Are You Tasting the Pith? - 12th Jun 05
Work your fingers to the bone, and what do you get? Bony fingers, that's what. Just as we put the finishing touches to the new BeerRitz website, those nice chaps at beersinabox.com turn up at a local farmers market and distract me. Setting aside my momentary blindsiding by seeing someone organised enough to get a licence to sell beer at a farmers market (note to self: make a killing at christmas), I guess I have to plug them again for their range of Eastwood and Sanders bottled ales.
I'm a big fan of E&S, the local (to me) brewery in Elland, West Yorkshire. On draught, their beers are everything I want, in most styles that I like. I've rhapsodised about them round these pages before, but I'm curious to tsee how they bottle. Talking to on eof hte chaps at beersinabox.com, I am assured that they carry out stringent analyses of the beers they bottle (for contract bottlers and sellers they are), although they seemed a bit doubtful about my Ein Stein experience.
Never mind this, what of the beers. Well, a mixed bunch, to be honest. The lightly chilled Beyond the Pale (4% abv) that I have before me is everything I might want in a bottled ale - light, zesty, dry and refreshing, with the classic pithy bitterness that gives this column its name. If you'd asked me yesterday, however, I might have had a quite different answer - the Bargee (3.8% abv) I drank was balanced almost to the point of blandness. It wasn't bad, and on draught it's a fine session ale, but bottled it just seemed to substitute its smooth moreishness for carbonation, and gain little in return.
To be honest, more research into biab.com's beers is needed, and I think you'll agree that I'm the man from the job
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