Pope’s Yard Pop-up Bar (28/05/16)

Watford’s only microbrewery Pope’s Yard opened its doors for a few days for locals to sample its range of cask and bottled beers.

The brewery’s located in a unit at 477-479 Whippendell Road (the ‘Whippendell Group’ building) and would have been pretty easy to miss if signs hadn’t been helpfully placed outside.

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The sign outside 477-479 Whippendell Road.

Four beers were on tap (see below), our favourite being Quarter Master, a bitter pale brew that Рsneaking in at 4.4% Рjust about qualifies as a session ale.

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Of the bottles, Club Hammer was out favourite – a chocolatey stout that wasn’t too heavy and didn’t cloy like similar stouts can.

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Of a more – ahem – acquired taste was Bruitish, a gruit ale. Gruit is a combination of herbs that was widely used in beer making prior to the inclusion of hops. Let’s just say the sour taste was one for the connoisseur or historian!

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Some Benskins memorabilia, with brew kettles in the background.

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A decent crowd for a Sunday afternoon – good to see a range of ages down there.
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Our favourite – Club Hammer (apologies for the blurry photo).
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The range of bottled Pope’s Yard beers on sale.

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Would love to pop back sometime soon – in the meantime here are some links:

http://popesyard.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/popesyard
https://twitter.com/popesyard

 

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