Ok, lets get down to some business here. At present count, I think I have had about 417 different varieties of beer. As a service to you, dear reader, I will from time to time list some of my favorites, in the hope that I may expand your beer-rizons.
Today's general class of beers: English ales
1. Deuchars Caledonian IPA. (http://www.caledonian-brewery.co.uk/)
When at Cam Lars (another solid beer afficianado) and I would often make a trip to the Mill pub for the express purpose of getting a pint of Deuchars IPA. Quite hoppy but with an interesting fruity / citrus taste to it. My better half (Sith@Heart) was not a big fan. I, however, am.
2. Woodforde's Wherry (http://www.woodfordes.co.uk/html/wherry.html)
Described by its website as "fresh and zesty with crisp floral flavours". A mighty fine bitter.
3. Timothy Taylor Landlord (http://www.timothy-taylor.co.uk/llordfr.htm)
Much like the Mill, I would often make a trip to the Red Bull for a pint of Landlord. Nicholas Pashley in "Notes on a Beermat" called it his favorite beer. I don't think I would go that far, but I would not turn one down.
4. Fuller's London Pride. (http://www.fullers-ales.com/london_pride.php)
Very popular, so much so you can even get it in Canada (in bottles only, sadly). Nonetheless, a very tasty pint.
Ok, that should be enough to get you started. I will list more of my favorites in future posts. I will also list beers to avoid like the plague. And coming up, my "Cheap Beer Craptacular", where I will try a series of cheap beers in the hopes of finding an economical diamond in the rough. I am not overly hopeful.