Themed Beer Tastings

Beer Tasting Theme - Organic is all about the taste. Find the beer you want to taste by searching through our comprehensive archive, and should we not have a beer you expect, just let us know and we will do our best to taste it. Just email Sophie Donovan.


Arkell's Bee's Recommended - Winner

Arkell's Bee's
80A fine, unpasteurised honey beer, with the right softness of texture but without the overbearing sweetness and floral notes some beers of this kind can have. The perfect accompaniment for roasted gamm...

Batemans Hop Bine Bitter

Batemans Hop Bine Bitter
75Full of flavour, as you'd expect from Batemans, with a robust, bitter finish.

Brauerei Pinkus Hefe Weizen

Brauerei Pinkus Hefe Weizen
75Quite a thin, dry German wheat beer, but there's nothing here to dislike. Slightly tart and sour – which is welcome in a beer like this.

Brauerei Pinkus Müller's Lagerbier

Brauerei Pinkus Müller's Lagerbier
75A light-drinking, pale yellow beer that makes a pleasant enough refresher without ever setting the world on fire. From Germany's leader in organic beer production.

Brauerei Pinkus Original

Brauerei Pinkus Original
78A truly strange golden beer. The taste is one that may have to be acquired – there's a dosing of lactic acid during the lagering period – but it certainly earns marks for being different.

Brauerei Pinkus Pils

Brauerei Pinkus Pils
78Ultra crisp and sharp to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is not the most appealing, but that assertive dryness in the finish would make this a fine aperitif.

Brauerei Pinkus Special

Brauerei Pinkus Special
78A good value, satisfying, pale golden lager with plenty of hop character. The pick of the Pinkus beers tasted this month.

Broughton Ales Angel

Broughton Ales Angel
75It's a bit one-dimensional – it could use a little more sweetness – but it's certainly clean and dry.

Caledonian Golden Promise

Caledonian Golden Promise
78A ground breaker: Britain's first ever organic beer and still on good form. A little thick in the finish, perhaps, but there's plenty of character here.

Green Man Best Bitter

Green Man Best Bitter
78A good, robust beer with a nice sweetness in the mouth and a satisfyingly bitter finish. This was first tasted here in 2006 and the flavour profile seems quite different today, and for the better.

Green Man Strong Editors Choice - Winner

Green Man Strong
85It may be a little light for its strength but this copper-red beer – a blend of a best bitter and a doppelbock that has been aged in whisky casks – is a success. It compares very favourably with t...

Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay

Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay
75This well-established organic ale seems a bit fruitier than when last tasted for this magazine.

Spectrum Capt. Scarlet

Spectrum Capt. Scarlet
75A sturdy, red-coloured bitter with a good, complex malty background. Not quite FAB, as they used to say in the puppet series from which it takes its name, but decent enough.

Spectrum Light Fantastic

Spectrum Light Fantastic
73Like most bottle-conditioned beers around this modest strength, this golden bitter struggles a bit to avoid being too dry, but it drinks okay. The first of several beers here from an East Anglian micr...

Spectrum Old Stoatwobbler

Spectrum Old Stoatwobbler
78I'm not keen on the chalky dryness but otherwise this is a very pleasant strong, garnet-coloured beer that drinks a lot lighter than its ABV would suggest.

Spectrum Trip Hazard

Spectrum Trip Hazard
75A full-bodied red-amber beer for a cold winter's night.

Spectrum Wizzard

Spectrum Wizzard
75A burnished copper-coloured strong ale with big flavours.

St Peter's Organic Ale

St Peter's Organic Ale
75A robust and strongly-flavoured, golden best bitter.

Traditional Scottish Ales Ben Nevis 80/-Ale

Traditional Scottish Ales Ben Nevis 80/-Ale
78A full-flavoured 80/- that does the business. Traditional Scottish Ales is an amalgamation of three Scottish microbreweries: City of Stirling, Trossachs Craft and Bridge of Allan.

Traditional Scottish Ales Glencoe Wild Oat Stout

Traditional Scottish Ales Glencoe Wild Oat Stout
75The label says full bodied, but it drinks quite light for such a dark, malty beer. Very tasty though.

Traditional Scottish Ales Lomond Gold

Traditional Scottish Ales Lomond Gold
78An attractive, shiny-golden beer in a strikingly labelled bottle. Perhaps the alcohol shows through a little too obviously, but it's a good beer, substantial and enjoyable.

Traditional Scottish Ales William Wallace

Traditional Scottish Ales William Wallace
78It's unusual to find such a malty beer that's so refreshing. A beer worthy of the name of arguably Scotland's greatest freedom fighter.

Wychwood Duchy Originals Ale

Wychwood Duchy Originals Ale
78A hearty, satisfying, deep amber blend of assorted malt flavours and hops.

Wychwood Duchy Originals Select Ale

Wychwood Duchy Originals Select Ale
78A complex and successful, dark amber beer that belies its strength a little. Formerly known as Duchy Originals Winter Ale.

Wychwood Oxford Gold Recommended - Winner

Wychwood Oxford Gold
80Formerly known as Brakspear Organic Beer. A crisp and rewarding, bottle-conditioned beer with an excellent track record in what – because of the unpredictable quality of the ingredients – is a dif...

Perfect Partners (Cheese & Beer)
Cheese is far more compatible with beer than wine, so why don't we serve the two together more? Ben McFarland goes on a road test

Be bold with beer
There's nothing wrong with a quality lager as an accompaniment to Indian food, but as Ben McFarland reports, there are other options

Top of the chocs (Beer & Chocolate)
Ben McFarland gets all gooey at a beer and chocolate tasting

A beer lover's banquet (Ale & Pie Pubs)
A great deal of thought goes in to the Fuller's beer and food menu. Purely in the interests of research, Ben McFarland went along to a tasting session

Food for thought
We've talked about which beers to pair with your meal, but which beers should you use in your meal? Ben McFarland provides some recipes

A very big house in the country (Thornbridge Hall)
Richard Jones dons his gladrags for an evening of fine beer and food at the magnificent setting of Thornbridge Hall in the Peak District

Set in stone
Ben McFarland attends a beer dinner organised by Stone Brewing, a San Diego microbrewery making some big beers

In hop heaven
Ben McFarland asks a panel of experts for their food pairings with the eminently hoppy India pale ales

Enjoying the goodlife
Ben McFarland travels to deepest darkest Dorset for a beer and food cooking demo at River Cottage HQ.

Out and about in the heart of Belgium
Ben McFarland hits the road in rural Belgium in search of the perfect pint

Still cock of the North
Manchester might have lost its 'cream' in the form of Boddingtons Brewery, but the self styled 'Capital of the North' remains a prime destination for beer lovers writes Richard Jones.

Little big city
Laurent Mousson watches beer worlds collide (gently) in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

One lump or two?
It has been suggested that there was room in BOTW for a little more technical stuff. So pay attention, here comes the science bit: Daniel Cooper reports on the use of sugar in brewing.

Ireland: Stout to the top
Ireland's beer consumption has been dominated by stout in general and Guinness in particular. But as the country changes through new wealth, are its drinking patterns changing too?

USA: American Beauties
During the last few decades the USA has experienced a beer revolution. Gary Monterosso reports

New Zealand's true brew (White Cliffs)
Julie Ihle visits White Cliffs, an organic brewer whipping up a storm Down Under.

The Netherlands - Beer in the Netherlands
Des de Moor shows that the Dutch have more to offer than just Grolsch and Heineken

South West: Beer booming in Hardy country
The South West of England is associated with cider production but it has a thriving brewery industry too. Adrian Tierney-Jones acts as tour guide

The pride of Yorkshire
Yorkshire is one of Britain's finest beer regions. We have extensively covered North Yorkshire in past issues. Here Barrie Pepper goes West and South

Och aye the brew (Scotland)
Scotland has undergone a beer revolution in the last decade. Ben McFarland looks at what is on offer

Border brews (Cumbria and Northumberland)
Adrian Tierney-Jones discovers the beers of England's most northerly counties, Cumbria and Northumberland

Scotland's true new Irn brews
Scotland has undergone a real ale revolution in recent years. Dominic Roskrow reports

Where the heart is (Central England)
Dominic Roskrow sees what's brewing in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire

Treasures of the north west
In this issue Dominic Roskrow looks at the family brewers of Manchester as well as Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside

Treasures of the North East
There's a lot of very good beer produced between Berwick upon Tweed and Middlesbrough, writes Alastair Gilmour.

Breweries ADNAMS, Southwold, Suffolk +44 (0)1502 727 200 CHOICE BEER: Broadside 6.3% BARTRAMS BREWERY, Rougham, Suffolk +44 (0)7790 596 539 CHOICE BEER: Jest...

God's own country
It covers 6,000 square miles, but does its beer measure up? Alastair Gilmour sets off for Yorkshire.

Green & Pleasant Lands
Hampshire, Dorset & Wiltshire form an impressive pyramid of brewing, where traditional production and modern techniques exist side by side. Dominic Roskrow reports.

Butternut Squash with Fuller's Organic Honey Dew Soup
BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH FULLER'S ORGANIC HONEY DEW SOUP Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 250ml Organic Honey Dew 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped 200g carrots, peeled and chopped 50ml olive oil 50g butter 2 ...

Whitstable Bay Potted Shrimp
WHITSTABLE BAY POTTED SHRIMP INGREDIENTS 1 lb /450g small shrimp, shelled 8oz / 225g of clarified butter 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 1 pinch of nutmeg 1 pinch of ground mace 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper salt &...

On a voyage of Discovery (Fuller's)
London brewer Fuller's is launching innovative new beers while keeping its core drinkers happy. Dominic Roskrow reports

Tiger in the tank (Everards)
Everards is a family brewery with lots of plans. Dominic Roskrow paid it a visit

Stays Sharp's to the bottom of the glass (St Austell)
Sharp's is challenging St Austell as Cornwall's biggest brewer. Roger Protz visited it

Hail to the King (Greene King)
Greene King has grown from its Suffolk base to become a national company. Dominic Roskrow went to Bury St Edmunds to rediscover its roots

Wychwood branches out
Marston's is eating up outstanding British regional breweries faster than Beers of the World can visit them. But could this guarantee the future of some of England's best premium ales? Dominic Roskrow...

No ordinary Smith
Zak Avery goes behind the scenes at Samuel Smith's, Britain's most clandestine brewery.

Brewing in the bard's back yard
BREWHOUSE Walsall New kid on the block. Beers only started appearing in May 2008 Tel: +44 (0)759 192 3370 DANIEL BATHAM & SON Dudley Bathams was established in 1882 when D...

Worthy of praise
Pete Brown visits the Worthington White Shield Brewery to explore the history of one of Burton's most legendary beers.

Good honest values
On the face of it family brewer Batemans might seem to be a traditional small time regional brewer, but it's anything but. Innovation, good business practice and an emphasis on fun are all part of the...

Scotland's new national drink
The opportunity to drink a few beers in Scotland has Alastair Gilmour on a ‘high'.

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