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Shropshire Gold by Salopian Brewery

Golden Ale, 3.8%

Golden, with a floral aroma and a full hoppy flavour that is balanced by a crisp dry maltiness and a rich finish.

The live tasting of this beer was on 23rd June 2022 #BeerBods

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The Story

If you're a true Shropshire lad or lass then you're a "Salopian".

The Normans found it difficult to pronounce Scrobbesbyrigscir (old English for Shrewsburyshire) so started calling it "Salopesberia". Because that’s much easier to say.

An abbreviation of that, "Salop" stuck until 1972 when Salop County Council decided they didn't like the name (partly because if you add the letter 'e' and make it Salope, it translates in French to 'Loose Woman') and changed it to "Shropshire".

Former chef, Martin Barry, set up Salopian Brewery in 1995 in the county town of Shrewsbury. He brought the brewing equipment from the old Snowdonia Brewery over the Welsh border (the brewery's casks are still painted in Welsh colours) and launched what was then the second smallest brewery (not attached to a pub) in the country.

They started churning out some of the best, and at the time, obscurest beers on the market.

Whilst they gained a solid reputation amongst a small band of beer geeks, the brewery was struggling. Step up Wilf Nelson, who is still MD today. He joined the brewery in 1998 and put them on a firmer footing, insisting on a more traditional range of beers, developing a new yeast strain (essential for consistency) whilst rebuilding and modernizing the brewery, quadrupling its output capacity.

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Until a rebrand a few years back, Salopian's beers weren’t much to look at, but we'll put our neck on the line by saying it's one of the best core ranges of traditional beers we've ever tasted. Beers like, Darwin’s Origin (named after Shrewsbury's most famous son) and Lemon Dream are all wonderfully balanced, distinctly British, consistently good golden ales.

Tonight’s beer is another component of Salopian’s core range and perhaps our favourite of the lot. Shropshire Gold is Salopian’s core range bitter and has been brewed by the team ther since 1999. Once CAMRA’s champion bitter of Britain, Shropshire Gold pours a golden amber (surprise, surprise…) with a floral aroma and is packed full of hoppy flavour. The light notes up front are balanced by a crisp dry maltiness and a beautifully rich finish.

Live Tasting

We'll be tasting this beer, live at 9PM tonight.

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