Downton Brewery Slovenian Dream Pale Ale 4.5% abv.
Downton Brewery are a 20 barrel brewery based in Downton, which is a small village south of Salisbury in Wiltshire. There is no connection with Downton Abbey. The brewery was founded in 2003 and supplies around 100 outlets including a number of pubs in London. They brew eight regular beers and their website lists around 20 special brews including some very strong ales. They welcome visitors and have a brewery tap.
Slovenian Dream is
a their pale ale which pours a very light yellow colour and has a lemony aroma. It is quite bitter with a floral and lemon/citrus taste. I think this would make a good quaffing beer on a summer’s day. It may appeal to the lager drinker who wants something refreshing but with a bit more flavour than the usual bland lagers. This is a beer which would probably go well with a curry. It is not as bland and fizzy as the usual lagers or as hoppy as a pale ale.
Slovenian Dream is made with Slovenian Dana and Celeia hops, barley, maize, yeast and water. They are both aroma hops mainly used in lagers and Pale Ales.
Slovenia is a small mountainous country sandwiched between Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and the Adriatic Sea. It is mainly a lager drinking country but does have some 30 brewpubs plus a couple of craft breweries. It is a hop producing country which is what has inspired this brew.
Slovenia’s most famous export is the former model Melania Knauss (b.1970) who married Donald Trump in 2005 and is now the First Lady of the USA. She is only the second First Lady not to be born in the USA and the only one who speaks English as a second language. Apparently Donald does not drink at all because his older brother Freddy died of an alcohol related illness. Melania is also a non-drinker which cannot be much fun at all those receptions with world leaders. Imagine trying to spend an evening with Theresa May without a large drink in your hand.
Fortunately not all Americans are as dull as the Trumps. America has a rich drinking tradition which is celebrated in many fine songs. One of my all-time favourite drinking songs is a John Lee Hooker number, ably performed here by Blues rock singer George Thorogood. So pour yourself one Bourbon , one Scotch and one Slovenian Dream Beer and quaff along to this great song.