Thursday, 14 June 2012

Best Ale in Britain

The undisputed champion ale in Brittan is produced in the Black Country by Daniel Bathams & Sons Ltd.  This may be considered a provocative remark but even fans of Enville will admit defeat when put to the test.

I first experienced  this brew in Kinver at the Plough and Harrow  (known locally as The Steps) whilst on a hired narrowboat with Dave the Rave and Ron from Tollemache country about 20 years ago and abstinence has made the heart grow fonder. It's one of those ales that is so good you want to keep it to yourself.  This is assisted by the brewery who have never shown an inclination to flood the country or adorn the shelves of Tesco - both routes to ignominy.

 They produce two ales all year and one extra at Xmas.

They have eleven tied houses;

Eighteen freee houses serve their ales

Two breweries resell the products

Bathams Bean Truck
The restored 1931 lorry

They also have one of only three existing Bean lorries from 1931 which they bought at auction in 2009 and have restored to the Bathams livery.It is on display at The Lamp pub in Dudley.

Bean produced cars and lorries in Tipton and Dudley  and Bathams original vehicle from 1930 is now in the Black Country Living Museum.

Bathams original Type W  30cwt lorry

We are moored in Kinver again and will be revisiting The Steps asap.

1 comment:

  1. LoveMoney has just produced a list of best ales for drinking whilst watching the football:


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