Leigh's Top 10 Beers of 2018
– Burke's Beers – Blockley Blonde – 4.5% (RateBeer: N/A) (Untappd: 3.42 )
What’s this – A 4.5% traditional blonde ale in Leigh's top 10 – what is the world coming to!
Well, yes, I do admit it is unusual for me to highlight this sort of beer in my end of year lists, but I so seldom come across a new (and local) brewer doing such a good job on traditional beers that I felt this needed highlighting. I first met Samantha Burke of @burkesbeers
(who brews at Blockley in Gloucestershire) late last year and agreed to get her three bottle conditioned beers onto our shelves as part of our TryAnuary promotion at the start of the year.
All three of Sam's current beers are solid, but for me, this is the standout beer. It uses traditional English Progress and Fuggles hops and has a hint of elderflower also added. It has a lovely floral aroma and a brilliant smooth flavour profile balancing the malts and hops superbly for a ultra-quaffable, smooth golden ale.
Sam came along for a ‘Meet the Brewer’ event at the shop last month and both Sam and her beers were extremely well received. Please support this superb Gloucestershire Brewster!
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