Company Bitter sounds a bit corporate, doesn’t it? Puts you in mind of a cheap, low-quality beer that’s made to be served at business events; but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The low-quality part anyway, it’s still relatively cheap.
Ridgeside is known for it’s cask ales and bitters and Company Bitter is a celebration of the things the love the most: cask ales and proper pubs. Not fancy bars or pop-up bottle shops: proper pubs with years or heritage, history and horse brass.
The traditional hops used in the brew - UK golding and styrian aurora - create a mellow and smooth taste coupled with a malty aroma.
The beer is quite light and goes down very well, the low-carbonation you’d expect from a bitter combining well with the mellow and subtly fruity flavours to make a very moreish brew.
The aftertaste is one of malt, like a colder, boozier Horlicks that is reminiscent of cozy pubs on freezing, wintery days.
Being famous for cask ales, Ridgeside have designed the can to be a smaller version of their cask, with the plain silver can adding to the keg image.
Bang on the front is the keg plug which stands out against the yellow and blue stripes that go round the label, although the beer name and brewery logo aren’t as visible as they could be.
You can get it from the Ridgeside shop itself for just £2.80. We got ours in a BeerBods box and can only find it in the brewery shop to buy online - but it’s definitely worth seeking out!