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16th May 2007

Sampled by

ROC, FN, KOC, TM & PV


Comment
The evening started of dry but it began to rain just as we were
leaving The Cricketers and got progressively worse as the evening
wore on. Just the sort of dismal weather in which to get a puncture
and have to walk home from Tongham. Which of course is what happened
to PV.


Hogs Back Brewery - Tongham - SU 886 485


Comment
A new venue for us on our cycle rides. The shop stays open until 8.30
pm on Wednesdays and you can enjoy your beer sitting at the trestle
tables outside. Just remember to bring your own glasses or you will
have to buy the brewery half-pint glasses on sale there at £3.99 for
two!

Brewer    Beer             % Price Mark Comment
Hogs Back Spring Call     4.0 £1.47 4.5  £5.15 for 3.5 pint container
Hogs Back Hop Garden Gold 4.6 £1.81  4   £6.35 for 3.5 pint container



White Hart - Tongham - SU 886 489

Comment
Alison and Kevin took over the pub on 14 May 2007. At the moment they
only have two hand pumps available but intend to add another two
lines once they have sorted out the cellar and stilage. Tied to
Enterprise they will be using their guest beer list but also hope to
arrange direct deliveries through SIBA. As they had only just taken
over there was only one beer available when we called- Hogs Back TEA
at £2.40 a pint. It was in very good condition and the pub already
showed a marked improvement from when we called in last year.
Eventually food will also be available. Good luck to them and we look
forward to seeing a few more beers available when we next call.

Brewer    Beer %  Price Mark Comment
Hogs Back TEA 4.2 £2.40 3.5 In very good condition


Cricketers - Tongham - SU 886 494

Comment
Busy with a good crowd watching the Championship playoffs.
Unfortunately most seemed to be drinking lager or Magners and the 
eal ale suffered from hanging around too long. The Greene King LBW
as vinegary and particularly unpalatable.

Brewer      Beer   %  Price Mark Comment
Greene King IPA   3.7 £2.65  2   Not really up to standard
Greene King Abbot 4.8 £2.85 2.5  Suited Frank
Greene King LBW   4.4 £2.85 1.5  Uggh 


White Lion - Aldershot -SU 878 499

Comment
O joy, a proper real ale pub. No TV and no Juke Box, just a
pleasant atmosphere in which to have a chat and enjoy a few good beers. 
The Dark Star Hophead did not seem quite as good as usual, more
citrus notes and less hop bitterness. Perhaps they confused it with
the Ranmore Ale? I don’t think so!

Brewer       Beer           %  Price Mark Comment
Triple fff   Alton’s Pride 3.8 £2.30  4	  Lovely clean session bitter
Triple fff   Pressed Rat   3.8 £2.30      Not tried
Triple fff   Moondance     4.2 £2.40      Not tried 
Dark Star    Hophead       3.8 £2.30  4   PV still liked it 
Surrey Hills Ranmore Ale   3.8 £2.30 4.5  Exceptional 



Created on 05/20/2007 05:20 PM by drinking
Updated on 05/24/2007 08:53 PM by drinking
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