>Porkslappin’ @ North


North started their annual U.S Beer Fest today, and with it being Friday and all, I moseyed on down for an extended lunch and a little look-see at what was on offer. A tip-off via Twitter (presumably from the ever-helpful Matt) had alerted me to the presence of Butternut Brewing’s Porkslap Ale – a beer that I’d been curious about since declaring it ‘Quite possibly the best name for a beer ever’ a few months back. A Tad frivolous maybe, but I was genuinely interested.

So, this lunchtime, here it was, sitting in front of me in all it’s porcine glory. The can was snapped open, the beer was poured, and I’m happy to report….It’s all right. Not ground-breaking or anything; but I don’t think Butternuts claim it to be. Taste-wise, it’s along the lines of Brooklyn Lager, only much less complex; toffee-led malt and that familiar boiled sweet/candi sugar rule the body, and there’s not much hop complexity save for a quick, dry bitterness at the end. I could drink a couple more, anyway. Or is that just because it’s canned; some kind of subliminal message to chug? Anyhoo – mission accomplished. Porkslap….slapped.

North’s US beer fest range gets better every year; we seem to have moved on from the household names of Sierra Nevada and Anchor, and those importers and suppliers are coming up with the goods. Brewers like Odell, Flying Dog & Dogfish Head are becoming more and more ubiquitous (and deservedly so, I might add, in Odell’s case) and my notes of the bottles in the fridge make for an impressive list; Great Divide, Big Sky, Buckbean, Moylans, Tommyknocker, Green Flash, Uncommon and Victory all sit, waiting to be sampled. Add to that the likes of SN Bigfoot, Stone IPA, Left Hand Stout and Brooklyn Lager on draught (Brooklyn’s a regular at North now), and you’ve got a new set of choices for your weekend.
In fact, your hardest choice will be deciding simply what to try. The Grove in Huddersfield have also extended thier bar range to include a number of U.S gems. Here’s A Swift One’s thoughts on the matter….

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Blog: https://goodfoodgoodbeer.wordpress.com/ I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

Posted on 30/07/2010, in beer in leeds, beer in yorkshire, North Bar, North Bar U.S Beer Fest 2010, sierra nevada beer. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. >It's strange isn't it – I was so looking forward to this latest US beer idea but have now realised that all I really want is good session beers whilst out and about. A bottle or two to take home is about my limit and even then they'll probably have to weit until Christmas to get drunk. The Stone was good but in an uncompromising way. Give me a Pictish or Mallinsons 4% single hop any day of the week! Regards.

  2. >'Porkslap….slapped.'Brilliant! And that's a great selection of beers too, some which haven't made it over to the UK before. Nice, wish I could go.

  3. >Mark – if you're hitting the GBBF, which I know you are, you're not going to be spoilt for choice with that US Ber Bar!Will, I fully understand your point. At the end of the day you can't hit Stone IPA or SN Bigfoot all night, but I'm just happy that the option is there. A few years ago, it wasn't. You know I champion locality, but this is an interesting diversion. I actually got into real ale through US beers, so it will always have a place in my heart – and likewise, US beers will always have a time and a place.

  4. >Sorry I couldn't make this one, sounds like a really great idea. The americans have revolutionised real ale with their new hop varities, so good luck to the North Bar with their American Festival, will definitely be there next year.Meanwhile, next week sees the Knaresborough Beer Festival organised by the Kanresborough Lions for charity. See also http://www.knaresboroughpost.co.uk/knaresborough-online/Lions-Beer-Festival-for-annual.6444882.jp

  5. >thanks Rob – will highlight the fest.

  6. >Its also the Tarn Inn Beer Festival this weekend at Yeadon in Leeds. Wide selection of hand pulled real ales and live music.

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