Our first beer in Cardiff was Brains SA Gold in a delightful bar probably called the Cottage, on a central pedestrian street. But it was the Tiny Rebel bar just a short walk away that drew us twice. Very fruity Juicy, the delicious Fubar and a stronger US pale keg called Cali.
In the Isles of Scilly I had hoped to find cask beers from Ales of Scilly Brewery, but none had been brewed for cask this season. Settled for two bottled beers. The porter was a little thin, but pleasant enough – I used most of it in a beef casserole. The IPA was better, but not really my favourite US hopped type, more traditional IPA.
Both these beers are named after shipwrecks in the Isles. The best bottled beer was bought at, Juliet’s Garden, a cafe overlooking St Mary’s harbour. It was a wheat beer from the Padstow Brewing Company called Lobster Tale. Delicious.
I also drank a lot of St Austell Proper Job, it being my favourite St Austell beer, and widely available on the Scillies, and a few pints of a pale hoppy beer from the Harbour Brewing Company in Killick, North Cornwall, called OTI and being the house beer of the Old Town Inn, in Old Town St Marys.
Back in Penzance I found a bar new to me, The Lamp and Whistle. The guy who owns it is keen on US style hops so I was able to drink both Speakeasy Transatlantic Pale from the Powderkeg Brewery of Topsham, Devon and Fang from the Black Flag Brewery of Truro. Also had a half of a keg US IPA called Longhammer. Sadly low on US fruity hops but costing £5.40 a pint.