Our latest microbrew with hotel getaway, this time to Victoria, Swans hotel. Truly an excellent combination – hotel with it’s own brew. Starting bottom right, counter-clockwise, pale ale (average), brown ale (quite sweet, unless Londoners like it that way, I suppose), bitter (that wasn’t very), stout (with a strong coffee note but light, sweet and underwhelming), IPA (fruity and sharp on first taste), and scotch ale (that also wasn’t. More of a dark Belgian, really). Overall, sweetness compromises flavour and I’m left with a sense that they are trying to appeal to the widest (read, lowest common denominator) crowd (and I didn’t even try the two lagers…).