Skinners Betty Stogs


Betty Stogs was a Cornish woman in a folktale. She lived on moorland near Towednack. She had a six-month old baby but was lazy and dissipated. The neglected baby was cared for by the fairies, who returned it clean and laid upon a bed of moss (stolen from Wikipedia)

Well this one is nicer than the Cornish Knocker. It’s got a nice orangey colour to it.

Sweet and malty. Got the usual citrusy fruity tones.

It’s again, not a banger, but I could see myself drinking a few of these. A lot more agreeable than the last one.




Once again crossed the border into lagerville. I was drawn in by the moulded green Buddha bottle.

It pours as you’d expect a lager to pour. Smells a little hoppy but tastes particularly odd. A bit grassy and a little ‘old’

I only bought it because I’d never seen it before. Cool bottle, but not a keeper beer.

4.8% in 330ml bottle.



Co-op gold miner


Was recommended to me by a colleague. It was £1.69 in Witney co-op so thought I’d give it a try.

The label and bottle looks very sophisticated. Opened and poured nicely. Golden in colour and very slight head.

First taste, blurgh! Taste like burnt ashtray. Horrid. Second mouthful, a bit like burnt treacle. Since then, tastes okay. The ashtray taste has gone thank god. But there is a very bitter burnt sweetness. Like caramelised sugar.

I reckon after a pint it would be lovely but it’s tough to get past the first ‘kick’.

Think there’s some lemon in there. Actually, it’s evolving into a bit drop. Think I should drink another just make sure. Unfortunately I don’t have one.


Skinners Cornish Knocker


Pours out of its very busy label, nice light amber. Medium carbonation with short lives head.

Hoppy, clean and crisp. Quite sweet. Malt and bitterness.

Standard summer session ale I would suggest. Nothing overpowering and nothing horrible. Distinctly average beer. Not sure how it won bronze at the 2008 camra golden ale category though.

500ml 4.5% £1.69 from Waitrose Witney.


Wychwood Wychcraft


I’m not a great fan of blonde beers. An early incident with Leffe when I was a lad has put me off for life. But, this is a local brewery and a beer I wanted to try it.

Anyway, it’s alright. Much much nicer than Leffe. It’s got a nice long lasting head, and golden colour.

Smells honey like and a hint of butter with a citrusy finish.

I like it. Nice.

4.5% from a 500ml bottle.