The featured beer painting of the day is of Fuller’s ESB Champion Ale brewed beside the Thames River at the Fuller’s Griffin Brewery of London, England. The ESB is Fuller’s most awarded ale, and I can see why. Compared to many English ales I have had, this one was one of the better ones. I also like Fuller’s London Porter, which is a robust example of a porter.
The ESB is a bit stronger than the normal English Ale. A mild, or regular bitter may come in at 4-4.5%, while this bad boy is 5.9%, almost the strength of most American IPAs. This beer has four English hops: Northdown, Target, Challenger, and Goldings. These fine hops make a nicely-balanced, English ale when combined with the rich English malt used in this fine product. The taste is fruity and refreshing, and I could sit in an English pub quaffing this delicious beer all night, eating chips and deep-fried fish. Overall, a solid world-class beer, and available at the lovely La Bodega Store in Anchorage!
Cheers to Fuller’s ESB, the Champion Ale! A great beer from the most culturally-charged Euro Isle town. I hope to be sipping an ESB at a fantastic local pub on my next trip to London!