Sunday, 30 September 2012

Booze: Russian River Pliny The Elder review

Me in the Black Heart. Credit to Matt Curtis for the pic!

Ever since I first read about Californian brewery Russian River’s beer Pliny The Elder I wanted to try it. I didn’t think I’d ever get the chance unless I were to go to California where even it its home state, it can be hard to come across.

And then yesterday happened. I took a day trip to London to hang out and drink beer with Matt & Karen who run the Evening Star pub in Brighton. They have recently returned from a holiday in America and told me that they had a bottle of beer for me. I was hoping it was Pliny but I thought “No, surely it can’t be...” and it was. When Karen handed me the bottle, I had to contain my girly screams as we were in a public place. It’s possibly the best present you can give a beer geek!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Booze: Keg Marque

Keg beer…

Alternatively known as craft beer…

·         Is consistently good… it doesn’t need to be conditioned in the cellar of a pub.

·         Aren’t filtered or pasteurised making for a naturally awesome beer.

·         Isn’t flat and warm.

·         It doesn’t look like you're wanking someone off as you pour a pint.

·         Doesn’t take much effort to look after kegs.

·         Is flavoursome, refreshing and cold.

Cask ales like best bitters and milds are different from keg beers. They: -

·         Are all cask conditioned meaning if a pub doesn’t condition it for long enough it’s shit. This happens a lot of the time.

·         Contain finings. That’s fish guts. Disgusting.

·         Are ‘naturally’ carbonated so they’re flat.

·         Can be identified by a large phallic shaped object on the bar or a big, warm cask in the back room of the pub.

·         Are usually served at room temperature or higher.

·         Are all brown and have twigs in them



*This isn’t a totally serious post. It was inspired by a link that Jeff from Lovibonds posted (here) and Stufrom Magic Rock semi-jokingly suggested keg marque. You’re welcome.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Booze: Playing roulette with the Williams Brothers

Williams Brothers is a brewery based in Alloa, Scotland. I first had Joker IPA a couple of years ago and loved it. They’ve become one of my favourite U.K. breweries and I get excited whenever I see one of their beers in a pub or shop.

Tonight, I am playing roulette with The Williams Brothers; will red win, or will black?

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Beats: Trollfest – Brumblebassen review

Trollfest describe themselves as a True Norwegian Balkan Metal band, which, on listening is folk metal. I think they’re just taking the piss out of the utterly ridiculous sub-genres that bands seem to create these days which is completely cool with me because some of these new-fangled genre names are quite absurd.

Hell, I can imagine the first time someone released a folk metal album they got quite a reaction!

Anyway, Trollfest are a folk metal band that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. The lyrics of each album are centered around a troll universe and the new album continues this theme by introducing a new character whose name is that of the album title. Brumblebassen is the village beekeeper who gathers honey for the mead.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Booze: Good Beer Guide 2013 – Bear Abuse

It has come to my attention that CAMRA are being twats (again). It’s even worse this time as they’re being twats about a friend’s brewery.

It’s great news that Ketts Tavern which is run by owners of Norwich Bear Brewing Co, Dawn and Kev, is in the good beer guide. I mean really good news. Both Ketts Tavern and The Rose are wonderful pubs that you should definitely go to if you ever visit Norwich. They’re run by friendly people who are passionate about beer and have great bar staff too. They have pool tables and show Norwich games which are always good features. Oh and they have beer from Norwich Bear Brewing Co.

So yeah, about the beer… which is the topic of this post and why I am angry at CAMRA.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Interview: Jonny Davy of Job for a Cowboy

It’s been a while but last night I had the opportunity to speak with Jonny Davy from a death metal band called Job For A Cowboy. This is the first face to face interview I’ve done in my own format since I’ve had Booze, Beats & Bites!



What are you currently drinking?

Whiskey. Jameson.

What was your first ever alcoholic drink? How'd that go for you?

My uncle gave me a taste of peppermint schnapps when I was a kid because I was curious to try it. It was disgusting!

One beer. One Spirit. One Non-Alcoholic drink. Go:

Blue moon; Yeah, I know it’s a pretty standard answer but it’s really refreshing and the slice of orange on the edge of the glass is a nice touch. Whiskey, Jameson. Water is pretty much it.

What's the most absurd thing you've done while drunk?

We were on tour with Behemoth, and I was sleeping above their guitar tech. Woke up, blacked out and started peeing on his curtain. He was asleep, woke up, opened the curtain got pissed on. Then 2 days later, our old guitarist Ravi who was sleeping above Behemoth’s guitar tech was drunk and started puking, puked right on the tech!


The boring one: Why'd you get into the music industry?

I don’t really know. I grew up with a mom who was into heavy metal and there wasn’t a lot going on in Arizona. Made the band in high school and started playing in their parents’ garages. I really didn’t expect to get to where we were today, touring the world.

What's the first ever musical artist you remember enjoying listening to?

Michael Jackson. First thing that really struck a chord.

If you could only ever listen to 3 musical artists again, who would they be?

Radiohead, Goreguts & Bjork.

[This was a difficult question]

Why the hell is your band called that?

We’ve been trying to create a story that makes sense for years. In interviews we like to make stories up and just lie. We didn’t know what to call a band because every generic name was taken so we just called ourselves that for a joke and it kinda stuck

So, your latest album Demonocracy'. Tell me about some of the meanings behind the album…

Well as you can tell from the album title, it’s a bit political and it strings off of Ruination. The easiest way to describe it is that so many Death Metal bands have a stock of ideas of what’s right about gore and death but we wanted different. I love bands like Misery, Napalm Death & At The Gates so we wanted to follow suit and write about the true evils of the world.

Speaking of your latest album; you've changed quite a bit since your first E.P. with line-up changes and musically - what's the next step?

Our evolution been pretty dramatic and I think it’s just about all of us growing up. A lot of bands find their safe zone and put the same record out over and over but we didn’t want to do that, we want to constantly challenge ourselves and keep evolving. The next album will see us evolve even more regardless of whether it works; we just want to keep ourselves interested in being a band.

You shouldn't really feel guilty about any of your choices in music, but really, what's the one musical artist you feel really embarrassed about telling people you listen to?

I don’t really.  Actually, well, I like Green Day [Laughs]. Any metal fan who tells you they don’t like anything other than metal, especially if they’re in a band is lying.


What are you currently eating/last thing you ate?

Chicken sandwich.

Can you cook? What's your signature dish?

I cook a lot when I’m at home. Before moving to live with my mum in Arizona, I grew up with my grandparents in the Dominican Republic so I ate a lot of Spanish food so that’s what I cook. Lots of Spanish food.

One Fruit. One Vegetable. One Meat. One Cheese. Go:

Pineapple. Green onions. Beef. Pepperjack.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

Y’know, I haven’t really eaten anything that weird. Oh, I have eaten baked worms. And Chocolate covered crickets once!


What sports do you follow? What are your teams? Do you play?

I don’t really follow any sports... unless professional wresting counts. I also like a bit of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). I don’t really play any sports now but I played some basketball and soccer when I was younger.

Where's the weirdest place you've had to take a shit while on tour?

I’ve been lucky and have successfully found a toilet everywhere but I’ve been on tour with guys and seen them go in a trash can or dumpster.

Can you rap? I dare you to record a rap as a hidden track on your next album…

[Laughs a lot] What a strange question; asking if I can rap. Nope. Absolutely not!

What would you do if you came face to face with an antelope? [Courtesy of Jadeski]

[Laughs a lot] I don’t even know how to respond to that. I really don’t know [Continues laughing]

How many times can you bounce up and down on Satan's big old trampoline? [Courtesy of Chris - @ckdsaddlers on twitter]

On whose trampoline?

[Me: Satan’s]

Oh, well I’m gonna say 17.

[Most people think I’m talking about penises]

Yeah, I’m gonna stick with 17 then! [Laughs]

When your music career all goes terribly wrong and you end up more hated than Metallica after they released St. Anger, what's your fallback career?

I’ll just continue putting out albums like Load, Reload and St. Anger. I’ll just keep doing it, regardless. Realistically, if it every comes to that I’ll probably find something.

What's the most bizarre thing you've currently got in your wallet?

Nothing out of the ordinary.

I would like to thank Jonny for taking the time out of his schedule to sit with me and chat about Booze, Beats & Bites. Was really great to talk to him and find out about things more than just the music!

Job For A Cowboy's latest album Demonocracy is out now.


Monday, 10 September 2012

Booze: Are you local? (a kind retort)

Right, my good man Phil over at Beersay has written a blogpost about the role of the landlord/landlady/gatekeeper of drinking establishments and comments are encouraged but when commenting, I kind of went off on one so instead of clogging up Phil’s blog with a 50 billion word comment I decided to write my own post which I’m sure is appreciated.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Beats: Album of the Month – August

If you follow me on twitter or read my ramblings on this here blog, you would’ve seen that I did a Beer of the Month post. It was a difficult decision to make.

You may also notice if you follow me on twitter that I listen to A LOT of different music; I think I got something like 30 new albums in August alone which is ridiculous. You’d think with that much new music, picking an album of the month would be difficult, right? Wrong. This was a simple choice.

So, which band wins the almighty honour of Booze, Beats & Bites’ first ever album of the month?

The award goes to…

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Beats: Mutiny On The Bounty – Trials review

When I first saw the name Mutiny On The Bounty, I was expecting some kind of Pirate Metal band; naturally, but reading the press release informs me that Mutiny On The Bounty are in fact a progressive metal band so I got quite excited. You all know by now how much I am in love with prog right now. Later on in the press release, however, I am told that it is in fact Technical Rock so i wasn't sure... I don't think I know of any bands that class themselves as technical rock. It intrigued me so I decided to download the attached press pack, after all, it would be rude not to...

Monday, 3 September 2012

Booze: Beer of the Month – August

So, I decided it would be fun to do a beer of the month and album of the month blogpost every month. The issue is that I’ve found it incredibly fucking difficult because I drink so many beers and listen to so much music.

So, who wins the honour of Booze, Beats & Bites’ first ever beer of the month?

The award goes to...