#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 15
Beer: Session Pale
The Brewer: Nick Stafford’s Hambleton Ales
A beer discovered…
I’ll be honest, I didn’t know this brewery existed until I quite fortuitously stumbled upon the bottle in a supermarket.
It’s very pale, as you might imagine, with a faint, slightly fruity aroma.
However, when it comes to the taste, it’s not lacking, though certainly not punchy. A little zesty, with a touch of fizz and a very pleasant aftertaste.
At 3.8%, it’s very sessionable and, thanks to its steady flavour, isn’t going to batter your taste buds into submission if you have a few.
Where in the North?
Ripon is a beautiful Cathedral City near Harrogate in Yorkshire, pretty much in the heart of an area of brewing excellence, with places like Masham on its doorstep.
Founded by St Wilfrid, the city is around 1,300 years old, back when Northumbria was an Anglian kingdom, and sits on the rivers on the rivers Ure, Lavell and Skell.
In 2008, the traditional Ripon Pancake Race was ended because of Health & Safety concerns. However, in 2009, the Ripon Pancake Race was reinstated.
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