very fizzy, light in colour but it is headstrong. Some people use it to make a 'turbo shandy' or 'loopy juice' by mixing half a pint of Stella Artois with half a pint of Smirnoff ice. This makes a really refreshing easy to drink cocktail with a massive kick.

            I really like Stella Artois and it is my choice of lagers on a night out. I have never found it to make me violent in any way but then I have a passive personality any way.

            4) Budweiser

            I started drinking this because it was the 'fashionable' drink to have during my clubbing days, although I did really like the taste.

            After a highly successful marketing campaign with the "Whassup" advert and the advert where 3 chameleons that used to chant "Bud - Weis - Er" Budweiser was the drink to be seen drinking.

            It is an American beer, brewed to the typical 4% - 5% abv, that was only available in bottles, making it the ideal clubbing drink. It later became available on tap, although not many places around my local area ever seemed to stock it on draft, but once again it was the Wetherspoons that did.

            5) Estrella Damm

            This is a Spanish beer that was available on my recent holiday to Pineda De Mar, Costa Brava. I always try to drink local lagers and beers when I go abroad since they are much cheaper and it is nice to experience the local drink.

            I could not say what the proof is (although I would guess the typical 4% - 5%) or how much it cost since I was on my first all inclusive package holiday and this is what was served at the hotel bar.

            This lager is really good, although I still prefer Effes. It wasn't overly fizzy and was a bit thicker than ''normal' lagers, although it was very sweet and really light coloured. I drunk it from the time the bar opened at 10.00 am to the time it closed at 12.00 midnight, obviously stopping for breaks in between. I did find it quite head strong but then I think that was the effect of the sun.

            This drink was the best part of the hotel complex we were on, which was a real shame since it is not that great.

            I have not seen Estrella Damm for sale in England although I have only looked in a couple of local supermarkets.

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              28.10.2008 11:42
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              Drink the beer that goes with what you are eating or where you are.

              Now i know i am probably not as experienced in drinking lager as most, as im only 22, but i have recently stopped drinking carling and ventured out to more varied beers, and have realised the error of my ways before!

              Number one, is Asahi, this is a Japeneese beer, and is very light and refreshing, which is exactly what i want in a lager! It is available in Tesco, and it goes well with cinese, thai, or obviously japenese food, and even better on its own.

              Number 2 is even better with thai, as its a thai beer! Singha, again available in Tesco, this is the beer they have at my local thai, and again its very light, and goes perfect with the food.

              Number 3 is petermens, which is made by stella artois. This is the beer i have if i am drinking in bulk! It is not like stella at all, as they seem to have taken the emphasis of making it strong, and just made it to taste, which makes it delicious!! I have only found this on tap at the oragne tree, but it was even nicer on tap!

              Number 4, i think i would have to go for cobra. I know there will be many of you who would put this higher, but i really love the others. However, if this was the best beer to have a curry, it would be the only one on the list! On tap this is also much better.

              Number 5 on my list would be sagres, this was a difficult decision between sagres and super bock, as i spend alot of holidays in portugal. Let me say this however, that i would put them on a par in portugal, the reason i chose sagres over superbock, is that you cant (or i havent found) sagres in england, so the fact i only have it in portugal makes it better as its more exclusive!!

              others that were close to making the list, but didnt as i havent drunk them enough to give them a propper review are coors light, and ciney (a belgian beer, but not the one that you get in england which i think is chimey).

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                I really love you... You're my best mate... Hic

                My favourite beers, when in this country, are all dark British ales, especially from traditional breweries, or dark Belgian beers, but when these aren't available or when traveling in different climates I drink a wider variety.

                Fullers London Pride

                I have put London Pride first because it kept me sane and made me feel less homesick while living in Sweden, fifteen years ago. I was on a work assignment in Stockholm and the very strict anti drink laws at the time meant that only relatively low alcohol beers were available from supermarkets and anything stronger had to be bought from the Systembolaget, the government run off licences, which were only open during business hours during the week. The only ale they sold was London Pride for about £5 for a 33cl bottle. I bought a few of these and rationed myself. A special treat. The rest of the time I drank the watery Swedish lagers. London Pride is brewed at the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick near where I now live, and is a delicious, fairly dark, malty beer. It isn't particularly strong at just 4.1% ABV on draught or 4.7% in bottles or cans. Fullers is London's last traditional family brewer and has been making beer since 1845. ESB is a stronger, 5.5% draught beer, which is a good winter alternative to London Pride and Fullers 1845 is an even more potent sibling, which was launched to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the brewery and would be my preference if I were to drink bottled beer, rather than draught. It has a more complex, bigger flavour, and is 6.3% ABV, but is otherwise a similar style. Golden Pride is even more potent at 8.5%, but doesn't taste quite as good. Perhaps a little too strong for this style of beer.


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                Kwack

                Kwack is an amusing Belgian beer, which is dark and quite strong at 8.5% ABV and has a pleasant flavour, but what is particularly noteworthy is the glass it comes in. The glass is like a small yard of ale glass (a foot of ale perhaps, although it is Belgian, so 30cm) with a round bottom, which one might think is a bit foolish, but it also comes with a small wooden rack, which is difficult to use and a real test of sobriety. To prevent this sought-after object going astray, some bars in Belgium request the deposit of one shoe for each glass. The reason it is called Kwack is that is the noise it makes when you drink it fast and the air rushes into the bulb at the bottom of the glass, usually accompanies by a wet face and clothing. Fun, but quite expensive and makes a nice souvenir, if you have a pair of shoes you don't need.


                Adnams Broadside

                Adnams is another old English brewery. Beer was being made on the site of the Adnams brewery in 1396 and the Adnams name has been associated with the site since 1857. Broadside is a rich dark cask bitter, tasting of hops and malt. In draught form it tastes strong, but is actually only 4.3% whereas in bottles it is 6.2%


                Sierra Nevada

                An American beer! A couple of decades ago recommending an American beer would have been unheard of, but the range of beers available now in the USA is extremely good. I have been regularly working in California for fifteen years and microbreweries have been popular there for all of that time, but there are now many microbreweries all over the States not just in California. When traveling in North America I always search out the local microbrewery selection first, but Sierra Nevada makes a wonderful second choice, with a dark amber colour it is far more complex than typical American lagers, it is always served cold and is both thirst quenching full-flavoured. Samuel Adams, brewed in Boston, is another good choice too, when in the US. The usual English beer available in most American bars is Bass, which is perhaps why English beer has a bad reputation in North America.


                Trappistes Rochfort 10

                This is a seriously potent beer from Belgium. A Triple Trappist beer of 11.3 % ABV, but somehow tastes even stronger, with it's intense complex flavours and very dark colour. It also has a little brother called Rochfort 8 which is just 9.2% Both of these are very interesting beers, but you wouldn't want to have too many.

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                  Everyone has to try ale, you'll be pleasantly suprised.

                  After spending a few years building up my drinking stamina, I then had a baby. All that good work was completely thrown down the drain and I am now officially the biggest lightweight in the UK. I have one glass of wine and I'm giggling like a school girl.

                  Now my husband is an ale drinker, he likes nothing better than watching the football or NFL with an ice cold glass. It was him that introduced this wonderful drink to me recently; I was finding that wine was making me tipsy far too quickly.

                  I am now a huge fan of ales; however my husband does comment that I ruin a good pint as I like to add a dash of lemonade. My reasoning behind that satanic dash of lemonade is that my idea of hell is a hangover with a baby to look after. It is also the ideal drink for a hot day, extremely refreshing and thirst quenching.




                  We like trying new ales but we do have our favourites, here are 5 of the best (I'm sure I could write this 3 times over);



                  1. Spitfire-

                  This Kentish Ale is crisp and refreshing. A yummy maramaladey (yes I'm sure that's a real word) aftertaste. You can buy this in bottles from most supermarkets, although it does taste better draught (if you can find it)


                  2. Old Speckled Hen-

                  Brewed in Suffolk it has a rich fruity taste. I haven't had this on draught but it tastes extremely nice in bottles. Available in most supermarkets.


                  3. Fullers London Pride-

                  Rich and smooth with a bit of a malty flavour. This beer is available in most pubs in the south of England on draught.


                  4. Abbot Ale-

                  Another of my favourite ales brewed in Suffolk. It is rich and fruity with a bitter aftertaste. I have seen this on draught but only as a guest ale. Found again in most supermarkets.

                  5. Hobgoblin-

                  This Oxfordshire ale has a moderate bitterness with a slight fruity flavour. I was only attracted to this by its name but it is very tasty. I have never seen it on draught but like the others it is available in most supermarkets.




                  So next time you're in the supermarket, have a gander at what wonders lurk in the ale aisle. Even if you like to 'ruin' it by adding a dash of lemonade.

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                    Drink guest ales

                    Beer is great. I have a fondness for all types of beer the world over so to pick 5 is tricky. I think I'll try and pick a mixture of types for different occasions.

                    Guinness.
                    This stuff is like heaven to me. There is no finer sight than a pint of Guinness which has been properly poured settling out to that dark liquid and creamy head. Fantastic.

                    Brains SA
                    Coming from Cardiff, Brains beers are close to my heart. This is their classic ale, ubiquitous in South Wales, hard to find elsewhere but if you can it has a lovely, light, bitter taste and a beautiful golden colour.

                    London Pride
                    Unsurprisingly, this tastes particularly good in the South East. If you can find it on tap elsewhere though it is lovely.

                    Brains 45
                    Returning to Wales and Brains' first foray into lagers has a continental style. Very nice extremely cold on a hot day.

                    Guest ales
                    I'll usually try the guest ales in any pub that serves them, which is too few in my opinion.

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                      My favourite beer

                      Mmm Beer! Me and beer go back a long way!

                      From the age of 17 I was home brewing 40 pint kits of beer in my bedroom made from cheap kits bought in Boots the chemists (I always said beer was medicinal!).

                      The key was to keep the room the right temperature and not disturb the sediment otherwise you'd have a cloudy chemical tasting pint (I'd still drink it though!).

                      After a series of bottle explosions by adding too much secondary sugar to a fermenting cider batch I called it a day!

                      Nowadays I buy my beer in pubs, bars and supermarkets; it's cheaper, more social and less dangerous.

                      Choosing my top 5 beers was difficult as my taste changes depending on the climate. So as we leave summer behind and enter autumn these are my 5 current favourites -

                      1. Brains Dark

                      This is dark mild ale made by Welsh Brewers S.A. Brain. It is quite a more-ish drink and has a chocolaty aftertaste with hints of Liquorice. Fortunately it is not too heavy so can be drunk in quantity without bloating your belly! There are several versions of this drink available; smooth, cask and bottled. My favourite of these is the Cask ale, although sometimes the taste can vary from pub to pub. I find the smooth version a bit too gassy and the bottled version doesn't seem to have the same taste. Undoubtedly this is the drink of choice before an event in the Millennium Stadium.

                      2. Guinness

                      When I'm out of Wales then this is my number 2 choice. Guinness is a Stout and black in colour with a lovely creamy white head (that clever barman draw shamrocks on!). The drink is a lot heavier than my number one choice, but is equally as tasty. The burnt bitter aftertaste is accompanied well with a nice ploughman's with slabs of Cheddar cheese. As with Brains Dark there are several versions of this drink too; Draught, Canned Draught (with aeration widget), Extra Cold and Original. Of these I find the Draught is the most pleasant although the cans with the gas widget do make a nice pint at home if you get the temperature correct! Extra cool is nice on a hot summer's day and the original makes me feel ill. The best pint of Guinness I have ever had was in The Long Hall pub in Dublin so if you visit there then I would recommend a visit!


                      3. Boheme 1795

                      Moving away from Dark beer and onto lager Boheme 1795 is definitely my favourite. Made in the Czech Republic by Budweiser Budvar it is a slightly sweet and refreshing drink that is quite light to drink. I've only ever seen this in bottles (Tesco has recently started to sell the 500ml and 330ml varieties). The beer has to be served refrigerated otherwise you get quite a sickly aftertaste. I would definitely recommend this beer for a barbeque or to accompany and Indian meal.

                      4. Kronenburg 1664

                      The famous French beer (their number one seller) is slightly heavier on the palate than Boheme 1795. The taste is also a little bitterer though you do get a sweet aftertaste. Unlike Stella Artois this beer does not give me too bad a hangover and gets the thumbs up. The draught versions of this beer are best although they have recently brought out a can of the beer with a widget in it to aerate the contents. I've yet to try this and hope that it works as well as the Guinness Draught widget does. My best glass of 1664 was served in a back street bar in Montmartre in Paris, great beer!

                      5. Corona

                      It was a close call between this and the other beer Sol. Despite its small bottles and costly bar price this lager is as smooth and light as it gets and is perfect drink for hot summer days and sweaty club nights. I'm not sure about the lime addition; I think I prefer it without!

                      So there you have my five favourite beers, if you're ever in Wales give the Brains range of beers a try - they are great!


                      Otalgia 2008

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                        All very good foreign beers

                        My top 5 favourite beers hmmmm this is a tough one, I'm a fan of many foreign largers from across the world so picking my top 5 could be difficult. Lets give it a go anyway.

                        5. Bravara

                        This Brazilian beer has been a favourite of mine since I stumbled upon it one summer in the supermarket during a period I was trying as many different bottled largers as I could. It has a sweet, fruity taste and I swear there was a slight taste of honey, this is definitely a summer drink best enjoyed ice cold. At 4.5% and coming in a 330ml bottle the size and strength of this beer is similar to others on the market, and comes imported from Brazil.

                        4. Cobra

                        Originally a Indian beer this is now brewed and bottled in the UK. This beer is brewed to have less gas and is quite dry. The taste is faint although this may be because every time I drink this it is ice cold and with a curry, which brings me to my next point. Cobra is brewed to drink with hot foods such as curries and works perfectly to cool the spices in your mouth. It's available in several sizes (330ml, 500ml, and 660ml) and comes in at 5% strength.

                        3. Tiger Beer

                        A pale larger brewed all across Asia, Tiger Beer has been one of my favourites since I first tried it. The taste is light and crisp as you'd expect from a pale larger whilst still being very smooth. I've seen it available in 330ml, 500ml, and 660ml bottles. Its strength is 5%. Silly fact if you pick the rubber seal off the inside of a bottle top there is a picture of a tiger.

                        2. Kirin

                        Originally brewed in Japan (not sure where the UK gets it from as I don't have a bottle to hand) and described as a rice beer, Kirin has a very refreshing taste and is almost too easy to drink. My only problem with this beer is the fact it can be difficult to get hold of. The bottles I normally get are 330ml and 5%.

                        1. Corona

                        I've been drinking this Mexican beer for almost 7 years now. When I first stumbled upon it in the supermarket I was intrigued at my friends comment that it was supposed to be drank with a slice of lime in, I duly purchased some and never looked back. The taste is faint which is where the lime comes in giving it that extra zing needed, and is a beer best drank ice cold. It comes in 330ml bottles, and is 5%. My one complaint is that over the last few years it's become very popular and shot up in price. I remember when Weatherspoons used to sell this for 99p a bottle, and you could get 12 bottles for £6 in the supermarkets, well gone are those days.

                        There we have it my 5 favourite beers although I would also like to give a honourable mention to - Asahi, Stella, Brahama, Red Strip, Coors Fine Light, and Bud Var.



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                          If you like your beer, try my favourite 5.

                          mmmm beer! I love sitting in the sun with a few mates with a good cold beer. Unfortunetaly we don't get to do it too often in the UK.

                          My top 5 beers are as follows;

                          1 - Desperados beer.
                          Desperados is a French even though it is often mistaken to be Mexican. It is a mix of Lager and Tequila, which is often makes people's here pick up and listen. I first came across this on Holiday in the Canary Islands. It's a light and easy to drink to beer, even though it is nearly 6%. I've only found 2 places in the UK that sell it, once in a bar in Bristol. And in a wine shop in Cambridge.

                          2 - Miller Genuine Draft
                          Admitedly not a very exciting beer, but I love grab a miller while chilling out at home. I first had one of these at a friends, who has some american family and had some GIANT cans of this stuff. I also love the twist cap bottles that these come in. It's such a convenience. Also very good with a slice of lime in the top.

                          3 - Buweiser Ice
                          Bud Ice isn't a beer that I ever see anymore. Our local sainsbury's used to stock it, but haven't for about 3 years now. Morrisons also used to stock it, but i've not seen it in there for a while now. This again is quite a light beer, but sharper than my top two choices. Again very refreshing on a hot day.

                          4 - Corona
                          A big favourite for the summer. A nice beer with a slice of lime in. It's just a shame how much one of these costs in a bar. I think they're around £3.50. Which is a little too expensive to buy while out in my opinion.

                          5 - Peroni
                          My final choice to round off my top 5 is the lovely Italian beer, Peroni. Another beer that i first had while on holiday on a very hot day in spain, slipped down beautifully to cause instant refreshment.

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                            I love Beer

                            Great idea for a review i love beer and drink far too much of it when I can afford to lol. My tastes do tend to change quite a lot but at the minute my number one beer is Coors Lite, This a light tasting beer but at about 5% is not particularly light in alcohol content, a fantastic clear crisp taste especially when sold cold like they do in weather spoons. Number 2 is Labatt Ice a Canadian beer which is extremely difficult to get in the UK, i had it on holiday and loved it! Number three would probably have to be Budweiser as i just enjoy the taste of it. Number four would be Stella Artois, the first beer which I every drank I love the taste but it is a strong lager and tends to put weight on my so I cant drink loads. Finally I love a good Pint of Guiness but as its so heavy I cant drink loads.

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                              Five fav lagers

                              I know it is probably not seen as being very feminine standing there with a pint but when buying two halves worked out more expensive than a pint when I was a student then it was a case of needs must and a pint it was, especially if in rounds with lads as I was getting gyped if I only had a half, mind you I was not much use to anyone after three pints so soon ended up on the shorts.

                              Nowadays I do enjoy a beer on a hot summers afternoon and especially if it is in a bottle as well, my favourite has to be Peroni which is an Italian beer and very light bodies and smooth to drink, the only downside is that it can be a bit pricey in some places.

                              The other beer I really like is Corona which is usually servedwith a lime in the neck, this is quite a sweet beer and quit fizzy as well and the lime gives it a tart fruity quality.

                              I'm also quite partial to a Grolsch and I really like the cool design of the bottles.

                              I'm pretty sure that if my first three choices did not have the real ale society bods tuttinginto their pint pots my last two will as I really like two North America beers, Coors and Labatts however I want to keep a space for an Aussie beer so Coors gets the push in favour of Labatts a nice drink from Canada.

                              Finally the beer I drank rather too much of in Australia which was Tooeys, found in Sydney it was the best of the lot in Oz as far as I was concerned.

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                                "Homer no function beer well without." Homer Simpson

                                The thing I find with beer, is that depending on the situation, I prefer a different drink. My ideal beer for a night out for example, is not the same as my favourite tipple at home on a lazy sunday, or with a BBQ etc.

                                Rather then simply give a list of my five top beers here then, I'll give five of my favourite beers, based on when I would drink them.

                                Beer A: A hot summer's day, relaxing with friends..

                                On a scorching hot summers day, when I'm just sitting around taking with friends and watching the world go by, I love to drink really ice cold bottles of Sol. This beer is fairly light and refreshing, and when it is cold it feels so good when it hits the back of your throat.


                                Beer B: Big night out!

                                On a mate's stag do a few years ago a group of us all went to Hamburg and spent a whole weekend exercising our drinking arms! The beer of the weekend was Holstein (the brewery is not far from Hamburg), and we must have drunk gallons of the stuff between us. The funny thing is - none of us got sick, and apart from the obligatory fuzzy head, the hangovers were not too severe either. Usually after I've had a few pints of beer I get bloated and don't fancy any more, but the Holstein didn't seem to fill me up! Now Holstein (apart from the Pils) is pretty difficult to get hold of in England, so generally I make do with Becks.


                                Beer C: Lazy sunday at home...
                                If I'm relaxing on the sofa watching rubbish on TV, then I quite like a glass of Hoegaarden. This is a traditional Belgian Wheat beer, flavoured with spices. Hoegaarden has a cloudy appearance and is very filling - I can't drink alot of this, but it is definately a beer to savour!

                                Beer D: Pizza and beer!
                                Something cheap and cold! Pizza and beer just go together - like bacon and eggs, or tea and biscuits. Pretty my anything cold and wet will suffice, even Foster's at a pinch!

                                Beer E: Sitting in quiet pub beer.
                                Occasionally when I'm sitting having a quiet beer with some friends, putting the world to rights, I'll indulge in some "real ale". I'm not a big expert, and I don't take it as seriously as some, but I do particularly enjoy a beer called "Waggle Dance", brewed with honey.

                                So there you have it, five occasions, five beers. Do I have a favourite? Probably not to be honest, I think as far as beers go, its very much "Horses for courses".

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                                  im away to get some beer now

                                  Well I am quite a fan of beer which surprises boys because I am a true girly girl in every other aspect of life!
                                  However I will now share with you my top five beers, thankyou :)

                                  1. Corona! Discovered this beauty whilst on school trip in Spain.
                                  It is considered one of the lightest beers but i know plenty of guys enjoy it too! It is produced in Mexico. Oh and u must not forget to add the obligatory wedge of lime :) just helps the flavour so much

                                  2. Sol! First discovered Sol in a mexican restaurant because they had run out of Corona! I happen to think it is just as good!

                                  3. Becks...just a really good taste and its still also quite light. The non-alcoholic version also comes in handy when im driving!

                                  4. Heineken - very crisp, refreshing taste with this beer. Great flavour too

                                  5. Tennants! no, im not joking....what student in scotland doesn't love a pint of T! :) its cheap and it does the job when u have no money for numbers 1-4!

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