‘Stone Banker’ from the Lymestone Brewery (Stone, Staffordshire)

‘Stone Banker’ is a beer specially brewed by the Lymestone Brewery to mark Stoke City FC’s appearance in this year’s FA Cup Final. The name comes from a remark by Stoke’s manager, Tony Pulis, made during a game against West Ham.

I had the good fortune to be able to sample the draft version of the beer in the Gaffer’s Row, Crewe (a Wetherspoons pub) yesterday evening.

The beer is 4.0% ABV. It has a reddish colour, and is clean on the palette, with a touch of dryness and a slight aftertaste of molasses. It is very easy drinking and refreshing, and there is a hint of malt sweetness in the flavour.

There is also a bottled version, which I’ll be seeking out.

It’s one of the nicest beers I have tasted for some time, and I congratulate Lymestone’s brewer, Brad, and the owners Ian and Viv Bradford, on an excellent creation.

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