Tuesday, October 16, 2012

THIS IS A BEER IN LONDON

I'm currently visiting London (England) for work purposes. In doing my research before the trip, it turns out that there's a bit of a "craft beer revolution" going on here, as it is all around the planet. I confirmed this hypothesis by visiting a place called EUSTON TAP yesterday evening, and drank a true American-style double IPA reverentially made by a true English brewer, as well as other treats. I'll fill you in on the UK craft beer scene in a round-up later.

My first introduction to drinking beer in London, however - at least since the last time I was here in 2000 - was an imperial pint of JOHN SMITH'S EXTRA SMOOTH, pulled for me from a hand pump. Ahhhh. Sometimes one forgets, in our imperial/experimental-obsessed American world of artisinal beer, that the English culture of low-ABV cask ales has much to recommend it. Not sure I'd wanna drink this sort of creamy English bitter all the time, but this was true succor for a tired traveler.

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