Coniston No: 9. Cumbria. 8.5%. Like an aristocratic Sauternes. Honey, marzipan, cognac Andy Williams, Moon River
India pale ale
Thornbridge Jaipur IPA 5.9%. Derby. Ripe man darin, lychee hop as made for 1820s India Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody flutes are brought into play for light lagers, adding theatre but conserving their delicate aromas. All are served at a temperature to suit the beer.
Finally, health. Now, this might seem an unlikely topic, but it is important and misunderstood that beer has no fat or cholesterol and fewer calories than orange juice. It gives silica to bones and is a good source of B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and potassium. And, as I drink mine from a tulip wine glass, I keep my intake modest while appreciating every nuance of the barley or hop.
When I am dictator, I shall push this health message further by taking those iconic British pubs to my bosom and diminishing taxes for every beer sold within their walls. Pubs provide the ultimate social get-together and, with a glass of beer to hand, they will help me avoid the eccentricities of my laptop or the expensive psychiatrist’s couch.
Queen Victoria, of all people, once remarked: ‘Give my people plenty of beer, good beer and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution among them.’ I think the lady was right.