We LOVE Real Ale – at The Botanist Alderley Edge

The Botanist in Alderley Edge has to be one of the loveliest bar restaurants in Cheshire….

I was delighted when they came on board the We Love Cheshire website; their branding, interior and concept is uber-sexy and oh-so-charming. We love it!

I ate there before Christmas last year and have now visited on many occasions for both business and pleasure(!), and really enjoyed the recent Ale Tasting event which included a thoroughly entertaining way of learning about real ale from the ‘roots up’, presented by a rather fabulous chap called Warren. Warren is a fully qualified ‘beer sommelier’ (or cicerone) – one of only 20 or so in the country – so this was a very special, unique event which is now available to everyone! Great for a small groups; birthdays, (grown-up) hen and stag parties, company get-togethers  – any excuse really and whatever the occasion, its well worth it.

We started with an in-depth lesson in the brewing process itself, which I have to say, I knew absolutely nothing about!

The ingredients were interesting to say the least and we were encouraged to taste and smell the hops and the barley – not really giving an indication as to how well the finished product might turn out!

Tasting the beers was a joy – not being a real ale fan myself, I was surprised as to how much I enjoyed all of the beers that we tasted, particularly the Kodiac Gold from Beartown Brewery in Congleton. Delicious, I would most certainly order a half of this (because I’m a girl!) whenever I see it.

We tasted 8 ales in total and each one was so different from the next, an eye opener for me. Can’t recommend this superb Cheshire Experience highly enough and I’ll definitely be booking another Ale Tasting event at The Botanist very soon.

Each session lasts about 90 minutes and gives you the opportunity to taste and discuss up to eight different beers and ales from The Botanist’s fine repertoire! (minimum 6 people)

Prices:

Taste Masterclass 1 : Ale / Beer Tasting

£15 PP

It’s all about the beers and ales here! Each session lasts about 90 minutes and gives you the opportunity to taste and discuss up to eight different beers and ales from The Botanist’s fine repertoire!

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Taste Masterclass 2 : Ale / Beer Tasting and Deli Platters

£20 PP

This includes all of option one plus a selection of Deli tasters from our Deli Boards. Please see our Food Menu for more details.

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Taste Masterclass 3 : Ale / Beers Tasting and BBQ

£25 PP

This includes everything from option one plus a freshly made burger from our bar-be-que or a chicken or vegetable Hanging Kebab.

Alderley Edge,Cheshire 01625 865 637
@TheBotanistAE
http://thebotanist.uk.com/ale-tasting

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