GrandOiseau wrote:When I went into M+S it seemed really pricey and also had lots of craft beers that I am wary of - stuff in cans with hipster names.
Yes I am on old fart.
Depends, I suppose. I really quite like their British Lager. £6 for 4*500ml. Red cans with a lions-head design, you might find some 4-packs in the fridge section too. It is waaay far from the likes of Stella/'Kroney' and the price seems reasonable, and is very sessionable.
They've quite a few lines done by major breweries sold under their own M+S name, you might be surprised the quality name breweries producing some of them (Shepherd Neame, Marstons, and so on AFAIR).
I was quite surprised to see someone (you in this case
) associating hipsters with craft beer. I don't. I associate hipsters with drama, and over-hopped, cartoon-littered labelled mega hop-bombs. To me craft = crafting, and a complimentary flavour as a whole. Quite opposite really IMHO...
I approach anything labelled in cartoons with caution.
Doubly so if the labelling uses dayglo colours.
Tripley so if the beer is a pale-ale (especially 'APA', American Pale Ale)
4* so if it has an infantile name [example 'Drygate Disco Fork-lift Truck']
5* so if the labelling boasts the multiple number of kinds of hops it contains...
Houston, we have a problem: https://www.beavertownbrewery.co.uk/beer/lupuloid/https://www.beavertownbrewery.co.uk/beer/gamma-ray/
Mikkeller: 'Hair in the Mailbox', and 'Stick a finger in the soil' etc * scores = purlease!https://foodanddrink.scotsman.com/drink ... ers-in-ms/
I DO try such beers. But then invariably I think why bother when I could be enjoying Fullers 1845, as just one benchmark, a true gem of a beer IMPO, and it'll costs me less.