Gas Lamp Lounge is on top pubs list

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A Louth pub has been named as one of the UK’s Top 150 Local Real Ale Pubs.

Local members of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) voted the Gas Lamp Lounge as Pub of the Year 2012-13.

They voted for their winning pub based on customer service, value for money, decor, customer mix, atmosphere and, of course, the quality of the beer.

That accolade means it has made the national CAMRA list of the 150 best.

The pub in Thames Street now moves forward to CAMRA’s Regional Pub of the Year competition with the winner of that award standing a chance of winning CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year.

CAMRA is highlighting its list of 150 for Community Pubs Month during April, a celebration of the great British pub and its importance to the surrounding community.

The Gas Lamp Lounge is based in the former office of Louth Gas Light Company.

Real ale producer Phil Ellis expanded from his garage at Fulstow and set up his micro-brewery in the old gas light offices, making it the first brewery in Louth for more than a century.

Although a small brewery they say they produce several beers on a regular basis and try to brew at least one ‘one off’ beer a week.

All the beers have their own unique recipe and they do not blend any of their beers to produce another one.

They brew genuine cask conditioned ales using only malt, hops, yeast and water. They do not use cheap brewing sugars or artificial flavouring - everything is natural.

All their beers are racked directly into casks from the fermenter. They do not keep beer under CO2 in conditioning tanks, hence the landlord has to condition the beer once it has been delivered.

They have been regularly supplying their beer to pubs and other outlets throughout Lincolnshire and the country since 2004.

Their beers include Pride Of Fulstow, described as a deep coloured beer with ripe malt in the mouth and a good hop balance and a dry finish with blackcurrant notes, and Village Life, A ruby red ale.