Seeing as it’s St David’s Day today, it seems appropriate to pay tribute to the Welsh Drink Of The Gods, otherwise known as Brains SA.
Brewed in Cardiff and known locally as ‘Skull Attack,’ this tasty ale has been responsible for many a hangover of mine over many years.
I brought back some bottles of SA from my last visit to the Principality. They won’t be around for much longer today
Brains introduced SA Best Bitter in the mid 1950s, and it’s a copper coloured brew with a nutty richness that goes down a little too easily.
According to the Brains website, the taste is derived from a blend of fine pale and crystal malts and the unique use of three hops: Challenger, Goldings and Fuggles.
The original Brains SA is 4.2% ABV (it somehow seems stronger when you’re on a session!), with the slightly stronger SA Gold being launched in 2006.
The 4.3% ABV SA Gold ale is a full-flavoured, hoppy and refreshing golden ale and ca be found in pubs throughout the UK.
Here’s where you can currently find the ale on tap in London:
Argyll Arms, 18 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TP
Bear & Staff, 10-12 Bear Street, London, WC2H 7AX
Bree Louise, 69 Cobourg St, London, NW1 2HH
Bucks Head, 202 Camden High Street, Camden, London, NW1 8QR
Clachan, 34 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5QH
Comedy, 7 Oxendon Street, Piccadilly, London, SW1Y 4EE
Duke Of Wellington, 77 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1D 66A
Falcon, 2 St. Johns Hill, London, SW11 1RU
Famous Three Kings, 171 North End Road, Fulham, London, W14 9NL
Fox & Firkin, 316 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London, SE13 6JZ
George Staples, Blackfen Road, Sidcup, London, DA15 8PR
Globe, 83 Moorgate, London, EC2M 6SA
Henry Addington, 22-28 Mackenzie Walk, London, E14 4PH
Hole In The Wall, 5 Mepham St, London, SE1 8SQ
Hop Poles, 17 – 19 King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9HR
King Charles I, 55-57 Northdown St, London, N1 9BL
Kings Arms, 23 Poland Street, Oxford Street, London, W1F 8QJ
London Welsh Club, 157-163 Grays Inn Rd, London, WC1X 8UE
Magpie, 12 New Street, London, EC2M 4TP
Marquis Of Granby, 41 Romney Street, London, SW1P 3RF
Old Bell, 95 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1DH
Old Thameside, Pickfords Wharf, London, SE1 9DG
Paxton, 52 Anerley Road, London, SE19 2AE
Pricess Of Wales, Villiers St, London, WC2N
Queen’S Head, 25 Tryon Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 3LG
St James Tavern, 45 Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, , London, W1V 7PA
Steam Passage, 44/45 Upper Street, London, N1 0PN
White Horse, 16 Newburgh Street, London, W1F 7RY
Ye Olde Watling, 29 Watling Street, London, EC4M 9BR