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The Farmers Boy (Brew Pub)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Verulam - Citra HitExcellent2
Oakham - Hawse BucklerExcellent1
Oakham - Scarlet MacawExcellent1
Verulam - Farmers DelightGood2
Adnams - Fat SpratGood1
Oakham - Hangar 17Good1
Alehouse - Verulum Clipper IPAGood1
Alehouse - Verulum Farmer's JoyGood1
Alehouse - Once Upon a Time in MexicoAcceptable1
Thwaites - Little BewdyAcceptable1
Oakham - X-terminator Double IPAPoor1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Oakham - Black Hole PorterNot Tried0
Marble - DobberNot Tried0
Marble - StoutNot Tried0
Oakham - Edgar's BazaarNot Tried0
Verulam - Run o 't MillNot Tried0
Oakham - Mompesson's GoldNot Tried0
Tring - KotukuNot Tried0
Fernandes - Malt Shovel MildNot Tried0
Oakham - Export Scarlet MacawNot Tried0
Keltek - LanceNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Breakfast IPANot Tried0
Oakham - InfernoNot Tried0
Rother Valley - Chocolate PorterNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - CwtchNot Tried0
Robinsons - Trooper (superseded by 4.7% version)Not Tried0
Bath Ales - Gem BitterNot Tried0
Adnams - Mosaic Pale AleNot Tried0
Robinsons - TrooperNot Tried0
Mallinsons - Citra XLNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Farmers Boy, St Albans, Hertfordshire
Picture 2. The Farmers Boy, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Visits Details

23 May 2018 (ChrisE)
A quiet lunchtime, I had a good chat with the barman who was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about beer. He informed me that the pub had not brewed for over one year but he hoped to make a brew in June to commemorate the landlord and landlady's tenth anniversary in the pub.
Oakham - Hangar 174.10Good
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10Not Tried
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Robinsons - Trooper4.70Not Tried
Mallinsons - Citra XL5.50Not Tried
16 Jul 2015 (HSB)
17:40 Last stop before the train home. Reasonably busy.
Verulam - Farmers Delight3.90GoodNot the most exciting beer on offer but chosen as none of the home brewed was on sale last time I visited.
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Rother Valley - Chocolate Porter4.20Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60Not Tried
Robinsons - Trooper (superseded by 4.7% version)4.80Not Tried
24 May 2014 (Andrew)
Friendly pub. It was raining hard out which brought a few extra people in.
Verulam - Farmers Delight3.90GoodNice condition. Mid gold. Soft mouth. Very leafy hop in mouth and on finish. Hint of tartness and grapefruit.
Fernandes - Malt Shovel Mild3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Export Scarlet Macaw4.80Not Tried
Keltek - Lance4.00Not Tried
Verulam - Run o 't Mill3.90Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Breakfast IPA4.70Not Tried
01 May 2014 (HSB)
17:20 Sadly no home brew on as at the tail end of an Oakham feature. Brewer very informative.
Oakham - Hawse Buckler5.60Excellent
Oakham - Scarlet Macaw4.40Excellent
Oakham - X-terminator Double IPA7.90PoorBit tired. Barley wine notes rather than IPA.
Oakham - Mompesson's Gold5.20Not Tried
Tring - Kotuku4.00Not Tried
25 Jan 2014 (Stephen Harris)
A quick visit in the early evening. Some good banter with the regulars at the bar.
Verulam - Citra Hit4.80GoodGolden and crisp. Plenty of Citra hops.
Marble - Dobber5.90Not Tried
Oakham - Scarlet Macaw4.40Not Tried
Marble - Stout4.70Not Tried
Oakham - Edgar's Bazaar3.90Not Tried
Verulam - Run o 't Mill3.90Not Tried
26 Jul 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening with a couple of friends. Seems to have a regular trade of commuters at this time of day as it is near the railway station. The ‘Alehouse Brewery’ is defunct since 2010, but brewing continues here under the Verulam name.
Verulam - Citra Hit4.80ExcellentGolden. Very hoppy. A bit raw, with a very bitter aftertaste.
Adnams - Fat Sprat3.80GoodAmber.
Thwaites - Little Bewdy4.20AcceptablePale golden colour. Fruity Australian hops. The sort of thing I like, but something did not taste quite right for me.
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Oakham - Black Hole Porter5.50Not Tried
Oakham - Scarlet Macaw4.40Not Tried
07 Jul 2007 (Ian)
This is the brewery tap for the Alehouse brewery. Late Saturday afternoon and they were having a Mexican Day. Mexican food and Mexican drinks on special offer, hence the tequila shots I was drinking. Good pub and worth coming to. Only 10 minutes from the railway station.
Alehouse - Verulum Clipper IPA4.00GoodNow brewed by Alehouse. Pale gold, lasting white head. American hop aroma. Good blond session beer. Slightly yeasty on aroma. In the JHB/Hophead arena/ Just hasn;t quite got the quality of those two. Fresh though.
Alehouse - Verulum Farmer's Joy4.50GoodDeep chestnut colour with lasting beige head. Lots of malt in mouth, good fruit, raisins and sultanas and plums. Some balancing hop on finish. Bit too malty for me. Nice though
Alehouse - Once Upon a Time in Mexico4.00AcceptableBrewed especially for the Mexico day at the pub. Pale gold, lasting thin white head. Smells of JHB/Dark Star Hophead brewed with jalapeno peppers. Tastes that way too. Base beer is good. Spiciness is pretty strong, but actually not disgusting.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried

About The Farmers Boy

The pub sign. The Farmers Boy, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1PQ.

On the busy London Road, but when you walk in the hustle and bustle melts away. Front bar serves a curving single room. 5 handpulls, side patio garden. Cream walls and wood. Good relaxed atmosphere. Verulam Brewery is at the rear.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 33 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: AL1 1PQ