Monday, 21 March 2011

For The Love Of Lout (Part 1)

Lager. Love it or hate it, it's everywhere, but can you drink it in Leicester without succumbing to industrial swill?

The mission: visit three pubs and only drink lager. Should be easy.
It was so easy I had to do this over two sessions.

First up The Criterion on Millstone Lane. Veltins, Budvar, Brooklyn Brewery and Amstel on tap.

The Budvar seemed a bit thin, not how I remember it, it's got to be a couple of years since I last drank this. The Brooklyn lager was worth every penny at something like £3.80 a pint. Amber coloured with toffee apple and sweet berry flavours.

Next stop The Pub on New Walk. I wasn't paying much attention to the full range - there are almost too many handpumps and taps to count. Well, there are 33 if you must know. 33!
I drank BrewDog 77 lager and BrewDog Zeitgeist black lager. Pilsner Urquell is available and quite often Freedom Pilsner and Freedom Organic.

Swan and Rushes on Infirmary Square has Veltins and Warsteiner on draught. The bottle selection here can be massive at times, particularly around Oktoberfest.

I went for bottles. I drank Andechs Spezial Hell, Paulaner Salvator and Lang-Brau Benedikt XVI. I would've drank Augustiner Edelstoff but they'd temporarily sold out.

The Andechs Spezial Hell was sweet and refreshing at first but nothing particularly amazing. I've drank it before, but not for some time.
The longer it was in the glass the more difficult it was to drink. It seemed too sweet. Maybe it wasn't cold enough.

Lang-Bräu Benedikt XVI is brewed to celebrate the Bavarian Pontiff. Sweetish but still refreshing. Halfway down the glass the 7.5% abv suddenly becomes noticible.

The Paulaner Salvator is a hefty Doppelbock at 7.9% abv. Another deep amber beer with sweet fruity malt. Gorgeous stuff. I had to visit the Swan another day to enjoy it again.

Mission accomplished.

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