“If only every bottled beer were as good…”

Respected beer writer and historian, Martyn Cornell, had some fine words to say about Banks’s Amber Bitter.

Martyn Cornell, who writes about beer under the name “Zythohphile” in his award-winning blog, has been singing the praises of Bank’s Amber – and Marston’s in general.

Martyn picked out the Amber Bitter which was being sold in his local Tesco’s, immediately identifying it as a 3.8% ABV beer made with Fuggles and Goldings hops at a 140-year-old Midlands brewery.

He calls it an “excellent beer, a very fine example of a classic English session bitter.” And he goes on to describe its qualities in loving detail: “only lightly carbonated, balancing with calm skill on the knife’s edge between mouth-filling bitter and delicate sunny malt sweetness, a long afternote bringing a reminder of oranges and a touch of currant cake, as moreish as any brewer could wish. If every bottled beer were as good, Britain’s drift towards much more drinking at home would become a stampede.”

Accompanying this were some musings on his mixed feelings about the exceptionally low supermarket price of 89p for a 50cl bottle. But he can’t resist the beer and goes on to say how much he relishes the Marston’s heritage:

“The bitter…gives off the glow of a beer that head brewer upon head brewer has spent decades burnishing until perfect. Marston’s does not get enough credit for making good beer.”

You can read Martyn’s blog here at zythophile.co.uk. And if you are short of a Christmas present, he has written two books about the history of beer.

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