A Drinker’s Choice – Real Ale Reality

By Chris Elliot

When I revisit the UK, one of the first things I do is to go into a local supermarket and collect half a dozen varied bottles of classic ales so I can sit and savour one each night and appreciate the quality of taste and flavour. It’s such a long time now since I last went to a CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) event in my local home town in the UK, where it was possible to sample such wonderful brews straight out of the barrel.

Like most other beer drinkers, I too went on the “booze cruises”  to France and Belgium and brought back crates and boxes of cheap euro fizz. I should say there were some veryLion's Heart Ales nice brews to bring back like the Trappist ales from Belgium,  but then taste is a very personal thing.

So here in North Cyprus we have tended to get used to a different type of tipple but I am intrigued and will be sampling with great anticipation the local Lion’s Heart Brewery ales mentioned in the article from Jack Lobb which I hope will tantalize and satisfy my palate.

For those local readers  who would like to sample these 5 new ales and also samples of St. Hilarion Wines, there will be a tasting at the Castle Restaurant and Bar, Esentepe on Monday 25th November at 7.30pm.

A light supper and mezes will be served at a cost of 25TL to go with your tasting of the St. Hilarion Wines and their new 5 varieties of bottled real ales.

To reserve a place, please call Jack Lobb on 0533 842 6457.

Real Ale Reality

By Jack Lobb

Saturday 2nd November saw Stevie’s Restaurant and Bar in Küçük Erenköy holding a Beer and Wine tasting evening. The event hosted by Cape Wines of Çatalköy, was promoting a new range of bottle conditioned real ales from St. Hilarion Wines and their Lion’s Heart Brewery.  Mustafa Seyfi and Keith Grainger, partners in the businesses, gave information of their range of beers and wines during the evening.

Cape Wines have been selected as the sole distributor for the five ales on offer from the Lion’s Heart Brewery based Cape Wines smlin Gecıtköy and also for the range of twelve wines now produced at the winery. On offer on Saturday were the five ales; Summer and Blonde being the lighter tasting beers and Gold, Pride and Swallow being the more traditional English ales. The Levant range from  St. Hilarion winery was on offer for this particular evening.

Approximately 30 people turned up to the event and a scoring system was used by the tasters, to allocate their preferences. The beers have been developed over the last twelve months and it is the intention to offer perhaps one or two fruit flavoured beers for the summer of next year.

These beers and wines are now available from Cape Wines in Çatalköy, opposite the Tempo Supermarket to both trade and retail customers. For more details; Jack Lobb of Cape Wines can be contacted on tel. 0533 842 6457.

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