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Monday, August 30, 2010

MIKE HALLOWELL WROTE THIS LETTER TO THE NORTH DEVON GAZETTE



2 comments:

Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

To this tale of potential woe, I too can add a note. Yorkshire is a county well known for good ale; certain towns in this fair county are even approaching the status of holy for we who appreciate a good glass of ale. Tadcaster in particular is known for this; the limestone bedrock gives a particularly good brew, to the extent that it has been known for good beer from Roman times, and currently boasts two good breweries in one town.

Also of note in Yorkshire is the Cropton Forest brewery, Tim Taylor's brewery (their Landlord bitter is a particularly fine tipple) and numerous other microbreweries. However, a dishonourable mention must go to Joshua Tetley, who did once brew some fine and drinkable ales but who over the last forty years or so have degenerated into mass production of ale so mediocre that it tastes rented. Partly this is due to the site of their brewery, in a miserable area of Leeds beside a polluted river with an spring close by the brewery which produces water so foul that it is only fit as a coolant. Tetley Ale is renowned as a beer that travels well, mostly because there is almost nothing that can be done to make it taste any worse than the initial product does; this hogwash is the preserve of student bars to sell alcoholic garbage to undiscerning fools.

So, what beers do I find down in Woolsery to slake my thirst (after transporting good Devonian ale to the CFZ and never tasting so much as a drop)? Only bloody Tetley's finest *spit* ditchwater!

Come on, folks; you can do better than tetley's. It is cheap for a reason, you see; buy in a few barrels of Sam Smith's products and see how well that goes down instead.

Steve Jones said...

I must defend The Farmers Arms here .They had a wonderful "Seafarers Ale" on sale which I managed to sample quite a few pints of.
The village hall also managed to once again have bottled St Austell "Tribute" ,which whilst not as good as draught made an acceptable substitute.
the appalling Tetleys was thus avoided!
mind you the "friendly" barmaid at the Farmers Arms who was there on the Saturday & Sunday made an impression on those of us from Wakefield.