Yes, it is true, we returned and a bloody good night it was too! Gently does it with our regular crew of Nate, Jay, Alec, Tracy, Mark & Jim (with a brief appearance from Ben)… we shared some beers (and pizzas).
As you would have read, due to Thanksgiving coming up, we decided to put an American spin on it!
We slowly got started with Left Hand Stranger Pale Ale (5%) which Nate brought along, it was lovely and citrusy like you’d expect from a pale ale hailing from America, but had a very strong malty base like an English Pale Ale. Loved it!
Next was a bottle from Tracy’s not-so-recent trip to the USA… French Broad Rye Hopper Ale (5.9%). Lashings of spicy rye but with a nice citrusy edge to balance it out.
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale (6.9%) from Bateman’s Jim came next… it’s a beer I’ve not always liked, but I enjoyed it on Thursday. It’s brewed with all English hops so you get a nice floral earthiness as well as a rich tea biscuit base.
We then had another of Mark’s homebrews, which I believe this time was a saison but for some reason my notes for that are missing sadly.
It was at this point that Ben arrived and after much faffing around in the cellar, he managed to hook a keykeg of Rogue Shakespeare Stout (6.1%) up to a hand pump… not even joking! It was brilliantly chocolatey and heavy!
Next was another of Tracey’s beers… Sixpoint Righteous Ale (6.3%). I think this is actually the first canned beer we’ve ever had at bottle share, which is awesome! It’s a brilliantly spicy beer with a nice handful of hops.
Alec’s Dark Horse 4 Elf Winter Warmer (8.7%) literally tasted like Christmas in a glass – cinnamon, nutmeg, fruitcake… but it wasn’t too much to handle like many Winter/Christmas beers.
Of course, with Halloween a recent memory, there had to be a pumpkin beer on the table. Jay bought this in the form of Flying Dog The Fear (9%). Pumpkin pie with a big whack in the chops full of booze, yet rather delicate at the same time. Want more.
We finished up with Mark’s American treat… Stone 18th Anniversary IPA. It was very brown, a little hoppy and very earthy. Everyone enjoyed it but me.
Many thanks to everyone who came to the rebirth of Norwich Bottle Share. Special thanks to The Plasterers for allowing us to host it there again, and to Voodoo Daddy’s for cooking some amazing pizzas for us!
Our next bottle share is going to be on Thursday 4th December at The Plasterers with a decidedly Christmas theme… full announcement soon!