123 Photos - Feb 18, 2013
Photo: Owen Ogletree took 20 beer writers, brewers, pub managers and retail beer store owners on a ten day, epic real ale journey to the UK in February of 2013.Photo: Lee Dickson (rear) hosted a few of the group in the cellar of the Brick Store Pub in Decatur for a warm-up tasting the week before departure.Photo: L-R: Bob Pike, Dan Rosen and "Spider Hamp" Covington enjoy some beers at our pre-trip tasting at Brick Store.Photo: Jim Hatsell, Charlie Meers, Dan Rosen and Coby Glass meet for a beer just before departure at the new Belgian Beer Bar on Concourse F at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.Photo: Ed Hamrick and Dan Rosen enjoy one of their first samples of real ale in Manchester.Photo: Marilyn Hall, The Beer Wench, Siobhan Desmond, Owen DeFrancesco and Oskar Blues' Tim Matthews sample the perfect cask ales at Manchester's wonderful City Arms pub.Photo: Our group loved the wide range of cask and bottled beers at Manchester's Port Street Beer House.Photo: Our group loved the wide range of cask and bottled beers at Manchester's Port Street Beer House.Photo: Dan Rosen and Bob Pike sample from the extensive beer list at Port Street Beer House in Manchester.Photo: The group makes it to Manchester's excellent Marble Arch brewpub.Photo: David Aynesworth (with vest) gave the group a tour of the extraordinary cask ale cellar of his Craven Arms pub in the Yorkshire Dales.Photo: David Aynesworth (with vest) gave the group a tour of the extraordinary cask ale cellar of his Craven Arms pub in the Yorkshire Dales.Photo: We enjoyed a scrumptious lunch in the Cruck Barn extension of the Craven Arms pub in Appletreewick.Photo: Richard Eyton-Jones (left), brewer for Dark Horse (maker of Hetton Pale Ale), joined our group for lunch in the Cruck Barn. On the right is Bob Sandage, owner/brewer for the Wrecking Bar brewpub in Atlanta.Photo: The Craven Arms ranks as one of our favorite pubs of the entire trip. David Aynesworth has done a marvelous job in creating the perfect real ale pub.Photo: We land at Theakston's Brewery in Masham. Jim Hatsell, Lee Dickson, Brian Roth and Dan Rosen raise a toast - with a pub regular photo bomber to the right.Photo: Theakston's is a large, family-owned brewery in Yorkshire. They are the proud makers of Old Peculier.Photo: L-R: Hamp Covington, Coby Glass, Spike Buckowski, Russ Yates and Bob Pike get into the spirit of things at Theakston's Old Brewery in Masham, UK.Photo: Next, we enjoyed a top-notch tour of Black Sheep Brewery - also in Masham.Photo: Next, we enjoyed a top-notch tour of Black Sheep Brewery - also in Masham.Photo: Black Sheep has a beautiful brewery in Masham - a great mix of old and new equipment and techniques.Photo: Jo Theakston, co-owner of Black Sheep, gave us great insight into the history of the traditional English brewery.Photo: Black Sheep produces a range of traditional and experimental cask and bottled beers.Photo: Ed strains to hear the tour guide over the machinery at Black Sheep.Photo: Black Sheep uses traditional, open fermenters, and even employs a couple of fermentation vessels lined with Yorkshire slate.Photo: The group takes in the lovely smell of fermenting ale at Black Sheep.Photo: Black Sheep's ales are exquisite.Photo: The group headed north on our charter bus to visit Tullibardine distillery in Perthshire.Photo: Tullibardine is an old, traditional single malt distillery in Scotland.Photo: Alan Raines sniffs an open bung at Tullibardine.Photo: Dan, Jim, Lee, Bob, Russ and Ed prepare for some tasting samples at Tullibardine.Photo: More Tullibardine tasters: Siobhan, Tim, Marilyn, Fred Crudder, Bob Sandage, Alan Raines and Jim Hatsell.Photo: Next stop was a tour of Famous Grouse in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland.Photo: Dan found a bottle of whisky bigger than him at Famous Grouse.Photo: Bob and Russ get ready to formulate their own whisky blend at Famous Grouse.Photo: Kerri and Owen visited Edinburgh's most attractive pub that night - Cafe Royal.Photo: Here's the entire group arriving for our morning tour of Traquair House visitors center and brewery in Peeblesshire.Photo: Catherine Maxwell Stuart's prized spaniels met our bus upon arrival at Traquair House.Photo: The Traquair House brewer showed our group around the ancient brewhouse.Photo: Fred Crudder, beverage manager for Taco Mac, poses in front of the old wort coolers at Traquair House in Scotland.Photo: Traquair House produces Scotland's best Scottish ale.Photo: The group at the rear of the house at Traquair.Photo: On our way south, the group stopped for beers, lunch and a tour of the marvelous Hawkshead Brewery in Kendal, Cumbria.Photo: Owen DeFrancesco, Russ, Spike, Ed and Tim enjoy a half pint of Hawkshead cask ale during the brewery walk-through.Photo: Matt Clarke (left), head brewer for Hawkshead, discusses malt and hops with Spike Buckowski of Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia.Photo: Hawkshead new cask washer. High-tech in action!Photo: Hawkshead's popularity has sky-rocketed in recent years due to the excellent quality of their hoppy ales.Photo: Casks are filled at Hawkshead in Cumbria.Photo: Bob Sandange discusses the brewing process with Hawkshead's Alex Brodie.Photo: Our tour bus zips through Yorkshire on the way south to Sheffield.Photo: Ed catches a few ZZZs on the bus.Photo: Alan, Spike, Brian and Fred enjoy a few excellent real ales at Sheffield's Fat Cat pub.Photo: Russ and Ed toast to real ale at Fat Cat.Photo: Castle Rock's Charlotte (Charlie) Blomeley and Nottingham’s official “Robin Hood” (Tim Pollard) prepare to take the group through the brewery.Photo: Castle Rock quickly rose to fame throughout the UK when their Harvest Pale Ale won champion beer of Britain a few years ago.Photo: Castle Rock quickly rose to fame throughout the UK when their Harvest Pale Ale won champion beer of Britain a few years ago.Photo: Marilyn and Robin Hood compare outfits.Photo: Siobhan, Owen DeFrancesco and Alan Raines enjoy a pint of Harvest Pale Ale in the Castle Rock tap.Photo: Dan and Hamp enjoy a pint of Harvest Pale Ale in the Castle Rock tap.Photo: Here's to Castle Rock!Photo: Photo: On our day in Nottingham, we enjoyed lunch at the friendly Kean's Head - a Castle Rock pub.Photo: On our day in Nottingham, we enjoyed lunch at the friendly Kean's Head - a Castle Rock pub.Photo: From Kean's Head, we walked to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (England's oldest pub).Photo: The cellar dungeon of Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham.Photo: The cellar dungeon of Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in NottinghamPhoto: Photo: Fred and Dan explore the interior of the ancient Ye Olde Trip to JerusalemPhoto: Siobhan, Tim and Owen DeFrancesco sample the cask ales at Ye Olde Trip to JerusalemPhoto: One of our favorite real ale breweries in the UK has to be Batemans in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire.Photo: Stuart Bateman gives the group a wonderful, story-filled tour of the old and new brewhouses at Batemans.Photo: Batemans brewery in Wainfleet.Photo: Batemans employs traditional, open fermenters in the production of their excellent range of real ales.Photo: Batemans employs traditional, open fermenters in the production of their excellent range of real ales.Photo: Jaclyn and Stuart Bateman raised the U.S. flag over the brewery on the day of our visit. What an honor!Photo: Batemans Good Honest Ales offers a fun tour and visitor center.Photo: Our group could have stayed at Batemans all day enjoying the traditional English ales.Photo: Lunch at BatemansPhoto: Lunch at Batemans. Spike looks like a hungry boy!Photo: On our way back to Sheffield from Batemans, we made a pit stop at the amazing Just Beer Micropub in Newark. In the photo, the group packs into this small pub that offers only fine real ale. Owner Phil Ayling is pictured on the front row to the right of Owen Ogletree.Photo: Upon departure from Just Beer Micropub, we took a short tour of the new Newark Brewery that's housed in an old maltings. Newark uses a Porter brewing system.Photo: Here's our group tour of the cellar of the inspiring Sheffield Station Pub.Photo: Ed raises a glass of real ale to the new brewhouse at Sheffield Station Pub.Photo: February 14, 2013 was our brewday at Thornbridge in Bakewell. Here the group takes a short tour of the original Thornbridge brewery located behind the Thornbridge Hall manor house.Photo: Here the group takes a short tour of the original Thornbridge brewery located behind the Thornbridge Hall manor house.Photo: We enjoyed our stroll through the grounds of Thornbridge Hall.Photo: We enjoyed our stroll through the grounds of Thornbridge Hall.Photo: Tim wraps his Oskar Blues hoodie around one of the Thornbridge statues.Photo: Spike Buckowski from Terrapin (in Terrapin shirt) and Rob Lovatt from Thornbridge (to the right of Spike) prepare to mash in for their collaboration brew.Photo: Spike Buckowski from Terrapin (in Terrapin shirt) and Rob Lovatt from Thornbridge (to the right of Spike) mash in for their collaboration brew.Photo: Spike Buckowski from Terrapin (right) and Rob Lovatt from Thornbridge (left) add a dose of whole leaf hops to their collaborative Imperial Rye ESB.Photo: Spike from Terrapin always insists on using a portion of rye malt in his collaboration ales. Thornbridge was happy to oblige.Photo: After a busy day of brewing at Thornbridge, our group visited three impressive Thornbridge pubs near Bakewell. First stop was the Beauchief.Photo: Cellar bar at the beautiful Beauchief Thornbridge pub.Photo: Cellar bar at the beautiful Beauchief Thornbridge pub.Photo: Next stop was Thornbridge's Greystones pub.Photo: Cask lineup at Thornbridge's Greystones pub.Photo: Spike and Rob enjoy a pint after a long day of collaborative brewing at Thornbridge.Photo: Tim Matthews pulls a pint of Brother Rabbit ale for himself at the Thornbridge brewery in Bakewell, UK. The Beer Wench is amused.Photo: Here is our wonderful bus driver Steve on the left at Thornbridge with Russ. Steve! Steve! Steve!Photo: Lee, Bob, Dan and Hamp enjoy a half pint in the Thornbridge visitors center.Photo: Beer Hunter Michael Jackson quote on the wall at Thornbridge.Photo: Photo: Thornbridge's Alex Buchanan (center in black) shows us around Thornbridge Hall - site of the original Thornbridge microbrewery.Photo: The original Thornbridge microbrewery is still used for test batches and experimental brews.Photo: No beer lover should miss the tour of the National Brewery Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent.Photo: No beer lover should miss the tour of the National Brewery Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent.Photo: Lee mugs with the vintage vehicles at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent.Photo: Shire horse the National Brewery Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent.Photo: Here's the whole group of 21 real ale fans at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent.Photo: Test brewer of the National Brewery Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent.Photo: Lots of history at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent.Photo: Visit to Burton Bridge Brewery - just a few blocks from the National Brewery Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent.Photo: Visit to Burton Bridge Brewery - just a few blocks from the National Brewery Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent.Photo: Owner of Burton Bridge Brewery gives us insight into the process of turning malt, hops, yeast and great Burton water into real ale.Photo: Addicted to social media, Brian Roth tweets from Burton Bridge Brewery.Photo: Tim and Charlie marvel at the delicious ales of Burton Bridge.Photo: We made it to London! Owen Ogletree and The Beer Wench prepare for real ale and a Thai meal at Fullers' charming Churchill Arms pub in London.Photo: Here's the hungry group at Churchill Arms Fullers pub in London ready for some spicy Thai cuisine.Photo: L-R: Coby, Spike and Fred grab a warm-up pint before our visit to Meantime Brewery in Greenwich, London.Photo: Meantime produces outstanding keg and bottle ales and lagers in Greenwich.Photo: Meantime's bottle corker.Photo: Meantime produces outstanding keg and bottle ales and lagers in Greenwich.