#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers day 21
Beer: Rocket Kolsch
The Brewer: Rocket Town Brewery
Sometimes, especially when you start to see it in more than one place, a different style catches my eye. So it was with Kolsch Fresh Bavarian Style Beer.
From the first sniff, the malty odour comes through, and it’s a pleasing hue, but what does it taste like?
This is far closer to a beer than a lager (something had got lager into my head) and it’s packed with taste. Again, malty, and when I say “German”, I meant that in the best of ways. We aren’t talking beerkeller fodder here, we’re talking good beer (I refer you back to my thoughts on beerkellers in a past post).
It’s great to see brewers like Rocket Town really offering a varied range of styles and giving people a chance to try locally-sourced versions.
At 5.2%, it’s probably not a session beer, but it’s certainly one to put on the list and give a try if you’re looking for something different.
Where in the North?
Rocket Town is based in what is essentially my second home. From the age of 16 to 40, I studied, worked or lived in Darlington, a town that now boasts some great beer pubs (Number 22, Hash and more), but has always been an enjoyable night out, even as my tastes have changed.
The town is famed for its links to the world’s first public railway, the Stockton & Darlington Railway, and has a strong Quaker heritage.
Darlington has its own showpiece work of art – a giant brick train, created by artist David Mach and unveiled in 1997.
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