Do you ever have one of those “I wish I’d thought of that” moments?
I do, all too frequently, the most recent came when I ventured a little further afield in search of new brews to try.
On the shelf I spotted ‘Aurelio’ a ‘Golden Artisan Beer’ from the “Two Fingers Brewing Company”.
Why the ‘Two Fingers’?
Well they donate all their profits (at least 10p (or about 15 U.S. cents) per bottle to the charity Prostate Cancer UK.
If you don’t understand the ‘two fingers’ reference, guys, then rest assured, you will, soon enough.
As I said, it’s an idea I wish I’d thought of, and as the food writer Jay Rayner put it it’s “the best excuse for drinking beer yet“.
The founders of ‘Two Fingers’ have kept their day jobs and outsourced the the messy stuff – the brewing and bottling – to Andy Hepworth and his guys at ‘Hepworth and Co’ in Horsham, West Sussex. I’ve had other beers brewed by Hepworths and, as I recall, I wasn’t overly impressed with those, but hey, it’s in a good cause.
So, is the beer any good?
Well, it pours a pale gold, (the name ‘Aurelio’ is taken from the Latin for ‘golden’) with a loose white head that fades with unseemly haste. There are some hops on the nose, but not many.
The mouth feel is okay, and yes, you can taste the hops – Admiral and Goldings – but I could not spot the “tart lemon fruit and cracker-like malt” or “perky citrus flavours that spring to the palate” that the guys promised.
Overall, I confess I was disappointed; this is a missed opportunity. I would have jumped all over an ‘excuse for drinking beer‘, particularly knowing it benefitted such a good cause.
This just isn’t the beer to do it for me, I’ll drink something else I enjoy, and put the change in the charity box.