#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 72
Beer: Scarborough Fair IPA
The Brewer: Wold Top
A light IPA for a Saturday afternoon.
A fresh, light smell, hints at, rather than screams, IPA.
Nice, hoppy taste. Not too strong on flavour, if not a touch watery, if I’m honest.
It feels like it sits between a fresh pale and your normal IPA, but don’t let that fool you.
At 6% it still needs taking seriously.
Overall, an enjoyable beer.
Where in the North?
Driffield is a market town to the East of York, but I’d like to indulge myself and talk about one of my favourite places in Yorkshire, Scarborough (it’s still relevant, and not too far from Driffield).
I’ve been going to Scarborough since I was a child and, moving into adulthood, it was a regular haunt for a lads’ weekend away, with its £1-a-bottle bar pleasure steamer boats (lager, but we’d already indulged), a host of bars and, back in the day, a few cheesy nightclubs.
It also has two beautiful beaches, activities for all ages, and can be used as a great jump-off point to visit places like Whitby.
It’s also home to my favourite band of all time, Little Angels.
You can do a lot worse than a weekend in Scarborough.
As well as this beer Scarborough Fair has also been immortalised in song, or a number of variations of a song. While many consider it a Simon and Garfunkel song, it predates them considerably. In fact, the first commercial version was recorded a decade before theirs.
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