This will be an unusually short entry into the Year in Beer collection. Why? Because March celebrated a watershed moment as I cruised past the 25 beer mark. I’m half way through the list. And, in recognition of that fact, I wrote a 25th special post, meaning that the March entry is left with just two beers to try.
Week 26 – St Peter’s Golden Ale
This is a golden ale, with an attractive orange colour. It has a slight burnt aroma and taste with a fresh bitterness that was not cloying. If anything, this was a little more towards the bitter end of the scale than I had been expecting.
It is also worth noting that it has far and away the best bottle of all of the beers sampled so far. The brewery website says that “distinctive oval Bottle is a 500ml copy of one from Gibbstown, near Philadelphia which dates from c. 1770. It was produced for Thomas Gerrard, an innkeeper with a tidewater inn on the Delaware River.” Quite why that design is now used for their beers isn’t immediately apparent but you have to admit that it is a great design.
Week 27 – Keswick Thirst Run
This is also a golden pale ale, although it didn’t pour from the bottle quite as golden as the St Peter’s beer. In many ways that theme continued through the beer: not quite as golden, not quite as bitter, not quite as full-on as the previous week’s beer. It does have a pleasant hoppy aroma and it is far from being an unpleasant beer, it just felt a little underwhelming.
Apparently, this beer was meant to be called “First Run” only for the graphic designer to mishear the brief. I rather like “Thirst Run” as a name, if I’m honest, and it seems that Keswick Brewery must as well, having used it as the basis for their range of “Thirst…” beers.
Considering that it is brewed at the opposite end of the country, I won’t be seeking out this beer again with any great determination but, were it offered to me, I wouldn’t say no. Perhaps not my “first” choice, but if I was “thirsty”…