Following on from last thursday’s posting about real ale, I thought I’d make it a weekly feature, so this week’s Thursday Tipple comes from my home county of Lincolnshire.
Batemans XB is ” A distinctive, well balanced bitter with a refreshing dry bitterness on the palate and pleasing hoppy finish”
Batemans are family brewers, based in Wainfleet, near Skegness. They brew their beer in a windmill on the banks of the River Steeping. They’ve been brewing their since 1874.
Many years ago, back in the early 1990’s I did some work at Batemans Brewery. I was there for about six months in their offices working on the accounts. Whilst there, I got to sample a number of their beers, but the staple of their products was XB, of which I developed quite a liking for.
I visited the brewery last year with some colleagues from work and went on a tour of the brewery. The Brewhouse dated back to Victorian times and contains a number of exhibits, including over 4000 beer bottles. Apart from sampling the various beers and enjoying a pie and pea supper, the evening was memorable for yours truly duetting on the karoake for a dire version of Don’t Go Breaking My Heart!
Allegedly this was recorded for posterity, but fortunately hasn’t yet made Youtube!