A couple of blog posts ago, I vented my spleen and named and shamed those beers that I considered to have names that were shamelessly sexist with dire double entendres and silly smutty puns. Crap beer names so toe curlingly embarassing they repel you from the product. There are, however, some beers out there that have rather interesting and, in some cases, inspired names.
So, in the interests of beer balance, I think it's only fair that I list those beer names in this year's Good Beer Guide that I think are ticking all the boxes in terms of having a good name. Some are straight down the middle 'what you see is what you get beer names', others have involved a little bit more thought in the naming process.
So, in no particular order, I give you my delightful dozen of Clever Beer Names -
Bartram's - Comrade Bill Bartram's Egalitarian Anti Imperialist Soviet Stout
Kelburn - Pivo Estivo
Cheddar Ales - Gorge Best
Bob's Brewing Co - Chardonnayle
Tottenham's Redemption Brewery - Hopspur
Marble - Pint
Lymestone - Ein Stein
Brewdog - Tactical Nuclear Penguin
Stewart's - Cauld Reekie
North Cotswold - Hung, Drawn and Portered
Anglo Dutch - Tabatha the Knackered
Severn Vale - Severn Sins
There are loads of foreign beers that have great names too but I've stuck to just U.K. breweries and beers.
However, special mention must go to the San Francisco based Shmaltz Brewing Company that produce Kosher beers that go by, what I think is, one of the most inspired names ever for a beer range; He'Brew.
What's your favourite?