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Cider Update

Oh Happy Day!

The Kings Head on the Broadway has started selling Weston’s Organic Cider on hand pump – they also have Addlestones on tap. They’ve probably had it for ages but i’ve not been in for a while….


What Ales thee?

My current favorite beer is St Peter’s Brewery’s Old Style Porter and their Cream Stout – both of which are locally available from Crouch End Budgens, but also from a stall at Borough Market. The beer comes in a distinctive flask style bottle, but more than this being a gimmick, the beers focus on a traditional taste (thus the excellent Porter and Stout) rather than catering for the modern sweeter palate.

The beer I see most often is their Organic Ale, which is a pleasant mild flavored hoppy bitter. What I didn’t realize until i checked out thier website is that the Jerusalem Tavern in Clerkenwell is run by the Brewery – i think it has to be worth a visit!

Island Queen – Islington

not me inthe pictureLast night’s drinking was at the Island Queen pub, Islington for my friends birthday. Sore head today is is mostly due to this stuff, Weston’s organic Cider Westons cider It’s far too nice, and i forget how strong it is.

At some point i’ll get round to putting up a page to the summer cycle tour that I took with a friend around Somerset, Devon and Cornwall – cider-tasting as we went.

That’s an aside.

The Island queen was much busy than I remember it being when i’ve been there before.

It’s off the beaten path a little which means that it gets a different crowd to those of upper street, bit quieter less random.

It has an amazing wood and glass interior, rather disturbingly the back of the pub seems to be held up by scaffolding

– at least that’s how it appeared after a few Westons…..

And i’ve had the chance to update the video of the birthday girl finishing off her pint