Walks, Spills, Beers

Given that we’d spent all week being lazy bastards, Esther and I thought it would be a good call to have a big old walk and get some exercise in before we do our classic pub-Sunday. We smashed out a big old walk round Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fuham before walking back to Putney Bridge and stopping off in The King’s Arms.

Pint No. 122

What? – Caledonian, Coast to Coast

Where? – The King’s Arms, Putney Bridge

When? – Sunday 29th April 2018

I went up to the bar parched and was peeved to see very little that I’ve not tried. There were plenty of cask ales but it’s not what I was looking for at the time. The only other viable option was Coast To Coast Pale Ale by Caledonian Brewery. I wasn’t too enthused by this as I’d had it a few years ago and didn’t really take to it. For the good of the challenge though, I sucked it up and ordered it. Taking the drinks back to the table, I settled in to watch Manchester United vs Arsenal and Arsene Wenger’s last trip to Old Trafford as manager of The Gunners. It was an uneventful start until Esther knocked a pillow onto her read wine glass which tumbled and duly shattered, sending wine all over the place. Including over a man’s coat. Feeling awkward, we drank up and scarpered. Oh shit, the beer! It was alright.

Overall Score: 2/5.

We headed over to my favourite Putney haunt, The Jolly Gardeners to see what delights they had on offer this week. As usual, I was not to be disappointed as they had a whole host of pints I’d not yet tried.

 

Pint No. 123

What? – Brewgooder, Clean Water Lager

Where? – The Jolly Gardeners, Putney

When? – Sunday 29th April 2018

I went with a pint of Clean Water Lager by BrewGooder to start. What a pleasant surprise! I really enjoyed this pint. – there was far more flavour in it that I’d expected. It’s really clear (as is to be expected), crisp and refreshing with a nice head. Not only that, but it’s a beer with a conscience. BrewGooder donate 100% of their profits to clean water initiatives around the world. BrewGooder are aided in their mission by BrewDog who brew the lager at 0 margin which must really help.

Overall score: 3.5/5.

 

After the Clean Water lager, I went back to the bar to make my next decision. Looking one tap to the left, I saw Transmission, an IPA with a hefty 6.9% ABV.

Pint No. 124

What? – North Brewing Co, Transmission

Where? – The Jolly Gardeners, Putney

When? – Sunday 29th April 2018

North Brewing Co. are a brewery from Leeds that I’d heard quite a lot of good things about. I found the 6.9% to be a little daunting, but nevertheless I went ahead with the order. It’s a hazy, cloudy, orange pint with an average sized frothy lid. There’s some fruity notes on the nose but a sort of pineyness is dominant. Flavour wise, I found it to be fruity, and bitter. It’s one of the best IPAs I’ve tried during this challenge and something that I’d absolutely have again. It is a strong pint, certainly not one to session on despite the undeniable fact that it’s really bloody tasty.

Overall score: 4/5.

 

After lengthy discussions, we decided to stay for just one more pint.

Pint No. 125

What? – Blue Point, Toasted Lager

Where? – The Jolly Gardeners, Putney

When? – Sunday 29th April 2018

The last thing of particular interest to me was the Toasted Lager from Blue Point out of New York. I wasn’t too enamoured with this one in all honesty. It didn’t really have the depth of flavour I was expecting from a toasted drink. It was still better than a standard mass-lager, though didn’t meet expectations.

Overall Score: 2/5.

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