I have encountered few better pints in my time and never a Purple Moose. These are delicious ales, some of the finest in Britain, making them the finest beers in the world (or am I slightly bias?!).
Purple Moose are lovely folk brewing an award-winning range of beers just down the road in Porthmadog, North Wales. They brew four ales throughout the year with regular specials, available to buy in bottles or by the cask. We have been looking for an excuse to buy a whole cask for the Beach House! Anybody fancy a barbecue?
Purple Moose beers are always interesting and full of character, reflected in the brew names which started with ‘Startled Moose’ and also include such classics as ‘Dark Side of the Moose’ (they are Pink Floyd fans), ‘Madog’s Ale’, ‘Myrica Gale’, ‘Old Wobbly Antlers’ and at Christmas time ‘Merry X-Moose’.
The ‘Myrica Gale’ is particularly interesting, brewed with Halletau Hops and Welsh bog myrtle this is a brilliant, malty dark ale which has hints of Marmite. The Myrtle adds an almost aniseed-y flavour. You won’t have tried anything like this.
I love my dark ales and stouts, so the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ is a real winner. Described as ‘chestnut-hued, malty, nutty and chocolaty’. It has recently won a golden fork at the Great Taste Awards 2011. With the temperature rising, I hear there is a summer elderflower pale bitter coming. I’m getting thirsty.
‘Purple is my favourite colour and everyone loves a moose, don’t they?’ says Lawrence Washington the man behind the moose. It all started as a little jokey ‘brand’ being brewed in Lawrence’s home. He thankfully decided to make these beers on a commercial basis in a former saw mill. Six years on and they have recently celebrated their 1000th brew.
What I love about real beers, wines, foods etc like Purple Moose is the tale behind them. There is always an interesting human story behind all quality produce, normally a tale of passion and commitment that defies logic and reason. You have to be slightly nutty to commit your life to good beer, cheese, carrots etc.
We are not drinking much alcohol at the minute, which makes us savour great beer even more. We are incredibly lucky to have the Purple Moose just down the road. They never fail us for quality beers and quirky names. If you can’t get hold of Purple Moose locally, you can now buy cases on-line.
Iechyd da! (pronounced ‘Yechidda’, Welsh for ‘Cheers!’)
Don’t just take our word for it, see the Purple Moose trophy cabinet here:
Real ale contains folates, which are good for the brain, heart and bones.