Newcastle Brown in Leiden.

Ah Netherlands, slowly but surely you’re becoming more accommodating to us people from across the pond. For indeed, what the title says is true, Newcastle Brown has made it over the water. I know, I know, it is but a beer, and to those who drink merely Heineken,  or other such lagers, the concept of missing such a curious tasting brew must be something of a challenge to comprehend, which, given the penchant to serve beers here at a temperature so cold it is not actually taste-able, is in turn, understandable . However, things they are a changing, and it is with a heartfelt thanks to the Duke of Oz in Leiden, that this is so. Also pretty much the only bastion of the steak pie in Leiden within the pub environment, the Duke of Oz has once more pulled out a game changer. Newcastle Brown in bottles used to outsell Bud in the UK at 3-1 ratio as the best selling bottled beer in Britain, and while the offering here is Newcastle brown on tap, rather than in bottles, it still means that finally, there is an alternative to Guinness and Heineken for the discerning drinker who wants a taste of home. (I should point out that Strongbow is also available, but I discount that as the work of Beelzebub, rather than constituting an actual drink!) So, slainte mhath Paul and Marco! I’ve got nothing but love for you in this, and I’m sure there are others who would echo that sentiment, albeit possibly with a slight slur, and just a whiff of what is affectionately known as “dog”.


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