Well, it's been a weekend of sunshine, so I thought it was a great opportunity to pick up a couple of light ales to while away my Sunday afternoon.
So, I dropped into my local Aldi, to see what they had and found a couple of Northern golden ales, one from either side of the Pennines.
It's a balanced Sunday afternoon, after all - and, to add to the summer feel, I decided to drink from a plastic glass, festival style.
I started with Cocker Hoop, from Jennings, in the Lake District, and it's perfect for a warm day, as well as for anyone wanting to take a step into beer from lager drinking. In fact, Cocker Hoop is probably as close to a lager as you're going to get (but I won't hold that against it).
A light, easy drink, it's an ideal pint to quench the thirst before moving on to something that is a darker gold, with a fuller flavour.
Ahop-alypse Now is a "hop" across the Pennines to the North East of England and Hartlepool's Camerons Brewery.
When I was younger, if someone mentioned Camerons, I'd think Strongarm, a beer I've recently found a new soft spot for. However, along with the delicious Tontine, Ahop-alypse Now has added greater dimension to the Camerons range.
All in all, golden ales are great for the warmer summer days and an ideal "in" for people wanting to get into ale. It's just a shame that the forecast suggests a turn for the worst, in terms of weather.
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I’m 42, I don’t have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more