#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 8
Beer: Yorkshire Gold hoppy golden ale
The Brewer: Leeds Brewery
Another day, another milestone – we’re now 10% of the way through. And today I got a surprise…
We’re back in Leeds again. Those folks in Yorkshire know how to brew a good beer. Turns out they can throw up the odd surprise as well.
The light, slightly fruity aroma. The “golden ale” label.
I was really expecting something fresh and light at the end of a hot day.
But wow, this is bitter. Or at least susprisingly bitter considering the expectations that had built up.
For the second night running, I find myself wondering “do I like this?”
And it took some answering. Probably because I consider it a bit of a curveball.
Let’s put it this way. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a perfectly good pint (or 500ml bottle) of bitter. Hold it in your mouth for long enough and some interesting flavours emerge, but the bitterness is just that bit overpowering for me.
But hey, beer, like many things is all about taste. In more ways than one. What doesn’t tickle my tastebuds might be someone else’s nectar of the Gods.
Where in the North?
It’s Leeds again. Yorkshire’s metropolis.
Leeds is another cracking city that offers so much in terms of entertainment, sport, night life, shopping and so much more. If you’re looking for a central city from which to base yourself on a visit to the North of England, this is probably the one. I say that in the full knowledge that it is towards the southern end of what I would call “proper North”, but with its transport links, you can easily get to pretty much anywhere from Berwick to Liverpool without hassle and in decent time.
Or you could stay in Leeds, have a nice beer and just enjoy a great city.
Exhausted all the facts from the last time we visited Leeds together?
It’s no mystery, but board game Cluedo was invented in Leeds. Miss Scarlett invented it in the drawing room with a candlestick!*
*Ok, so it was board game makers Waddingtons, in 1949.
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