It was late in the evening when I found myself in London. I had just fallen off a 3 hour train ride from the north and was exhausted. Loaded with with baggage and attire that screamed corporate casual I couldn’t have felt more out of place. By day I’m a Corporate Clown because I have to be, but by night I need to transform back into a human being. I was now faced with transportation to my crappy hotel by Heathrow airport. I could take the “Underground” or get in one of those really cool London taxicabs. I decided on the taxicab.
Wow, what a ride. Only one set of doors and a cavernous back seat. We drove forever and I took in the sights. Suddenly I saw a familiar logo the size of a house positioned forever up into the air….ESB!! I completely forgot the Fuller’s brewery was located here in London. I took this shot which looks terrible but proves I was there (nearby). Ok it doesn’t prove anything.
When I got home I immediately purchased 2 six packs from Fullers brewery (after I hugged the wife, kids, dog, goldfish, mailman etc…). This was going to be a beer review that represented my recent trip to England, I reasoned after schilling $25 for 12 beers.
Before we get started (drinking) it’s important to note that both beers adhere to the English beer principle ie. best served warmish, flat etc. Here’s my first English pub experience – English Pubs – An American’s Opinion.
Hey one more thing, what’s up with bottles from Europe @ 11.2 oz?
You’re cheating me out of a swallow!
Fuller’s brewery – London Pride
I poured this one first. The color looks good and it tastes good. It’s a high quality beer that I could drink a lot of. If I owned Fuller’s brewery I would be proud of this beer too. Not a spectacular beer but good. Truth is I was eagerly anticipating that ESB ….
Rating: Not a standout but good
Alcohol by Volume: 4.7%
Type: English Pale Ale
Buy Again? Probably not but glad I bought this six pack
From the brewer: Fuller’s London Pride
An intrinsic part of London, London Pride has been brewed by the banks of the Thames from the very first brew.Known and loved for its smooth, distinctive malty base and rich balance of hops flavours, London Pride is London and the UK’s favourite premium ale.
Alcohol by Volume: 5.9%
Type: Extra Special Bitter
Buy Again? Yes of course, absolutely
From the brewer: Fullers ESB
ESB was launched into the Fuller’s family in 1971, as a winter brew to replace a beer named Old Burton Extra. The potential of the beer was soon realized and ESB was installed as a permanent fixture, creating an immediate impact.
btw – I can justify an extra bottle tonight since I was robbed of 0.8 oz.
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