Three Bottled Beers from Stringer’s

26 Aug

The watchword at Stringer’s Brewery in Ulverston in Lancashire is “renewable”. The microbrewery (which they helpfully define as “like a big brewery but much smaller” on their bottle labels) is powered entirely by renewable energy. They’ve been around for about four years now, and are starting to have a real impact. All their beers are based on Maris Otter malt, whole flower hops and Lakeland water. Personally, I have had eight of their beers from the cask and three from bottles. I’m going to concentrate on these last three. None of these is bottle conditioned.

I’ll start with Stringer’s XB (4.2%), which as you would expect from its name is a best bitter. In fact, although the bottle is labelled XB, this is called Stringer’s Best Bitter when it comes from the cask. It’s a mid-orange in colour and the bottle produces a thin head. The smell combines a warm maltiness with nice flowery hops. The overriding taste is of the bittering hops – there is a real abundance of hop flavour which grows and grows through the taste. At the finish it almost tastes like quinine. The malt is detectable as a small undertaste. The cask version produces a more flowery dry finish, but either way, this is a beautiful beer.

Next, Stringer’s Dry Stout (no picture of this one, sorry). This has a respectable ABV of 4.5% and pours black. It is dark and deeply malty with delghtful hints of toffee, coffee and chocolate. The dryness becomes most apparent in the finish. Lovely.

Finally, we move on to the strongest of the three. Stringer’s IPA has an ABV of 5.5%, and packs a huge wallop of taste. It starts spicy and peppery, growing through a real orange marmalade middle and finishing with very strong floral hops at the end. A whole array of fantastic flavours in one mouthful. I love a complex beer, and I love this.

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8 responses to “Three Bottled Beers from Stringer’s

  1. Andy

    26 August, 2012 at 19:05

    Hi, nice blog but Ulverston is definitely in Cumbria – not Lancashire!

  2. Alebagger

    26 August, 2012 at 19:12

    I pay no attention to the administrative areas imposed by Ted Heath’s idiot government in 1974. The original counties are still in place (that’s actually in the legislation). If it was in Lancashire in 1973, then it’s in Lancashire now. You’ll find I refer to Westmorland and Cumberland, too.

    • Andy

      26 August, 2012 at 21:05

      Fair enough. As a proud Cumbrian I actually think that Cumbria (an historic area that actually pre-dates Cumberland and Westmorland) is one if the success stories of the redrawn boundaries of the 70s. But each to their own. Cumbria or Lancashire, they are still very good beers.

      • Alebagger

        26 August, 2012 at 21:08

        Hear, hear! I think we can agree on that. I’m sure you can see that as a proud Lancastrian, I don’t like seeing my county eroded for political reasons. Cheers!

  3. Otto Rhoden

    26 August, 2012 at 23:18

    check this out
    PS – Stringers are producing some really great beer at the moment – IMO in the top 20 in the UK at the moment?

  4. Alebagger

    26 August, 2012 at 23:32

    Hi Otto – I’m very familiar with that site. Agree with you about Stringer’s. Great brewery producing some really top-rate beers.

  5. drinkerab

    27 August, 2012 at 13:27

    Yep some really good micros in The Lakes; Stringers, Hardknott and Cumbrian Legendary all of whom I’ve visited recently. Cannot comment on Conniston although winning CAMRA’s top award must mean something.

  6. Alebagger

    27 August, 2012 at 15:06

    I think this relates back to our earlier comments on the Sainsbury’s beers ( Different people have different expectations and different tastes. If I’m honest, I’ve never really understood the appeal of Coniston Bluebird. It’s alright, but it’s definitely in my ‘not special’ category. Obviously, other people feel differently. I think that’s how it should be.


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