A Well Earned Pint (Or 4)

The day after pints 7&8 we set out for Richmond Park to have a long walk followed by a pub dinner and hopefully watch the Liverpool vs Man City game. We wanted to show Esther’s sister Harriet the deer in the park and it was a nice winter’s day. The deer proved elusive and my tracking skills left an awful lot to be desired. We ended up walking for about 2 hours really working up a thirst.

Pint No. 9

What? – Hogs Back – Hogstar

Where? – The Cricketers, Richmond

When? – Sunday 14th January 2018

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We spent quite a while schlepping round Richmond looking for a place that had seats, showed the football AND sold food. Suddenly, I remembered a pub I went to on my office Christmas Party. We’d gone to Richmond Theatre to watch Christopher Biggins in a panto version of Aladdin. After that we headed off to The Cricketers nearby. With this in mind I guided us over there for a bit of a rest and in the hope that a cricket themed pub might also show football. Alas, it did not. However the lure of the taps was just too much to resist so we stayed for a drink.

The pint I went for was an English Lager from Hogsback Brewery. I’d seen this around before but never actually tried it. As you can see from the picture it’s quite dark for a lager and the head was quite ale-y. It’s got a great flavour, deep and hoppy and it’s not too fizzy either. I would really recommend this lager, especially for people who think they don’t like lager. The differences between this and a pint of Carling for example are so pronounced one would be forgiven for thinking that they’re not even the same drink. At 4.5% it’s a standard strength but like I said, very tasty.

Overall Score: 4/5

Still in search of the football, I was frantically checking my phone looking for somewhere adequate as time was running out. We got walking and eventually happened upon The Railway Tavern. Unsurprisingly, this was right next to the railway station. Pub names really do lack imagination sometimes. The Railway is a Nicholson Pub meaning that there were all sorts of ales available. It really was a good decision for me during this challenge.

Pint No. 10

What? – Adnams & Yeastie Boys – White Lies

Where? – Railway Tavern, Richmond

When? – Sunday 14th January 2018

The selection was great, I’d never tried a lot of the pump ales in my life before let alone for this challenge. I’ve had beers by Adnams and Yeastie Boys before but had no idea at all that they’d teamed up. White Lies is a white chocolate stout (nope, me neither) weighing in at 4.5% that I was super keen to try. I didn’t know what to expect but I was surprised by what came out of the pump. It looked very similar to a standard ale

              

Whilst it was a nice pint, it really didn’t taste much like white chocolate which was kinda disappointing. It wasn’t sweet and though it smell fairly chocolaty I feel as though they could have gone a bit further with it. I also thought it was amusing that it was supposed to taste of brioche. I wasn’t aware that brioche even had a taste. Anyway, it was quite a nice beer and something a bit interesting to try.

Overall Score: 2.5/5

 

Pint No. 11

What? – Truman’s – Fine & Dandy

Where? – Railway Tavern, Richmond

When? – Sunday 14th January 2018

You’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover but I sure as shit picked the next beer based on it’s pump clip.  Fine and Dandy by Truman’s Brewery sucked me in with the picture of the suave man and his beer. Given that I was wearing a Christmas jumper, shorts and walking boots combination I needed something to make me feel sophisticated. Fine and Dandy is a brown ale, quite rich and fairly nice, though forgettable. I probably wouldn’t have another pint of it and it did absolutely nothing to improve my sartorial elegance.

Overall Score: 2.5/5

Pint No. 12

What? – Great Yorkshire – Top Of The Hops 2018

Where? – Railway Tavern, Richmond

When? – Sunday 14th January 2018

The football was basically over and was looking like it was going to be a shock result. Liverpool were 4-1 up against Man City and my glass was empty. Knowing that I was glued to the TV, Esther kindly (she’s looking over my shoulder as I write this) went to get me another beer. This time, I went with Top Of The Hops by the Great Yorkshire Brewery. It wasn’t quite as exciting as the end of the football where Man City almost staged a major comeback, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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At 4.2% it’s well nestled under the session umbrella and was probably the nicest of the three from The Railway (but not quite as good as the Hog Star from The Cricketers). It’s a golden ale with slightly sweet notes of caramel and honey. Four pints and several kilograms of bar snacks later, we decided to call it a day and head home.

Overall score: 3.5/5

 

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