Adnams Broadside

Adnams Broadside commemorates the fierce battle of Sole Bay fought against the Dutch Republic in 1672 off the Southwold coast. Brewed with Pale Ale and Chocolate malt and First Gold hops, Broadside is a dark ruby red beer rich in fruitcake aromas, almonds and conserved fruit.

Double Stout

Double Stout is smooth and full-bodied with a refreshing hoppy aftertaste. A blend of dark malts give it a character all of its own. Black malt enriches the colour and teases the palate, and brown malt gives it the dryness. Faint chocolate aroma with a hint of liquorice, some coffee notes and some herbal and grassy hints.

Over the Hill

Over the Hill is a full bodied, single-hop, malty dark mild, with Hillside Brewery’s Bramling Cross hop complementing a cocoa and roasted malt character. Toasted, malty and coffee flavours come through with a nice dark berry aroma.

Which glass for which beer?

I recently joined a friend at Bristol’s ‘ Beermuda Triangle’ and was amazed at the array of glasses that different ales were served in. This got me thinking about which glass for which beer. I confess, I didn’t know. I prefer a tanker or jug, also known as a Stein. It just seems more civilised with a handle to stop your beer cooling your hand and your hand warming your beer.

I am also bit of a sucker for having the appropriately branded glass. It’s just wrong when your beer is poured in a glass with the wrong name on it.

If you’ve ever been to a bar that focuses on craft beer, you’ve seen a variety of glassware for the various ales, lagers, Pilsners, Wheat Beers, IPAs or Stouts. These glasses are often the traditional shape of the beer glass in the region where a particular style of brew was born: imperial pints for the government-regulated measures of British pubs, long and lean Hefeweizen glasses for wheaty German beers, and tulips from Belgium, where abbey ales have long flourished.

It is widely believed if you drink the beer straight out of the bottle or a can, you don’t get the full appreciation of flavour because beer is detected through the nose. Wine drinkers have their speciality glassware but it’s only in recent years that an assortment of beer glass styles has become common in pubs too.