Perhaps it's just nostalgia kicking in but it seemed then that the sights, scents and sounds had a different quality. Somehow sharper, crisper and more intense.
My real taste of Belfast lager brought all of this flooding back. (I had sampled a little of it at SeptemberFest.)
I have already had the Clotworthy Dobbin from the same brewery, which is one of my favourites, so expectations were very high for their lager. It didn't disappoint.
It was the smell that hooked me in. It had that fresh, clear, fragrance that I didn't think you could bottle. I could get the smell of crushed nettles and the taste of sour sorrel as I took my first sip. Sip? Well a gulp. A full flavoured lager with a nice hint of bitterness.
This is what a lager should be because, well, firstly it has taste, secondly it's really refreshing and thirdly because I said so.
Another good one from Whitewater. Decent size bottle too!
Whitewater Belfast Lager - 50cl - 4.5% - Northern Ireland