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With 2012 being the year of the Olympics, the beerlist has the theme Gold Medal Winners.

Mrs Otto, the Bent N Bongs Beer Svengali, this year recommends ...

Real Ales: Abbeydale Absolution, Black Iris Intergalactic IPA, Dark Star American Pale Ale, Dark Star Critical Mass, Hawkshead Windermere Pale, Red Willow Chocolate Stout, St Austell’s Proper Job, Thornbridge St Petersburg, Two Roses Black Beauty Stout, Blackedge Hop Pale Ale, Blackedge Pike Pale, Algates California, Prospect Whatever and Summer Wine Diablo

Draught Beers: Westmalle Double, La Chouffe, Flying Dog Old Scratch, Dortmunder Union and Anchor Steam

Bottled Beers: Mongozo Coconut, NØgne ØSaison, Meantime Wheat Beer Champagne, Fraoch Heather Ale, Flying Dog Doggie Style

For any last minute changes see what's changed in the last day or week.

Real Ales
BreweryBeerABV (%)Tasting Notes
AbbeydaleSheffield, South YorkshireAbsolution5.3Pale golden ale with honey aroma and a tangy refreshing flavour.

Mrs Otto says This Yellow golden beer pours with a small head. There is a distinct Aroma of citrus/lemon, with some bready and earthy notes as well. The flavour is full of citrus fruits with some notes of bready and mild herbal notes. It’s an easy to drink beer, despite the strength.
AbbeydaleSheffield, South YorkshireDeception4.1Citrus/grapefruit flavour leads to a long bitter finish.
AcornBarnsley, South YorkshireGorlovka Imperial Stout6Ebony coloured with bags of malt and a spicy bitterness.
AllgatesWigan, LancashireCalifornia3.8Named after a Wigan mine, it is a clean drinking golden coloured ale with a zesty and fruity aroma.

Mrs Otto says A well balanced golden coloured ale, easy drinking and refreshing. Named after a local coal mine, California is an extremely clean drinking golden coloured ale with a zesty and fruity aroma. Brewed with gently-kilned malts and an aromatic blend of American hops, this 3.8% beer has exceptional poise. Its distinct hop flavour leads to a refreshing and dry finish.
AllgatesWigan, LancashireMad Monk7.1Mad Monk is already developing something of a cult following wherever it goes. It's a rich, intense brew with big complex flavours and a warming finish.
AllgatesWigan, LancashirePretoria3.9Named after the local mine it is a perfectly clean yellow gold ale with big assertive lemon sherbert hops; juicy with just a pinch of sourness.
Bank TopBolton, Greater ManchesterDark Mild4Smooth mouthfeel leads to roast malt and a bitter taste.
Bank TopBolton, Greater ManchesterGold Digger4Features a citrus aroma with grapefruit and a hint of spice on the palate.
BatemansWainfleet, LincolnshireDark Mild3A welcome return of this gold medal winning dark mild.
Black IrisDerby, DerbyshireIntergalactic IPA6A true IPA. Drink with care!

Mrs Otto says Very Hoppy. Lots of citrus. Smells very fresh. Getting lots of grapefruit, like a sour citrus. Hops are definitely there. Moderate body, with good carbonation. The taste lingers in your mouth a long time. This is a trip to outer space (OMG!)
Black IrisDerby, DerbyshireIron Gate5.5A robust strong quaffable stout.
BlackedgeHorwich, LancashireHoP Pale Ale3.8Refreshing pale session beer that won gold at the Edgeworth beer festival.

Mrs Otto says Well hopped, clean, citrus flavoured pale ale.
BlackedgeHorwich, LancashirePIKE Pale Ale4Pale ale with a good hint of citrus hop.

Mrs Otto says Pale ale with a distinct hint of citrus hop flavour.
Blue BallRuncorn, CheshireSpank6Golden IPA with fruit aromas and taste, and a dry finish.
Blue BallRuncorn, CheshireZeppelin5.5A salute to the classic German Wheat Beer. Bitter sweet with a complex array of spice and fruit undertones.
BoggartManchesterExtra Rum Porter6.3A strong porter with added rum.
BrodiesLeyton, LondonBethnal Green Bitter4Maris Otter and Crystal malt in the mash tun. Target, Challenger and Goldings in the copper. The quintessential English bitter.
BrodiesLeyton, LondonCitra3.1This all Citra super low ABV beer is perfect for lunchtime supping. There is a blast of fresh mango in every mouthful.
BrodiesLeyton, LondonDalston Black IPA7Intense aromas of tropical fruit in this classic Black IPA.
By The HornsLondonBobby On The Wheat4.7An English style wheat beer. Very quaffable and goes well with a curry.
By The HornsLondonDiamond Geezer (Retired)6.4A red strong ale to keep the chill away on winter nights.
CheddarCheddar, SomersetGeorge Best4A clean tasting bitter with a warm malt flavour.
Copper DragonSkipton, North YorkshireBlack Gold3.7Creamy, fruity and dark with coffee undertones.
Copper DragonSkipton, North YorkshireGolden Pippin3.9Golden beer with intense aroma and a dry bitter taste.
Crouch ValeChelmsford, EssexYakima Gold4.2Very pale beer with highly aromatic amarillo hops.
Dancing DuckDerby, DerbyshireDark Drake4.5Delicious malty, caramel and liquorice flavours combine wonderfully in a velvety smooth drinking stout with a freshly roasted coffee and toffee finish.
Dancing DuckDerby, DerbyshireNice Weather For Ducks4.1A refreshing summer thirst quencher. It's fruit salad in a glass.
Dark StarHaywards Heath, West SussexAmerican Pale Ale4.7A classic American style IPA.

Mrs Otto says This beer pours a crisp pale yellow with slow rising white foam. It has aromas of wood oil and lemon zest on the nose. There are gentle melon malts and sharp citrus hops flavours. Sweet comeback and a tart dry end. Soft, sticky and medium-bodied, very British yet so American and is another winner from Dark Star. It's a great thirst quencher but beware the ABV.
Dark StarHaywards Heath, West SussexCritical Mass7.8Strong in colour and flavour. Mashed with dark, roasted barley malts balanced by the Challenger and East Kent Golding hops. Also known as Critical Mess!

Mrs Otto says Pours nice ruby-red with a fine, staying, creamy beige head. Aroma has toasted caramel, chocolate, mildly vinious, blackberries, figs. Low carbonation, fine oily and fat mouthfeel. Flavour is pleasant, chocolate, light tar, blackberries (the sweet ones). Fat maltiness, vinious and warming. Lovely, staying malty bitterness. Yum.
Dunscar BridgeBolton, LancashireSteeplejack3.8Light, golden beer with subtle hints of lemon and grapefruit.
Dunscar BridgeBolton, LancashireWicketkeeper4Moreish best bitter with pleasant aroma.
DurhamBowburn, DurhamWhite Stout7.2Rebirth of a 200 year old beer style.
ExmoorTaunton, SomersetExmoor Gold4.5Exmoor Gold is an appetising and enticing gold colour. Bittersweet with hints of citrus fruit weaving in and out.
Fyne AlesCairndow, ArgyllJarl3.8Golden light ale with a full-on citrus experience.
GeevesBarnsley, South YorkshireFully Laden IPA6A proper IPA with hefty alcoholic strength and loads of Bobek hops used late in the boil to give it a citrusy, sweet floral taste and aroma and a satisfying bitterness.
GeevesBarnsley, South YorkshireSmokey Joe5A strong stout made with several different malts. Rich and robust, Smokey Joe is quite a mouthful.
Green JackLowestoft, SuffolkRipper8.5Gold medal winning rich amber and warming barley wine.
HardknottMillom, CumbriaKatalyst3.8A juicy asparagas nose gives way to nut and celery flavours and a finishing fresh bite.
HawksheadKendal, CumbriaWindermere Pale3.5Crisp and fruity with hints of melon.

Mrs Otto says Beer has a strength (ABV) of 3.5%. A very pale beer, made with Maris Otter pale malt and a hint of malted wheat. Fresh flavours come through from the English hops. A thirst quenching, easy drinking summer ale.
HoldensDudley, West MidlandsGolden Glow4.4Golden beer with a hint of sweetness and a light hoppiness.
HoltsManchesterBitter4Classic session ale with well balanced bittering hops.
Hop BackSalisbury, WiltshireSummer Lightning5The first golden beer that changed the British drinking habits all those years ago.
Howard TownGlossop, DerbyshireWren’s Nest4.2Multi gold medal winning pale hoppy beer.
HydesSalford, Greater ManchesterManchester’s Finest (Cask)4.5English pale malt and fuggle hops give a distinctive flavour.
HydesSalford, Greater ManchesterWinter Fuggle4.4Chestnut coloured beer with a fruity nose and a hoppy finish.
LeedsLeeds, West YorkshirePale3.8A well balanced light ale with citrus in both aroma and flavour.
Liverpool CraftLiverpool, MerseysideDark Icon4.8A slightly smokey porter for the cold nights coming our way. Bang tidy dee!
Liverpool CraftLiverpool, MerseysideTame Hahuta4.4A brand new pale brew.
MerlinArclid, CheshireMerlins Gold3.8Light golden ale with rounded floral and citrus flavours.
MoorhousesBurnley, LancashirePendle Witches Brew5.1Full bodied, well balanced malty brew.
MoorhousesBurnley, LancashirePride of Pendle4.1Gold medal winning classic malty bitter.
OakhamPeterborough, CambridgeshireInferno4Impressive golden beer with an intense spicy hop with an explosion of fruit.
OakhamPeterborough, CambridgeshireJHB3.8Lemon and grapefruit hop notes abound in the aroma and palate.
OffbeatCrewe, CheshireKooky Gold4.1Golden session ale with a burst of cascade hops.
Olde SwanDudley, West MidlandsBumblehole5.2Strong, sweet robust bitter.
Olde SwanDudley, West MidlandsDark4.2Smooth, sweet dark mild with roast malt finish.
Olde SwanDudley, West MidlandsEntire4.4Classic Black Country quaffing ale.
Olde SwanDudley, West MidlandsMa Pardoes Original3.5Ma Pardoes classic straw coloured light mild.
OssettOssett, West YorkshirePale Gold3.8Refreshing pale ale with a slight hoppy aroma.
Owenshaw MillSowerby Bridge, West YorkshireGollums Revenge4A lager style bitter with Czech hops.
PhoenixHeywood, Greater ManchesterPorter5Dark chocolate porter with a hint of roasted coffee.
PhoenixHeywood, Greater ManchesterWobbly Bob6A BBBB classic strong ale often referred to as "Bobbly Wob".
ProspectWigan, Greater ManchesterWhatever!3.8New, pale and well hopped brew that has soon become a regular beer.

Mrs Otto says Pale and deeply hoppy, with hints of grapefruit, a good quaffing ale from a local Brewster (woman brewer).
RedwillowMacclesfield, CheshireHeadless3.9A light and hoppy pale ale that is refreshingly honest.
RedwillowMacclesfield, CheshireHeartless Chocolate Stout4.9A chocolate stout.

Mrs Otto says First impressions are of a pitch dark, brown beer smelling of chocolate, as you would expect from the name. A awesome brew and one I would truly recommend for dark beer lovers.
RevolutionsCastleford, West YorkshireClash London Porter4.5A rich, dark traditional porter.
RidgesideLeeds, West YorkshireBlack Night5Multi award winning stout. Taste the rolled oats along with chocolate malt, roasted barley and crystal malt.
RidgesideLeeds, West YorkshireJail Break3.8An easy drinking pale session beer packed with loads of Chinook and Nelson Sauvin hop flavour.
RidgesideLeeds, West YorkshireStargazer4.9A very distinctive pale hoppy beer brewed using Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand.
SaltaireShipley, West YorkshireRaspberry Blonde4Refreshing blond beer infused with raspberry.
Sarah HughesDudley, West MidlandsDark Ruby Mild6Classic BBBB strong dark mild from the Black Country. What more can we say?
SouthportSouthport, MerseysideGolden Sands4Golden triple hopped bitter with citrus flavour.
St AustellSt Austell, CornwallProper Job (Cask)4.5SIBA gold medal winning golden bitter that explodes with citrus grapefruit.

Mrs Otto says Light, clear and refreshing with an assertive hop bitterness, Proper Job IPA is based on a traditional IPA recipe which makes it perfect for long, hot summer days.
St PetersBungay, SuffolkGolden Ale4.7A hop bouquet leads to a mix of malt and hops and a dry, fruity finish.
Summer WineHolmfirth, West YorkshireDiablo6Devilishly good IPA loaded with US hops with tropical fruit flavours.

Mrs Otto says Wow! It's the way forward. A truly classic ale. Aromas of tangerine, tropical fruit, lemon zest, lots and lots of fruit. Sharp hop kick. Citrus and herbs. Fruit laden mouthfeel.
TattonKnutsford, CheshireGold4.8Deep golden ale backed by robust hop character.
The BotanistRichmond, Greater LondonNight Porter5A traditional London Porter. Rich, dark and complex this beer has an outstanding depth of flavour.
TheakstonMasham, North YorkshireOld Peculier5.7Famous dark brown strong ale with chocolate finish.
ThornbridgeBakewell, DerbyshireJaipur5.9Citrus dominated IPA. Its immediate impression is soft and smooth, yet it builds to a crescendo of massive hops.
Timothy TaylorKeighley, West YorkshireLandlord4.3Gold medal winning. A BBBB all time classic.
Two RosesBarnsley, South YorkshireBlack Beauty Stout5A strong, rich and dark cask conditioned stout.

Mrs Otto says A strong, rich and dark cask conditioned stout with a nice dry finish.
Two RosesBarnsley, South YorkshireFirst Edition4A light, refreshing cask conditioned India Pale Ale.
Tyne BankNewcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & WearSingle Blonde4.1A light dry ale with a hint of vanilla.
WincleWincle, CheshireWaller3.8A pale and refreshing beer with a distinctive hop character that is ideal for quenching a well earned thirst.
WincleWincle, CheshireWibbly Wallaby4.4A full bodied golden beer with fruity hoppy overtones and a dry, slightly biscuity finish. Very moorish.

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Ciders
BrewABV (%)FromType
Broadoak Moonshine Cider7.5SomersetApple Cider
Crossmans Prime Farmhouse Cider - Medium (Draught)6Cider
Double Vision Strawberry Cider7.5KentCider
Dunkertons Organic Medium Dry Still Cider7HerefordshireCider
Green Valley Strawberry Cider4DevonCider
Gwatkin Dry Scrumpy7.5HerefordshireCider
Gwatkin Stoke Red Cider7.5HerefordshireCider
Mays Finest Herefordshire Medium Cider5.5HerefordshireCider
Mays No 1 Cider with Blackcurrant5.5HerefordshireCider
Merrylegs Honey Cider7.5HerefordshireCider
Parsons Choice Sweet Cider6SomersetCider
Winkleigh Autumn Devon Scrumpy7.5DevonCider

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Perrys
BrewABV (%)FromType
Broadoak Premium Perry7.5SomersetPerry
Double Vision Impeared Vision Perry (Draught)7.4KentPerry
Gwatkin Squeal Pig Medium Perry4.5HerefordshirePerry
Olivers Herefordshire Dry Perry6HerefordshirePerry
Stockmore Dry Perry6HerefordshirePerry

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Draught Beers
BeerTypeABV (%)Country
Anchor Steam BeerCalifornia Common4.7USA
Cruzcampo Premium LagerPale Lager - North Am. / Light5Spain
Dortmunder Union PilsClassic German Pilsener5Germany
Duvel Green (Draught - 6.8%)Belgian Ale6.8Belgium
Erdinger WeissbierGerman Hefeweizen5.3Germany
Florisgaarden FramboiseFruit Beer3.7Belgium
Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber LagerCalifornia Common5.5USA
Hacker-Pschorr Münchner HellDortmunder / Helles4.9Germany
Krombacher PilsClassic German Pilsener4.8Germany
La ChouffeBelgian Strong Ale8Belgium
Leffe BlondeAbbey Ale6.6Belgium
Liefmans Cuvée Brut (Kriekbier)Sour Red/Brown6Belgium
Liefmans FruitesseFruit Beer3.8Belgium
Mongozo MangoFlavoured - Fruit3.6Belgium
Rekorderlig Strawberry-LimeApple Cider - Flavored4.5Sweden
Schneider Weisse OriginalGerman Hefeweizen5.4Germany
Troubadour BlondBelgian Ale6.5Belgium
Van Diest Fruli Strawberry BeerFlavored - Fruit4.1Belgium
Westmalle DubbelAbbey Dubbel7Belgium

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Bottled Beers
BeerTypeABV (%)Country
Bush de Noël (Scaldis Noel)Belgian Strong Ale12Belgium
Delirium TremensBelgian Strong Ale8.5Belgium
Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.5USA
Heather Ales FraochTraditional Ale5Scotland
KeoPremium Lager4.5Cyprus
Meantime WheatGerman Hefeweizen5England
Moosehead BeerPale Lager5Canada
Nøgne Ø SaisonSaison6.5Norway
Pacifico ClaraPale Lager4.5Mexico
Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus BierDoppelbock14Austria
Tsing TaoPremium Lager4.8China
Weihenstephaner Kristall WeissbierGerman Kristallweizen5.4Germany

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Fruit Beers
BeerTypeABV (%)Country
Chapeau MirabelleLambic - Fruit3.5Belgium
Florisgaarden Chocolat GardenbeerBelgian White (Witbier)4.2Belgium
Florisgaarden GriotteFruit Beer3.6Belgium
Florisgaarden HoneyWitbier4.5Belgium
Florisgaarden NinkeberryFruit Beer3.6Belgium
Florisgaarden PassionFruit Beer3.6Belgium
Florisgaarden Pomme / AppleFlavoured - Fruit3.6Belgium
Mongozo BananaFlavoured - Fruit3.6Belgium
Mongozo CoconutBelgian Ale3.5Belgium
Timmermans Peche LambicLambic Style - Fruit4Belgium

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