The End Of The Beginning: Marble Driscoll’s End
At the Twissup in York a few weeks ago, I was speaking briefly to Dominic Driscoll whilst waiting at the bar in Pivni. Dominic was one of the brewers at Marble Brewery in Manchester until recently, when he moved to Thornbridge.
That pedigree speaks volumes about Dominic’s passion for great beer and innovation. Marble and Thornbridge are unqualifiedly excellent breweries; standing either side of the Pennines, both have established a reputation for quality whilst refusing to rest on their laurels. Dominic’s also a lovely chap, as just after I’d been telling him how much I enjoyed the last beer he brewed for Marble, Driscoll’s End, he gave me a bottle of it that he’d bottled himself.
I’ve just got round to drinking it and it’s superb. It smells like the most welcoming beer in the world: a rich sweet tropical nectar. The sweetness carries through to the first taste and then a rush of welcome but uncompromising bitterness flows over the tongue. From the bottle, rather than on cask as I’d had it before, it tastes like the best US Pale Ale you could hope for.
So thanks very much to Dominic for the fantastic beer and please keep up the good work at Thornbridge. Dominic has taken over blogging duties from Kelly Ryan on his departure from Thornbridge, and can be kept up with here and also on Twitter: @thornbridgedom.