Kingstone Brewery - A Taste of Tudor England
Kingstone Brewery provide a taste of Tudor England from Wales.
Walks always help to channel thoughts, and on my recent trek along Offa's Dyke I ruminated that although The Tweed Pig aims to cover all corners of the British Isles (and anywhere else we fancy) - in our quest to uncover British classics and hidden gems, champion artisans and so on - thus far Wales was so far under-represented.
First up from the Principality then comes Welsh micro-brewer Kingstone Brewery, based in Tintern, Monmouthshire, and their 1503 Tudor Ale.
In Laurie Lee fashion, I walked out this midsummer with a salami and a couple of bottles of their 1503 Tudor Ale in my knapsack as welcome company.
The dark-brown beer is described as "unfiltered, uncompromised and unashamedly real." It has a a well-balanced bitterness, but with the sweetness of malty chocolate. Delicious. Nice with the salami and recommended as a hiking ale. After the second bottle, I restarted my walk with renewed vigour and purposefulness.