Date: 23 June 2010 Moonwatching


Sampled by:

ROC, KOC, FN, TM and PV, while scooter RN joined us latter

A waxing gibbous moon followed us on our journey from Bentley to Alton as the sky slowly turned from a dusty shade of pink through a velvety mauve to end a dusky purple.


PubLocationOS Map Ref
Anchor Lower Froyle GU34 4NA
Comment
After settling on the benches outside, our discussions centered the relative merits of KOC’s hand drawn ‘map’ and the Ordnance Survey Sheet 186 brought along by PV and which to follow. The pub, although now firmly gastro, does maintain three real ales all local to the area. The beer quality was not quite up to last year’s standard but was still good.
Brewerbeer%PriceMarkComment
Andwell Gold Muddler 3.9 £2.80 3.5 Refreshing after the ride
Andwell King John 4.2 £2.90 3.0 -
Hogs Back HOP 4.6 £3.00 - Not tried

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Hen & Chicken Upper Froyle GU34 4JH
Comment
As we got to this pub, the decision must have been in favor of OS mapping. This was a new venue for Mengo who were slightly disappointed with the Lemony Cricket. Met up with some fellow cyclists who were returning from their evening excursion to Basingstoke. Lightweights really; one had taken three days to do the London to Brighton – his only excuse being he had cycled up to London one day, did the Run the next and cycled home on the third.
Brewerbeer%PriceMarkComment
Hall & Woodhouse Badger 4.0 £2.95 3.5 Very good
Hall & Woodhouse Lemony Cricket 4.4 £3.20 2.5 Slightly disappointing
Hall & Woodhouse Tanglefoot 4.9 £3.20 - Not tried

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Queens Head Holybourne GU34 4EG
Comment
During the landlord’s holiday, the organizer of the Alton Beer Festival, Peter had stepped in to cover. It turned out that the favorite tipple at this year’s summer festival was John O’Gold - a 4.5%, four year old single variety cider. There is no accounting for taste, which was apparent from the high gravity guest beers available at this Greene King tie. Still, the landlord is to be commended for actually having some non GK beers,
Brewerbeer%PriceMarkComment
Brains The Rev. James 4.5 £3.10 3.5 No comments
Stonehenge Great Bustard 4.8 £3.10 3.5 Best on offer
Tom Woods Bomber Country 4.8 £3.10 3.5 Cloying

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Eight Bells Alton GU34 2DA
Comment
The barmaid had all the attributes we like – pleasant demeanor, provided efficient service and put on a nice breast display. Fortunately the landlord remains unchanged and PV reckoned the Swift One to be on top form.
Brewerbeer%PriceMarkComment
Bowman Swift One 3.8 £2.70 4.0 Excellent beer
Bowman Wallops Wood 4.0 £2.70 4.0 Excellent beer
Flowerpots Goodens Gold 4.8 £3.00 4.0 Excellent beer

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Railway Arms Alton GU34 2RB
Comment
The barmaid had all the attributes we like – a pleasant demeanor, provided efficient service and put on a nice, if fully covered, breast display. Fortunately the landlord remains unchanged and ROC reckoned the Alton’s Pride to be on top form. Informed us the brewer, Graham Trott, had abandoned Pressed Rat and Warthog as a regular beer (it will now only appear as the Mild for May) and the spare capacity created used for more seasonal offerings – at the moment Halleluiah.
Brewerbeer%PriceMarkComment
Triple fff Alton’s Pride 3.8 £2.60 4.5 On top form
Triple fff Moondance 4.2 £2.70 - Not tried
Triple fff Halleluiah 4.5 £2.80 4.0 Halleluiah indeed
Triple fff Dazed & Confused 4.6 £2.80 - Not tried
Vale Wychert 3.9 £2.60 3.5 Nice session beer