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Hair of the Dog (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay SocialExcellent1
Wantsum - More’s HeadExcellent2
Constellation - Indus Excellent1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - 1961 Green HopExcellent1
Wantsum - Turbulent PriestGood1
Front Row - Set Good1
Isle of Purbeck - Harry's Harvest Pale AleGood1
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Keltek LanceGood1
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - St Modwen Golden Ale (superseded by 4.2% version)Good1
Brew Buddies - BB01 Best BitterGood1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideGood1
Milestone - Maid MarianGood1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Good1
Island Brewery - Island Wight Good1
Wantsum - ImperiumGood1
Wantsum - FortitudeGood1
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Janet Street Green Hop PorterAcceptable1
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Folkestone BestNot Tried0
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - The TroubadourNot Tried0
North Yorkshire - CobbleNot Tried0
Cleveland - SeasiderNot Tried0
Parkway (formerly Glastonbury Ales) - Giggle and TitterNot Tried0
Georges - Cockle ShellsNot Tried0
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Massey’sNot Tried0
Picture 1. Hair of the Dog, Minster (Thanet), Kent
Picture 2. Hair of the Dog, Minster (Thanet), Kent

Visits Details

09 Jun 2022 (Jack William)
Back for a “second Thursday” group visit - 9 of us making it quite cosy with about the same number of regulars. We were allowed food from the Chippy across the road - much to the relief of one local “that’s quieter now you’re all eating” she declared. Ales at £3.50 a pint, but £2 a half.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10GoodSurprised to see this on in a micro.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Good
Wantsum - Imperium4.00GoodMarked up as 3.8%.
11 Nov 2021 (Jack William)
Another 2nd Thursday visit to the Hair. Half a dozen of us doubled the customer numbers. We had a rather good session.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - More’s Head3.70ExcellentMost popular of the ales - I think we did a couple of gallons.
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Keltek Lance4.00Good
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Massey’s4.10Not Tried
22 Sep 2021 (Jack William)
Just after noon opening - 5 other punters in, “ who will rid me of this turbulent priest” got blank stares from two of them - Veblen when I mentioned Tommy Becket. Everyone enjoying the Wantsum beer however.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Turbulent Priest4.40Good
Milestone - Maid Marian4.30Not Tried
Wantsum - More’s Head3.70Not Tried
08 Jul 2021 (Jack William)
Lunchtime session for our bus-pass group. We were offered an outside area round the corner - but would have had to have used plastic glasses. Stayed inside and chatted with a number of locals. Very convivial. Lunch by way of the chippy opposite and the pub provided condiments and serviettes. We have been offered a cold buffet if we order ahead next time.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Constellation - Indus 3.90ExcellentI started and finished on this ale - it really was rather good. (Marked up incorrectly as “Incus” on the blackboard.)
Milestone - Maid Marian4.30GoodGood body.
Wantsum - More’s Head3.70GoodFresh barrel - so much better than my recent pint at Blakes.
15 Jun 2021 (Jack William)
Lunchtime- good banter with a couple of regulars on the Thanet micropub scene.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - St Modwen Golden Ale (superseded by 4.2% version)4.10GoodA little hazy, but good flavour.
Wantsum - More’s Head3.70Not TriedWas going down well with the regulars - sparklingly clear.
Georges - Cockle Shells4.00Not Tried
06 Oct 2020 (Jack William)
Pleasant welcome as always - 2 others in at 2. Three interesting beers on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - 1961 Green Hop4.30ExcellentAnother splendid green hop.
Front Row - Set 3.90GoodNice amber ale.
Parkway (formerly Glastonbury Ales) - Giggle and Titter3.80Not Tried
20 Aug 2020 (Jack William)
En-route to Ramsgate mid afternoon- glad to see this place back open with their usual all-day hours. Couple of locals in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Island Brewery - Island Wight 4.00GoodA very acceptable golden ale.
North Yorkshire - Cobble3.80Not Tried
Cleveland - Seasider3.60Not Tried
04 Jan 2020 (Jack William)
Lunchtime - good cycle from the Fez. Nice to see a group of about 6 twenty-somethings coming in as I left. No choice of brewery today - but A&D have a good range.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay Social3.80ExcellentAnother very good ale from A&D.
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Folkestone Best4.00Not Tried
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - The Troubadour4.50Not Tried
12 Dec 2019 (Jack William)
2nd Thursday bus-pass outing for 8 of us from Canterbury. Just 3 other punters during our session. All of the beers were in good condition - but I had a very heavy cold and really couldn’t discern any flavours to note.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Fortitude4.20Good
Isle of Purbeck - Harry's Harvest Pale Ale5.00Good
Brew Buddies - BB01 Best Bitter4.30Good
21 Nov 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on
BeerABVScoreNotes
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Janet Street Green Hop Porter4.50AcceptableTold that this was a strong beer. It was for this micro. I didnt enjoy this. Lacking flavour and that porter taste and feel but it had the colour.

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About the Hair of the Dog

The pub sign. Hair of the Dog, Minster (Thanet), Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent12
Good31
Acceptable10
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Minster (Thanet), Kent, CT12 4AB.

Micropub in the High Street - a conversion from a hairdresser's shop, Ian Barrie Hair Stylists. Opened for business on Friday 6th December 2013. Initial opening hours are Mon-Sat 12-3 & 5-9; Sun 12-3. Real ales, ciders and wines are on offer served from an airtight cooled room behind the small bar counter. The room has room for 4 or 5 casks of real ale and some cider boxes on gravity stillage. Brightly decorated pub with lots of reclaimed scrap wood for high and low tables and wall coverings. Unisex toilet through an arch to the side. Beware of limited rail and bus timetables after an evening session.

We have visited this pub 30 times, seen 68 different beers and tried 51 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT12 4AB