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Affligem Trippel. Mmmmmmmm..........

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Anyone know if they sell Franziskaner at any pubs/bars/clubs/etc in Liverpool? I discovered it about 5 years ago in Munich and have been drinking it at pre-drinks ever since (they sell it in Asda and Tesco), but have never managed to find it on a night out, even the German bars herge never have it in my experiences.

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I only recently discovered Aldi supermarkets here in the States, and tried out their Wernesgrüner Pilsner. I was so pleasantly surprised, beats the hell out of 'domestic' beers here! Who'd have expected such a nice brew in a discount supermarket? Nicely priced, too!

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Anyone tried this? - Wells Banana Bread Beer - It's a bit of a novelty but not pretty nice as a one off.

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Anyone tried this? - Wells Banana Bread Beer - It's a bit of a novelty but not pretty nice as a one off.


not a fan of it at all
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Few pints of 'Big Wave' Golden Ale on Monday Night in a beer garden.  Found it on draught and served in a lovely chilled glass.

Nice stuff. Not had it in a bottle yet but will defo get hold of some.

A really refreshing and tasty Golden ale. Almost Lager to be honest but without the gassiness.


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Few pints of 'Big Wave' Golden Ale on Monday Night in a beer garden.  Found it on draught and served in a lovely chilled glass.

Nice stuff. Not had it in a bottle yet but will defo get hold of some.

A really refreshing and tasty Golden ale. Almost Lager to be honest but without the gassiness.



Where was this mate? Love Golden/Blonde ales.

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Kona make some darn fine ales.

As for the Wells, not one for a session but a good one for a one off.
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There was an interesting article on Radio 4 yesterday about Belgium beers and brewing.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b4zdnc

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Anyone on here got one of those Subs you put torps into? looks interesting ,just wondered if it was worth it?

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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.


Brewdog do a great Monthly Bottlebox, 3 prices to choose from.

https://www.brewdog.com/bottlebox
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Brewdog do a great Monthly Bottlebox, 3 prices to choose from.

https://www.brewdog.com/bottlebox
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Have been a relatively recent convert to the craft beer scene, as we just had a local wine shop/bar open and they also stock a good range of craft beer as well.

Really enjoying some of the stuff being produced by Cloudwater (although pricey!), Magic Rock, Verdant, Wild Beer company, and Gipsy Hill, any other recommendations on here?

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Galway bay along with Teeling whiskey will be bringing out their annual batch of 200 fathoms very soon

whiskeyish chocolatey taste off it. about 9 quid a pop

500ml imperial stout around the 10% mark

ill be getting at least 3

they only bring about 800  a year out

still have one from last year
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Think I've exhausted Beer52's selection after 6-8 months, fancy a change from craft ales/IPAs anyway.

Onto Beerwulf now, I've selected their 'Award Winners' box as I've only recently got into Belgian blonde/tripels. Fucking delicious stuff!
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Have been a relatively recent convert to the craft beer scene, as we just had a local wine shop/bar open and they also stock a good range of craft beer as well.

Really enjoying some of the stuff being produced by Cloudwater (although pricey!), Magic Rock, Verdant, Wild Beer company, and Gipsy Hill, any other recommendations on here?

You’ll like the Wylam stuff I’d have thought based on that list. Very similar tastes to myself. Also get yourself a Trolltunga by Buxton and a Westbrook Gose if you like sours
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Not necessarily craft, but Hotel Chocolat's cocoa beers are quite nice and a pleasant little present to yourself after succumbing to their prices for other people's presents.
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Not necessarily craft, but Hotel Chocolat's cocoa beers and quite nice and a pleasant little present to yourself after succumbing to their prices for other people's presents.
hotel chocolat sells beer?
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I only recently discovered Aldi supermarkets here in the States, and tried out their Wernesgrüner Pilsner. I was so pleasantly surprised, beats the hell out of 'domestic' beers here! Who'd have expected such a nice brew in a discount supermarket? Nicely priced, too!

Aldi are notorious (in a good way!) in Germany and the UK for their very good and well priced beer and wine.

Sadly in the part of the US I am stuck in, Aldi can't sell beer and wine.

Anyway, Kölsch - now THAT is a nice style brew.  8) 

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Aldi do the German brew Reinbacher. I stumbled across it one day last year . 2.99 for four cans and 99p a bottle. It's brewed according to the Purity Law too. Don't let the price put you off . It's nice.
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My local has a beer and cider festival over Halloween. One that stood out for me was Twickenham ales, 'Saison', which i would say was very Belgian influenced and a nice tasting ale. I really enjoy this brewery, very consistent.

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You’ll like the Wylam stuff I’d have thought based on that list. Very similar tastes to myself. Also get yourself a Trolltunga by Buxton and a Westbrook Gose if you like sours

Thanks for the reccomendation, will have to investigate further, and I do always enjoy investigating beers further...

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Thanks for the reccomendation, will have to investigate further, and I do always enjoy investigating beers further...
Wylam are good. I sunk one of theirs (Freak Magnet) at the weekend and it was very nice.

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Have been a relatively recent convert to the craft beer scene, as we just had a local wine shop/bar open and they also stock a good range of craft beer as well.

Really enjoying some of the stuff being produced by Cloudwater (although pricey!), Magic Rock, Verdant, Wild Beer company, and Gipsy Hill, any other recommendations on here?
If you can get any Mikkeller stuff then jump on it. I've not even scratched the surface of their beers but I've loved each one I've tried

What sort of beers are you into? If you'd try anything, look for Juice Springsteen by Alphabet. As the name suggests, it's... Juicy.

Seedling by Land & Labour is another interesting one I've had recently.

I find it hard to look past Beavertown beers (although they're not a craft brewer anymore and some of the more militant beer lovers would punch me for recommending them). Some good breweries here in Ireland now too. Galway Bay, Kinnegar, Hills Town, Lacada, White Hag, Whitewater...

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If you can get any Mikkeller stuff then jump on it. I've not even scratched the surface of their beers but I've loved each one I've tried

What sort of beers are you into? If you'd try anything, look for Juice Springsteen by Alphabet. As the name suggests, it's... Juicy.

Seedling by Land & Labour is another interesting one I've had recently.

I find it hard to look past Beavertown beers (although they're not a craft brewer anymore and some of the more militant beer lovers would punch me for recommending them). Some good breweries here in Ireland now too. Galway Bay, Kinnegar, Hills Town, Lacada, White Hag, Whitewater...

Well I do like a Juicy pale Ale so that sounds like something I might like, I do have a soft sport for Beavertown's Gamma Ray myself.

Will normally end up with a Cloudwater DDH if I'm out for a drink and enjoying a few NEIPAs of late as well

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Well I do like a Juicy pale Ale so that sounds like something I might like, I do have a soft sport for Beavertown's Gamma Ray myself.

Will normally end up with a Cloudwater DDH if I'm out for a drink and enjoying a few NEIPAs of late as well
ah good stuff. Assume you've tried Hazy Jane by Brewdog?

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ah good stuff. Assume you've tried Hazy Jane by Brewdog?

I have indeed, always a good choice at the Brewdog pubs!

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This wins plenty of awards here in New Zealand. Has anyone tried?
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Aldi do the German brew Reinbacher. I stumbled across it one day last year . 2.99 for four cans and 99p a bottle. It's brewed according to the Purity Law too. Don't let the price put you off . It's nice.

Gave it a try tonight (along with a taster pack of their Baileys knock-off) and it does do the job nicely. It actually tastes like lager, so can't whack it for £2.99.
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i keep mentioning this beer

https://www.obrienswine.ie/blog/tag/200-fathoms/

its been released at last, now hop on it if it tickles your fancy

i just ordered 4. drinkstore and mchughs have some

id act quick. think they only bring out 800 a year
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i keep mentioning this beer

https://www.obrienswine.ie/blog/tag/200-fathoms/

its been released at last, now hop on it if it tickles your fancy

i just ordered 4. drinkstore and mchughs have some

id act quick. think they only bring out 800 a year
My mate runs a bar/offie and he's trying to get me a couple of bottles. Unlikely to get it though, he was a bit late putting his name down for some.

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My mate runs a bar/offie and he's trying to get me a couple of bottles. Unlikely to get it though, he was a bit late putting his name down for some.
mchughs have it on their site, drinkstore had it too

you can collect for free in drinkstore or get free delivery over 70

my dad used to smoke and i never did, he gave them up but still says one of the best feelings ever was a smoke he had one day tired after minding my sister as a baby

i know what he meant as last year the night before my new born son was coming home from hospital i cracked one of these open, first drink in weeks, my god it was good. i still have one left over from last year.

xmas eve i will down that and one of this years
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mchughs have it on their site, drinkstore had it too

you can collect for free in drinkstore or get free delivery over 70
Just registered with McHugh's there but it was gonna be €6 delivery (I'm in Derry) so I cancelled it. Ah well.

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Got my craft beer advent calendar ready to go from tomorrow  ;D

Got it from Costco last couple years it's really good, albeit slightly over-priced. Good way to start to Christmas having averaged at least a bottle of beer since the beginning of December.

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Just registered with McHugh's there but it was gonna be €6 delivery (I'm in Derry) so I cancelled it. Ah well.
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Got my craft beer advent calendar ready to go from tomorrow  ;D

Got it from Costco last couple years it's really good, albeit slightly over-priced. Good way to start to Christmas having averaged at least a bottle of beer since the beginning of December.
hmm with them i think id drink a few in one go, i dont think id bother opening one every day
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Definitely trying some of this.
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Canadian Cream Ale called Muskova.

Hoppy and floral and silky smooth in the mouth, one of the best beers I've drunk in a long while.

https://muskokabrewery.com/beer/cream-ale/