#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 79
Beer: Champagne Sorachi Ace
The Brewer: Caps Off / McColl’s Brewery collaboration
Ok, so this is the third evolution of the Sorachi Ace from this collaboration.
It’s easy to see where the ‘champagne’ element comes in. It has the fizz of a bottle of bubbly, which combines with the powerful banana that I’d been expecting.
It’s less cloying than the other two, but as someone who doesn’t like banana I’m still not taken with it.
But millions of people love banana and I know I’m probably in the minority.
Where in the North?
Bishop Auckland is the town I live in, and it’s a town on the rise in many ways. Thanks to inward investment from a hedge fund company boss, Jonathan Ruffer, the town’s centrepiece Market Place and Auckland Castle are the heart of current and future tourism highlights.
The castle itself is beautiful, but we now have the amazing summer Kynren events, while there is also a new art gallery dedicated to mining, and a new viewing tower and Spanish Gallery are under development.
Never heard of Bishop Auckland? You’re missing out.
Stan Laurel, one half of legendary comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, lived in Shildon as a youngster.
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