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Ben was a plucky teenager. He knew all the stories about the creepy wood but he would nonetheless take a short cut to town. Halfway through the wood he met a troll. His bravado evaporated, but the troll introduced himself, inviting Ben to a cup of acorn tea.

They chatted and laughed and Ben's courage returned. He would tell those scaredy cats back home! They spent a couple of hours chatting, but eventually Ben got up to carry on to town.

The troll caught his arm. "I like you. Stay for lunch...you really must," he said, fiendishly licking his lips....

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    D.M. over 3 years ago

    The acorn tea is quite whimsical.

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    Neville Hunt over 3 years ago

    We do drink some odd things, warm beer, Horlicks etc. Why my daughters in law even drink hot water! Acorn tea I have never tried (probably poisonous) but it did seem like a troll's tipple!

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    Neville Hunt over 3 years ago

    Adelscott is a French beer from Brasserie Fischer. I don't know it myself but I have tried Fischer beer on several occasions. It's a bit similar to Grolsch, a Dutch beer which you may have over there. These styles of beer are quite different to British traditional beers (real ales) and I think there is a growing interest in this British style in the US, brewed by micro-breweries...to be continued...

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    Neville Hunt over 3 years ago

    But I also read that the other European beers, especially German are increasingly popular in the US..

    The British ales (typically 'bitters') tend not to be not at all gassy - they are not externally pressurised; it's all within the brew, it's distinctive in flavour and is served not exactly 'warm', but not too cold. It's easy to drink as it doesn't fill you full of CO2. I love it and there are so many different tasting beers around again now.

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    Neville Hunt over 3 years ago

    I will definitely look out Adelscott. It says online that it's whiskey-tasting and there is debate as to whether any whisk(e)y is actually in the brew. It sounds a fascinating story of how it was drunk though. Sorry to hear that you're teetotalish! I started drinking to forget, but I forgot what! (the old jokes are the best - boom, boom!)

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