Friday, January 2, 2009

Bass is the most famous British ale

At least that is what I read this morning when I was perusing the vast wasteland of the blogosphere, looking for things British to steal from other bloggers.

Sorry, never heard of it. But I don't drink that much any more since my last release. Silly me, I thought the most famous was Guinness. 

Anyway, here's the scoop on Bass ale.

"Bass has been an institution in the UK since 1777." Something about that date. Can't quite put my finger on it. Perhaps only a coincidence, anyway.

"Napoleon fought over it and it was even served on the Titanic." True? I don't know. A couple of possible losers anyway.

"Brewed in Burton." I took a few days to run a door-to-door survey about this attribute of Bass ale, and found the typical American reaction to be this.

"A rich caramel aroma with a little bitterness from the hops at the end." I know that is what I personally always look for. Especially one that makes me hop at the end.

"Uses the original recipe and uses two strains of yeast to produce its special taste."

"Currently being launched in the USA where it is
expected to become one of the countries favorite quality imported ales." I would have said "country's", but I have been told by several people to stop being so judgmental.

I hope those of you who have actually had a chance to try this, Britain's most famous of ales, will please share your experience. Thank you.

For those of you who follow that sort of thing, this is our pub's 100th post. So what, you say? Indeed. My sentiments exactly.


  1. For those of us who actually like to drink real ale, Bass is possibly the most generically bland beer that has ever been brewed in the UK.
    If I was honest with myself, I'd rather drink my own piss, it probably has a higher alcohol content than Bass anyhow..

  2. Bland because you Brits are used to drinking beers with character. We Americans drink weak dishwater (Coors, Bud)very, very cold to kill any other taste that there might be there.

    We might be able to tell that this beer has taste because we are so used to super bland. I'll have to look for it out of curiosity -- I drink mostly the hard stuff

  3. Bland of blands. a true troubadour of blandity. Bass. An ale to be drunk if no water is available.
    On the piss, I'll pass.

    Though, some years ago, I used to buy, in Finland, Super-Piss.. It's a highly alcoholic mix, for use in windshield cleaning/de-icing. Blue, emetic, better than Bass.

  4. Here in France we have Pschitt. Has to be be in the same league as Super-Piss. I don't know, I can't bring myself to sample it.

  5. Bass is a load shit.

    Guiness is Irish.

    My vote is fir Old Peculier or Old Speckled Hen.

  6. @KingOfAnkh - You are probably right I'll take your word for it, though. :)

    @Marvel Goose - Let me know what it tastes like when you try it. Meantime I'll stick with the Budweiser, cold enough to freeze my brain. :)

    @Soubriquet - Emetic? But still better than Bass? I think I am zeroing in on a consensus here. :)

    @A. - Sample it. Tell us if it is emetic. :P

    @Claire - Please don't be bashful. I really want to know what you think about it. :) I know it is Irish. But isn't it the most famous ale in Britain? I guess that's not the same thing as Britain's most famous. You win. :) And if you can still spell "peculiar" at this time of night, you haven't had enough. I say.

  7. It is spelt Old Peculier and not Old Peculiar.

  8. Shit, I didn't even catch that Claire. I thought the way you spelled it was right. I was just referring to the fact if you could spell a word like that correctly, then you weren't drunk enough. You know I can't spell - stop being so smart :)

  9. Cask bass needs about three weeks secondary fermentation in the right cellar, and the patience of a knowledgeable cellarman to be at its best. Know your best pub, the quality is different everywhere you go.


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