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exile1

Lantern Swinger
Just seen that Gales Brewery in Hordean has been bought out by Fullers of London and production will move to the 'Smoke'. Some beers will apparently be chopped. I didn't mind when Brickwoods fell many years ago as imho it was crap but this lastest closure is a sad day for decent ale drinkers. Drinking Beer is a subject close to Jack's heart and thought it ought to be a subject worthy of it's own thread. Personally I can't stand 'chemical' rubbish lager so who brews the best?
 
exile1 said:
Just seen that Gales Brewery in Hordean has been bought out by Fullers of London and production will move to the 'Smoke'. Some beers will apparently be chopped. I didn't mind when Brickwoods fell many years ago as imho it was crap but this lastest closure is a sad day for decent ale drinkers. Drinking Beer is a subject close to Jack's heart and thought it ought to be a subject worthy of it's own thread. Personally I can't stand 'chemical' rubbish lager so who brews the best?


NO CHEMICAL BEERS IN CHISWICK
Fullers are one of the two largest producers of living Real Ale in London together with Youngs of Wandsworth. Both also extensivley use dray horses for local delivery.

The best of Gales Ales will be kept by reducing the local water back to zero salts etc. them adding a mix to bring it to the standard used in Horndean.

Many real ales would have been lost with out this method such as "Old Speckle Hen" now brewed in Suffolk etc.

Nutty
 

sidon55

Lantern Swinger
Had a bottle of "real" ale while in Somerset and part of the ingredients was fish in the findings. No won der it tasted like Crap

My Grandad used egg whites in his pubto do the same thing
 

PartTimer

War Hero
It's a sad day that Gales os going. Went on a brewery tour in Horndean inly last year - fascinating. They still have all the old apparatus they used to use there. I hope it's made into a museum, but would have preferred it kept as a working brewery.

Inetresting how they're going to try and replicate the liquor (the water used for brewing) - it taken staright out of a borhole in the middle of the building in Horndean.
 
Part Timer

Having visited the Green King's Brewery in Bury St Edmunds they only brew ale's not Euro Fizz in an ancient building were all works by gravity. Like Gales they have their own spring on site, this is then reduced to zero and has salts etc added to match the origional water/liquor for the beer to be brewed.

IPA
Old Speckled Hen
Ruddles County
Belhaven Beers
plus a couple of strong ales and mild's

Or the beers can die and disappear

Nutty
 

Basher

Midshipman
Anyone remember when Vaux breweries closed in sunderland? that was a very sad day for a lot of the townfolk. you still get the odd bottle of double maxim knocked out from somewhere in the area. i think its the only vaux ale still going, and it just happens to be a very fine rival to newcastle brown...and you thought that stuff was loopy juice! DM is mental. it tends to be the new 'mod' drink up north due to it being rare cool and doesn't take a lot till your on your arse, no matter how good a drinker you are!
 

1000lb_freefall

Midshipman
Has to be Theakston's Old Peculiar for me, not a chemical in sight :D Close second is Hobgoblin, I've visted the Wychwood brewery, it's a great afternoon out!
 
Unfortunately, I believe in the German purity law and like to look after my teeth, so I only drink beer where all the sugar is turned to alcohol. Therefore, it's Becks or Warsteiner for me!!!

GBTD
 

Geoff_Wessex

Lantern Swinger
Coincidence?

With the gradual shrinking of the Andrew....

Pompey lost Brickwoods (OK, not a big deal) and now Gales
Portland (Weymouth) lost Devenish and, more recently, Eldridge Pope (Huntsman)
Plymouth lost Courages
 

xxspikexx

Lantern Swinger
any one ever serve at RNAS culdrose remember SPINGO brewed in the back yard of the anchor pub many a party started by filling up blue d containers (washed out first )and filled with the stuff mixed with
scrumpy quite palatable but used to melt the containers overnight
 
Used to do a bit of part time work in a very well known regular matelots pub in Keyham area (no names). The guvnor used to tip all the drip trays (everything except cider and guinness) into a bucket and this special brew was used again by being filtered via a specialy made system into the John Smiths barrel.
Used to laugh like drains when the (beer expert) northern monkeys used to drink it and say "ey oop, that is the finest pint of JS thee has had in a long time".
Didn't stop me or any of the staff drinking it though, nice drop of grog.
 

harryaitch

Lantern Swinger
Cheap booze. Early sixties at osprey,the days when we got paid fortnightly.As you oldens may well remember, always barasic the second week.Three old chockheads(I was only 17) on a sunday lunchtime over to the NAAFI with a nice shiny bucket to be topped up with the roughest scrumpy in dorset and the added spicer of a bottle of ruby sherry.offered a glass and downed it.A week later still hungover it was back on the limers for me!The bucket remained shiny for a long time without polishing.
 
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