Every now and again I get the urge to have a proper old fashioned beer, something I'd have drank long before craft beers took over the world, a nice hefty stout, bitter, or IPA, and this urge caused me to buy Oxford Gold by Brakspear. Everything in the name sounds like a traditional English ale, and having been brewing beers for close to 250 years Brakspear certainly counts as a traditional Olde English brewer. These guys don't only brew beer they also have their own pubs, and I've visited a couple in my time, they are nice traditional ale holes so I feel like I'm in a safe pair of hands with this beer.
So I won a £5 M&S gift certificate at work, well done me. Naturally there was only one thing I was going to spend the money on and that was beer. To my surprise Marks & Spencer actually have a decent selection, but my eye was immediately drawn to the Belgium Cherry Wheat Beer by Huyghe brewery, which not surprisingly given the name is in Belgium, well Melle to be precise. If you're wondering where you've heard of the brewery before the answer is probably because you've drank a Delirium beer before. Nearly everyone who likes Belgium beers will have had one, or several of these at some point, so M&S have bought in some beers with good providence.
Now this is a beer I've been longing to review. Titanic Plum Porter sounds like everything I should like in a beer, a porter with a little bit extra, so fingers crossed it lives up to my high expectations. Just for the record Titanic is a Stoke on Trent based brewery established in 1985, so it was born 4 years after me. They've got over 20 beers on the go, have won a few awards, and are generally pretty well regarded, and I don't think I'm going out on a limb by saying the Plum Porter is their biggest hit so far, it's certainly the most widely available, or maybe it just always catches my eye.