Published on August 28th, 2013 | by Nottingham Drinker0
Real Ale In A Bottle 97 – Andrew Ludlow tries some Hoggleys Brewery beers
Having sampled a number of local RAIBs recently it seemed only fair to report on bottled conditioned beer from a little further away. Hoggleys of Kislingbury, Northants seemed to fit the bill and they offer an extensive range of RAIBs.
Roy Crutchley established the brewery ten years ago and with his partner Julie Hogg now brews beers which are widely available in their local free houses and further afield. My first beer was Pump Fiction a 4.5% ABV beer which after careful pouring left me with a clear copper/gold ale (sediment stayed in the bottle). The beer had a fine head, which was retained to the end. Having allowed the beer to stand for a few minutes I was rewarded with a fine traditional bitter with a modest hop aroma. The bitterness was perfectly balanced with malt producing a fine moreish ale with a delicate dry finish. Certainly another beer for the cellar.
Staying with the film theme I next tried Reservoir Hogs a 4.3% light copper coloured ale. Again a fine head, although this dissipated fairly quickly and overall the carbonation level seemed lower than that of the Pump Fiction. There was a delicate hoppy aroma and the taste was bitter with a slight sweetness that provided a good balance. The aftertaste was sharp and dry with a final malty finish. Another fine beer and one that I will certainly be looking out for when in pubs in the Northants area.
Hoggleys beers are sold in 500ml bottles and can be purchased from Ales by Mail, Beer at Home or direct from the brewery. For more details check out their web site: www.hoggleys.co.uk
The eighth edition of the Good Bottled Beer Guide, featuring over 1800 bottle-conditioned beers is now available from all good retailers, and the CAMRA shop (www.camra.org.uk/shop), priced £10.99 for CAMRA members, and £12.99 for non-members. The book will be on sale throughout the Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court, London, August 13th-17th 2013.
Jeff Evans, author of CAMRA’s Good Bottled Beer Guide, says the book represents the huge range of beers now brewed in the UK:
“The Good Bottled Beer Guide highlights the breadth of fantastic beer now being produced in the UK – as well as traditional British beer styles such as bitter and stout, we are now very lucky to have international beer styles such as American-style pale ales and German-inspired wheat beers being brewed on these shores.”
Other features include star awards for the best beers, rosettes for the best breweries, a comprehensive listing of specialist beer shops and full details of how to buy, store and serve bottled beer.