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Amber, Gold & Black is a finished historical past of British beer in all its variety. It covers all there's to understand concerning the heritage of the beers Britons have brewed and loved down the centuries—Bitter, Porter, light and Stout, IPA, Brown Ale, Burton Ale and previous Ale, Barley Wine and Stingo, Golden Ale, Gale Ale, Honey Ale, White Beer, Heather Ale, and Mum.
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It is of great importance to the industry that porter should continue to be brewed in large quantity. Not everybody agreed that price was the only determinant in working men choosing between ale and porter. ’ However, Faulkner said: Within the last few years a practical revolution has taken place. Public taste has changed in favour of a perfectly mild as compared with a matured beer, while the London brewer has discovered that by manipulating the [water] company supply he could, with a suitable blend of malt, produce a mild pale ale, not requiring, and indeed not suited for long storage, but still one that enabled him to satisfy the requirements in pale as well as in black beers, while, as a result of this, we shall, sooner or later, see London pale ale gradually driving out the Burton production, although it may not exactly equal it in general quality.
Today drinkers still have hundreds of bitters to choose from, but there are some that stand out. 3 per cent abv, a tremendously ‘moreish’, satisfying special bitter. It is the avowed favourite of beer drinkers from Ted Tuppen, chief executive of Britain’s biggest pub company, Enterprise Inns, to Madonna, who was introduced to it by her former husband, Guy Ritchie. Landlord is made with Styrian Goldings and the almost floral hop flavours mesh brilliantly with the round, nottoo-full maltiness. 5 OG.
5 OG. 5 per cent, are excellent examples of the style, but London Pride, now one of Britain’s most widely available cask beers, noses ahead: flowery, honeyed, a touch of marmalade and a Goldilocks attitude to alcohol – not too weak, not too strong, just right. C. H. 2 per cent abv, is dryer than the typical West Country bitter, with a deep copper colour and, like all the best bitters, a marvellous balance between sweet malt and bitter hop, with a lingering bitter aftertaste that almost demands another pint to follow.