Maybe most good pubs aim to have a range of styles but some are better at it than others.
The Rising Sun at Fulwood has, ooh, how many? about 12 beer pumps I would hazard a guess. It mainly has it's own Abbeydale beers on there, perhaps 3 or 4 guests.
And what an uninspiring range of ale the Abbeydale Brewery has. All these different incarnations of beers with slight differences - the majority around 4.5%. Deception, Daily Bread, Moonshine...etc. I can't honestly say I like many of them. The Absolution offers a bit more flavour at 5.3% - but the rest of them...not for me.
I only go to that pub on the hope that they might have got a guest beer on that is a bit different to the bland range of their own beers. I'm often disappointed and just settle for a half of Absolution - then go elsewhere.
I was pleased to see, on a recent visit, that they had some J33 Stateside Pale on. Only 5% but a very nice tasting beer and superior to anything on the other 8 or 9 pumps from Abbeydale.
I think the most important thing though is the person managing the place. If they know their stuff then they should be able to a) keep the beer well and serve it in tip-top condition and b) manage the range on offer so there is always a bit of something for everyone, Pale, Dark, Bitter, Stout, Low/Medium/High strength.
Last edited by DerbyTup; 21-04-2017 at 07:42.