Port Street Beer House
Prospect Hop Vine Bitter was a new one for me and had a pleasant, delicate, herbal hop aroma to it. A step above it was Thornbridge Chiron. This was a very well balanced beer; an enticing tropical fruit aroma gave way to a dry and hoppy beer that was Kiplingesque, but more rounded.
I have to say that, yet again, Brewdog Zeitgeist failed to inspire me. Interesting, yes. Moreish, no. The only other disappointment was Grand Ridge Gippsland Gold. I have to say at this point that all the staff were very helpful and pleasingly efficient. Well done. And all the beer was in good nick, too.
Anyway, this Australian old school Bitter was recommended by someone (John, Jim, Johnny?) but I found that after the initial sweet malt, it has very little going for it. Unlike the Franzikaner Hefe-weiss which was exactly what you would hope from this style of beer.
Frankly, it all gets a bit hazy after that. There were some Italian bottles (Del Borga Duchessa?) that were about £5 a pop and some more that were about twice as much. And there was some Moravka. Definitely some Moravka.One or two familiar faces appeared and I definitely had a chat with Deathly Hallows. Of course, at some point, the Brewdog Hardcore IPA beckoned...
So a very promising start to what will undoubtedly become one of the stars of Manchester’s beer scene. Proof of a good night came when, in the toilets, a guy commented (yes, I know, but its 2011) that my piss was as clear as Highland spring water. Anywhere that can turn your piss clear in an evening has got to be good.