#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 7
Beer: Gyle #2 Tooth and Claw Peach Cream Ale
The Brewer: Camerons Brewery
We wrap up the first week (already?) with what’s best described as “a grower”.
I’ve been looking forward to this one. I’m a fan of Camerons’ beer and when they said they were going to let me try one of their new offerings, that really set my mouth watering.
It’s brewed under the Tooth and Claw banner and seems to have an alternate moniker of Gyle #2, but let’s put the name to one side (I dwelled on such naming issues a couple of days ago).
First things first, when opening the bottle, I caught a lovely, light, fruity aroma that was full of promise, hinting strongly at both the peaches and cream promised by the bottle.
But drinking it wasn’t quite so simple. It took me a little time to work it out, not for any negative reasons, but because I think I was trying too hard to pick out flavourings and where it was going.
In the end, I asked myself a simple question. One all too often overlooked when people write about beer. Do I like it?
The answer, equally as simple: yes.
From then on in, it was plain sailing. It’s a really fresh and light, but also interesting, beer that’s perfect for the heatwave we’re currently experiencing.
What’s more, it’s definitely a grower, as I found myself enjoying it more and more as I stopped thinking and just carried on drinking.
Nice one Camerons!
Where in the North?
Built around the maritime industry, Hartlepool, with its Marina and the HMS Trincomalee, still has a lot on offer for those with a passion for the sea. It also has some beautiful beaches that are a joy to visit. Situated on the North East coast, Hartlepool’s the most northerly of the five Tees Valley Boroughs and was founded in the 7th Century around a Monastery, Hartlepool Abbey.
I know, you’re all expecting a tale of a monkey, or even a monkey mascot, or even a monkey mayor, but I’m not going there.
A lovely, and quite apt little gem I just learned is that the name Hartlepool comes from hart – as in deer – and, obviously, pool, which doesn’t seem that surpising, but the Venerable Bede described the town (or village, as it was then) as “the place where deer come to drink”. How appropriate. Perhaps they had a penchant for great ale!
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