The chap from Hastings didn't get the hump, and suggested I try their beers in a pub in the brewery's hometown. I liked that idea. My favourite pastime is hiking. I got a couple of the lads together in spring and we got the barley and grain to Rye and walked to Hastings via Winchelsea, Pett Level and Fairlight. It's a lovely walk of about 15 miles I'd done before. Part of the path had collapsed at the very up-and-down section along the cliffs near the end. That just added a touch of excitement, and made us all the more jolly when we arrived at Hastings.
|The lads arrive in Hastings.|
Since then, we've sold dozens of casks of Hastings beers here at the Finborough. They deliver to us direct from the brewery to the pub every couple of weeks and we've never had a dud beer from them. They don't use finings, but their beer isn't murky, because they know what they're doing. The Session Pale (3.7%, using citra and cascade hops) is probably the most accomplished but the Slovenian Brown Ale (6.5%) is probably my favourite so far. I drank it while I wrote this post. This week we take delivery of firkins of their new 6% abv Stout. In December they're releasing their Saison. I'll be buying it.
People often ask me how I choose beers for my pub. This is how I choose them.