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The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

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Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

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Postby stewamax » October 4th, 2019, 9:54 am

I said in an earlier post on this thread that "The standout winner [of Wychwood's range] by a long chalk is Hobgoblin IPA. King Goblin is pleasant - tastes like a stronger version of Hobgoblin."
This was in July.
October chill has arrived, and I am finding that King Goblin, just slightly chilled, goes down better and better.
So... for Summer and/or a long session, Hobgoblin IPA is king - on a par with the hoppier Oakham Ales' Citra.
But when the North Wind Doth Blow and supplies of Fullers' magnificent 1845 have run out) King Goblin reigns

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Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

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Postby AleisterCrowley » October 4th, 2019, 10:25 am

Fullers' magnificent 1845

Magnificent for how long ?
I'm sure Asahi are itching to 'develop' all that prime real estate in Chiswick, and outsource the brewing of Fuller's beers

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Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

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Postby vandefrosty » October 4th, 2019, 2:21 pm

AleisterCrowley wrote:Fullers' magnificent 1845

Magnificent for how long ?
I'm sure Asahi are itching to 'develop' all that prime real estate in Chiswick, and outsource the brewing of Fuller's beers


I also worry that this is a risk. I used to live 300m from the brewery and the brewery shop was where I bought most of my beer. So I always stop by whenever I can and I enjoyed a long conversation with the staff when I was in London last month. My observations:

Staff I talked to did not feel this way. They were convinced that Doom-Bar-isation was not in their future. They welcome the investment that Asahi has already brought to the sales operation. For example, the brewery store has been refurbished and staff were delighted that their annual beer allowance had been reinstated. It wasn't clear what, if anything was different on the brewery operations side.

Asahi's business approach is clearly more revenue-focussed. Brewery tours used to be priced at GBP10 or so but are now GBP17.50, The vintage ales are now premium priced - the 2011 and 2012 ones on sale for GBP 100 per 500ml bottle, for example. The older ones previously carried a premium, but never like this in my experience. The older Past Masters range also. And the brewery store now dedicates space to other brands in the Asahi stable, eg Peroni and Grolsch.

Greg

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Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

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Postby AleisterCrowley » October 4th, 2019, 2:52 pm

'Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C is a family-owned London brewer'
according to the corporate section of their website.
https://www.fullers.co.uk/corporate

Perhaps they have maintained a FS&T-owned microbrewery on site so they can make this claim..or they have been a bit slack updating

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Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

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Postby vandefrosty » October 4th, 2019, 5:28 pm

AleisterCrowley wrote:'Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C is a family-owned London brewer'
according to the corporate section of their website.
https://www.fullers.co.uk/corporate

Perhaps they have maintained a FS&T-owned microbrewery on site so they can make this claim..or they have been a bit slack updating

There is a pilot brewing facility in the back of the brewery store.

https://fullersbrewery.co.uk/visit-the-shop/

But it's described on the Asahi "Fuller's brewery" website, not the Fuller's plc site, so I suspect slackness by the plc is the correct assumption.

I think the websites need to differentiate themselves some more. The plc site contains most detail about the range of beers, while the brewery site offering is a bit sparse. And yet brewing choices and marketing thereof are presumably Asahi's. Also Google barely finds the fullersbrewery.co.uk site, even when searching for "fullers brewery".

To try to be on topic, this week's adventure beer was HaandBukk Doppelbock, 8% ABV from Norway, picked up from the end of range bin at the local LCBO (in Ontario, all distribution and non-producer retail is managed by the government monopoly - with all the unpleasant aspects of provider capture that this implies). Very pleasant it was too, warm and boozy with good flavours of chocolaty malt and caramel.

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Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

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Postby AleisterCrowley » October 5th, 2019, 4:53 pm

Had to look up LCBO! Sounds similar to the Systembolaget stores in Sweden

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Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

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Postby DiamondEcho » October 13th, 2019, 8:34 pm

I ordered a small crate of various interesting (and $) beers from Siren - all a bit of a disaster.
The order was 8-9 bottles though some were £10 each, the price wasn't really the issue, they promised to be highly exotic, and occasional treats.
I sat housebound while the delivery was on/off, only later to be abandoned as the carton was apparently damaged en route. The brewery re-sent the order, BUT only read and filled the first page of two of the order (about 5 of 8 beers), which arrived after around a week from ordering plus perhaps a dozen e-mails/calls to/fro.
Lessons: Avoid Parcelforce delivery at all costs.
#B Siren used a unshielded (no poly chips etc) cardboard bottle box = it's not good enough vs Parcelforce.

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Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

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Postby BrummieDave » October 15th, 2019, 11:45 am

Glad to see this post spring back to life after a quiet few weeks.

I'm recently back from a visit to the Ruhr Valley (I went to watch my first Bundesliga game, and what an experience that was!) flying in and out of Dusseldorf. On the way back, I spent an afternoon in three historic family owned brauhauses in Dusseldorf Alstadt where there was no choice of beer, it was the eponymous Dusseldorf altbier, a top fermented, relatively dark (between Pilsner and Dunkel) ale aged and served cold. Not too strong, served in 0.25l glasses, so stays cold and fresh, with empty glasses being replaced by wandering waiters as soon as you put them down, and another mark struck on your beer mat to allow the bill to be paid at the end. Of the three brauhauses Uerige is probably the most famous and also probably the best, a warren of small rooms, but always with the central brewing rooms in sight. A fabulous experience which topped off a great weekend.

It's a bit fruity, a bit hoppy, very tasty and I enjoyed it far more than I expected. :lol:

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Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

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Postby vrdiver » October 15th, 2019, 3:10 pm

BrummieDave wrote:empty glasses being replaced by wandering waiters as soon as you put them down, and another mark struck on your beer mat to allow the bill to be paid at the end.

I didn't realise they still operated that system! Back before the wall came down I was visiting family in Letmathe and all the pubs did the same. I can't recall anybody suggesting "doing a runner" even in jest. The same in Berlin, even in a pretty seedy, packed nightclub.

It makes me embarrassed that such a system simply wouldn't work in this country

Back on topic, our local Aldi is selling three variants of Hobgoblin: Ruby, Gold and King. All three seem pretty decent, with stocks running low in between deliveries, so not such a well kept secret :(

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Re: The Beer You Are Drinking Right Now

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Postby DiamondEcho » October 22nd, 2019, 5:32 pm

I'm having mixed experiences of late ordering beer on-line for delivery. I'd seen that Wychwood (Hobgoblin etc) have an on-line shop and list 1/2 dozen or more beers I've never seen in the shops.
I ordered a mixed case of 12 on Friday morning, using 'Express' which is meant to come with tracking.
I received 3 auto-emails from them, the last on Saturday early afternoon that the order was ready for pick-up by the courier.

The long/short is I chased it on Monday, and was told it's arrive today/tom. At no point was I given a tracking number, so was facing a possible two days waiting at home. It arrived this pm, the box has the couriers ref# on it, and I checked that on their website and sure enough it gives the status of the delivery at all main points along it's way to me.

I'd chased with Wychwood this morning asking for a tracking#, but have yet to receive a reply.


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