It was very good of Brodie's Brewery to schedule their beer festival to coincides with Tranmere Rovers’ visit to (and comprehensive win over) Leyton Orient. Held at the William IV pub which adjoins the brewery it promised up to 16 different beers and most were available at some time during my visit.
Ready for action at 11:00 a.m. opening time we bagged a few tables in the sunny beer garden next to a fine pig roasting on a spit. The excellent weather had continued and the beer garden soon became the busiest area of the pub.
Not belonging to the tickers union I started cautiously with pints of Best and Mild. Good to see a dark mild in
. At that point James Brodie kindly offered an impromptu brewery tour which also included a few complimentary bottles of 9% wheat beer. Thank you James! London
At that point I decided that I would have to switch to half pints if I was going to justice to the beer list. Dragon Weiss, Pink Pride, Red, Amarilla, Special, Slammer, Polska, Old Ardour, Romanov (12.1%!) and Triple (13.3%!!) were consumed washed down with Pork rolls. The only beer that wasn’t on that I wanted to try was the 22% Elizabethan but maybe that was as well. Note all beers were sold at £1.99/pint. Superb value.
An excellent session in superb settings. The William IV is an imposing, characterful, spacious, traditional pub with high ceilings and lots of mirrors. Very friendly and all the customers, of whom there were many, seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly. I look forward to returning soon.
|James Brodie hard at work|