A British Beer Company recently opened in Danvers, MA. I met my boy Tripps there to check it out.
I started with a pint of Fuller’s Chiswick Bitter at 3.5% ABV. The initial flavors were malt and celery. It had a slight bitterness. As it warmed, a floral taste replaced the celery. This was really good. After that, I decided to go with some flights.
Based on the Chiswick, I decided to have the other three Fuller’s on tap for first flight and rounded it off with a Wychwood Hobgoblin. From right to left the beer in the first flight were:
Fuller’s ESB, 5.9% ABV - great! Fuller’s Porter, 4.7% ABV - good! Fuller’s London Pride, 4.7% ABV - great! Wychwood Hobgoblin, 5.2% ABV - I normally love this brew, but after the Fuller’s line-up, this was good but nothing to write home about.
I decided to have another flight with a mixture of British and American beer. From left to right the beer was:
Morland Old Speckled Hen English Pale Ale, 5% ABV - good. O’Hara’s Irish Red Ale, 4.3% ABV - good. Long Trail Limbo IPA, 7.6% ABV - great! Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union IPL, 6.7% ABV - good!
While there, I tried the beer-battered chicken fingers. They were really good. Overall, this is a solid spot if one loves English brews. Having a true English Pale Ale showed me how far some breweries have to go when brewing something in an English-style. Too often I get a dominant vinegar flavor from the American attempts where that flavor is far more subtle in a true English ale.