One thing that annoys me about beer is when you think you’re about to enjoy a nice pint only to discover it’s been served too cold and has no flavour. Lager (*spits in disgust*) is served cold; ale should be served cool.
I’m lucky enough to live within a stone’s throw of two pubs, but it seems they serve their real ale to quite different standards. I was pleased to see The Torbay Inn in Paignton offering Butcombe Bitter as its guest ale recently, but disappointed when I got my pint and it was ice cold. Next time The Man and I popped out for a pint we thought we’d try The Devonport Arms instead. We were pleasantly surprised in more ways than one.
The guest beer was Dartmoor Brewery’s ‘Jail Ale’ which we’d never tried before. It was a tasty pint with an unexpected sweetness to it and it was served cool and full of flavour.
I’m mulling over whether to speak to the landlord of The Torbay Inn about the overly-cold Butcombe, but concerned my feedback might be taken as mere moaning. Has anyone else ever been in this position and have you managed to get your local to do better with their beer?
In the meantime, I’ve got another date in my diary with a pint of the lovely Jail Ale!
Photo by James Cridland