Friday, 27 January 2017

Burns Night (continued)

The Furze Wren - Thursday 26th January 2017

Broadway Square, 6 Market Place, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DY

Wetherspoons have had a week long celebration of all things Rabbie Burns, so MB and I thought it rude not to partake of their hospitality and grab a few drinks to accompany one of their special burgers.

We met at the usual time and grabbed a beer before sitting down in a booth for one of long meandering chats about all things and nothing. We ordered one of teh special Burns Night burgers which consisted of a 6oz Angus beef patty, the usual salad stuff and a large slice of haggis to top it off. It was accompanied by a small handful of chips (fries), a few onion rings and a lovely whiskey based sauce.

The first beer we had was very unusual in that it took an age to settle but it did settle nice and clear. It had a relatively sweet taste to start but then went very hoppy. As the pint went on, and our taste buds adapted it turned into a very nice pint indeed. In fact all three beers tonight were exteremely tasty but the choice was very limited (their usual four house ales, Spitfire and three other pumps that were either on their way of "off"). We only really had the choice of two beers on tap but we had a bottle of Krombacher lager beer to accompany our meal, which worked out rather nicely.

Beers drunk on this visit :
1) True Grit (3.9%) - Rooster's Brewery, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire - a citrusy, golden ale with a long-lasting bitter finish
2) Krombacher (4.8%) - Krombacher Brauerei, Kreuztal, Germany - a strong, dry golden pilsner
3) Double Gold (5.0%) - Phoenix Brewery, Heywood, Greater Manchester - a strong,  full-bodied, full-flavoured easy drinking bitter
Next up is teh London Beer Festival put on, again, by Wetherspoons. I am hoping to get to sample at least half of the twenty or so ales on offer over the next week and a bit.

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