State of the Nation!

The own label Citra - and, even better, the Double Hopped Citra IPA - Oakham make for M&S are two of the best in that supermarket's estimable range. JHB might be my favourite British ale of all - but then I've been fortunate over the last 15 years in having 3 different locals where it is the house beer.

Prompted by Rob's original post, I've done a certain amount of empirical research in the name of science down the supermarkets over the Christmas holidays and was generally impressed both by the diversity and average standard - arguably better now than it's ever been? Favourite bottle by some distance was a new one on me - Badger's Cranborne Poacher - a pleasingly chocolate malty ruby ale with an intriguing tang of damson - like an old fashioned ESB but slightly drier and spicier
Much more to Alan's taste will be tonight's Kernel Brewery Export Stout, London 1890, 6.8%.
Rich,dark and malty with a hint of chocolate sweetness, a surprising match for a horribly inauthentic Pad Thai type beef stir fry with decent chilli poke.