Friday, 6 May 2011
Barnstormer and Gem (Bath Ales)
No, not that one. A much nicer one in the West Country. And -- surprise, surprise -- we tried a couple beers while we were in the region over the long weekend.
I’d never been to a Formula-One-themed wedding at a stately home in the Somerset countryside before, and I doubt I’ll ever have the opportunity again. But before you start thinking it all sounds a bit odd, let me say that it worked perfectly.
Coombe Lodge, near Bristol, the couple arranged it so that each wedding table was paired with a different F1 track. Being from Belgium, we were naturally seated at the Spa table. A place card revealed incredulously that despite years of living in the country, we had actually never been to see the race there....
Ah, but the beer... Must say something about the beer...
Bath Ales Barnstormer is a dark bitter that pours red-brown -- though, oddly, Fiona and I both saw a very faint purple hue to it in the light of the setting sun. It has a thin mouthfeel, and burnt malt is the first and foremost taste, a mix of toast and sweetness. Fiona said it has a liquorice note, but I didn’t quite get that.
Overall, I’d recommend it warmly.
Cheers, and all the best, Alison and Gareth!!