Beer sparkler or not to sparkle – a brief investigation

Walking around the old heart of Hull found a newish bar, a recreation of a long gone pub of which I was unaware – Star of the West.  Had a pint of a summer ale from the Wold Top Brewery whilst sitting outside on the street, Trinity House Lane. 

Delightful archway revealing a row of Georgian houses (probably).

Delightful archway revealing a row of Georgian houses (probably).  Love the particularly dark brick hereabouts.

Explored Trinity Square and the rather lovely Old Grammar School, which had a stone plaque set in its brickwork showing the merchant’s mark of William Gee, the man who paid for the Grammar School in the 16th century.

Hull Old Grammar School and the stone commemorating the man who paid for it, William Gee, sixteenth century merchant and Alderman of Hull.

Hull Old Grammar School and the stone commemorating the man who paid for it, William Gee, sixteenth century merchant and Alderman of Hull.

Then on to Walter’s Bar in Scale Lane.  Lots of interesting beers, tried two from Barnsley’s Acorn Brewery – Sticklebract and Sun Storm.  Both delivered through a tight head sparkler.  We asked for another half of Sticklebract poured without the sparkler and agreed it tasted brighter, with the condition felt on the tongue and visible in the beer.  All this flavour quality was lost by pushing the beer through the sparkler, the condition was lost and the beer tasted flat and lifeless.

Returned to our hotel for supper in their restaurant – very pleasant setting, service and quiet surroundings, but not cheap.

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