#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 9
Beer: Traditional Bitter
The Brewer: Old Mill Brewery
I found myself in a beautiful pub in Hull today, in search of a local pint. Having had the staff at my hotel bar try to tell me Goose Island was local (it’s from Chicago), I’d struggled. In the end, it turns out that The Mission, in the city centre, served Traditional Bitter by the Old Mill Brewery in Snaith.
Not particularly local to Hull, but it was North of England - East Riding of Yorkshire, even. Good enough!
This is a pint that lives up to its name. In the tradition of great quality bitters (think Black Sheep Best), it has a pleasant, but not overbearing bitterness, goes down lovely and smoothly, and is quite refreshing.
The type of pint you might leap off your bike for, mid country ride, to freshen up before setting out again.
What’s equally pleasing is the foam tracing left on the glass. I know. I’m sad. But when I first started drinking beer I was told that it as a sign of a well-kept pint if the foam from the head didn’t just run down to the remaining liquid as you supped your pint. This one left the glass pretty much coated to the last. A thing of beauty.
Where in the North?
Snaith. Even I had to look it up.
Snaith sits to the east of Leeds, West of Hull, in what’s known as the East Riding of Yorkshire.
It’s an ancient market town and its airfield (actually in nearby Pollington) was heavily used by Bomber Command in World War II.
I struggled a bit with this, but enjoyed discovering that Snaith holds a Heritage Day every September, with a different theme each year, allowing people of all ages to show off their talents.
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