As we hadn't really celebrated our first wedding anniversary on Saturday, overshadowed by some local bash as it was, we decided to have a special lunch and visited the Southend Brewery and Smokehouse, a lovely place for lunch and a sampler tray (I have a feeling they will be a big part of life here for a while), here are my thoughts.
- Southend Blonde - pale yellow, faint citrus, thirst quencher
- Southend Blonde Light - pale, crisp, weak
- Seasonal Ginger Ale - amber, grapefruit (amarillo?), refreshingly tart
- Bombay Pale Ale - light copper, citrus aplenty, hoppy marmelade
- East Bay Brown - crimson, caramel, smooth
- Southend Oatmeal Stout - dark drown, coffee and smoke, lusciously smooth
Overall I left the Southend Brewery with very positive feelings, afterall I had some excellent beers, the service was perfect - I can't remember the girl's name but she was everything a waitress should be, and she was on the nail in recommending the Bombay Pale Ale. Only the two blonde ales did absolutely nothing for me, perhaps blondes aren't my thing (don't tell the wife!!). The Oatmeal Stout was up there with the Sam Smith's I luxuriated in last year, high praise indeed, and this is certainly a pub I will be visiting again when I get to Charleston again, although next time I hope the real Charleston Battery turn up!