Date: 21 July 2010 Alternatives


Sampled by:

PV, FN, ROC, TM, KOC and RN

As an alternative to The Lion Brewery, PV started the evening from the White Hart, whilst RN was picked up by the peleton outside The Dover Arms. Everyone was together for The Greyhound.


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White Hart Tongham GU10 1DE
Comment
On the KOC scale, the pub was quiet but then it is a large pub so it is easy to hide away out of sight. Ian, the White Lion landlord, scootered in for a half of Guinness and joined the bikers hanging around out front. It was good to see a mild on offer and it was duly tried.
Brewerbeer%PriceMarkComment
Banks Mild 3.5 £2.95 3 Slightly sour start
Andwell Resolute 3.8 £3.10 3.5 Pleasant enough session
Wye Valley Hereford Pale Ale 4.0 £3.25 3.5 Very refreshing; citrus notes
Triple fff Moondance 4.2 £3.25 - Not tried
Hop Back Summer Lightning 5.0 £3.40 - Not tried

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Lion Brewery Ash GU12 6BT
Comment
The barmaid did warn that it was the first Hobgoblin served today. It proved to be vinegar and was duly changed for the one alternative on offer. Although the pub was nearly empty the car park was nearly full. Well the pikeys need somewhere to park their pony and trap.
Brewerbeer%PriceMarkComment
Wychwood Hobgoblin 4.5 £3.00 0 Vinegartah
Marstons Pedigree 4.5 £3.00 2.5 Slightly above average

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Greyhound Ash GU12 6LA
Comment
With Quiz night in full swing we located outside. One of the Ember Inns ‘brew your own beer’ competition winners was on – Ringwood Sovereign Smuggler as entered by a regular from The Sovereigns in Woking. And very nice it was too. The Youngs was so cheap, TM thought he was back Up North.
Brewerbeer%PriceMarkComment
Youngs Bitter 3.7 £2.10 3 Not bad at all
Ringwood Sovereign Smuggler 4.2 £2.60 3.5 Winner all round

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White Lion Aldershot GU12 4EA
Comment
The landlord had returned for the A5 Scooter gathering in the back bar, one of whom admired our luminous jackets. Our talk revolved around DF and his quest for the number of sausages to order for Ann’s birthday bash on 31 July. Tricky, but it was agreed a multiple of three was needed. This week’s £2.50 offer to be avoided was Cottage Great Bear – particularly as it was vomit inducing when fresh.
Brewerbeer%PriceMarkComment
Triple fff Alton’s Pride 3.8 £2.80 3 Almost but not quite there
Triple fff Moondance 4.2 £3.00 3.5 FN really enjoyed this one
Triple fff Dazed & Confused 4.6 £3.10 - Pump clip too confusing
Cottage Great Bear 4.4 £2.50 - Not bloody likely
Hammerpot This England £3.00 £3.00 3.5 Really quite nice

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Garden Gate Aldershot GU11 3BT
Comment
On arrival we were greeted by some tuneless whistling – the Morris Men were in town. Well it would not be the summer bike rides unless we came across them somewhere. But at the Garden Gate - it is really too much particularly as it prompted Derek to start dancing. It was, however, very nice to have both Cally behind the bar and a really good guest beer.
Brewerbeer%PriceMarkComment
Greene King IPA 3.7 £2.95 3.5 Ah Bisto
Westgate (GK) Sundance 4.1 £3.15 3 Not bad, which is quite good
Everards Tiger 4.2 £3.15 3 Excellent guest