“Well I’m busted, disgusted, and I’m bent all out of shape, yes I’m busted, downright disgusted, this is my darkest day. Talk about the low down Blues, I got em. Do believe I hit rock bottom. I’m broke, got no hope…..”
Well unlike the Nace Brothers (find the track Rock Bottom on their album There Comes A Time) I may be busted, broke … even disgusted from time to time … but thanks to an enterprising local brewer just up the road where I live I’ve still got Hope. The Hope Brewery’s SX Pale Ale that is!
Yeah, it’s a trite, convoluted intro but it’s a great, albeit lightweight track and it suits the beer I’m talking about. It’s a hoppy, almost tangy tasting beer brewed up by my superb local hostelry (Rising Sun – Stanford-le-Hope if you happen to be passing this way).
The Hope Brewery is one of the smallest in the country that started in 2013 and recently linked up with another local affair down the road in Grays to increase their capacity.
The SX Pale is one of the latest and to be fair you’ll have to make an effort to get a bottle but just think that the work in tracking down these individual mashes is what loving real ale is all. At 3.9% ABV it doesn’t blow your head off either, but it froths, bubbles and nips at the tongue. In fact having had one, I was quickly ready for another (story of my life shouts the wife from across the lounge!).
If Blues ‘N’ Brews is your thing though, try and match up a taste of Hope with the Nace Brothers, and you can leave all the sediment in the Rock Bottom of the bottle.
If you want to find out more about the Hope Brewery click here.
Speight’s Brew Track: Nace Brothers – Rock Bottom