OK. So, I’ll admit it. I’d never really been to a Wetherspoon’s before. I’d always admired their ethos (cask ale, low prices, long opening hours, and no music – sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?) but there wasn’t ever one in Oxford as I was growing up, so I never got to go.
Well, I finally got to go one a couple of weeks back on a lunchtime with m’colleague Karl after I borrowed his trailer (which, I appreciate, sounds like a euphemism for something – but isn’t)
At The Company of Weavers in Witney, I managed to get a more-than reasonable burger with pulled pork, chips and onion rings for about a fiver and a bit – with a drink thrown in! What sort of way is that to make money?
I was very happy to have my “thrown in” drink as a can (yes, a can*) of Sixpoint Sweet Action. It’s US, it’s craft – so it had to be worth a go…
Pouring a very hazy orange and with a thinnish head, it just looked “craft”. God, I hope the English can find it in their hearts to accept that some beers -other than Hoegaarden and other wheat beers- are always going to be a bit hazy (…and only hazy as a result of violently assertive dry-hopping regimes, or exciting phenolic yeasts in suspension.)
I fear that we’ve just got too used crystal clear lagers and rubbish keg bitters, etc. Maybe we can all get over it together?
Sixpoint’s aroma was thickly malty, almost to the point of being syrupy and the hop aroma was more than evident. The taste was hard to pin down stylistically, but edged towards US pale ale but with more complexity. The hops weren’t as long-lasting or assertive as I’d imagined they’d be, but the overall complexity made up for it, keeping the taste interesting to the bottom of the glass.