A glass of Herts: Private Brewery of Bob
PUBLISHED: 18:47 12 January 2015 | UPDATED: 18:47 12 January 2015
Laura Vickers goes in search of the best drinks made in the county
In this column last June, I focussed on the excellent Verulam Brewery at The Farmer’s Boy pub in St Albans, which creates the tasty Half Nelson, Run of the Mill and old favourite, Farmer’s Joy. But few people know that this tiny brewery is actually the home of four different brewing operations.
These include the Private Brewery of Bob, a one-man brewing enterprise that is not in fact run by a man called Bob (as you might have been expecting), but by Martin Slaughter.
Since 2012, Slauhgter’s microbrewery has been creating a range of ales, each of which has a pun-tastic (and put-a-smile-on-your-face) name. Some of the most popular drinks are the Bob Bidazzler, a quaffable red ale (that is probably a hit with David Dickinson); the golden, Bob Erjob a golden, hoppy bitter made with oodles of British hops.
He also brews a range of seasonal ales, including Bob Byngalong – a light, citrussy summer beer – and the winter warmer Bob Belhat, which is full-bodied, nutty and fruity.
If you’re wondering which beer to try first, I heartily recommend Bob Sherunkel; a dark mild that is perfect for this time of year. The brooding coffee and blackcurrant notes are a great match for chilly January evenings as well as warming comfort food like sausages or shepherd’s pie.
St Albans has clearly taken the brewery to its heart: not only do several pubs and beer and wine shops in the city stock the Bob range, Slaughter has also created Early Pitch, an exclusive beer for St Albans City Football Club.
A full list of stockists for the Private Brewery of Bob is available at bob-brewery.co.uk – or order Bob beers online at flagshipwines.co.uk