Ah, Valentines Day. A time for romantic, candlelit dinners with the one you love. Sadly ,not always possible with the complications of real life. So it was I found myself having a drink in the TS with Eddie, the eager, legal, beagle. The song says, if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with, but as much as I admire young Eddie, I think that's going too far. Last night I'd enjoyed the always excellent Phoenix Snowbound, and the new beer from Glossop based Howard Town, Love Nest. This was a pale 3.9% beer, apparently brewed to be a (slightly) sweeter version of the hoppy Wrens Nest. The reduction is strength wasn't really noticeable and although it may be sweeter than Wrens, this beer is still dry, hoppy and very moreish. One to look out for.

Today, both the Phoenix and Howard Town had gone. Who had drunk it all??? Hambleton beers have been in decline for some time, and the Stallion I tried proved the point-an off taste that pointed at a brewing fault. Several pints of a very reasonable Archers were consumed, but the standout beer was Acorn Mount Hood IPA. Unlike a lot of psuedo IPAs', this had a respectable strength of 5% and it did what it said on the tin. Mount Hood is, of course, the popular American hop that gives a very distinctive taste to any beer its in. And it certainly gave a kick to this beer. It was lager type in appearance, and had a spicy hop aroma, leading to a zesty refreshing taste and a dry, clean finish. Dangerously drinkable.


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