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Re: I like beer

Postby nickguzzi » Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:46 am

Imported beer sucks. Not because it is not made in your country but because the various govt's like to take a slice of your pleasure.
In the UK alcohol is taxed quite heavily, so that Fullers would only be a few dollars cheaper.
Here, much "imported beer" is actually made in a facility in Northampton. It must be the ying to the Cosworth and Mick Hemmings yang.
Fortunately there are many other beers worthy of drinking. A decent lunchtime (meaning you can still work in the afternoon) beer comes from cut price outfit Lidl, called Golden Goose, £0.89 per 500ml bottle*. Its tasty hoppy style suits me nicely on these days when I set to and work out in the garden.

*Just as a comparison, one of my all time favourites, Proper Job, from St Austell Brewery, is £2.00 in a supermarket, or maybe £1.60 if you multi-buy (and why not).

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Re: I like beer

Postby BillT » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:58 pm

nickguzzi wrote:Imported beer sucks. Not because it is not made in your country but because the various govt's like to take a slice of your pleasure.
In the UK alcohol is taxed quite heavily, so that Fullers would only be a few dollars cheaper.
Here, much "imported beer" is actually made in a facility in Northampton.


There are a few 'imports' that are actually brewed here in the US by Miller or Budweiser, or brewed in Canada (to qualify as an import) by Molson

Next time you look at a Foster's, Kirin, Sapporo, or Beck's, read where its actually brewed and bottled.

The Foster's I like used to be called 'Special Bitter', now its just called 'Ale'. Comes in a Green 750ml can (called the oil can, as if anybody remembers them!).

Comes from the far off land of Albany, Georgia - home of MillerCoors in the Southeast.
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Re: I like beer

Postby nickguzzi » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:35 pm

If the most interesting Unique Selling Point of a beverage is that is an import (or more usually, just an overseas brand), then it's possible it's drinking qualities are not very impressive.

We're having visitors at the end of the month. I have two breweries lined up to visit. Old (230 years) and traditional Elgoods in Wisbech http://www.elgoods-brewery.co.uk/our-ales/ and the newer Woodfordes out in Broadland https://www.woodfordes.co.uk/. Both of which we have been to before, but not done the tour with the tasting at the end.

Both are well known regional brewers and are available for testing in many locations.

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