Dry January? Not this year. We’re drinking for 12 full months and ain’t no one gonna stop us!
And we’ll start as we mean to carry on with more great choices of ales sourced from all over the place – not just the UK, but wider continental Europe and beyond!
But we’re going small and local first – to The Old Cross Tavern, a public house and microbrewery in Hertford, Hertfordshire. This fine establishment has been in existence since 1999 and has been brewing its own beer for a good portion of that time. Specialising in session ales of the 3.8-4.2% variety, The OC brewers latest recipe is the intertwit.com first Beer of The Month for 2017!
So without further ado let’s have a pint of Sneaking Budge – 3.9%
A roasty and toffee-ish drop this is a pleasing pint all round. A hint of bitterness in the aftertaste adds some satisfying depth and this is the sort of drink you could happily drink 5 of before you know it.
Horse racing fans may be aware that this beer is named after a 4 1/2 year old gelding that’s won a few races.
However, in Jonathon Green’s Dictionary of Slang, “A Sneaking Budge” is described as “a sneak thief, esp. one who specializes in entering houses and taking furs, cloaks and coats“.
So take your pick. Either way, visit The Old Cross, drink their beer and indulge in some good conversation while you’re at it. Or just read the paper. They don’t have any fruit machines, TV’s or music so just amuse yourself really.
Intertwit Tasting Notes:
Beer Colour: (Horse) Chestnut
Strength: 3.9%. Session strength.
Best time to drink it: Monday through Sunday
If you must eat food with this: Scotch Eggs.
Overall Rating: 8.0 (out of 10).
Other beer stuff here: Refreshments