After my post on Local Spuds, the next obvious staple of course, is beer.
My local Brewery was Gales Ales in Horndean. I remember may times walking back from school, and once you got within sniffing distance of the brewery, all you could smell was the odour of Hops being, well, doing whatever they do to Hops to make them into beer.
Gales were bought by Fuller’s in 2005, who, after a short period of grace, closed the Horndean Brewery.
I am fortunate indeed to have been able to complete the Gales Brewery Tour a few years before the takeover, and also fortunate that in being the the person who organised the event, managed to prove to my work colleagues, that I could, indeed, “Organise a Piss-Up in a Brewery”.
The tour was pretty good, there was a video presentation, a full tour of the barrelling, fermenting, and er, and whatever else they did to make the beer. Then a ‘sample our wares’ in the brewery’s bar (which due to the whole day, and evening being dedicated to boozing, nobody wanted to peak too early).
The preamble with Gales is important, as my nearest Brewery is associated in a way with Gales, the Irving & Co. Brewers’ Director is ex-Gales Ales and has set up his Brewery in Farlington, easily reached from the A27. The Brewery is on an industrial unit, and very simple to find.
I first encountered the Irving brand after sampling a Guest Beer in a local pub. The distinctive name of the beer stuck in my mind (Invincible) and answering the nagging question of the beer’s heritage was quickly decided by Google … to my delight finding additional take-away versions of the beer practically on my doorstep.
So four pints of Frigate, and four pints of Invincible were purchased … and enjoyed, immensely.
This beer is much more satisfying, and filling, than any lager.
A definite purchase for long weekends, and special occasions.
If you are local to Farlington, and you appreciate and enjoy good beer – do yourself a favour – go grab some Off Sales!