As if out trip to Santiago couldn't get any better, we managed to get invited to a semi-private beer tasting at La Atlántica! Only one of the beers was actually a Galician craft beer, a home-brewed Gose, oddly enough. It was lovely. Brewed with actual seawater, if you can believe it!Read More
BeerLab looks and feels like any other craft beer bar and restaurant you'd stumble across in Denver, Portland, or even Phoenix. Four of the six tap handles rotate through mostly Galician craft beer.Read More
This unassuming watering hole can be a pretty lively place at night, when the locals show up, the beers start flowing, and the guitar is passed around. Yes, a guitar. Yes, it will wind up in your lap. Yes, you must at least strum something. They'll love it.Read More
This pub is adjacent to the Cathedral in the middle of town. Obviously, right? Well... the interior has a whole "death/vampire" theme to it. Skulls, ravens and roses above the bar. A coffin in the corner. Yeah. Weird.Read More
I wasn't too excited about visiting a pub inside the train station. It seemed a little kitchy to me. Boy, was I wrong! The Sheffield Tap is huge, with it's own brewing room, associations with plenty of great English breweries, and a huge select on of craft beers in bottles.Read More
No pub is an island. Unless it's the Shakespeare Pub in Sheffield. Then it's almost literally an island, with not a lot of other buildings around it. Yeah, it's a little scary from the outside.Read More
Low ceilings are nothing unusual in Kuntsford pubs. But in The White Bear, even Sheila found herself ducking from time to time. It’s a popular place, thanks largely to it’s location right at the roundabout. You literally cannot miss seeing the bar as you come into town.Read More
Just a five mile drive from Knutsford, you’ll find The Bull’s Head in Mobberly. Every town in England has a pub called the Bull’s Head. But this is the one that has the best fish and chips Sheila found in CheshireRead More
We were starting to wonder if it was possible, but we did -- finally -- manage to find hoppy beer in England! We were so shocked, we recorded a video!
Apparently, there's a big difference between the Real Ale movement, and the craft beer movement. I know... I know... they sound the same. But not so much. We bloody yanks like to load up our beers with massive amounts of hops and or malt. Not so much over here. Still, the guys at Brew Dog know how to buck the local trend, and are making beers loaded with flavor. Are they Real Ales? Honestly, I do not give a shit. For they are welcome relief to the two of us right now!
Also, the food here is quite good. I had the Juicy something or other. It's a burger with pimento cheese spread. Tasty. Sheila had tater tots -- yeah, in England -- loaded with melted cheese and grilled onions. Now, normally I'm not a fan of tots. But these were pretty fantastic. I think I'll order them that way from now on and see if that changes my opinion.
Plenty of Brew Dog beers on tap, plus a dozen or so guest beers on tap. They even had the full compliment of Oskar Blues, and I got to educate our bartender on the the G'Knight origin story. Hooray, beer lore!
Thanks, Brew Dog Manchester, for giving us some beer with flavor. Now to find more!
If we had to pick a favorite pub in Knutsford, it’d be The Lord Eldon. They’ve a decent selection of “real ale”, and a more modest selection of English ales in bottles. But one of those was the Guinness Porter, arguably the best of the Guinness lineup.Read More
Drinking Au Brasseur was a treat. The staff spoke much better English than we spoke French, and were happy to swap out a couple of beers on the standard flight to a few we hadn't tried. No up charge, either. This place is pretty popular with the locals, as everyone seemed to know everyone.Read More
With more than 2,000 (actually they're approaching 2,500) beers from around the world, this three story bar was right up our alley. Both of us were able to choose beers which suited our own tastes.Read More