I’m a happy man… I’ve just found a new bottled beer (and cheese!) shop in Reading, called The Grumpy Goat. It’s at 8-9 Harris Arcade, RG1 1DN, and they’re on Twitter @TheGrumpyGoat_ and Facebook (they don’t have a website up and running yet, but it looks like it will be here when they do).
Ok, I brew lots of decent beer (if I say so myself!) at home, but I do still like trying new and interesting stuff. I always begrudge how expensive bottled beer is to get shipped, so hardly ever get anything that way, which means I’m limited to the supermarket selection and the odd bottle from beer festivals.
Today I picked up 5 different bottles of beers I’ve never tried before, including Siren Craft Brew, whose beers I’ve only tried once before, on cask at The Alehouse. The selection is very much to my tastes: plenty of “craft” (whatever that means) hoppyness, and dark-and-chewy, as well as more “normal” beers. They seem to mainly be from local-ish breweries, so there’s West Berks, Loddon, Rebellion, Siren, and Lovibonds (off the top of my head), but do include some from further afield, such as Thornbridge. No foreign beers that I could see, but it’s not the biggest shop so I can understand them focusing on their current selection.
I can see me dropping by every week or so to grab a few bottles… and some cheese, next time, as well!