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The Greyfriar of Reading (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Red Cat - KairosExcellent1
Arbor Ales - The Devil Made Me Brew ItExcellent1
Arbor Ales - The Ego Has LandedExcellent1
Downton - Port StoutExcellent1
Siren Craft - Dinner for TenExcellent1
Binghams - Twyford TippleGood1
Kelham Island - Riders on the StormGood1
Great Heck - BlondeAcceptable1
Big Shed - Rocky MountainAcceptable1
Milk Street - Zig Zag StoutNot Tried0
Hogs Back - HBBNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Goffs - LancerNot Tried0
Binghams - Hot Dog Chilli StoutNot Tried0
Roosters - Weak EnderNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Windsor KnotNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking Not Tried0
Electric Bear - PersuasionNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Greyfriar of Reading, Reading, Berkshire
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

16 Mar 2016 (Stephen Harris)
I hit Happy Hour here (I think I was in at around 6-7pm) and the pub was busy.
Arbor Ales - The Devil Made Me Brew It5.50ExcellentA black, dry-hopped Stout. Lots of coffee/chocolate flavours and good hops too.
Arbor Ales - The Ego Has Landed4.80ExcellentGolden in colour. An intensely hoppy American Pale Ale.
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking 4.40Not Tried
Electric Bear - Persuasion3.80Not Tried
22 Jan 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Brisk early evening trade in here.
Siren Craft - Dinner for Ten4.10ExcellentGolden. Described as a Vienna lager-style, but has massively ramped-up hop levels which made it taste more like a ‘Session IPA’ to me., although there is a sweet malt background.
Great Heck - Blonde4.30AcceptableGolden, easy drinking, quite a soft mouthfeel.
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
Binghams - Hot Dog Chilli Stout5.00Not Tried
Roosters - Weak Ender3.00Not Tried
09 Dec 2015 (Stephen Harris)
An increasing commuter trade throughout my late afternoon/early evening visit. As I was leaving, I noticed the prominent signage about CAMRA discounts - have to remenber that for next time.
Downton - Port Stout5.20ExcellentVery dark brown. Smooth, vinous and alcoholic.
Kelham Island - Riders on the Storm4.50GoodAmber-coloured. Full-bodied and balanced.
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Goffs - Lancer3.80Not Tried
11 Nov 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Very pleased to discover this pub, right by the railway station and with an enticing cask beer range.
Red Cat - Kairos4.40ExcellentGolden and slightly hazy. This beer has a big citrus hop hit.
Binghams - Twyford Tipple3.70GoodA brown Session Bitter with above average hops.
Big Shed - Rocky Mountain4.80AcceptableA rather sweet (I thought), golden Pale Ale.
Milk Street - Zig Zag Stout4.50Not Tried
Hogs Back - HBB3.70Not Tried

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About The Greyfriar of Reading

The pub sign. The Greyfriar of Reading, Reading, Berkshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1PA.

A re-opened and much revived pub standing close to Reading railway station. Something of a showpiece for local independent brewers. The pub is split into two drinking areas and does not open on Sundays.

We have visited this pub 14 times, seen 61 different beers and tried 24 of them.

Map location

Postcode: RG1 1PA