Name of beer
Staveley, Cumbria, England
What the brewer says
“A refreshing, well hopped, fruity and bitter golden ale brewed with soft Lakeland water, yeast, English Maris Otter malted barley and a blend of full flower hops. The signature hop is American Cascade.”
This may be the most anticipated Poets Day Pint post yet. By me, at least.
As readers of last week’s blog will know, I have been taking part in the RNLI’s H2Only challenge – ten days drinking nothing but water. You will also be aware that I took advantage of the 12-hour buyout clause to visit the last night of the Black Paw Brewery’s pop-up bar.
However, that still means I’ve gone from around 10pm last Saturday to 5.37pm today without any drink other than water. I’m not saying I don’t really enjoy a nice, cool glass of water, and I may not return to caffeine on a regular basis, but I was starting to crave other flavours.
So, I chose a beer I’ve been saving for a special occasion, and that’s Hawkshead Brewery’s Lakeland Gold, a lovely 4.4% golden ale. I’ve sampled a few of Lakeland’s beers before at a tasting session and promised myself I would come back to them one day.
The bottle promised hoppy and refreshing and the contents live up to it. And that’s not just because of my having starved myself of varied drinks in the past days.
A light aroma is followed by a lovely, light hoppy opening mouthful. There’s a pleasant, but not overbearing aftertaste that leaves you ready for the next sip – or mouthful if you prefer.
Lakeland Gold is in the true tradition of Lake District brewing. There’s something familiar about it from the offset, particularly for me, as someone who formerly worked with Jennings. I’d say it’s something about the water, but, as any half-educated beer fan will know, if they have a smattering of geography, it’s likely that the water will have different qualities in Staveley than those found in Cockermouth.
It’s more likely to be the American Cascade hops, a particular style that I’m rather fond of.
As a golden ale goes, this is pretty much what you hope for when you open the bottle.
Alex Brodie’s Hawkshead Brewery has some excellent beer and, if you like them light, or are moving from lagers to beers, this is up there with the beers I’d recommend. I have yet to visit Hawkshead for one of their tours but it’s very much on the ‘to do’ list.
Would I drink this again? Oh yes, I’m almost considering bringing forward my plans to visit Hawkshead.
Would I go H2Only again? Again, yes, so long as there’s a great beer at the end of it.
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