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My local Tescos have started to sell Courage Directors. I drink it and get taken to a 1990s happy place.
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My local Tescos have started to sell Courage Directors. I drink it and get taken to a 1990s happy place.

The Wetherspoon near me used to do Directors on cask for £1.49 a pint.  Happy days. 

If you had told me 10 years ago you could have six pints for under a tenner nowadays I'd have told you to naff off!
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Tell you what's a decent slurp from Tesco, Bishop's Finger @ £1.25p a bottle. And though I lived and worked in Belgium for 3.5 years and developed a taste for many great beers, that one is good value for yer pennies back home.
Like this myself also. For a decent amount of beer in the bottle again like this at the same price, I have been on the Wychwood Hobgoblin. The describe it as "Traditionally craft brewed with Chocolate & Crystal malts and a blend of Styrian, Goldings & Fuggles hops to produce a full-bodied, Ruby beer that delivers a delicious chocolate toffee malt flavour, balanced with a rounded moderate bitterness and an overall fruity, mischievous character" No idea how a beer is mischievous, but the ingredients are top notch there, and you can taste that. 5.2 is a good middle strength for the winter for me, half way between the small Belgians and normal bitter.
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Any Pilsner Urquell fans? Just recently discovered it. Cracking lager. One with history as well - it's the first Pilsner that was brewed in Plzen in the former German lands, now the Czech Republic.

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Any Pilsner Urquell fans? Just recently discovered it. Cracking lager. One with history as well - it's the first Pilsner that was brewed in Plzen in the former German lands, now the Czech Republic.

Love a drop of that, used to drink it in Bier on Newington, now the Newington Temple.

I'm sure loads here drunk it that went to Porto but Super Bock went down a treat.

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My local Tescos have started to sell Courage Directors. I drink it and get taken to a 1990s happy place.

I’ve got it coming out of my taps.

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Love a drop of that, used to drink it in Bier on Newington, now the Newington Temple.

I'm sure loads here drunk it that went to Porto but Super Bock went down a treat.
I live in Spain and Pilsner Urquell seems to be much more ubiquitous than it is in the UK. Availability of decent lager at affordable prices is much better in general.

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This is the trend here in the states as well... there are two theories which I have heard branded about the industry as to why this is the case.

One: "Baby Boomers" (Generation born directly after WWII up to 1960) are losing the sensitivity in their taste buds and thus this leads to the seeking out of more hoppy beers and the adding of more hot sauce onto their food. (this i have seen loads of times most often with my own father.)

Two: "Baby Boomers" have begun to seek out/return to the tastes of their youth. And yes I know that beer was not hopped as much back then and that most beers (Here in the states at least) were like having intercourse in a canoe. However it is not the taste from the buzz of the beer that they are seeking out rather the hoppy sweetness of the sticky green which they used to partake in.
There is at least one other theory. Lupulin threshold shift - sound really scientific, innit?

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/lupulin-threshold/
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I live in Spain and Pilsner Urquell seems to be much more ubiquitous than it is in the UK. Availability of decent lager at affordable prices is much better in general.
I started brewing last year and sometime in the autumn I had to realise that I can only tolerate Pilsner Urquel from tap. That's still brilliant.
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Any Pilsner Urquell fans? Just recently discovered it. Cracking lager. One with history as well - it's the first Pilsner that was brewed in Plzen in the former German lands, now the Czech Republic.

Lovely lovely stuff, the drink of the summer for me.
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I started brewing last year and sometime in the autumn I had to realise that I can only tolerate Pilsner Urquel from tap. That's still brilliant.
Aye the bottles or cans are OK but not many beat it on draft.

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There is at least one other theory. Lupulin threshold shift - sound really scientific, innit?

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/lupulin-threshold/

Yes, I forgot about that one. But yes, it sounds really scientific...
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Tell you what's a decent slurp from Tesco, Bishop's Finger @ £1.25p a bottle. And though I lived and worked in Belgium for 3.5 years and developed a taste for many great beers, that one is good value for yer pennies back home.

Know and appreciate the Finger.

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I have been drinking Camden Hells Lager all night, good stuff.
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Anyone recommend a good craft beer monthly subscription?, I already have one with Flavourly, but for obvious reasons it doesn't last long (the beer is fantastic), wouldn't mind subscribing to another one each month.
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Like this myself also. For a decent amount of beer in the bottle again like this at the same price, I have been on the Wychwood Hobgoblin. The describe it as "Traditionally craft brewed with Chocolate & Crystal malts and a blend of Styrian, Goldings & Fuggles hops to produce a full-bodied, Ruby beer that delivers a delicious chocolate toffee malt flavour, balanced with a rounded moderate bitterness and an overall fruity, mischievous character" No idea how a beer is mischievous, but the ingredients are top notch there, and you can taste that. 5.2 is a good middle strength for the winter for me, half way between the small Belgians and normal bitter.
Probably mischievous if you start drinking in Nelson (Lancashire mate from uni is from there) and it causes you to end up at a party in Harrogate with no knowledge of how you got there.
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My tastes in lager have contracted further away from harsh taste and overly hoppy. I think it's increased choosing of wheat beers like Erdinger or Hoegaarden. Budweiser, Coors Light & Fosters my lager favourites now; light and mildly fruity.

A year or so ago in Mancland I went in Brewdog with some mates. Took me an hour to struggle through a pint of some IPA. Horrible - almost like a bitter.

So I'm not sure why I bought a 6 pack of Maltsmiths Pilsner Style Lager. Actually I am sure; it's because it was in the reduced to clear section at Tesco, half price at £3.

And it's frigging rank.

Overly malty, overly hoppy and with a chemical-citrussy aftertaste. I found that after every slurp my nose would involuntarily wrinkle up. That first can was opened when the contents were merely 'cool' so I figured it may improve on proper chilling. It didn't. The remaining 4 cans will sit in my garage until either a mate with no taste buds and an inexplicable penchant for overly hoppy/malty crap visits, or I fancy a beer-buzz but am out of nice, light lager and can't face a creme de menthe or white spirit.





 
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Anyone recommend a good craft beer monthly subscription?, I already have one with Flavourly, but for obvious reasons it doesn't last long (the beer is fantastic), wouldn't mind subscribing to another one each month.
I'd be interested in this too, like you I have the Flavourly sub but not too happy with it at the moment, too many light beers for me just lately (I have the mixed box) plus it went up a fiver a while back.

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Been enjoying a lot of Créme Bearlee (made by Bear Town Brewery) of late. It's a stout. Little bit like Plum Porter (Titanic) but with caramel/vanilla instead of plum. It's better on cask than draft though as the draft is a bit cold for me.

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A belter of a pint is stuff called Lawless, its from the Purity Brewing Company. They were selling it in The Cross Keys by our work then stopped, but to my eternal joy its back in this week.

Another one I like is Krusovice which is sold on tap in HUS on Tithebarn Street, its pricey though!
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Been enjoying a lot of Créme Bearlee (made by Bear Town Brewery) of late. It's a stout. Little bit like Plum Porter (Titanic) but with caramel/vanilla instead of plum. It's better on cask than draft though as the draft is a bit cold for me.

if you like the vanilla flavour i would strongly recommend leann foileann by o haras

any word on the release of 200 fathoms this year?
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Any Pilsner Urquell fans? Just recently discovered it. Cracking lager. One with history as well - it's the first Pilsner that was brewed in Plzen in the former German lands, now the Czech Republic.

I've tried pretty much all Czech beers, and for me, Pilsner Urquell is the best. In fact, it's probably the best pale lager in the world.
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pilsner is pretty good alright
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if you like the vanilla flavour i would strongly recommend leann foileann by o haras

any word on the release of 200 fathoms this year?

Cheers. Will do. I do love a stout. Not Guinness or Murphy's mind. The Carling and Carlsberg of stout. Had nice one the other week, if a little sickly. Think it was called Chocolate hobnob or something similar.
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Cheers. Will do. I do love a stout. Not Guinness or Murphy's mind. The Carling and Carlsberg of stout. Had nice one the other week, if a little sickly. Think it was called Chocolate hobnob or something similar.
few like that knocking about

youngs did a double chocolate one
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My tastes in lager have contracted further away from harsh taste and overly hoppy. I think it's increased choosing of wheat beers like Erdinger or Hoegaarden. Budweiser, Coors Light & Fosters my lager favourites now; light and mildly fruity.
 
Kinell mate, the thread title’s drink better beer ;) ;D

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Kinell mate, the thread title’s drink better beer ;) ;D

It was framing into context my subsequent whinge.

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It was framing into context my subsequent whinge.

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Maybe persevere with the occasional hoppier one though, you might find one that suits.

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Anyone recommend a good craft beer monthly subscription?, I already have one with Flavourly, but for obvious reasons it doesn't last long (the beer is fantastic), wouldn't mind subscribing to another one each month.

I get Beer52. Had 20 bottles from them so far and only one I wasn’t a fan of, even that one wasn’t horrendous.
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I get Beer52. Had 20 bottles from them so far and only one I wasn’t a fan of, even that one wasn’t horrendous.

I got the free case with the TAW podcast then forgot to cancel it. Can I justify £29 a month on 10 beers? If they're as nice as the ones I've had so far....I think I'll have to.
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I got the free case with the TAW podcast then forgot to cancel it. Can I justify £29 a month on 10 beers? If they're as nice as the ones I've had so far....I think I'll have to.

I got my first case free then received an offer for a Belgian Beer special case of 10 bottles for £20 so paid for that as well. Got my 3rd case due soon which is the second monthly one at £29. I’ve been happy with their beers so far.
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Those Beer52 crates are worth a punt
Hot UK deals have a code for Beer52, free pack of 8 craft beers all you pay is £5.95 postage, can't be bad at that.
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Had to go to Cardiff yesterday afternoon, to pick up a turntable, and wanted to stop by some record shops. Went in to Roath, and stumbled upon Hops & Pops, (or the other way round), a lad selling records and craft beers. He also has his own record label, Odd Records, specialising in Indie Noise rock sort of stuff. His label was not for me, and unfortunately, on this visit, neither were any of his records, but I though, nice lad, gone to a lot of trouble here setting this up, so instead of leaving empty handed I asked him to recommend a beer, he first asked what I usually like, told him I liked Belgian bottles, and he handed me the tiger cub Belgian pale. As I went back towards the till, I noticed some out of dates at £1.50 each 4 for £5, so picked up the Lost & Found and the southpaw. Had a normal pilsener first when I got back home, but then though, what the hell, and tried the Lost & Found American Pale Ale R3.2 (the b&W can) Jeez it was delicious. Best thing I've drank outside of Belgium. A cloudy "modern American Pale Ale with a robust malt profile and full hop hit of tropical fruit and citrus" 5.2% with Ekuanot / Simcoe / Mosaic / Appolo Hops. If you are in Cardiff, do yourself a favour and buy the rest of these that he has in his crate by the till. Four of these for a fiver when they are normally £3.10 each is worth the detour. Very much looking forward to the other 2 tonight with a home made pizza.
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