#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 68
Beer: Yorkshire Blonde
The Brewer: Ossett Brewery
“Unashamedly easy drinking.”
A really pale colour and a really feint odour, but these things can be deceptive.
There’s plenty of flavour in here to satisfy the tastebuds.
It’s not overpowering by any means and, yes, it is easy drinking. Just a touch of sharpness, some fruitiness and the tiniest bitterness.
A great combination.
Where in the North?
Ok, so hands up who didn’t have a clue where Osset was?
I’ll admit to it. I thought it was Leeds, but no – Wakefield!
It’s not somewhere I’ve ever visited, but looks quite a nice market town, and former spa town.
Ever wondered where a town’s name comes from? The people of Ossett still seem to be wondering as there are at least three theories as to its toponymy (good job I’ve only had the one.
Two come from Old English language. If one of these is correct, it’s either "the fold of a man named Osla" or " a fold frequented by blackbirds". I suppose, technically, both could be correct.
The third is that it relates to the burial place of King Osbehrt, following his death in a battle with the “Great Heathen Army of the Vikings” at York on 21 March 867. This one actually has a marked grave in sight of Ossett, so possibly has a bit more credence.
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