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Hullo everyone and a happy new year to youse all.
I have made it back from the Old Dart and my liver is still intact (just) :unsure:

The UK was great however a little on the cool side which is still good beer drinking weather.
I managed to try 54 real ales, 37 bottled beers, 2 smooth beers(served under CO2) and 1 can. :lol:
What i noticed was that the microbrew scene over there is quite strong and the beers being put out by these micros are top quality. There are still a few excellent big name beers over there but I think they are dumbing down some of there beers.
I spent a day brewing with the brewer at the Blencowe Brewing Co. which was great. (www.exeterarms.com) He owns a pub in Barrowden and sells all of his beer there, and bloody lovely it is too!
Other great micros were The Grainstore Brewery (ex Ruddles County brewer)http://www.pcamra.demon.co.uk/davises/, and Oakham Ales at Peterborough http://www.pcamra.demon.co.uk/oakham/. I visited all these more than once.
Among the bigger breweries beers from Batemans, Timothy Taylor, Caledonian, Fullers and Everards were all lovely.
When I get some time I will post the complete list of beers I tried.

Unfortunately we didn't get to Belgium due to our daughter being ill.

I hope you all got good brewing presents and look forward to another year of Aussiehomebrewer.

Cheers and Bollocks
TDA
 

joecast

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TDA,
glad to hear you had a good time. hope your daughter is feeling better.

any trip that results in 50+ beers being sampled can only be called a success!! looking forward to the full list.
joe
 

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