On long walks I tend to stick to halves, and a dull half can be a very depressing experience. The most impressive beers I’ve had in halves tend to be the stronger pale beers such as from Oakham and Burning Sky. Bass and Harveys are definite pint beers.

Brakspear, despite it’s change of site, continues to produce a lower ABV brown bitter that I do enjoy in halves, and will pick in the Marstons and Ember pubs where it is still seen.

With relatives near Henley, I’ve had the chance to sample the Bitter on gravity in a number of pubs, notably the William IV in Hailey, after a great walk through the corn fields.

Brakspear still has a dedicated following among mature drinkers, and as a good a brown bitter as I’ve tasted when on form.

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