#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 38
Beer: Short and Stout
The Brewer: Three Brothers Brewing Co
A dark roasted gem…
First off, this has a very promising smoky smell that has my mouth watering before I’ve even taken a sip.
What’s really great is that this is followed up in the taste department. It’s been a while since I had a really good smoky dark beer but this really hits the mark.
Beautifully thick feel and an aftertaste that slowly dissipates.
Randomly, the blurb says the bottle is short in stature. Thankfully I think this is poetic licence that’s just gone a bit wrong because I’m delighted that this is a 500ml bottle, not 330, giving me an extra 170 mils of smoky loveliness.
But then, I had a discussion recently with someone who loved a beer that just didn’t grab me. This one does, though!
Where in the North?
Stockton on Tees is a borough that sits between Darlington and Middlesbrough and is actually quite an innovative place.
Well, its people co-funded the Stockton and Darlington Railway*, the world’s first passenger railway.
*Not the “Stockton TO Darlington Railway”, as many mistakenly call it. It actually ran between Stockton and collieries near Shildon (my home town). It was named because of the towns from which the funding came.
As well as the railways, the friction match was invented by a chemist from Stockton!
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