John Harvard's Pale Ale Where: John Harvard's, 1487 Pleasant Valley Road, Manchester Ingredients: Microbrewed beer Cost: $4.50 I asked the bartender at John Harvard's Brew House for the most popular home brew, and he didn't hesitate to pour me a pint of John Harvard's Pale Ale. This smooth, copper-colored beer has a hoppy aroma and taste that's such a nod to the old-time English breweries, that after a few pints I started speaking with a cockney accent, Guv'ner. But my vocal cords need not stress, because this beer, made from cascades hops, was easy on the esophagus. And unsurprisingly, the rich and easy John Harvard's Pale Ale won the Silver Medal at the 2000 Real Ale Festival in Chicago. The bar itself, in spite of being a small chain, offers the low-lit ambience of an old-time pub a really large, old-time pub. But in keeping with contemporary breweries, the brewing kettles are kept behind glass near the bar, so patrons can see the magic happen. --JACK CORAGGIO Know of a drink you'd like to see featured in courant.com's Liquor Cabinet? Send in your suggestions.
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