Anyway, yes, I shall be reviewing Corby Noir by Cumberland (Carlisle) and Bumblebee by Ballistic Beers as these were the ones I had that rainy, cold evening whilst trying to get the children to bed in my mother's house.
Would ye like to ken meir about the ales? Then travel wimme doon the road at the edge of the Batable Lands an' schott any meetings ye may ha' instead of bidin' wimme a while.
Yes, terrible attempt at the Carlislian dialect. I lived there for a goodly portion of my formative years but, like where I hale from, I am unable to accurately depict the accent with which one would assume I am most familiar. Anyway, long story short, we were there and there was little chance of the mammoth drive we had assumed the following day; instead there was a chance of some relaxation. So I wandered off down the road to see what I could find locally. I did find just the one ale that was local and the other was from Wiltshire. I also picked up Dr Thirsty's No. 4 Blonde from Wychwood (who are stalking me it seems) and had it later on, very passable, but I failed to review it so that shall have to wait until another time. On the night, two ales were thus imbibed and enjoyed.
And thus the clear winner was the Corby Noir and I suspect that it would be even better on tap rather than from a bottle. If I can find a place that does it then it will no doubt be up there with my initial choices. Alas, where I am now is unlikely to stock it, even if it does have Bumblebee at 89p. Which, by the way, is a good price and well worth the float!