Crafts in Casks

Steak and Ale Pie
Steak and Ale Pie

What’s better than a fresh craft beer? Try it on cask, in a London Pub, and you’ve got yourself a delightful treat! Hi everyone, it’s your local world traveling beer taster at your service.Today I want to share with you a great little spot in London, England called Lamb and Flag. There are two Lamb and Flags in the area, I was able to visit the location on

It was a long day of bus hopping and walking around the city, and both I and my family had graduated from peckish to ravenous. As the sun sunk lower in the sky, finding a suitable location to rest our abnormally sore feet, and fill our bellies became more of a necessity, than a novelty. My goal was to find a traditional English Pub and try a cask ale, while eating some meat pie.

On that particular day for some reason, most of the pubs were not serving food, and while I might have been able to let that slide for a pint or two, I was not alone. So after a hesitant goodbye to a full bar of Samuel Smith’s on tap and cask. We were again off to find food (and hopefully drink). We moseyed on over to a heavily populated outdoor food court, St Christopher’s Place, and just for giggles, we tried this corner pub “with a traditional interior includingIMG_8929 original wood paneling, and street-side tables.” Our giggles turned to happy chortles when we discovered sustenance!

Then, my eyes went wide, and glistened, for the oasis of which we stumbled held a bounty of local beers and cask ales, including beer made by the owners; YES, local craft beer just waiting to be pumped into my glass! The only downside, the seating. At least that’s what we thought. Inside was a bit cramped  and even outside was quite busy, but  after ogling the food menu and then beer choices, we found that there was quiet 2ndfloor seating. All we had to do was place an order at the bar, let them know where to send the food, grab our beer and just wait for the food to be hoisted up a lift and brought to our window table.

There is a full bar, but if you are in a different country, why not try their local brews. It’s like drinking local pride, deliciously crafted for your enjoyment. As an added bonus, if you would like to try a variety of beers, not only are they lower in ABV, but you can purchase half pints (it’s a thing there).

As for their food, take a gander at their menu for a full list,  but I would recommend the Steak and Ale pie. It’s served complete with gravy, mashed potatoes and a light portion of carrots peas and scallions. An all around tasty dish, try paring it with a London Glory cask ale.

As for the beer, here are the three I tried:

IMG_8927Name: London Glory

Brewery: Greene King

Style: English Bitter

ABV: 4.1 %

Brewer’s description: “Sweet malt character comes from the pale malt and some toffee character comes from the crystal malt. A little roasted barley adds a touch of astringency. Special yeast adds fruity esters. The hops give classic clean herbal and resin hop flavour with a moderate easy drinking bitterness.”

My review: The sweet malty character is prominent, but it is not overwhelming. In fact, it comes off refreshing and smooth. It drinks like a red ale, but with a more mellow character.

 


IMG_8933Name: Doom Bar

Brewery: Sharp’s

Style: Amber Ale

ABV: 4% (cask)

Brewer’s description: “Accomplished and precise, Doom Bar is the epitomy of consistency, balance and moreish appeal and is now the UK’s no.1 selling cask beer.
An enticing aroma of resinous hop, sweet malt and delicate roasted notes. The mouth feel is a balanced, complex blend of succulent dried fruit, lightly roasted malt and a subtle yet assertive bitterness. The finish is dry and refreshing.”

My review: This was well balanced and insanely smooth. The malts come across light and sweet, and very balanced. I picked up on caramel and toffee notes.


IMG_8934Name: Band of Brewers

Brewery: Greene King

Style: English IPA

ABV: 4.4%

Brewer’s description: “A generously hopped light golden IPA developed by Greene King pub landlords from across the country.
A clean, crisp malt base supports a trio of USA hops: Citra, Simcoe & Cascade. The first part they play is the aroma – greeting you with a wave of fresh citrus. Followed up with a lip smacking burst of flavour – grapefruit with a piney edge.”

My review: An IPA on cask? yes! Thicker body than you might expect, less carbonation and warmer than most would expect in an “IPA,” but remember, its and English IPA. It was enjoyable, and subtle. The sweet malty character one would expect in an English ale is prevalent, it’s body smooth, and there were hints of pine and grapefruit.

 

If you get the chance to explore London, take a trip to St Christopher’s Place, sit and enjoy the food and beer while people watching. Hopefully, you will find yourself in this little nook, stay for a pint and leave with a fond memory of Lamb and Flag.

Stay tuned for for more beers and suggestions on places to visit in Europe.

-Nick

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