England > Herefordshire > Hereford
herfordman (4) Hereford, England | June 3, 2014
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Iím not really a reviewer by nature but felt compelled to come on and review my local Beer in Hand. Having gone away to Uni in London I was spoilt by the beer selection. Returning to the Ford I found myself in a beer desert with most pubs offering up pretty desultory beer. I used to be a huge Wye Valley fan but having actually tried lots of other beers whilst away I have realized (yes I am going to say it) that Wye valley beer is solid but uninspiring - actually I would never drink the stuff by choice. As for Doombar, another stock beer found is some of the pubs in town, the less said the better. Iíve been back for a few years now and generally drink in Worcester and Cardiff simply to get some choice. THANK GOD for beer in hand. I donít know if the other reviewers are local but I suspect not? If you were then youíd know that beer in hand has been a godsend to the local beer scene in Hereford. In the last few weeks Iíve had an 8.4% double IPA, an unfined hazy hoppy red beer, a chilli stout, beers from Great Heck, Okells, Tiny Rebel, Bristol Beer Factory etc some of my fave breweries that Iíd never dreamt of seeing in my home town if I am honest . These are beers that quite simply I would not have been able to drink in Hereford until Beer in Hand opened. Ok, there are some safer beers on generally but given the size of Hereford that isnít really surprising. I am a beer lover, ergo I go to the pub to meet friends and drink good beer, I am I guess a íregularí as I live near to the pub so visit most week or every other week. The service has always been fine - but really bar the staff being rude to me in a pub I canít say I give two hoots about íserviceí. Itís great not having to catch a train to Cardiff every weekend if I want a decent pint long may it continue. Also as a regular I think the comments by Theydon Bois are fair enough but less relevant now, I actually agree that Iíd rather have a selection of national good beers rather than average local beers. There certainly seem to be a lot less local stuff on recently which frankly is not a bad thing in my opinion!
alovelydrop (45) , | January 21, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited on the Saturday night after Christmas. Pretty busy which was good to see, exactly the sort of place that Hereford needs and a pretty good selection of cask available. Not sold on the layout of the pub, quite disjointed and lent the place an odd atmosphere. The staff/owners werenít overly friendly to us which was unfortunate although theyíve clearly made friends. A great option if youíre in Hereford for beer choice.
Fin (700) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | November 10, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Me and Baz visited here twice on Saturday 9th November 2013 once it had opened and then again early evening. A much needed venue in Hereford showcasing a very decent choice of cask ales and ciders & perries. This place was a former launderette and is long slim place opening out at the far end with the casks facing diagonally towards you in a purpose built substantial sturdy metal racking with clear perspex fronts to view the casks. The place was understandable fairly quiet on our first visit with a few eager looking CAMRA types and just the owner for company. Beer choice was good without being hugely exciting. The beer choice was Elland, Kelham Island, Otley, Tiny Rebel, Wobbly, Ludlow etc amongst the offerings. I understand that the choice runs to ten casks at weekends and about half that during the week. Beer prices were very reasonable and having chatted to the owner herein lies one of the issues. Clearly they are very, very keen to get a more interesting and diverse range of beers however until they are more established then they are a little wary about putting on beers that may cost more both for them and the punters as there is a reluctance on the part of the punter to pay much more than say £3.50 plus when they can get Wye Valley and others decent beers for a lot less in other establishments in town and it is challenge they face to pull people away from what they know and trust into trying new beers. From my experience Herefordians being a fairly rural and isolated population adapt to change a little slower than some, (I hope I am not being too contentious with that statement). I rather liked this place and can only see it getting better. As Colin mentions in his review below this is close to the town but across that hideous sort of inner ring road which ruthlessly annexes this part of town from the centre, access is via a subway. It is close to Sainsburys and on the road heading out to Kington.
Theydon_Bois (850) Tourist Town (West), England | November 3, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited on the evening of Thursday 17th October 2013 around 9.45 pm and the place was fairly thriving.
Having opened in August, Beer In Hand certainly adds something to the Hereford beer scene in terms of a venue with a good choice of beers from local (ish) micro breweries. There are also an equal number of ciders available on draft, around 8 or 9 of each product.
The venue is located just outside the inner town across the ring road and is reached via a subway.
One long thinnish room adorned with breweriana, the bar is toward the rear. When I say bar, itís more akin to a beer festival. All beer is gravity dispense but in a more permanent set up with individual cabinets for each cask which appear to be linked to a cooling system.
Prices are good (for a London based drinker anyhow!), around £2.60 - £2.90 a pint dependant on ABV plus you get a 10% discount on showing a CAMRA card ... queue random £2.43 pints!
As well as the beers via gravity there is a small but well thought out bottled selection for drink in or take away. These are arranged in a small shop set up, opposite the bar. 30 or so bottles, largely from Belgium including the likes of De La Senne, Boon and a couple of US offerings. Nothing rare but a nice little side line and again reasonably priced (no CAMRA discount).
The only downside to Beer In Hand is that whilst Iím all for promoting local micros, the range of beers were a bit samey, ie all mild, bitter, golden blonde and nothing of any great quality, had 5 or 6 different beers here and there wasnít one Iíd choose to return to.
Great little enterprise none the less and I fully expect this venue to appear in the GBG sooner rather than later!
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