Your Next Pint spent her British family holiday sight seeing, eating Fish 'n Chips & Meat Pies, then washing it all down with pulled Pints and Ciders. One of the many spots visited whilst in Britain was the charming town of Chester, England near Wales.
Upon arriving, the weather was typical – cold, misty, windy, and rainy. So what better way to spend our time than strolling thru the black & white cottage lined streets in search of the next warm pub.
1.) The Falcon – Samuel Smith Bitter: mild, not as hoppy or carbonated as in the states 3.8% ABV
One major difference I noticed from US to UK beers is that British ones really don't have as many flavor combinations, more like categories (stout, lager, ale, cider). Being drawn by oak aged barrels, the beers are flatter, frothier, and milder.
The Falcon pub itself was a sight to be seen. The foundation and beams were built in the 1400's and its original archway in the basement was still in tact. John, the bartender, was more than happy to show us below.
2.) The Bear & Billet – plump juicy 'n crisp Fish 'n Chips, tender 'n tangy Chili, tasted more like Christmas Turkey than traditional Indian Curry
This pub is definitely where the locals go, and has more of an upscale, gastropub vibe. I drank a Lager here, but the purpose was really to come for the food.
3.) The Watergates – pop in for a crisp Cider or Pilsner, and definitely the Old Crypt architecture dating back to 1180 A.D.
The bartender was friendly as can be, and taught us many things – like how their beer gets drawn from barrels downstairs. Typical English Ale is brewed via open fermentation, so the beer is constantly changing, unlike American carbonated kegs. Because the holes in the beer barrels (for pulling ale up) are exposed, all the enzymes & yeasts that naturally occur change according to the environment and temperature – meaning you could literally drink the same beer at two different pubs, and each one will have different flavor notes based on how they're stored.
All in all, Chester made for a great town of downing pints. And these were just 4 of many more.