|Wake me when beer comes|
Titanic is a well known name on the pumpclips of Britain and thanks to various distribution deals, you may come across its beers from John O’Groats to Land’s End. It’s been around a long time in micro brewing terms: 1985 and is currently owned by brothers Dave & Keith Bott. Saturday saw a CAMRA expedition visit the brewery in Burslem and then several pubs in the area. The brewery is bigger than I expected-it’s a 50 BBL plant, so it was a little surprising that beer was only available straight from the cask and served in plastic glasses.
No such problems at the brewery tap, the Bulls Head where I was able to sample my favourite Titanic beer, Iceberg. This is a 4.1% wheat beer made with Yakima, Galena and Cascade hops and, kept well, is a very refreshing pint. I also got to try Nine Tenths Below, a Jaipur clone which, I was assured, was exactly like Jaipur, but they are unable to sell much of it as Thornbridge have the market sewn up. I’m afraid the unanimous verdict was that it doesn’t sell because it’s nothing at all like Jaipur. And not in a good way.
I liked the Duke William, a large, imposing multi-roomed pub with the beer of the day: Oakham Citra. Not far away the Post Office Vaults offered Oakham Inferno as an alternative. Another interesting pub was the unusually named Holy Inadequate in Etruria. Mallinsons was on the bar but it was the interior that caught the eye. Amongst the pictures and memorabilia on display was a rarity that got the Rochdale contingent excited.