A LYME Regis bar is toasting success after been named as one of the very best for beer by the UK’s top drinks expert.
Cellar 59, the Broad Street bar run by Thorncombe-based artisan brewers Gyle 59, won the rave review from Oz Clarke when the TV wine oracle discovered it by accident.
Oz was recently in Lyme Regis when he was looking for a pint to escape the wind and rain on a stormy day, and he says he found hops heaven instead.
Oz was so impressed by the range of 13 hand-crafted ales that he has vowed to return to try the lot!
He said: “I can’t believe my luck on the windiest Saturday this year. I had just had my eyelids turned inside out from the wind on the Cobb and was desperate for a reviving pint when I stumbled on this subterranean heaven full of some of the most impressive brewed real beer I’ve come across all year.
“They seem to have 13 different brews on the board and I intend to try the lot.
“Communities need breweries like Gyle 59, they are a leading light in the local movement that does so much to make this country worth living in.”
The beers, which are made with water from a natural spring deep in the wilds of Dorset, are unusual in that they are served up cloudy.
“We do not add Isinglass finings to our beers. This means that often the beer will appear hazy or cloudy,” said the bar and brewery’s spokeswoman Amanda Edwards.
“This is intentional as we wish to keep all the flavour and goodness in the beer. We believe this is more important than being able to see through the beer.
“As we do not use Isinglass, which is made from the swim bladders of fish, our beers are suitable for anyone to enjoy whether omnivorous, vegetarian or vegan.
“All our beers are created with one thing in mind – flavour. We are lucky enough to have a unique supply of spring water which we are using to good effect allowing the many different qualities of our ingredients to shine through.”
But Oz has a much bigger drinking session ahead of him in order to try all of Gyle 59’s ales, because besides the 13 varieties he saw on tap at Cellar 59, the brewery also produces 19 different bottled beers, including exotic brews made with nettles, elderberry and coffee and a cheeky not to Her Majesty called Legless Liz, brewed for The Queen’s Arms at Corton Denham to celebrate the pub’s 170th birthday, which was also the Queen’s 90th birthday.