DrThad's Beer Universe Profile

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  • Favorite Beers:
  • Favorite Beer Type:
    Bitter
  • Favorite Beer:
    Generally, whatever is in my glass at that time!
  • Ratings Submitted:
    20
  • Reviews Contributed:
    14
  • Added:
    17 Beers, 5 Bars, 3 Breweries
  • Beers Owed:
    1
  • Beers Owed to Others:
    does not owe any beers.
  • Group Name:
    British Beer Lovers
Recent Beer Universe Reviews
  • Feb 22, 2010

    Hook Norton Old Hooky
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    This is my favorite all-time British ale! I love it from the cask and it is still quite good from the bottle (unlike many other ales, it is the same beer in both the bottle and the cask).

    A: Malty - sweet caramel, doughy,
  • Feb 7, 2010

    Hook Norton Brewery Company
    4.1
    • Tour
    • Range of Sel
    • Quality
    • Availability
    • 5/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 5/5
    • 3/5
    Hook Norton is my favorite brewery and was the best brewery tour that I have ever had! They have transformed their old maltings into a vistor's centre, tasting area, and museum. The tours begins and ends here. Over the course of two hours, you find out about the history of the brewery, village, their steam engine (which still powers the entire brewing process), and why they still use traditional techniques.

    Unlike many other tours, you are likely to see the brewmaster or other brewers at work. At the least, you can see men racking casks, tending horses, unloading grain, cleaning vessels, and (if you are really lucky) having a pint in the on-site pub.

    In addition to the wonderful tour, Hook Norton has one of the best slogans in all of brewing - "Where progress is measured in pints" - and the visitors centre is where you can pick up pints/shirts/bags/signs with it.
  • Feb 7, 2010

    Old Speckled Hen
    3.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    Okay, OSH comes in several varieties ... can, bottle, nitro keg, and cask. If you want the real thing, try to find it in a cask (or, at least, buy it in a glass bottle).

    My favorite is to find it in a cask at one of my old local Oxford pubs.

    A: Lovely amber color with very little head, when pulled correctly.

    S: Fruity and Malty. Nothing spectacular but a proper pint of bitter.

    T: Malty, slightly bitter, but reasonably sweet. Nice dry finish.

    While this is not my first choice when I visit a real pub, this is a guaranteed pleaser (as long as the landlord knows at least a little about cellar maintenance) at your local high street boozer.

    For those who are interested, this beer was originally brewed at Morland's in Oxford to celebrate the MG car factory which was in Abingdon.
  • Feb 4, 2010

    Foothills Brewing Company
    3.5
    • Tour
    • Range of Sel
    • Quality
    • Availability
    • 3.5/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 3/5
    This brewery/restaurant provided the beer for my wedding a couple of years ago. They are great little place in downtown Winston-Salem and produce quality beer.

    For our wedding, they provided the beer (in small kegs) and a serving system to keep it cool. We had the bitter and one of their IPAs ... both were greatly enjoyed by our guests!
  • Feb 2, 2010

    Delirium Cafe
    3.8
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Selection
    • Trendiness
    • 4.5/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 5/5
    • 2/5
    Okay, let's get the basics out of the way first - this place has more beer to try than any other place in the world! No matter how many beers you have tried, the Delirium Cafe will have HUNDREDS that you have not tried, including every new Belgium beer produced.

    While it is not your normal brown cafe, it still have a great atmosphere and is full of people who really enjoy their beer.

    If you are going to be in Brussels, then you cannot miss this place!
  • Feb 2, 2010

    Stella Artois
    2.4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 2/5
    • 2.5/5
    • 2.5/5
    • 2.5/5
    This is an average lager. Pale colored, weakly flavored, and just a standard pint.

    What I find very amusing about this beer is the way that it is portrayed/viewed in different countries. In the UK, Stella is a bar standard - interchangeable with Carlsberg - and is commonly used as a general label when ordering a lager. Yet, in the USA, it is sold as a premium lager.
  • Feb 2, 2010

    Red Stripe Jamacian Lager
    2.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 2/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 2/5
    • 2.5/5
    Nothing special, just another easy to drink lager.

    On the other hand, if you are lounging on the beach in Jamaica, Red Stripe is the only beer that should be in your hand!

    Plus, it gets an extra star for having such cool old school packaging.
  • Feb 2, 2010

    Harvey & Son Ltd.
    3.8
    • Tour
    • Range of Sel
    • Quality
    • Availability
    • 3.5/5
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    • 3/5
    Unfortunately, you will never see a brewer at work during a Harveys tour because they only offer tours in the evening, but it is a chance to visit a historic Victorian brewery. The traditional tower brewery is one of the few of its kind left in England and is definitely worth a visit.

    If you are unfortunate enough to have to pass through when the tours are full or they are not open, there is a shop at the Brewery Gate. It carries the full range plus plenty of Harveys merchandise.