Badger Ales : Review


The third in our series of features about British breweries brings us to Dorset and Badger beer.

You may already know the brand of Badger ales. They’re incredibly popular and have been very successful in getting their wares into shops & supermarkets across the UK. Hall & Woodhouse, who brew under the name Badger Brewery, are clearly very proud of their heritage. Every bottle notes that the brewery traces it’s roots back to 1777, which is no mean feat.

The Countryside Sett is a collection of twelve 500ml bottles of Badger ales. It contains a selection of their most well known beers and is presented in a durable and sturdy cardboard crate.

Badger Ales : Review

The beers, layered into two well packaged rows, have a wildlife / countryside theme. From Firkin Fox to Wild Wader, and Fursty Ferret to Hopping Hare, the labels and stories convey humour, brewing knowledge and a love of their natural surroundings.

Badger Ales : Review

Aesthetically, it’s a wonderful collection of bottles and labels. The naming theme across the board is obvious and the logos all of a similar, high quality. You picture that every bottle has a story behind it of gamekeepers, poachers, fisherman and farmers. It’s a collection straight out of Roald Dahl’s Danny, the Champion of the World.

Badger Ales : Review

Before I go on to the beer itself, here’s a little context for you. When I first got into ale, I was all about the New World hops. I still love them but, in recent years, I’ve started to develop more of an appreciation of the body of the ale. I’ve expanded my tastes to enjoy IPAs and ruby ales as well as pale ales, APAs, blondes. Not as far as stouts or porters, though, although that may come with age!

The selection here perfectly suits these tastes. Prior to receiving these, my wife bought me a bottle of Daring Diver. It was a revelation. Citrusy but not overly bitter and with a biscuity taste. Perfect. I was therefore delighted to find a bottle in the box, along with beers of a similar high quality. The thrice-hopped, light and bitter Hopping Hare. Golden Glory is the peachiest, most rounded tasting beer I’ve ever had. Another medium-bodied brew which is suiting my expanding tastes is Blandford Flyer.
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Fursty Ferret is slightly nutty, looks wonderfully golden and has a slight bitterness to it. Very refreshing. Darker than Daring Diver but with a similar taste is Firkin Fox. Another new favourite for me, with it’s American hops is Leaping Legend, the grasshopper beer.

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Tangle Foot is a fruit golden ale with a lovely body. Poacher’s Choice has a deeper taste, plum, liquorish, berries. Golden Champion has one of my favourite beer aromas to it – elderflower. A lovely summer beer. Finally, the complex and refreshing Wild Wader which is just lovely.

I knew I liked Badger ales before, but having tasted these, my taste buds have fallen in love. I recommend them, and with Father’s Day coming up next month, this box would make a wonderful gift!

151 Comments

  1. mick proctor
    6 May 2016
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    Ginger Ninja

  2. cheryl hadfield
    6 May 2016
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    I would name it chezzas brew

  3. pete c
    6 May 2016
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    Workshy

  4. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    6 May 2016
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    Busty Barbaras booze ! (im not even called barbara!) ha ha ha

  5. Nuala
    7 May 2016
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    Sugerplumfairy x

  6. K.C.Mankell
    7 May 2016
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    Good Brew

  7. Harline parkin
    7 May 2016
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    Bruciffers brew

  8. William Gould
    7 May 2016
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    I’d call it Willie’s just to see if anyone would go into a pub and order a pint of Willie’s!! lol

  9. Ray Dodds
    7 May 2016
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    Northumbrian nightcap

  10. ROBERT MCINTOSH
    7 May 2016
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    Boab’s Beer

  11. Joanne Beale
    7 May 2016
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    Hops you like it

  12. david cavender
    7 May 2016
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    Ale’o

  13. Shirley Smith
    7 May 2016
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    Penny’s Ale

  14. Alan Burrows
    7 May 2016
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    Snakes Breath

  15. Stevie
    7 May 2016
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    Steamy Nights.

  16. Karl Borowy
    7 May 2016
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    BOTTLE OF GEER

  17. Margaret Gallagher
    7 May 2016
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    Saucy brew

  18. Laura Jeffs
    7 May 2016
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    Angel’s Brew

  19. Linda Thorn
    7 May 2016
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    kind fox beer

  20. Tony Metcalf
    7 May 2016
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    WonderBrew

  21. karen wells
    7 May 2016
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    Lions Mane

  22. Anthony Harrington
    7 May 2016
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    Anthony’s Ale

  23. alice lightning
    7 May 2016
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    bedazzled

  24. Irene Wright
    7 May 2016
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    the Wright Stuff

  25. Brad Start
    7 May 2016
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    British Real Ale Delight (B.R.A.D.)

  26. Tracey Belcher
    8 May 2016
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    TA DAH!

  27. Lorna Kennedy
    8 May 2016
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    Weasel’s breath πŸ™‚

  28. Heidi Brown
    8 May 2016
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    Trolls Wart hahaha

  29. jacqui graham
    8 May 2016
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    jaxsys joy

  30. Michelle Ptak
    8 May 2016
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    Cheery Beery!!

  31. irene hodgson
    8 May 2016
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    BUNNY BOOSE

  32. Andrea Storey
    8 May 2016
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    My fiance and myself deiced that we’d make a world war 2 themed beer called Sieg Ale (politcally incorrect, I know….) or maybe a dark imperial stout called Funer-ale.

  33. Louise Smith
    8 May 2016
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    Street Brawl

  34. Emma Nixon
    8 May 2016
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    Dales ale

  35. Janice Williams
    8 May 2016
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    I think the ‘crooked nose’ would be a good name

  36. Frances H
    8 May 2016
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    Bramble Nectar

  37. Lindsey Stuart
    8 May 2016
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    I would call mine Boozie ale.

  38. Rhia P
    8 May 2016
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    Hail the Ale!

  39. dorothy merrett
    8 May 2016
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    mighty ale

  40. Katie Kingsbury
    8 May 2016
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    Barmaid’s Apron

  41. Jen Rogers
    8 May 2016
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    ‘Summer Loving’

  42. Robyn Seviour
    8 May 2016
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    Head banger

  43. Julia Nicholls
    8 May 2016
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    Booze Crooze

  44. Tracey Peach
    8 May 2016
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    Peach’s Beer well it had to be with my name πŸ™‚

  45. Andrew Loades
    8 May 2016
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    Mmmm beer

  46. Teresa Sheldo
    8 May 2016
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    Hop sip and drink

  47. Katie Skeoch
    8 May 2016
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    Wet your whistle with Thistle Ale

  48. Lucy Horsfall
    8 May 2016
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    My favourite animal is the badger but that’s been taken so I’ll go for stoat. Ooh maybe a stoat stout.

  49. claire griffiths
    8 May 2016
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    i would call it owls brew just because i love owls

  50. Lisa Parker
    8 May 2016
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    The Dry Duck, great for those thirsty moment x

  51. SBufton
    8 May 2016
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    Arctic blast, because beer should always be ice cold

  52. Michelle Chapman
    8 May 2016
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    Simmering Brunette

  53. Jo Carroll
    8 May 2016
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    Ale & Hearty πŸ˜‰

  54. 8 May 2016
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    Sweet heaven

  55. Darlene Maroni
    8 May 2016
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    Sucker Pond Blonde

  56. Tracy Newton
    8 May 2016
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    Drunken Sow

  57. Lucy H
    8 May 2016
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    Bentley’s Brew

  58. Barrie Bullock
    8 May 2016
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    Brew hoo, ahhh.

  59. Catherine Booker
    9 May 2016
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    Bookers Porter

  60. Rosalind Sargent
    9 May 2016
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    Broxton brew

  61. Ruth Harwood
    9 May 2016
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    Lancaster Deep

  62. Lucy I
    9 May 2016
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    The Cardiff Corker

  63. Gillian Brewster
    9 May 2016
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    Brewsters brew

  64. helen tovell
    9 May 2016
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    Hells Bells

  65. Annabel Greaves
    9 May 2016
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    The Shropshire Stonker

  66. lyn burgess
    9 May 2016
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    Al’s Delight, because he loves Badger, especially Fursty Ferret, and it would be a real treat for him to design his own ale (he’s my husband, by the way πŸ™‚ )

  67. kim wallace
    9 May 2016
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    One Booby

  68. Heather T
    9 May 2016
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    My bottle of beer would be Hev’s Harpy

  69. Maggie Norvell
    9 May 2016
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    Gamekeepers Pleasure

  70. Karen Smith
    9 May 2016
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    Yorkshire lass

  71. RachelCraig
    9 May 2016
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    ThirstQuencher.

  72. Kevin Honey
    9 May 2016
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    Empty

  73. Rikka B
    9 May 2016
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    I’d call mine Fred

  74. Hazel Rea
    9 May 2016
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    Some Like it Hop – a pun on one of our favourite movies.

  75. Ross Cameron
    9 May 2016
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    Badger’s Den

  76. Amanda noble
    10 May 2016
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    The Pickled Hen

  77. Amanda
    10 May 2016
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    HippyChick

  78. Jayne Townson
    10 May 2016
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    Fizz Whiz

  79. William Triscott
    10 May 2016
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    I would call it Tricky’s Tasty Tipple

  80. Michelle Stokes
    10 May 2016
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    Himindoors

  81. Solange
    10 May 2016
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    Amber Spring

  82. Dawn Brodribb
    11 May 2016
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    Guns at Dawn (after me1)

  83. tina edwards
    11 May 2016
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    gert lush

  84. Lorna Ledger
    11 May 2016
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    SummerDaze

  85. darren matthews
    11 May 2016
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    curly squirrel

  86. Mike Gerrie
    11 May 2016
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    Fairfurfuchled futrit

  87. Helen Adams
    12 May 2016
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    Brummy Brew

  88. kayley hill
    13 May 2016
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    Id name mine Ampisst lol

  89. Sue Cole
    13 May 2016
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    Sue’s Summer Spectacular

  90. Katie
    13 May 2016
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    Hardmans Hops

  91. Shalene Hodder
    13 May 2016
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    I’d call it Lancashire Liquid Gold

  92. Richard R
    14 May 2016
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    Loud WAle

  93. Simon Tinsley
    15 May 2016
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    Wynona’s Wobbly Winkle

  94. Deborah Mackenzie
    16 May 2016
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    Ruggered Rhodies

  95. Bev
    17 May 2016
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    Grumpy bugger!

  96. Samantha O'D
    17 May 2016
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    All Hail ale

  97. Pam Francis Gregory
    19 May 2016
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    Pammie’s Pale Ale

  98. caroline mccabe
    20 May 2016
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    Ale of Shilton – I live in a place called Earl Shilton so a play on words!

  99. june morrice
    20 May 2016
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    Swiggin swan

  100. Emily Hutchinson
    20 May 2016
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    Emily’s Awesome Porter

  101. Rachel Butterworth
    20 May 2016
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    Butty’s Brew.

  102. Robert Hudson
    20 May 2016
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    Cycling fuel

  103. Lynne
    21 May 2016
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    Feckin Firkin

  104. claire thomson
    21 May 2016
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    blonde and dangerous!

  105. Herbert Appleby
    21 May 2016
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    Luvly Bubbly Beer

  106. 22 May 2016
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    Hagar’s Hops

  107. Bob Clark
    22 May 2016
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    Megafobia

  108. Lyla
    22 May 2016
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    HoBo’s Beer

  109. carole n
    24 May 2016
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    reel good taste

  110. 25 May 2016
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    Good Brew

  111. Jayne Kelsall
    25 May 2016
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    I’d name mine Jayne’s Jolly Juice .x

  112. Gemma Massey
    26 May 2016
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    Arthur’s ale

  113. Susan Smith
    26 May 2016
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    Housewives Tipple

  114. jessica catherine
    26 May 2016
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    JessAle

  115. Julie Paton
    27 May 2016
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    Flutter tongue

  116. michelle o'neill
    28 May 2016
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    gothic pride

  117. Stephanie Green
    28 May 2016
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    SSB (Steffs Secret Brew)

  118. Sarah Ballantyne
    28 May 2016
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    I love a pale ale and as a science geek I’d name it Mendel’s Mead after Gregor Mendel.

  119. Logan
    29 May 2016
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    Brew-Tastic

  120. Kimberley Ryan
    29 May 2016
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    The Boozers Brew

  121. Christine Caple
    29 May 2016
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    Chrissie’s Creek

  122. Sheri Darby
    29 May 2016
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    Sheri – Just to confuse everyone

  123. Allan Wilson
    30 May 2016
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    Haggies Hough

  124. 30 May 2016
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    Clouds

  125. Andrea Miles
    30 May 2016
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    Hoppy times

  126. Alastair Gillespie
    30 May 2016
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    Depth Charge

  127. JULIE WARD
    30 May 2016
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    Puuuurfection

  128. Sandra Jo Siddall
    30 May 2016
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    Head Shot! lol

  129. Susan B
    30 May 2016
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    The Piping Pigeon.

  130. olivia Kirby
    30 May 2016
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    The Mowbray Mouthful

  131. 30 May 2016
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    Ooooo

  132. jessica cook
    30 May 2016
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    ladies lager

  133. Gill Mitchell
    30 May 2016
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    Hairy Potato

  134. Kate Smith
    30 May 2016
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    Tawny ale

  135. Natalie Gillham
    31 May 2016
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    Nutz beer (it’s my nickname)

  136. tricia cowell
    31 May 2016
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    Magic potion

  137. Mary H
    31 May 2016
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    I’d probably call it ‘Hammered’.

  138. Rachel J
    31 May 2016
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    Yes Please (as in “would you like a beer?” “Yes Please”..”What can I get you?” “Yes Please”….. or would that be too annoying?

  139. Christine Hobbs
    31 May 2016
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    Pickled Elf

  140. Judith Allen
    31 May 2016
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    Backchat. Think all bar staff would be happy to give you some.

  141. Anthea Holloway
    31 May 2016
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    West Moors witchcraft

  142. Chris Fletcher
    31 May 2016
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    I’d call mine Hopposits Attract

  143. amy bondoc
    31 May 2016
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    Id call it BB’s

  144. Petra Beck
    31 May 2016
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    Midnight Madness

  145. Caroline Shepherd
    31 May 2016
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    Shepherd’s Delight

  146. Debra Winfield
    31 May 2016
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    It’s Beer O’clock

  147. Karen Anne Brown
    31 May 2016
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    The Hearty Cheer Beer

  148. 31 May 2016
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    Grain Store πŸ™‚

  149. Ruth Wollerton
    31 May 2016
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    Conjuror – because it would be MAGIC

  150. Melissa Red
    31 May 2016
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    Ticktock

  151. Beverley Whitby
    31 May 2016
    Reply

    i’d call it ”the blonde Beaver”

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