Good old Gary!
Gary Gooch, that is, Sales Chief at Oldershaw.
Not only has he popped over to drop off the very latest creation from his own stable, but he's also left me with a couple of delights from two other equally exciting craft brew firms - Vale and Tring.
The trio of ales are (as pictured from left to right) -
"V.P.A" (from Vale) - Golden ale. 4.2% ABV
"Blonde Volupta" (from Oldershaw) - Premium blonde ale. 5.0% ABV
"Side Pocket For A Toad" (from Tring) - Premium golden ale. 4.5% ABV
Each one will be sampled and featured here on The Year very soon.
On paper, they aren't a million miles apart in terms of their classification and strength, but I've a pretty big hunch that 'on paper' is where those similarities will end...