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September, 2009 Archives

Craft Brewed in New York label from a bottle of Southern Tier Harvest

Craft Brewed in New York label from a bottle of Southern Tier Harvest

The Murenger is a Samuel Smith's owned pub located in Newport south Wales. It claims to be the oldest pub in Newport and dates from c1530.

The Murenger is a Samuel Smith's owned pub located in Newport, south Wales. Dubbed a 'haven in a superpub ghetto', it claims to be the oldest pub in Newport and dates from c1530.

Yorkshire Stingo is a strong beer from the Samuel Smith Brewery. Its name comes from a fashionable slang word of the eighteenth century for strong beer. Yorkshire Stingo is aged for at least a year, matured in these well-used oak casks in the brewery’s underground cellars deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours, before being further naturally conditioned in bottle. The beer is not commonly found and is not cheap (at least £5 a bottle).

Yorkshire Stingo is a strong beer from the Samuel Smith Brewery. Its name comes from a fashionable slang word of the eighteenth century for strong beer. Yorkshire Stingo is aged for at least a year, matured in these well-used oak casks in the brewery’s underground cellars deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours, before being further naturally conditioned in bottle. The beer is not commonly found and is not cheap (at least £5 a bottle).

Arabier from De Dolle Brouwers in Belgium. Lovely bubbles upon opening.

Arabier from De Dolle Brouwers in Belgium. Lovely bubbles upon opening.

The Princess Louise is a fabulous Victorian pub that has one of the best interiors in London. BUilt in 1872, the pub had a refit in 1892 in which no expense was spared. The decoration is formidable: etched mirrors line the walls, surrounded by polychromatic tiling, elaborate terracotta friezes, patterned ceilings, marble pillars with gilt capitals, tiled floors (mosaics in the corridors) and stained and painted glass. Even the toilets are spectacular. The pub is a bit of a maze with 9 different spaces, including snugs, built around a huge central bar. If you're in London, the Princess Louise is certainly worth a visit. I've posted more photos of the pub over on Flickr.

The Princess Louise is a fabulous Victorian pub that has one of the best interiors in London. Built in 1872, the pub had a refit in 1892 in which no expense was spared. The decoration is formidable: etched mirrors line the walls, surrounded by polychromatic tiling, elaborate terracotta friezes, patterned ceilings, marble pillars with gilt capitals, tiled floors (mosaics in the corridors) and stained and painted glass. Even the toilets are spectacular. I've posted more photos of the pub over on Flickr.

The Rake pub is considered to be the smallest pub in London and is the only pub to be located in the historic Borough Market. Apart from the decked patio outside, what you see in the photo is pretty much the entire pub. The pub has an extensive selection of beers with well over 100 bottles on sale as well as 9 beers on tap. On tap when the photo was taken included a porter from Norway, Anchor Steam Liberty Ale, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale and beer that apparently tasted like smoky bacon.

The Rake is considered to be the smallest pub in London and is the only pub to be located in the historic Borough Market. Apart from the decked patio outside, what you see in the photo is pretty much the entire pub. The pub has an extensive selection of beers with well over 100 bottles on sale as well as 9 beers on tap. On tap when the photo was taken included a porter from Norway, Anchor Steam Liberty Ale, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale and beer that apparently tasted like smoky bacon.

Practically all the walls in the Porterhouse, London have cabinets full of bottled beers some old, some new and many are unopened.

Practically all the walls in the Porterhouse, London have cabinets full of bottled beers some old, some new and many are unopened.

Situated on the top of the Blorenge mountain, in Pwll-Du (pwll = pit or pool, ddu = black), near Blaenavon, is the Lamb and Fox pub. The pub was once located in a thriving village that had over 300 residents, two pubs, two chapels, several bake houses, a school and a shop. It was filled with miners, colliers, iron workers, quarrymen and tram road workers. The village began to decline after the 1930’s and by 1960 it was declared a slum with most of its residents being relocated down the valley into newly constructed council houses in Govilon. Once the houses were emptied, they were demolished; now all that remains of the village is the Lamb & Fox pub and the Welfare Hall.

Situated on the top of the Blorenge mountain, in Pwll-Du (pwll = pit or pool, ddu = black), near Blaenavon, is the Lamb and Fox pub. The pub was once located in a thriving village that had over 300 residents, two pubs, two chapels, several bake houses, a school and a shop. It was filled with miners, colliers, iron workers, quarrymen and tram road workers. The village began to decline after the 1930’s and by 1960 it was declared a slum with most of its residents being relocated down the valley into newly constructed council houses in Govilon. Once the houses were emptied, they were demolished; now all that remains of the village is the Lamb & Fox pub and the Welfare Hall. You can view more photos of the pub and read a review at Travels with Beer.

Magic Hat Circus Boy

Magic Hat Circus Boy