In the interests of blog-advancement TIW will drink anything. Even beer of the type not supped since I could convince a rightly-dubious Mr Chad that I was old enough to buy 4 tins of teen party-tastic Gold Cross Lager, Challenge Bitter or some other product from the likes of the Federation Brewery. I soon grew out of it – Timothy Taylor was just down the road. Even at college I couldn’t drink sub-budget beer. When my mates and I were surviving on boiled veg flavoured with Bovril we would club together for McKewans or Tennents. One night we cut the bottom off the sofa, and along with a 1985 Hoseasons Boating Brochure found enough change to buy two bottles of Hook Norton.
So. Here we are with:
16) “Produced In UK”: Tesco Value Bitter (tin). Greenish copper body, tight off-white lasting head. Fairly unpleasant ‘rubber’ nose with the merest hint of unwashed socks. Very, very thin – almost tasteless. Faint metallic finish with wrong-end-of-telescope traces of hop bitterness. Ironically, this tastes more like a very cheap lager than a very cheap bitter. Not really disgusting, and at 2.1% just a bit pointless. I’m not somebody who drinks to get drunk, but it would be nice to have some flavour if there’s no chance of getting even slightly merry. I mean, what can you expect much at 94p for four cans? Probably comes into its own as a slug catcher and I’ve heard of its efficacy for making sunflowers grow.
>The flat we had in Spain had a big fridge full of things previous occupants had left behind. There was one tin of Sol supermarkets budget non alcoholic beer. After two days, in a moment of weakness, I just had to try it. It wasn't that bad, actually — as good as Cruzcampo, at any rate…