When I say ‘beer’ I mean ale.
This beer is the English-style pale ale, Shell Raiser, which is now on the taps at every Greene Turtle bar. I tasted it in Columbia, MD, but it’s available everywhere in the Baltimore region. English beer is popular here on the East Coast of the USA and the Greene Turtle has brewed this English-style pale ale made with crystal malts and English and American hops.
Well, does it taste English?
English beer is a rare thing to my taste buds. I confess that if I ever have a beer, it will be a Sol with a lime slice squeezed in it. I think I’ve only really had the odd beer in a pub in the UK perhaps at Christmas around a log fire to warm the cockles, when the thought of having a pint (or a half pint) just appeals.
Yes, I think it tastes very English. I can imagine having a pickled egg or a pack of Scampi Fries with this beer.
It’s brewed by Heavy Seas in Baltimore and has a ‘malt forward presence and slightly hoppy finish’. They say that Shell Raiser pairs nicely with several Greene Turtle menu items, including burgers, signature sandwiches, gourmet tacos and wraps. I love me a taco, but I think if we want to make this a truly English sensation, a pasty or a beef and horseradish sandwich would also go down a treat.
“It’s awesome to be able to bring a unique local craft beer like Shell Raiser Pale Ale to our customers and beer fans,” said Nick Kegg, marketing director for The Greene Turtle Franchising Corporation. “We chose to partner with Heavy Seas because they brew their beers right here in Maryland and they have a tremendous following. With the growing popularity of craft beers, the release of Shell Raiser is another way for us to connect with our customers by bringing them a taste of something local.”
So…can Americans ‘do’ English beer? Yes, I rather think they can! Nice one, Greene Turtle peeps. (But get that pasty on the menu! 😉
Claire Bolden McGill is a British expat who lived in Maryland for three years and moved back to the UK in August 2015. Claire wrote about her life as a British expat on the East Coast and now works in travel and hospitality PR in the UK. She still finds time to blog about her repatriation and the reverse culture shock that ensued – and she still hasn’t finished that novel, but she’s working on it. You can contact Claire via twitter on @clairebmcgill or via her blog From America to England.