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On 23 Jan 2017 at 2:31pm Stella wrote:
"As with so much hip consumerism, the craft-beer irritant really wants to distinguish himself from Them: ‘ordinary people’ who eat at Maccy D’s, shop at Primark and — brace yourselves — drink Stella Artois. That Stella is referred to as ‘wife beater’ tells you all you need to know about beer snobbery: we clever consumers of micro-beer just want to satisfy our super-alert palates; they, the downers of pints of yellow slosh churned out by a corporation, are made mad by their chosen poison.
It’s not authenticity these weirdly consumerist critics of consumer society seek — it’s exclusivity, the feeling of belonging to a switched-on gang who, unlike the rest of us, can resist the lure of the chain pub and its cheap pish. To drink Maple Bacon Coffee Porter (seriously) is to say: ‘I’m better than you.’"

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On 23 Jan 2017 at 2:42pm Jeff wrote:
Where can I buy Maple Bacon Coffee Porter please
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On 23 Jan 2017 at 2:57pm Really ? wrote:
Jeff, if I catch you with that pretentious sh1t I'll beat you with the bottle so hard you'll beg for a pint of Old
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On 23 Jan 2017 at 3:22pm The Greek wrote:
Never understand why people drink Eurofizz. The UK is a country of beer with many local, independent breweries. I'd much rather sample a different real ale in different pubs around the country than drink the same bland, carbonated rubbish like Foster's or Carling. As lagers go, Stella is okay however many of them have been bought up, "brewed under licence in the UK" and made worse by large brewing companies.
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On 23 Jan 2017 at 3:23pm The Greek wrote:
The trend towards super hoppy IPAs/APAs can be irritating though. As much as I love an IPA, sometimes that is all that is on offer at a "trendy" pub and it can be a bit much.
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On 23 Jan 2017 at 3:39pm Jeff wrote:
Old!!! Eeeuw!
I like Harveys but the old is too much for my delicate palate
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On 23 Jan 2017 at 3:44pm Ben Truman wrote:
I seem to remember that only a few years ago, the makers of Stella had to remove or lessen the amount of certain chemicals and juggle the recipe of their erstwhile product following scientific evidence that showed that their wonder beer did, in fact, cause aggressive tendancies. (in both the male and female of the species). It cost them a fortune in a multi million pound re -branding campaign to allay the punters worries. This was way before craft beers "became a thing". Shouldn't we just be embracing the fact that we have such a great choice these days? In my day, before Camra got going, Harveys was unfit to drink and the Red Revolution was in full swing. Now I can choose from dirt cheap, rot gut, super snakebite from a back street outlet to a selection of Belgian beers brewed by Tres Pissed monks served in a cool glass while my companion gets the froff from a crappy frappochino all over her moustache.
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On 23 Jan 2017 at 4:06pm Landporter wrote:
You don't have to drink it...just get on with drinking what you like and let others enjoy their tipple whether that's craft beer or not.
Why do we live in a place where we seemed to be bothered about what everyone else is doing, eating or drinking.
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On 23 Jan 2017 at 4:49pm Old Scrote wrote:
the station porter is quite an unpretentious tipple. When you can get hold of it.
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On 23 Jan 2017 at 5:33pm Observer wrote:
It's a bit of a silly argument which you could apply to anything. "The only reason you live in a nicer house / own a better car / eat tastier food is because you want to be superior to the proles..."
I was originally enthused by the craft beer explosion but am now very bored by the huge numbers of overhopped (US hops) grapefruit tasting IPAs. Last time I was in the Snowdrop (an otherwise great pub) they had, apart from Harveys, five american style IPAs. What is the point in that?
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On 23 Jan 2017 at 5:35pm Observer wrote:
I wish there were more breweries like Dark Star around which combine the US-driven craft beer revival with the traditions of British ale.
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On 23 Jan 2017 at 8:06pm Thomas Jerome Newton wrote:
Observer: agreed
Longman's Brewery do a similarly good job in my view
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On 23 Jan 2017 at 8:40pm Taff wrote:
Not forgetting Burning Sky Brewery.
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On 23 Jan 2017 at 11:56pm Jeff wrote:
Gun Brewery produce great beer. They are a local small brewery and I hope they do well
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On 24 Jan 2017 at 7:23am Remember the Raj wrote:
India Pale Ale, from our Empire. What has USA IPA to show for it's self
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On 24 Jan 2017 at 8:06am Dfl wrote:
Jaipur IPA out of Thornberry Brewery ... found at the Snowy occasionally
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On 24 Jan 2017 at 8:11am Dfl wrote:
Thornbridge Brewery even ...
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On 24 Jan 2017 at 8:40am Clifford wrote:
Observer wrote: 'I wish there were more breweries like Dark Star around...'

I couldn't agree with you more Observer.
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On 24 Jan 2017 at 11:42am Tony Pollybee wrote:
As a Brewery and business model I have nothing but respect for Dark Star.
However I am a self confessed ale snob, and personally find Dark Star ale to be massively over hopped. With out doubt ' Hop Head ' is the most overated ale I have ever come across, it is also the only ale that has ever made me reach.
In my humble opinion the best Dark Star ale is their ' Original ' which as the name suggests was their first.
 
 
On 24 Jan 2017 at 1:05pm The Greek wrote:
@Remember the Raj Actually the USA do IPA and APA very well indeed. In fact it's the beer over there that got me into that style of beer in the first place.
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On 24 Jan 2017 at 1:31pm Observer wrote:
The problem with IPA/APA is that they are now bloody everywhere.
I am seriously bored and annoyed with walking into pubs where they have a dizzying display of 6-8 beers: all of which are overhopped IPAs. What's wrong with milds? stouts? bitters? old ales? etc etc etc. You can have any beer you like as long as it's an american style IPA. Are you hearing me at the Snowdrop?
I like Hophead, though - it's not as overhopped as some (and doesn't use Cascade etc. - it's UK hops I think - or maybe that's Sunburst).
 
 
On 24 Jan 2017 at 3:09pm Remember the Raj. wrote:
Apparently IPA was well hopped to preserve it on the journey to India. I guess we were drinking Mild aka "Beer". at the time
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On 25 Jan 2017 at 9:39am Observer wrote:
Yes, IPA was overhopped for that reason. Other pale ales were and are available. There were lots of other beer styles, some of which have been revived. I think porter was the big London drink at the time, not pale ale; stout too, which is an English not an Irish thing. Nothing against IPA in particular, but what I want is diversity and choice. I don't like the overuse of grapefruit-like USA / NZ hops like Cascade in an IPA.


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