Ale & Beer Tasting at The Oast House, Spinningfields - Manchester
PUBLISHED: 00:21 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 00:26 16 July 2013
I must admit I was a little dubious when given the assignment of attending The Oast House ale and beer tasting session. These things usually cost quite a bit, and you don't get much for your money. Along with that I'm not a huge drinker, so all in all, my worst nightmare!
How wrong could I have been? From start to finish the experience was fascinating, fun and really enjoyable! Not to mention great value for money.
In the rustic surroundings of The Oast House our party was introduced to Warren, the beer guru. We sat on wooden benches draped in beautiful throws, and in front of us a long wooden table overflowing with jugs of various beers and ales, along with a handy jug of water to cleanse the palate after each taste.
Warren talked us through the brewing process, and gave us some handy hints and tips on what to look for when tasting a beer or ale. We discussed colours, hops, the differences in brewing in other countries, along with a plethora of textures, smells and tastes to look out for. Warren definitely knew what he was talking about, and because he used to be a brewer himself I could trust his facts and figures. He was friendly and made the whole experience entertaining and enlightening. This isn’t the kind of thing you’d imagine stag and hen parties doing on a crazy night out, it was more of a sophisticated gathering with lots of laughs thrown in. I really felt like I was learning the whole time I was there.
We tasted 8 different beers starting with “Nutty Black”, mild in taste at 3.9%, and ending with “Schneider Weisse Aventinus”, which had a sweet banana toffee flavour. At a whopping 8.2% I can’t imagine finishing a whole bottle of this, but it certainly tasted wonderful. My favourite had to be “Wreckless”, brewed in Macclesfield, Cheshire, its passion fruit and peach flavours were incredible. A delight to drink, with a clean finish.
There are 3 price options. For £15 per person you and your friends can enjoy the 90 minute beer and ale session. £20 each gets you the beer and ale session with a selection of deli boards to share and enjoy with your party. For £25 each, you can indulge in a delicious hanging kebab or a homemade burger with the beer and ale session. I opted for the chicken hanging kebab sopped with sweet chilli and ginger. Beautifully cooked on the outdoor BBQ and presented hanging from an iron skewer, it was a tasty treat.
The evening was civilised, and entertaining. All the beers and ales were hand-picked from breweries in the North West which gave the whole night a homely feel.
I couldn’t recommend this experience highly enough. So grab a group of friends and get yourself booked in. You’ll be a beer guru in no time.
Sarah Jayne Hall was a guest of Warren McCoubrey – Living Ventures
The Oast House, The Avenue Courtyard, Spinningfields, Crown Square, Manchester, M3 3AY
Tel: 0161 829 3830
Web: theoasthouse.uk.com / livingventures.com
Twitter: @TheOastHouseMCR / @livingventures