Watney's Red Barrel


Geez I'm really disappointed!I moved over here to England in the hopes of
getting some Watneys Red Barrel (similar to Rickard's red for the Canadians
in the bunch here),and it looks like they've discontinued brewing it
(damn!!!).Do we have any Brits in the group that can recomend another beer
that's similar and easily available here in the Southeast (Kent)?
I'm just pining away for a red beer again....The withdrawal symptoms of my
favorite tipple are wicked! (MOAN)
Glen
Reply to
gay merrington
Glen, Red Barrel wasn't a red beer. It was an awful keg bitter sold in the Watney's tied estate in the 60s and 70s (mainly London and parts of East Anglia). It hasn't been brewed for a very long time. The old Watneys brewery in Mortlake now brews A-B Bud for the UK market.
It's actually difficult to find this type of beer nowadays. Modern keg bitters have lots of added nitrogen and pour more like Guinness. There hasn't been much call for its revival.
Are you confusing Red Barrel with something else?
HTH, Paul -- Paul Sherwin Consulting
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Paul Sherwin
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Hey Glen,
I can't say that I cared much for Red Barrel (or Rickard's Red for that matter, but that's just my opinion). Actually, I'm tempted to state that a bit more strongly, but nevermind, it's not my place to criticize what you like.
I doubt you'll find anything quite like Red Barrel, but take a look at
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for some recommended pubs & beers. I'm sure you'll find something you can enjoy.
Cheers,
Bill
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Bill Riel
gay merrington a écrit :
Tell me it's a joke...
about ten or fifteen years ago. Where have you been all this time ?
One piece of advice : DO NOT mention Watneys Red Barrel in a real ale pub or beer festival if any persons over 50 are present. Red Barrel was the sheer incarnation of beery evil 30 years ago, and mentioning it in a positive way may still cause some unrest among the natives... and you don't want to upset the native, since they're not easy to handle once they've exploded.
What else to drink, then ?
Well, try some of that funny stuff coming out of handpumps. Yup, most probably not as ice-cold and gassy as what you're used to, but all the more tasty, and your stomach will probably thank you.
The first pint or two may need an effort, but hold on, keep at it, you'll get used to it soon enough.
Concentrate on local small brands, not big, well-known ones.
Get yourself a copy of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide (current edition : 2005. 2006 out next September) to locate other pubs serving more beers to try out.
Visit local beer festivals and taste more beers.
Try, taste, discover, go for the unusual, keep an open mind, and above all try and appreciate beers for what they are, not for what you wish they were or what you're used to back home. Different country, different culture, different beer.
Then you may have a chance to find out why Britain, with its allegedly "flat" and "warm" beers, still is one of the great beer countries on this planet.
Cheers !
Laurent
Reply to
The Submarine Captain
30 years? I recall Monty Python, I think(another Brit comedy group?), doing a comedy bit about a seaside vacation where "Bleedin' WRB" was clearly castigated as subpar, and this was about 40 years ago! *g* Never went to England, but the bit had the proper? intended? effect of steering me clear of any desire to try WRB.
Cheers,
dj
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Dr. Cajones
Yup, the Python travel agent sketch, closer to 30 years ago than 40.
Sadly, Watney's Red Barrel was better than the vast majority of beer one could get in the US at that time. We have it really good here in the States these days.
Reply to
Joel
Joel a écrit :
Indeed, 32 years and a few months ago :
Episode 31, recorded 24 April 1972, originally aired 16 November 1972, according to the scripts, volume 2.
Cheers !
Laurent
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The Submarine Captain

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