The Friday Pint #37 – Trent Navigation

The more observant of you may have noticed that there was no edition of The Friday Pint last week. This is because I spent last weekend camping in Lincolnshire, and as a result had no access to any sort of interwebs to upload a post.

Of course, I could have made last weeks post on Sunday evening when I returned, however I chose drinking more beer over doing unpaid work.

If I had an editor for this blog, they probably would have fired me by now.

As this week I’m at work again, and so hence unable to have a pint, I’m going to use last Friday’s drinking escapades as the basis for this weeks post. You may call it cheating, I call it bending the unwritten and constantly change rules of The Friday Pint.

As I had a few hours before meeting the people I would be camping with, I decided to spend the afternoon in Nottingham. The first port of call, and the main subject of this post, was the Trent Navigation pub, home of Navigation Brewery, situated next to the Notts County ground, Meadow Lane.

When I visited, the pub was reasonably quiet, with just three others in the pub, aside from the staff. Along the bar is 12 handpumps, with seven serving beers from the brewery on my visit. The other pumps had a mixture of other local breweries beers, and ciders.

All of the beers were priced at less than £3 a pint. As I wanted to try all seven of the Navigation Brewery beers, I opted for the “three thirds for £3″ offer.

My first flight consisted of Traditional (3.8%), Golden (4.3%) and Pale (3.9%). Of these, my favourite was the Traditional. It had slight hints of banana, and held it’s head well, and most importantly, I thought it was a good session beer.

I followed this up with a flight of Classic IPA (5.2%), Back of the Net (4.5%) and High and Dry (3.6%). Back of the Net prompted the following lines in my notebook. “Good all round beer, with flavours and aromas I either can’t, or am too lazy to distinguish”. Up until the point of the High and Dry I had quite liked all of the beers. High and Dry though, as too grassy for my tastes.

I finished up with a half pint of the Stout, arguably finishing the best for last, though that is likely to be the opinion of a beer drinker whose favourite style is porters and stouts. There was a nice level of blackberries and smokiness in the beer, strong enough to be detected in the taste, but not strong enough to linger.

Overall, I’d say the pub and brewery are worth a look in if you’re in Nottingham, especially if you’re there for the football or cricket. There’s nothing overtly special about the beers, though they were all served well, and all tasted good. Whilst there were a couple that I didn’t like, noteably the High and Dry, these were more due to personal tastes, than bad beer.

Hopefully, next week will see things get back to normal, and I shall visit a new pub, and drink a new pint. Will it happen? There’s only one way for you to find out…

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