This is a blonde that is worthy of the name. Jorvik is a delicious pale gold colour that looks refreshing from the moment that it is poured. There’s a light fizzing head and the aroma is lemon and fresh. It’s a beer that delivers on taste too, a little bitter, but with that refreshing lemon note and a hint of honey. This is a truly enjoyable ale and at 4.6% ABV isn’t going to stop me from having another! Would be great on its own on a warm summer’s day (like today), or with salad and a barbecue.
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Next beer from Rudgate Brewery is Battleaxe Bitter, a delightful 4.8% ABV copper brown ale. The aroma’s quite fruity, and the flavour is reminiscent of orange and hazelnuts, nicely dry without being overly so. This is another great example of a beer of its kind form Rudgate, this time the archetypical bitter. This could be a great session beer, but would go well with cheese too, or a ploughmans lunch, sitting outside the pub, on a warm Sunday afternoon.
Next up: Rudgate Jorvik Blonde.
For the next part of this bottle-top tour of Yorkshire, I’m heading a few miles to the west of York, to the village of Tockwith, and the Rudgate Brewery, established in 1992, and shared with the Marston Moor Brewery. I’ve previously reviewed the York Chocolate Stout (though that won’t stop me having another taste later in this series), but I’m going to start with the Ruby Mild.
This 4.4%ABV ale is a deep red colour, with an almost light brown head that fizzes excitedly as its poured from the bottle. There ‘s not a big aroma to it – maybe hints of caramel and hazelnuts – but the flavour is rounded and far from dry, as a good mild should be. The hazelnut aroma is carried through to a very nutty finish in the flavour too. This is a highly refined and enjoyable beer that would work as well with more delicately flavoured food as it would as a session ale.
And it’s not just me that likes this beer. In 2012 it was awarded the Gold Medal for Mild Beers at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival.
This is a great start to this exploration of the beers of this award-winning brewery. Next into the glass is Rudgate’s Battleaxe. Looking forward to that one.
Over the next few weeks and months, I’ll be focussing on beers from specific parts of the UK, such as Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, but to get me started, I’ll be visiting a county where I spent three very happy years as a student: Yorkshire. The historical County of York was the largest of Britain’s counties until a reorganisation in the twentieth century, when for administrative purposes, it was split into three. For the purposes of this blog, however, I’ll be reviewing beers from that historical county, and I’ll be starting in the City of York itself. As a student, Yorkshire is where I first encountered Theakston’s bitter and Old Peculier, Sam Smiths’ bitter, but also Tetley’s and John Smiths’, and my favourite pint was of Sam Smiths’ bitter in the Wellington Inn in Alma Terrace. These days, there are many more breweries in the county, and I’ll be reviewing beers from York Brewery, Rudgate, Brass Castle, Saltaire, Sam Smiths, Daleside, Hambleton and a few others, too, no doubt. So, off to God’s own country…
So this is Rudgate’s York Chocolate Stout! It has been sitting waiting to be opened since I spotted it in Evil Eye in Stonegate on a trip to York a few weeks ago and this seemed like the right time. It’s a beer that should suit me down to the ground: it’s a stout, brewed in the City of York which is famous for its chocolate factory and where I was a student, with added chocolate from the terrific York Cocoa House, so what’s not to like?! This 5.0% ABV beer looks like liquid chocolate as I pour it into the glass, and the frothy, chocolate coloured head soon dissipates. The aroma is quite spicy before the chocolatey notes kick in, and the taste is rich, warming and not surprisingly, the dominant flavour is the added chocolate essence. It’s a beer that would work well with strong flavoured meats like venison, game and beef, especially if in a pie or casserole.
York Cocoa House is a fantastic place to go for a hot chocolate or coffee, with a great choice of cakes; it’s small and friendly and much easier to get a table than a certain well-known tea shop nearby. Evil Eye is not far from York Cocoa House, and even closer to the fabulous House of Trembling Madness, which also sells Rudgate beers. They are all worth visiting next time you’re in York.