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Purple Moose – Ysgawen

Brewery –          Purple Moose

Beer –                 Ysgawen (Elderflower Beer)

Origin –              Porthmadog

ABV-                  4.0%

Style –                Fruit Beer

Season –            Spring

Now I’ve got to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of fruit beers. Personally, I believe them to be a bit of a gimic, a hype, a fad, and above all most of them don’t taste beery enough!

But with it being warm outside and having never tried an elderflower beer a go I thought I’d buy one and see what it had to offer.

To be honest it wasn’t my cup of tea as it was a bit sweet, almost like a pear cider. Soft floral, and still.

The Elderflower flavours are quite obvious from the initial swig, but an oddly developing mint flavour soon wraps around the tongue. Offset against the natural bitterness of the hops it tingles the tongue which is oddly addictive.

The finish is like a sweet white wine, it coats the tongue and the taste lingers for an extraordinary amount of time.

I would describe this as a desert beer. It’s sweet, clean, fresh, and fruity. Not one of my favourites but if you’re looking to try all of what beer has to offer it’s certainly worth a go.

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Budvar – Yeast Beer

 

Brewery –          Budvar

Beer –                 Krouzkovany-lezak (Yeast Beer)

Alcohol –          5%

Origin –             Czech Republic

Style –               Lager

Season –           Spring / Summer

I’m certainly not known for being a lager fan but I’d like to set the record straight. It’s not the style that’s the issue, it’s the mass production, which leads to lack of care and attention, poor flavour, over carbonated… you get my drift.

This lager caught my attention whilst looking on Artichoke Restaurant in Chester’s website, where some kind soul had made special mention of this lager which they’d managed to get a few barrels of, and used the phrase ‘come and try it before it runs out’

This is one hell of a good lager; in fact the best lager I’ve ever tasted!

And  as it’s just 5 minute walk from my house, and the bar is child friendly, I get to take the little one along.  Just as the Geordie’s call Newcastle Brown Ale, “Dog” (walking the dog was their excuse to go get a pint), I think I’ll call his lager Henry, and I’ll certainly be taking my little boy Henry for a walk this afternoon!

Now I don’t usually go into details as to how certain beers are made but as this extra process in its production makes such a different I thought I’d let you all know;

Taken from the BudweiserBudvar website http://www.budweiserbudvar.co.uk/EXCLUSIVELY-ON-DRAUGHT

“Budvar Yeast Beer is the unpasteurised version of Budvar Original, encapsulating all the same taste cues and as fresh as if it were being drunk at the brewery tap

It’s brewed with the same care and patience as ORIGINAL,has the same ABV of 5% and uses the same ingredients in a 100 day brewing cycle.

The big difference is that being unpasteurised with extra yeast cells being added by hand at the last stage of the brewing process, Budvar Yeast is a brew of almost worldly freshness and purity”

Now my blurb!

Budvar Yeast is beautifully crisp, clear, lightly carbonated (hooray) and has a frothy, clean bubbly white head.

Fresh is the word to describe it’s taste. Cut grass, sweet, refreshing, crisp; like sinking a pint of Spring.

Far from having a bitter, tinny finish like many lagers, Budvar Yeast has a sweet lasting and smoother finish, leaving you longing for the next swig.

Calling this a premium lager would not do it justice. Platinum Lager, Royal Lager, Mega Lager… it’s certainly a cut above the rest.

I stongly suggest you hunt this lager out… In fact visit http://www.budweiserbudvar.co.uk/EXCLUSIVELY-ON-DRAUGHT any pray you’re near one of the few pubs that are selling it!

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