Beer Journal

A quasi-daily examination of beer and things related to beer.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Review: Banana Bread Beer

Style: British Ale
Brewer: Wells & Young's Brewing Company
Location: Bedford and London, England (respectively)
Alcohol: 5.2%

Contained within the traditional Young's 568 ml "British Pint" bottle, Banana Bread Beer certainly smells like the mushy breakfast loaf that its name implies. Taste-wise, it's more of your dry, run of the fruit ale - that is, until the aftertaste kicks in, a flavor that once again imitates the titular food. The beer has a soft mouth feel, and in spite of an alcohol content higher than most ales, it does not easily weight the drinker down with a boozy taste or after effect. In spite of it's easy drinkability, BBB strikes me as nothing more than a novelty beer, one of those drinks that you buy just to tell people that you once had a bear that tastes like banana bread.

The Three B's is brewed and bottled by the combined Wells & Young's Brewing Company Limited, formerly two separate entities (Young & Company and Charles Wells Company), not jointly run. Surely more available in it's native England, I have only found this brew at one location, the HEB Central Market in Dallas, across 77 from the Highland Park neighborhood.

Almost logically, BBB is quite tasty when accompanied by a solid white cheddar, such as a Guinness-infused variety, which can also be found at the above-named Central Market.

Rating: 6.0

Big Things a Comin'

I just completed a span where I traveled across the eastern United States, followed by a week in Dallas, Texas. As you can probably imagine, I did a lot of drinking during that time, sampling a variety of beers, from a variety of places. So prepare yourself for a number of updates in the coming days, in hopes of targeting and evaluating the afore referenced drinks and eateries. The reviews will not be chronological, instead I will write them as they come to me, cramming as many as possible into the next three days before traveling to Guanajuato, Mexico, where I will undoubtedly garner more research for this site. Cheers!