(It's probably traditional in most places to do this!!)
I like this as I find dark beer is a rather pleasant mouthwash that prepares me for the following stronger tasting whisky.
Guiness, Murphies or McEwan's Export have always been very good as one side of the half. But here, the newer bottled beers like Black Cuillen, are very good too. It is very pleasant with a Talisker.
What would you recommend as a good half and half?
Cask ale is rare on this side of the pond, and rarely measures up to the real thing in Britain. Draft versions of good American micros are fine with me. They are a completely different beast to the British beers, apples and oranges for sure; each charming in its own way. Unfortunately, most brewpubs around here serve bitters and IPAs at 6% and up, so I rarely have a dram out.
Gosh, I'm thirsty! Wonder what they'll have on at the Steampacket Inn in Isle of Whithorn when I arrive?
P.S. onefortheditch, we will have to get together in Inverness some time for a dram.
I do like English real ales (a lot!), but because they are often more hopped, they sometimes (like Guinness) overwhelm the whisky.
Scottish real ales like Deuchars are usually less hoppy, more malty. IMHO, and there are exceptions to the rule of course.
And I’m a fan of Hobgoblin but, like Theakston’s Old Peculiar or Orkney Skullsplitter, I think these are beers better enjoyed on their own!
It’s made me wonder why the whisky and beer makers have never spotted this trait and got together and produced a whisky and beer that were designed to compliment each other as opposed to doing so via a happy co-incidence.
As for staying sober, I’m a slow drinker, so it’s not a problem! If whisky has slept in the cask for all those years it can linger in my glass a while too!!
Onefortheditch wrote:It’s made me wonder why the whisky and beer makers have never spotted this trait and got together and produced a whisky and beer that were designed to compliment each other as opposed to doing so via a happy co-incidence.
I'll take a stab at this one. Innis & Gunn with Grant's Ale Cask Reserve!
You guys that like Williams Red (makers of heather beer as well) and Hobgoblin, might like Adnams Broadside. It's on similar lines but IMHO just a little more substantial. Morrisons do good deals on bottled beers and have a fairly good selection.
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