18 June 2016

Bechstein’s Bat Organic Lager (@Brown_and_Green, Trentham) [By @spectreUK]


I have a standing mail order with DC Thomson for eight Commando Comics per month. The little comic books fit perfectly in my suit pocket for reading on the train and at lunchtime to take my mind off the working day. The reason I’m telling you this is not only are they brilliant, but also the last Commando comic I read on Friday had giant bats in it. The comic reminded me of this Bechstein’s Bat Organic Lager that I’ve had in my beer cellar (okay, on a shelf in the dinning room) for a while, which is made by the Stroud Brewery in Gloucester. The lager caught my eye in the supermarket we go to when we visit Trentham Gardens. 10p per bottle goes towards the Bat Conservation Trust, which doesn’t seem a lot considering the lager cost me £250 (not really). Bechstein’s Bats are rare in the UK and are only found in South Wales and Southern England. They have reddish fur, with a grey under belly and a pinkish face. Anyway, as usual I digress… On opening the bottle the 4.9% volume lager gave a pleasant fizz followed by a citrus hoppy smell. The golden lager had a glorious full-bodied citrus hoppy bitterness in the initial taste, which kept on giving right through to the aftertaste where a hint of yeast and then malted barley merging with the flavour. The label recommends this beer should be served in a stein glass, but I don’t have one of those, so I had to settle for my usual beer glass. Drink whilst hanging upside down in the pitch dark in a huge cave. Try not to spill it.
By Spectre

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