Williams Gold. Brewed in Alloa. A simple and quaffable session beer. It says here.. I suppose golden ales are lagers that taste of something. Lager is for a hot day or straight to the pub from work and the first one doesn't even touch the sides. This beer is a little more complex than that with a long lasting taste and no bitter at all. Very nice and if I were in Alloa and this was on tap I'd have several. A shame that I am not as it went all too quickly.
The book? The Running Sky by Tim Dee from Vintage Classics. I have his Four Fields and this looks to be as good a read.