Friday, July 20, 2012

Connect Me To A Brewery And Leave Me There To Die

It was the Pub Treat on Wednesday and twenty or more of us boarded a charabanc and headed for the Milltown Brewery in Milnsbridge, Huddersfield. I am a veteran of many a brewery trip over the years but this was my first visit around a modern microbrewery. Small, it may have been, but it could easily match its bigger brothers and sisters in terms of both information and refreshment.

Neil Moorhouse - the Director, head brewer and bottle washer - made us all very welcome and soon had us tasting malts, sniffing hops and marveling at the array of stainless steel tanks, tubes, pipes and kegs. But going to a brewery without sampling the product would be a little like visiting New York and never looking up, and therefore by far the most memorable part of the evening was sampling the various brews currently on offer. There was a deliciously dark Maltissimo (5.3% ABV, but who's counting); the fruity golden Orion (a star of a beer if ever there was one); and my old Friday night favourite Slubbers Gold (a well balanced, flavoursome brew you can easily enter a long-term relationship with). Chatting with Neil afterwards, I rather think we might have come up with a new brew : I supplied the name and hopefully he will supply the important element, the brew itself. I will keep you informed of the outcome.

I was saying afterwards to a couple of my friends that I suspect that there has never been a time in history when such a rich and varied selection of real beers has been available to the discerning drinker. The growth of the craft microbrewery movement - both here and in other countries - has revolutionised the market and brought a broad smile of approval to the faces of beer lovers everywhere. Long may brewers like Neil and his colleagues continue to brew, and long may we enjoy their output. We sang songs on the chara' on the way back to our pub. Had I a voice that could master a tune I would have sung that old World War 1 soldiers' song :


"I have no pain, dear mother now,
But oh! I am so dry.
Connect me to a brewery
And leave me there to die".

7 comments:

  1. You've stirred my memories, Alan. Of course, you know that I worked for the St Austell Brewery for nine years, don't you? Not that I want to rub it in or anything.

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    1. Yes, I seem to recall you mentioning it! Damn you!

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  2. It is true that there are more and more types of beer. It surely must be a good thing for beer drinkers. i don't like it but a red wine is more my style.

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  3. We don’t get those here Alan as you know, but Mr Nell has discovered a source of Abbot’s - at a price.

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  4. Yes, I've been on the odd brewery and winery tour myself. Some of these people are incredible in explaining the details of brewing.

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  5. I am anxious to know what your brew would be named! I went to a beer tasting once..ambers and such..and funny names..my Son In Law belongs to a brewing club. We had small glasses and could vote for our favorite..I am not much of a beer drinker:(

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  6. I don't drink beer but I do love the names and often wondered who made them up... it's been you all along!

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