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Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:00 pm

Hey folks,
A good friend of mine is going to London for a week and I asked her if she could bring back a bottle or two of Spitfire Ale because it is impossible to get here in the states otherwise, at least not in small quanities. Can any of our English friends comment on the beer? Is it really a good beer or does it just sell because of its famous namesake?

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:02 pm

My dad quite liked it- it was on sale here for a while and he almost bought the entire stock Big grin So recommendations from my father... even though he is a dane  Wink
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:46 pm

Its a very nice beer, not sure if it is what Americans like but it is a quality pint!
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:37 pm

It's one of Shepherd Neame's products, and they are the oldest brewer still existent in the UK.

The beer was initially a celebration brew in 1990 for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain (the brewer are a Kent company), so named as something of a joke, but it became extremely popular and carried on to this day. That should be an indication as to how good it is. Equally, at the time it was only ever sold in "Shep's" Kent pubs; since then it's gone round the country.

Bottled Spitfire is good stuff. The draught is even better.
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:41 pm

Ahhhhhhh, fine Kentish Ale. Not as good as Fremlins, but quite acceptable! Shit n Scream make some good beer which, unfortunately, I cannot drink in any quantity any longer. Still, the odd bottle of Spitfire or Bishops Finger suffices.

Hobgoblin from Oxfordshire is another nice brew.

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:43 pm

Give me a pint of 'proper' heavy any day ......  Smile
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:47 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 4):
Not as good as Fremlins, but quite acceptable!

Only if you're talking about the Fremlins of years back. When Whitbread were doing their tour of destruction in the 80's and 90's, they closed the brewery and relocated to somewhere in the midlands. It's now rubbish. Just another brand.

Whitbread did such a wonderful job with the Kent brands. They managed to pretty much wipe out Mackeson too.  Yeah sure
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:53 pm

When I first met my wife, she worked for Fremlins Brewery in Maidstone. An airmans dream - a raving nymphomaniac who worked for a brewery!! Big grin She had a monthly beer and spirit allowance and knew many of the publicans in the area. Consequently we always got good service and sometimes free beer!

Unfortunately she moved to be with me in South Wales, so all I got then was the sex!

And you are right about Whitbread - ruined the brewery there then relocated to Portsmouth for a time and then it all died a death. You just couldn't beat a nice Ploughmans lunch, in a Kent pub garden with a pint of the Elephant! In the summer I hasten to add! I was never brave enough in winter Big grin

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:11 pm

I have had some; it's OK.

My nickname, when I used to play skittles while at college (well, not literally while at college - it was in a pub), was Spitfire Jim.  Silly
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:20 pm

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 8):
My nickname, when I used to play skittles while at college (well, not literally while at college - it was in a pub), was Spitfire Jim.

This is where the Education Budget goes! Big grin

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:23 pm

Used to drink it, only because it was cheap, dont bother at all now, havnt had a pint in ages.. call me boring but thats life..

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:23 pm

Actually i tell a lie, i had a pint with Lee (BMIFlyer) last friday night! Fosters  Smile

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:24 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 9):
This is where the Education Budget goes!

LOL. That was years ago now - hmm... 5-6 of em!
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:24 pm

Quoting TFSPhoto (Reply 11):
Fosters

aka Gnats Piss! Big grin

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:27 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 13):
aka Gnats Piss!

Nice and cheap though. Same with Carling.

I like that white Belgian one, but I can't remember its name now.

I had a nice pint of Scrumpy Jack on Saturday.  Big grin
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:34 pm

Have to apologise to TJ for hijacking his thread here. But it was too good to miss Big grin

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:42 pm

I'd vouch for Spitfire as a fine pint. My favorite English beer so far...

Still doesn't hold a candle to Alaskan Amber though.
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:06 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 13):
aka Gnats Piss!



Quoting [email protected] (Reply 14):
Nice and cheap though. Same with Carling.

[email protected], you will have to excuse Andy, he's been caged up on that island now for so long he doesnt know fosters, carling, carlsberg exist, so lets not spoil his moment  rotf  rotf 

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:13 pm

Quoting TFSPhoto (Reply 17):
[email protected], you will have to excuse Andy, he's been caged up on that island now for so long he doesnt know fosters, carling, carlsberg exist, so lets not spoil his moment

Bugger off !!! We are an enlightend and intellectual group over here. We have BOTH types of beer, Okells and Busheys Big grin

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:35 pm

Spitfire?  yuck 

I had some on Christmas Day - I thought it was absolutely disgusting! Tastes a little like Rubber...

Give me a nice Grolsch or Carlsberg any day - I do actually quite like Steinlager but you can't get it much over here.

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:37 pm

Quoting Noelg (Reply 19):
Give me a nice Grolsch or Carlsberg any day - I do actually quite like Steinlager but you can't get it much over here.

Thats not beer, thats fizzy chemicals!! Big grin

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:49 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 20):
Thats not beer, thats fizzy chemicals!!

Maybe so but it tastes good - and at least you don't have to have a huge beard and sit with a group of old men in the corner of the pub talking about the best way to get to West Bromwich in your 70s vintage MG to enjoy it!  old 

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:53 pm

Bah Humbug ! Big grin

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:56 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 22):
PS: My wife DREAMS of having a 70's vintage MGB! Sad woman!

While you're having sex, I believe, especially with your mouse-eaten socks. Says a lot.  Silly  Wink
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:59 pm

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 23):
While you're having sex, I believe, especially with your mouse-eaten socks. Says a lot.

Sorry, dont do sex at our age - and the cats get the mice. Big grin

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:03 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 24):
Sorry, dont do sex at our age - and the cats get the mice.

Well, I guess when you reach 74 things do take a back seat.
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:07 pm

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 25):
Well, I guess when you reach 74 things do take a back seat

Up yours Yoof!! You're only jealous cos I can if I want to, I just choose not too!  tongue 

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:09 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 26):
Up yours Yoof!! You're only jealous cos I can if I want to, I just choose not too!

Of course.  Wink And I'm a monkey's uncle.  Silly
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:11 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 26):
I can if I want to, I just choose not too!

Youre lucky to have a choice Andy.
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:12 pm

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 28):
She reckon she turned Jewish and I was a pig

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:15 pm

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 28):
She reckon she turned Jewish and I was a pig

LOL.
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:18 pm

Should try a REAL pint like HSB (Horndean Special Brew). This is (was) brewed in the village where I grew up (Horndean, hence the name of the beer). It is brewed by Gales - www.gales.co.uk (been around since 1847 or something), but just before Christmas Gales got sold to Fullers (bloody shame!). I believe that they are going to close the brewery down and transfer the production to London.  Sad

In the run up to Christmas they always used to start selling HXB which was HSB but stronger (Mmmmmmmmmm)

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:40 pm

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 25):
Well, I guess when you reach 74 things do take a back seat

 rotf  rotf  rotf 

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 28):
She reckon she turned Jewish and I was a pig

 rotf  rotf  rotf 

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:48 am

LOL this has become quite some thread.

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 15):
Have to apologise to TJ for hijacking his thread here. But it was too good to miss

Andy

No need for apology  Smile , thank you all for your input. It does sound like really good beer and worthy to be named after the legendary plane. Myself as a pilot I couldn't think of a more aptly named beer for an aviator. I hope my friend won't have too much trouble bringing a bottle or two back. I'll still work on convincing my other friend who owns Thames America Import to eventually bring Spitfire Ale to his pub here.

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Thu Jan 12, 2006 1:01 am

TJ, get down to Sun N Fun in Florida in April and I'll bring some across for you Big grin

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Thu Jan 12, 2006 1:04 am

Quoting Noelg (Reply 21):
and at least you don't have to have a huge beard and sit with a group of old men in the corner of the pub

Not true! That's what all of the carlsberg commercials are about here- men with beards (apparently, if they don't have one, they grow one after drinking carlsberg... at least according to the ads on tv)  Silly
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Thu Jan 12, 2006 1:10 am

Quoting Jap (Reply 35):
That's what all of the carlsberg commercials are about here- men with beards

You mean they don't lock up all the Carlsberg lorry drivers and put them in a pit so they can't take it out of the country?  Wink
 
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Thu Jan 12, 2006 1:15 am

Quoting Noelg (Reply 36):

You mean they don't lock up all the Carlsberg lorry drivers and put them in a pit so they can't take it out of the country?  Wink

 rotfl  No... but that'd be a cool commercial, compared to a bunch of guys magically growing beards in 2 seconds- we get all the stupid ads and we even MAKE the sh!t!  crazy 
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Thu Jan 12, 2006 1:17 am

Quoting Jap (Reply 37):
sh!t!

Good description Jap Big grin

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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Thu Jan 12, 2006 4:29 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 3):
It's one of Shepherd Neame's products, and they are the oldest brewer still existent in the UK.

I haven't had one of their brews in probably 8 years or so, I'm not even sure if the store I last bought any still carries their stuff. I had tried several of the beers they made at the time, and enjoyed them. Got started on them at the bar down the street from my house that used to serve me underage (that's what happens when your friends work there...).
 
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RE: Spitfire Ale, Is It Good?

Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:03 am

Quoting Noelg (Reply 19):
I do actually quite like Steinlager but you can't get it much over here.

You'll be fine in AKL then, place is awash with the stuff, horse-piss that it is, I'll introduce you to Speights Black and Waikato Draught.

If I catch you drinking Lion Red though.....well, don't sit opposite the door on that DC3!  Smile
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