I just spent a long weekend in London. I went to see U2 in London but it was a good excuse to try some cask beer and since every pub I went in to had at least 3 and sometimes more beers on cask I was pretty happy.
I had hoped to get to The Gunmakers Arms to say hello to Jeffrey but I never got the time on Friday and it is closed weekends.
This one was tasty enough bitter. Nothing earth shattering but worth a drink. I got samples of most of the ones above also except Greene King which I decided I did not care for in the bottle so was not bothered with the cask version.
Another nice pint, in fact this was very nice indeed and I would have happily sat there drinking more but I wanted to find another pub. Unfortunately due to lack of a map I never did find the pub called The Pride of Spitalfields thought I probably would have come across it if I had gone further up Osborne street.
Yum, London Pride on cask. I can not remember the waggledance though so it was probably not great.
One pub of note is this one right by St Pauls. It instantly grabs your attention because of the building to the right saying one knightrider court and the street to the left which is knightrider street.
I was confronted with these three cask ales and I was excited but
it turned out that two were out so I settled for the Kingfisher in the middle and the bar man went off the change the casks out.
This is what I ended up with. I enjoyed the kingfisher, it was a very well balanced beer in the London pride style.
To the left I had a sample of fortyniner which smelled and tasted like pressed apples but was not trying to be a cider. Meh....
To the right was Bitter and Twisted which was a blond beer and it claims to be a little spicy, aromatic and zesty. Well it certainly smelled a lot like lemons. It was not my sort of thing so this was also meh...
Thanks to the barman who gave me the 1/3 pint samples for free though and I got to watch him clean the lines which looks like a lot of hard work pumping water through them.
Of course there are pictures of The Hoff there as he has visited simply because of the Knightrider tie in.
Youngs bitter is tasty on cask
Fullers London Porter, Oh Jaysus this is fantastic on cask. One of the richest and most flavoursome drinks I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.
Fullers Discovery was pretty nice too but I am not a major fan of Blonde beers. It is pretty refreshing though and went down well.
An uninspiring bitter but tasty enough to warrant at least a picture. I had this at The wine lodge. It was noisy and full of business people flirting with each other and these people are loud. Not my sort of place, I prefer the more traditional English pub.
Not bad but I preferred the Bombardier I had after it. This was my first Cask beer when I arrived at the first pub near my Hotel called "The Bell" which is just of Petticoat lane.
So that is it, I had other beers not seen or mentioned here.
One thing I should mention is that I went in search of a brewpub called Brew Wharf which I found and have never been so disappointed. Oh they had plenty of beer but there was none of their own in the bar and even the bar staff were uninterested in dealing with me. One girl pushed a sign saying "not a serving area" towards me. Fair enough it might not be a serving area but that was still pretty rude. I then walked through to the restaurant area and no one paid any attention and still no sign of their own beer. This was somewhere The Beer nut enjoyed and I could not believe it was the same place. The chalk board with the list of their current beers was empty. Rude staff and they were not trying to sell their own beer? I walked out in disgust and went next door for sushi and plum wine. Later I went to a fullers pub near London bridge where I had the London Porter and I was in heaven.
Tomorrow I leave for the UK again, this time to the lake district to spend time at Daves brew pub/hotel called The Wookpack Inn.