Ahhh, England, England, England! Between flying visits to Germany and Egypt, I managed to grab a cheeky couple of days in London and indulged in a few old favourites. After a year of absenteeism, it came as a pleasant surprise to return to the spiritual home of beer. Well, kinda… I mean, it’s pretty famous for being a nation of boozers at least – and certainly home to as fine a range of historic ales as a man could wish to try.
From Burton upon Trent comes the famous “Marston’s Pedigree”, which (amazingly enough) is now the “Official Beer of England”. Well, of the cricket team at least. Dodgy sponsorship deals aside, I was happy to find that Marston’s remains a solid all-rounder on the pitch.
With a classic pale-ale pour it filled the glass with a satisfyingly well-carbonated pint, a glowing ruby brown treat on a perfect English summer’s afternoon. With slightly lemony nose and a clean refreshing taste, my pleasant memories of many a session spent in this beer’s company were not misplaced: Marston’s Pedigree goes to bat as a good example of the traditional British brew, not bad out of the bottle (if that’s all you can get) but almost certainly better out of a cask.
Keep an eye out for it, and if you’re ever in England, try to find a pub that has it on draught – you won’t regret it.
JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again