Sunday, 29 December 2013

#12BeersOfXmas Day 9 - Grain Brewery 3.1.6

Today was meant to be Thwaites Big Ben but only had a chance to drink this before going out yesterday because Big Ben wasn't chilled. Will make sure I do that another day. I've really messed with the program!

As you may have seen me mention about 137 times, Grain Brewery, in my opinion is the best Norfolk has to offer (sorry other brewery friends xxx) so I've got Grain 3.1.6, a 3.9% extra pale ale.

This has been available on cask for a while but has only just made it into bottles. I believe this was originally brewed to celebrate the new tanks in the brewery and the name 3.1.6 comes from the grade of steel used to make them.

It pours a lovely golden colour with a fluffy white head.

Immediately on the nose you're struck with the lovely light biscuity lager malt, along with floral hoppy aromas.

You then take a sip and you're hit with the biscuity malt, followed by subtle orange flavours and a long floral finish.

The mouthfeel is quite carbonated, yet long and dry.

Overall? It's a beer I've drank many, many pints of and will drink many more. During the summer it actually kicked Grain Blonde Ash off the top of my "What to drink on a hot day in The Plough's beer garden" list. Absolutely love it. It's certainly a beer that can please both seasoned ale drinkers and lager drinkers alike.

Cheers,

Nate

Friday, 27 December 2013

#12BeersOfXmas Day 8 - Amstel Bock

So, it's day 8 already. Due to the fact that I'm out of town tomorrow, I'm actually writing this on the evening of Day 7.

I'm a big fan of Amstel. If I'm in a Wetherspoons that has a shit cask selection, it's my go-to. Yes I'm aware they sell Carling too, but that's my at home beer. I wouldn't be seen drinking it in public (unless I'm at a football game).

So we've got Amstel Bock here, it's 7% and obviously it's from The Netherlands.

The aroma give us a lot old malt and caramel, a little banana and a tiny sprinkling of hops.

Tasting it, it's basically like drinking Amstel with a shitload of caramel and a bit of chocolate with some banana. Close to what other people had told me before.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, but you'd expect that.

Overall, I really like it and at 7% it's fucking good value!

Cheers,

Nate

Thursday, 26 December 2013

#12BeersOfXmas Day 7 - Nomada Humala IPA

So it's Boxing Day and after the excitement of that ridiculously dark and decadent imperial stout yesterday, it's time for an IPA. This is my first beer of the day after shaking my mental hangover from yesterday (16 beers, too much red wine & a slug of Spirit of Broadside) I need to get back on the horse before going for a walk.

Today we have Nomada Humala IPA from Spain. It's certainly not weak at 7.3%, but not mental either.

As you can see from the photo, head retention is no problem for this chap as it's ridiculously carbonated.

On the nose you get a lovely sweet medley of tropical fruits... pineapples, mangoes, grapefruit, blood orange and a tiny hint of caramel and biscuits.

When you take a sip, you get EXACTLY what you're expecting... all of that fruit really works well together and it's not overly sweet, the flavours are great, with just that little bit of malt and bitterness holding it all together.

The mouthfeel is lovely - incredibly smooth, meaning it's highly drinkable?

Overall? We have another winner! I think this is my perfect IPA. It's not too heavy, but not too light. It's simply incredible, and I really love the label too! I would definitely buy more of this, although not regularly as it cost me almost a fiver a bottle!

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and are enjoying Boxing Day!

Nate

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

#12BeersOfXmas Day 6 - Goose Island Bourbon County (2012)

Holy fucking shit. It's Christmas day and I'm doing le writing. Cool.

Yeah, I've just had dinner and been drinking since about 10:30am. I've had a lot of beer and now it's time to review the one I'm most looking forward to... the 15% motherfucker that is Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (2012).

The Beer O'Clock Show guy Steve and some other chaps & chapettes are doing Magic Rock Strongman today, but I didn't have any of that and thought this was appropriate. That rebel Connor Murphy has decided to join my splinter cell to drink this too...

So... what the fuck is it like?

The aroma gives you the purest, most goddamn bitter dark chocolate and coffee. My god, it's fucking incredible.

Then you fucking taste it. Oh Jesus. Fresh brewed coffee, bitter dark chocolate, a few hops, bourbon and a sweet, creamy finish.

The mouthfeel is thick as fuck, like a friji milkshake, as you'd expect from a 15% beast, but it's also kinda dry.

Overall? Jesus fuck. This is a motherfucker of a beer. I'm in love. Seriously. I've wanted to try this for so long and it delivers on every goddamn level. I WANT MORE IMMEDIATELY (although that may not be wise).

Merry fucking Christmas, bitches!

Nate!

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

#12BeersOfXmas Day 5 - High & Mighty Beer of the Gods

So Day 5 of my #12BeersOfXmas falls on Christmas Eve. Fuck knows why but everyone was so excited about it being Christmas Eve today. What is that even about?

Well anyway, today is High & Mighty Beer of the Gods. High and Mighty are from Massachusetts in the USA but apparently this is brewed by the non-existent Ridgeway Brewery somewhere in the UK so fuck knows. Their website doesn't bother telling me what style it is but Ratebeer claims it's a Golden/Blond Ale.

So what's it even like bro?

Well the first hit on the nose you get is coppery like pennies but then you get mandarins, freshly baked white bread and cloves.

Got fresh granny smith apples and digestive biscuits upon first taste, but then you start to get mandarins and a little bit of caramel at the end.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated yet smooth.

So overall? It's nice but could be punchier and have some more bitterness. I guess this is another of those fucking beers that they send to the USA and make people think that all British beers are like this though. Big problem. But yeah, happily drinkable. Not in a rush to buy another bottle though.

Day 6, Christmas Day, is a special motherfucker so stay tuned!

Cheers,

Nate

Monday, 23 December 2013

#12BeersOfXmas Day 4 - Dia De Los Muertos Immortal Beloved

So it's Day 4 and I'm not going to explain myself again.

Today we're visiting Mexico with Dia De Los Muertos Immortal Beloved Hefeweizen. The rest of theirs I've had thus far have been shit but I'm hoping they can't fuck up a Hefeweizen.

Let's see...

Just looking at it, I'm disappointed. No big, thick creamy head like I would like to see in a hefe.

The aroma? Blue Moon. Yeah, we've all tried Blue Moon. It's like that. Orange cordial and cloves. Blah.

How does it taste? Like a weaker version of Blue Moon. Seriously. I'm fucking disappointed, but I expected to be.

Overall... I think Blue Moon is alright. A weaker version of Blue Moon? No. Go away. I'm gonna neck this and get something decent.

Hopefully Day 5 will be a success...

Cheers,

Nate

Sunday, 22 December 2013

#12BeersOfXmas Day 3 - Celt Experience Apparition IPA

So it's day 3 and I'm sure you all know the score by now... review a beer a day for 12 days!

Well, you lucky people, today brings a Celt Experience (Wales) collaboration with the Mischievous Melissa Cole... Apparition IPA. A 5.9% organic dry-hopped IPA.

So... what's it like?

On the nose you're hit by a caramel tidal wave that's playing nicely with some blood orange, white pepper and lemons.

Upon taking a sip you're hit with big and fruity blood oranges, caramel and a lot of bitterness to finish. There's also another familiar flavour in there but I can't for the life of me figure out what it is and it's really annoying me! It might be strawberries... I'm not sure, but it's tasty!

Mouthfeel has a good bit of carbonation and the bitterness attacks your throat as it goes down.

Overall, this is a really enjoyable beer and I would certainly purchase it again. It has the most important thing in an IPA... balance. Also, it's not a massive ABV either which is brilliant. You can have a couple of bottles and not be wasted. Love it.

Well that's it for Day 3! See you tomorrow for day 4 when we're off to Mexico!

Cheers,

Nate

Saturday, 21 December 2013

#12BeersOfXmas Day 2 - St Austell Big Job

So yeah, you know the score, a review a day for 12 days with the Beer O'Clock Show chaps.

This time it's St Austell Big Job from Cornwall, which weighs in at the same ABV as yesterday's beer - 7.2%.

I've been wanting to try this for a while so let's get stuck in...

It smells of candied oranges laying on top of digestive biscuit base, along with a few red and white grapes. Smells like it'll be too drinkable!

The flavour starts with very dry white wine grapes, leading into a grassy hill with haystacks on top and finishing with a bit of pineapple just laying on there. It's too drinkable and smooth for the ABV due to the lack of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with mid carbonation.

Overall? I really like this BUT it does need some bitterness to sit with the sweet fruitiness. I'd buy another bottle anyway!

See you tomorrow for day 3!

Cheers,

Nate

Friday, 20 December 2013

#12BeersofXmas Day 1 - Brewdog Jackhammer

Well here I am. Sitting at my desk at work on the last Friday before Christmas, getting ready for the Christmas Party, drinking beers. Yes. I'm drinking a beer at work.

So this is my first beer of Christmas, in the Beer O'Clock Show's #12BeersofXmas. Brewdog Jackhammer, a 7.2% IPA from Scotland.

It was meant to be something else but fuck it. This is better!

On the nose you're immediately hit by pine needles, bitter grapefruit, blood oranges and a sea of light caramel and biscuit.

The caramel sea continues flowing when you take a sip, but with the pine needles it feels like you're being attacked by a bloated pufferfish that tastes a fruit medly of grapefruit, candied oranges, sharp green apples and pineapple.

The mouthfeel is thick and prickly, yet somehow remains smooth - it's like a battle in the ocean. Will you get out alive?

It's not my first time having this beer, and I fucking love it so I had to put it in my Christmas order. This is a full on assault of the tastebuds, and yes, I got out alive.

Cheers,

Nate

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

My #12BeersOfXmas 2013



Looks like the Beer O’Clock Show chaps have been at it again… suggesting another mad scheme that ensures we all drink beer.

They have decided to a collaborative review exercise type thing where starting from Friday 20th December, you drink and review a different beer each day. You can read more about it on their blog because I’m far too lazy to explain:


Anyway, they were pressuring me to get involved and after some very serious threats, I complied.

Each day I’ll post a different review. Obviously, because that’s the name of the game.

As I've got my office Christmas party on Friday, I'll be having my first tonight, but won't post until Friday.

I just received a big box of beers from Beers of Europe so here’s my list:

Day 1 – Friday 20th December –
Beck’s Ice Lime and Mint (Germany, 2.5%) - Brewdog Jackhammer (Scotland, 7.2%)

Day 2 – Saturday 21st December – St Austell Big Job (England, 7.2%)

Day 3 – Sunday 22nd December – Celt Experience Apparition IPA (Wales, 5.9%)
Day 4 – Monday 23rd December – Dia De Los Muertos Immortal Beloved Hefeweizen (Mexico, 5.5%)

Day 5 – Christmas Eve – High and Mighty Beer of the Gods (UK/USA not sure, 4.5%)

Day 6 – Christmas Day – Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2012 (USA, 15%)

Day 7 – Boxing Day – Nomada Humala IPA (Spain, 7.3%)

Day 8 – Friday 27th December – Amstel Bock (Netherlands, 7%)

Day 9 – Saturday 28th December – Thwaites Big Ben (England, 4.4%)

Day 10 – Sunday 29th December – Reissdorf Kolsch (Germany, 4.8%)

Day 11 – Monday 30th December – Grolsch HerfstBok (Netherlands, 6.5%)

Day 12 – New Year’s Eve – Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout (USA, 8.1%)

I have realised that I’m out of town for 3 of those days, so beers are subject to change if necessary.

See you Friday for day 1…

Nate

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

GUEST POST: Truman's London Keeper Review (Steve at Beers I've Known

Last week both Steve Lamond from Beers I've Known and I each received a bottle of Truman's London Keeper. After having a chat about it on Facebook, Steve came up with the great idea of guest posting our reviews on each others' blogs, which I thought was brilliant!

Anyway, Truman's was a legendary brewery in the heart of London on Brick Lane that was first established in 1666. It closed in 1989 and after 24 years they managed to revive the yeast and open a new brewery in August 2013.

Steve's review is below:

London Keeper is a limited edition release to commemorate the first brew out of the new Truman’s Brewery. It has been 24 years since any beer was brewed under the Truman’s name.
 To make something special an export stout from 1880 was selected from the records, unusual because it used American hops, once again showing that nothing is new in the world of beer.

It certainly looks the part, 750ml bottle resplendent in its ivory wax cap and letterpressed, handsigned label. I think they perhaps missed a trick not numbering the bottles, as this can often appeal to collectors.

So what did I make of the beer? It’s a dark chestnut tinged mahogany with beige head collapsing to a lacing. It brings rich cocoa and slightly tart plums on the nose. Very full bodied, sweet, dry tobacco and roast barley. There’s a slightly acidic edge which suggests it may sour on ageing and dry finish which seems to e very brief. This to me tastes like it needed some time to develop in the bottle, perhaps even before release, though maybe others prefer a sweeter stout?

So would I buy another bottle for ageing? No, £17.99 is far too high a price, even for a special edition as this is. Whilst enjoyable it doesn’t compete with other stouts of similar strength on a flavour basis, at least not in its unaged form.  For £8 less I can pick up an equivalent sized bottle of Marble Decadence or 500ml raspberry stout from Thornbridge. Nor has it undergone any special treatment such as barrel ageing or have pricey ingredients (coffee, vanilla, high demand hops). But for a piece of history? Perhaps £18 is reasonable then.

I’m of course grateful to Truman’s for sending me the beer and will certainly look to try their other stuff on the back of this.

Here is some more info on Truman’s from Martyn Cornell and an interesting article from Spitalfields life about the genesis of the beer. Cheers Nate for hosting my thoughts and for waiting for me to get them typed up!

Thanks to Steve for collaborating with me on this, it was a pleasure!

Cheers,

Nate

Monday, 16 December 2013

REAL GOLDEN PINTS 2013

Evening. I did a HILARIOUS Golden Pint post last week and thought it was about time I did it FOR REALS YO.

Best UK cask beer: Oakham Citra, obviously. It's probably the cask beer I've drunk most of this year because it's just so goddamn good.

Best UK keg beer: Magic Rock Salty Kiss. Basically, all the versions are awesome but if I had to pick a favourite, it'd be the lime one. SIMPLY BITCHIN'.

Best UK Bottle/Can: Adnams Ghost Ship in a goddamn can wins the can department. Bottled would clearly have to be Magic Rock Unhuman Cannonball.

Best Overseas Draught Beer: Lagunitas IPA. By god, I've drank SO GODDAMNED MUCH OF IT. It's being properly imported and is just incredible. Alec and I once drank about 4 pints in an hour.

Best Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer: Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's IPA takes this award. It was absolutely incredible. Thanks to Total Curtis for my first ever can. I have one in the fridge right now too!

Best Collaboration Beer: Weird Beard & Elusive Brewing Nelson Saison. Oh god, this was bloody wonderful. It was the perfect beer for a hot day, to sit drinking with friends. OH YES.

Best Overall Beer: Kernel IPA Double Citra. I once drank about 4 in a day. That was a good day. I WANT MORE.

Best Branding, Pump Clip or Label: The Rogue Voodoo Doughnut bottles are both incredibly cool - BRIGHT PINK with awesomeness occurring.

Best UK Brewery: Adnams. Quite simply, they're brewing some of the best beers in the UK right now. They're not brewing anything completely mental. They're literally just brewing awesome beers. Their Jack Brand series of Innovation, Clump Sagin Rye IPA & Dry-Hopped Lager have all been stunning. Also, GHOST SHIP.

Best Overseas Brewery: Been SO GODDAMN IMPRESSED with Oskar Blues, the can only brewery. Simply brilliant!

Best New Brewery Opening: WEIRD BEARD. Everything I've had has been bloody brilliant. Need to drink more and more and more all the time.

Pub/Bar of the Year: Earl of Essex in Islington, London. They have an awesome cask, keg and bottle selection and the prices are VERY reasonable compared to most similar establishments. They also have a bloody awesome patio out the back.

Beer Festival of the Year: Birmingham Beer Bash - it was so brilliant that Andrew and I got so drunk during the daytime session that we couldn't make it to the evening session!

Supermarket of the Year: Sainsbury's. 3 bottles of Franziskaner for a fiver. YEAH.

Independent Retailer of the Year: Bacchanalia in Cambridge. Simply brilliant. It's run by really awesome chaps and has an awesome selection.

Online Retailer of the Year: Beers of Europe, as usual. Massive selection, reasonable prices and beer usually arrives the next day if you order before midday!

Best Beer Book or Magazine: Definitely Craft Beer by Craig Heap & Chris Hall.

Best Beer Blog or Website: Total Ales by Matt Curtis, because I think he's getting almost as angry as me.

Simon Johnson Award for Best Beer Twitterer: Definitely Chris Hall. Such a hilarious craft wanker.

Best Brewery Website/Social Media: Adnams. They know how to work it and are so informative. If you want to know anything, just ask them or look at their website.

Best Food & Beer Pairing of the Year: KFC and Orval. GO GET SOME!

Well that's it for another year! If you're a winner, congratulations. If you're not, you need to try harder.

Adios,

Nate

Friday, 13 December 2013

Let There Be Golden Pints 2013



Well, folks, it’s that time of the year again… Golden Pints time! We all get to share our favourite beers of the year.

Some difficult decisions had to be made, but I think I’ve done well…

Best UK Keg: Boddingtons

Best UK Cask: Greene King IPA

Best UK Bottled or Canned: Skol (canned)

Best overseas draught beer: Carlsberg Export

Best overseas bottled or canned beer: Bud Light (canned)

Best collaboration brew: Simon Rimmer & Robinsons. BEER WITH FOOD.

Best overall beer: Carling Zest Ginger

Best branding: Tennent’s Lager

Best UK Brewery: Greene King

Best overseas brewery: Anheuser-Busch

Best new brewery opening 2013: St Edmund’s Brewhouse

Pub/Bar of the year: Carling Pub, Alicante airport

New pub/bar opening 2013:

Beer festival of the year: Greene King Real Beer & Food Festival

Supermarket of the year: Asda.

Best independent shop: The one near me that does 8 Carlings for £7

Best online retailer: Americanfood4u.de – they sell Miller High Life.

Best beer blog or website: Let there be beer, obviously…

Simon Johnson Award for Best Beer Twitterer: @lettherebetim has to win this. Scoop would’ve loved him!

Best Beer app: Carling Classic Arcade

Best brewery website/social media: Carling wins it all. They followed me on twitter, and their website tells you everywhere you can buy Carling! AWESOME!

Best food and beer pairing of the year: Rolling Rock with spicy Thai instant noodles in a box.

Well that’s all for this year. Some difficult decisions had to be made but I think I made the right choices, at the end of the day.

I raise my Stella Artois chalice to you all!

Nate

(P.S. Serious version coming soon)

Friday, 6 December 2013

#TheSession 82: #Dawgocalypse (Beery Yarns)

The Session is a monthly event for the beer blogging community which was started by Stan Hieronymus at Appellation Beer. On the first Friday of each month, all participating bloggers write about a predetermined topic. Each month a different blog is chosen to host The Session, choose the topic, and post a roundup of all the responses received. For more info on The Session, check out the Brookston Beer Bulletin’s nice archive page.

This month's session is hosted by Steve at Beers I've Known, one of my inspirations for blogging about beer. He asks us to tell a beery tale of past, in the style of Grandpa Simpson.

It was the eve of my birthday in the year of 2013. I had planned this epic quest for a while, a quest on the trail of beer in London for my birthday.

D-Day was upon us. The army said they'd come, and they came in swarms.

Starting off with M&S Oakham Citra on the train with Jay and Alec, the day began.

The Earl of Essex came first, where we'd find Chris & Rich sitting there in all their glory. It was a hot summers day and they wanted 3 things - Beer, Nate Dawg & their BIG INFLATABLE COWBOY HATS. Yes, it was a quest where we took it upon ourselves to wear silly hats for we had a beer launch to go to!

We were soon joined by many other people, drinking beer and having a laugh. Keela and Barry arrived, as did Dave & Andy. We drank beer. Sharona and Alan arrived, as well as Hazel, Ian and Mark. We drank many beers and had some laughs. It was the first time I'd met some of these people, they were just twitter folk until that fateful day. Now they're friends.

Continuing on with our epic quest, some people had been slain by The Fierce Dragon of Other Plans, but not disheartened we trudged through the battlefield onto The Craft Beer Co Islington for the reason we wear wearing our BIG INFLATABLE COWBOY HATS - a beer launch. The beer was a collaborative double IPA between Siren from Berkshire, and Pizza Port from California... it was called The Big Inflatable Cowboy hat. More soldiers arrived, in their masses. Andrew, Emma, Chris, Matt, Glyn and Joel. The beer was good. The battle continued. I had a new helmet, a Stone Arrogant Bastard cap that Glyn gave me for my birthday... it immediately gave me more hit points.

Onwards we crawl, through the mean streets of London , towards the Euston Tap. Not without a stop to see Colonel Ronald McDonald for some emergency rations. IMMORTALITY.

Beer. The Euston Tap. The first good beer outpost I'd discovered a couple of years ago after welcoming The Blind Boys of Alabama to our fair land. The outpost I will always love. More beers were consumed. A glass of Orval was raised for our recently fallen Comrade, Major Scoop, who will forever be in our hearts. We miss him dearly, but the battle must continue as he would have wanted.

Several other soldiers were slain right there, by The Fierce Dragon of Other Plans, but still we must go on! Our final outpost, the one where will will inevitably seize victory... Brewdog Camden. I arrive and look at the wondrous beer board... VICE BEER. BREWDOG VICE BEER. The one Brewdog beer I had been excited about since I first heard about it... Lieutenant Jen had saved some for me. For my birthday. This regenerated my health greatly. More beers were consumed. More laughs and chats.

WE WERE VICTORIOUS! WE WON THE BATTLE! WE ARE HEROES!


Nate

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

CAMRGB Xmas Twissup 2013 - Norwich


Afternoon, I know I've been slack with this post but y'all have known about it for ages anyway. Amongst other things, there has been confusion and debates and such. Planning an event like this is no easy feat when you're trying to work with other people to get cool things arranged. At the end of the day, everyone involved are being champions to help us have an awesome day!

It's all good though, The CAMRGB Xmas Twissup will be in Norwich this Saturday 7th December and obviously, this ugly bastard is hosting it since this is MY CITY.

The plan is as followed:

1:30pm: Meet at Norwich Train Station

2pm: Redwell Brewery tour, then buy a couple of pints of their delicious beer there. They've been kind enough to host us which is fucking awesome of them!

After that, probably 3pm - 3:30 we'll head off on our merry way.

Pubs include:

Coach & Horses - You may remember this from my article in CAMRA's Beer Magazine. Plenty of their own beers to choose from, in rather traditional British styles. You can also get some decent pub grub here.

The Jubliee - Lovely traditional pub with many real ales on hand pull as well as a couple of decent kegs, usually from Redwell or Adnams.

Kett's Tavern - Norwich Bear Brewing pub with a range of their own cask ales on, as well as a bloody impressive world bottled beer menu.

7PM Plasterers Arms - This is another big part of the tour because they're doing a cask and keg comparison! 4 of the same beers on cask and keg, with no fucking around. Serious, very cool beers. I don't have a finalised beer list yet, but as one of the best pubs in Norwich I know it'll be awesome! Will update with beers when I know! Thornbridge, Magic Rock, Redwell & Green Jack! £10 for cask Vs Keg comparison!

King's Head - A shitload of decent local real ale, and a superb bottle list! Might be time for a pork pie here!

Norwich Taphouse - All keg beers from all across the UK and again, a massive bottle menu. They also do takeouts on bottles, if you can handle train beer.

It's guaranteed to be an awesome day out! No fucking around with tickets, just meet at the train station at 1:30pm; or follow the unique #Norwichmas hashtag on twitter to keep up with where we are!

Any questions, tweet me (@NateDawg27) or email me: Nate(at)boozebeatsbites.com

See you Saturday!

Nate

Thursday, 14 November 2013

You can take your craft beer...



Fuck you. Yeah you, the one sitting there nursing your 23% sour barrel aged stout that’s so loaded with hops that you’re gonna shit hops for a week. Oh, it’s a ‘craft beer’ is it? Of course, that word ‘craft’ makes it so much different and better than other beers that don’t have the word ‘craft’ affixed, doesn’t it? No, I thought not. Y’know what? You can take your craft and shove it up your arse, because I just like beer. Fuck that word and fuck you.

I’m fucking sick of it, really. Everywhere I look there’s some kind of debate about what’s ‘craft’ and what’s not. Fuck you.

I mean, I thought we’d gotten over this at least a year ago and now accept beer for what it is but evidently not.

We’ve got Brewdog banging on about the fact that craft needs an actual definition, which it doesn’t. The reason they give is that it’s basically for the drinkers but it’s not, it’s for them because they’re self-important arseholes. Now I’m not from the national office of statistics or anything but I bet 99% of drinkers at least wouldn’t give a fuck about an actual definition. Even 99% of beer geeks don’t give a fuck. We just drink what we drink. I like Blue Moon… sue me. Also, it’s insulting our intelligence a bit, saying that we basically can’t tell the difference between Blue Moon and Punk IPA but y’know what? I can tell the difference because at least Blue Moon is of consistent quality. Fuck you, Brewdog.

To be honest, I’m pretty sure that 99% of breweries don’t give a fuck whether or not they fall under the craft label. The only ones who do are the big breweries who are opening smaller ‘craft’ breweries, like Brains for example, and the reason is that ‘craft’ is the beer buzzword of 21st Century United Kingdom. Hell, even Tennents, y’know the ones who make awful lager? Well they’re opening a smaller ‘craft’ brewery with the awesome Williams Brothers brewery.

I mean, earlier today Adnams were accused of not being ‘craft’. I’m pretty sure they’re fine with that. They were called ‘average’ by someone who only has about 2 beers out of god knows how many that I’ve actually found enjoyable. Adnams are above average, and I’m sure most people will agree. That really hit a soft spot with me though as they are the brewery that got me into good beer and I won’t have anyone talk ill of them. Opinions are fair enough but y’know being bitchy because Broadside is going on cask at Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco and yours isn’t is bullshit.

But does any of this REALLY matter? Whether you enjoy Punk IPA or Blue Moon, whether it fits some cunt’s ideals of what craft is or is not, does it matter? It’s really all down to the drinker.

Something else really fucked me off recently, while I’m on a rant. I saw on twitter the other week that someone from outside of Norwich went into The Norwich Taphouse. Said person asked if they sell any cask ales… guy behind the bar says “We only sell craft beer here”. Fucking hell, if you REALLY have to use the word ‘craft’, don’t fucking limit it to keg beer. That’s just fucking unfair. There are a lot of breweries who only brew cask beer that are brewing far more superior and consistent product to a lot of these new wave breweries.

But really, it’s all beer at the end of the day. It’s a beverage that brings us all together, regardless of dispense method, who brews it, where it’s brewed or whatever. It cheers us up when we’re sad, it gives us something to talk and write about, it helps us make new friends, it’s fucking magical.

You can use the word ‘craft’ all you like, you can try to define it, but you will never take our enjoyment.

Fuck you, craft wankers.

Nate

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Norwich Beer Festival 2013 - The Aftermath

Well, Norwich Beer Festival is over for another year and I just kinda felt that being one of these blogger types I should tell you about all of my favourite beers and such.

Last week was a pretty mental week... I did Monday evening, Tuesday evening, Thursday evening and both sessions on the Friday because, well, research. Yes, let's use that excuse. It was a long and extensive research trip into the styles of beer and presentation of a beer festival. Hey, I've been taking loads of these this year!

So let's get into it, shall we?

My favourite beers were as followed:

UK Cask (Outside of Norfolk): Arbor Ales Yakima Valley IPA - IT'S A TROPICAL FRUIT FEST! That bitter grapefruit you find in a lot of IPAs merges deliciously with mangoes, lychees and a bit of sweet apricot on top of a soft malty base. This is without a doubt a contender for beer of the year. I have absolutely no idea how this did not win beer of the festival (although the winner, Slaters Haka was well deserved).

Norfolk Cask: Tipples Sour Plum Porter - Vinegary, acidic plums with a sprinkling of chocolate and coffee. Wish I would've had more than just a half pint!

Keg (Foreign only, obviously): De Dolle Arabier - Peppery, yeasty, funky, some bananas and peaches. PLEASE SEND MORE.

UK Bottle: Poppyland Elderflower Saison - Funk, the whole funk with some fruity, sweet elderflower. I need more bottles of this immediately!

Foreign Bottle: Struise Pannepot - Treacle, berries & licorice pour onto your tongue, and then when you think it's all over... coffee appears, like a ninja!

Out of all of these, my overall favourite would have to be...

Arbor Ales Yakima Valley IPA!

Again, it was awesome! Thanks to CAMRA Norwich for putting it on and thanks to everyone who joined me for too many many beers!

Let me know your favourites in the comments, if you were there!

Cheers,

Nate

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

42 Bud Lights & 10 Dirty Stadium Hot Dogs

There are two types of beer geek... those who will go to an event that has awful beer and not drink... then there are those of us who will drink basically anything.

I'm in the latter category.

I spent Sunday at Wembley Stadium fulfilling a lifelong dream of seeing San Francisco 49ers play American Football. We played against Jacksonville Jaguars so obviously we were going to win, but the win was massive. 42-10. You probably can't imagine how I felt.

I spent the day drinking Bud Light and eating dirty stadium hot dogs, and I loved it. I got to hang out with some awesome people such as the awesome BiereBelle and see the team I've supported for 12 years.

I had the best day drinking Bud Light and eating hot dogs that made me feel awful the next day.

It was awesome.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Pub Experiment #1 (participation event)

I love pubs.

Pubs come in all shapes and sizes. You can get a pub with a great selection of beer that's kept in alright condition and a good atmosphere, you can get a pub that has average selection of beer that's kept so well that you forget that you previously thought it was average. You get pubs with an awesome atmosphere, then you get ones that you wonder why you even bothered going to in the first place.

There's a lot of campaigning for pubs to stay open these days and I've been thinking lately whether it's worth campaigning for awful pubs to stay open. They must appeal to some people, but I wonder why. Today, Tony Naylor's article in The Guardian's Word of Mouth really made me think.

I posted the link on Facebook, and got a whole host of interesting responses that agreed with what Tony said in his article.

The responses I got were great (depending on who you talk to) and I want to feature them in a future blog, and that's where the rest of you come in.

We all love pubs and we want them to stay open, but as I said earlier, there are some awful pubs around.

I'm not asking you to risk your life and go in a pub where you'll probably get stabbed, but I want you to go into what you'd refer to as a shit pub and have a couple of pints then either comment on here or blog about it. I want you to go into a pub that you would usually avoid and tell me exactly why that pub should stay open. The worst pub you can think of that's local to you.

Sell it to me. Tell me why that pub should be open and if enough people give me really good reasons why their local shithouse should be open maybe I'll give campaigning for all pubs to stay open a thought.

I'm gonna do the same and when I compile everyone's thoughts, I'll post mine.

You've got until Monday 28th October.

Nate

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Finntroll, TYR & Skalmold at Epic in Norwich



Monday night I went along to the Finntroll, TYR & Skalmold event at Epic in Norwich. I’d only ever been to Epic once before, for a TV recording so I had absolutely no idea what to expect from it as a live music venue.

When the bands play live, the raised seating at the back is taken away, and the stage is higher up, separated by a barrier as expected but with two massive HD Screens either side of the stage so you can see everything clearly, regardless of where you are in the venue. We thought this was an awesome idea.

The beer selection at Epic was, well, pretty much a standard gig venue selection. On keg there was a choice of either Stella Artois, Beck’s Vier or Marstons Smooth along with some bottles and cans of yet more crap. Prices were £3.80 a pint, which hits what I was expecting pretty much.

Now, onto the music! Skalmold were up first with their haunting brand of Folk Metal playing such an upsettingly short 30 minute set, mostly comprising of stuff from their latest album Born Loka. They’re incredibly tight as a band, and very heavy but more serious than your average band of the same genre. They were certainly enjoyable.

Next up was Týr, a band I have seen once before at Hammerfest in 2009. As they admitted when they walked on stage, a lot of people may not have heard most of their setlist live as they’d be playing a lot of new songs which was totally fine by me as Valkyrja is possibly my favourite album of theirs. They brought their style of catchy Viking tunes that make you want to dance a bit, but at the same time go forth into battle.

And finally, of course, Finntroll, the band that made me fall in love with Folk Metal. They stormed through an impressively massive hour and a half set, bouncing through pretty much their entire back catalogue and finally it came… the song I first heard… Trollhammaren, their final track of the evening. It was everything I hoped for and more!

Overall, it was a totally fucking awesome gig in a great venue. The sound quality, the size and the ability to see all without getting crushed to fuck at the front of the stage makes it possibly my favourite venue in Norwich. Sheer brilliance on Monday and I want to do it again!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

8 Foot Sativa - The Shadow Masters review

8 Foot Sativa is a 5 piece heavy metal band from New Zealand and when this album hit my inbox, I thought I knew what to expect as I loved this band years ago. I was expecting pure Nu-Metal, but that's not what I received, and it's definitely not a bad thing.

You see, what I've heard from 8 Foot Sativa previously has been quite light. Not exactly chart friendly, lyrically but certainly musically. Again, this is no bad thing.

The Shadow Masters brings something new to the table. There's a lot of metalcore in the heaviness of Anatomy of Hate and Never Abide with massive crushingness and intense lyrics, yet there are fairly light hearted proggy singalong songs like Shadow Master and Feeding The Weak. This album is taking a completely different angle, and proving that a band doing something different isn't a bad thing.

Lyrically, 8 Foot Sativa were always quite strong and intense but musically and production quality was lacking, and The Shadow Masters proves just how far they've come. They've still got the lyrics and the vocals that made me fall in love with them in the first place, but their riffage has totally fucking blown up now.

I'm totally fucking in love with this album. It has all of the qualities I loved from previous efforts, but it's really been stepped up a notch. It's heavier and more progressive. It's awesome!

Nate

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Norfolk Square Black Widow Imperial Stout review

You know me, I don't usually do beer reviews. I'd rather rant about shit, but I dunno, this has impressed me enough to write.

If you've been reading this for a while, or looking at my tweets, you'll know that I haven't always said nice things about Norfolk Square brewery. I've said previously how Crazy Horse American IPA, while being nice, does not taste anywhere close to an IPA. It's more like an English Strong Ale, and Lunatik, again is nice, but not an IPA, to me it tastes more like a Belgian Tripel.

Well I've wanted to try Black Widow for a while and today I managed to buy a bottle from Harper Wells in Norwich. It's an Imperial Stout aged on Port.

So what's it like?

Brewery: Norfolk Square
Beer: Black Widow
Style: Imperial Stout
Country: England
ABV: 9%

Look:
Silky black. Small off white head.

Aroma:
Bitter black coffee hit, some dark chocolate and a smidge of boozy port.

Flavour:
Bitter dark chocolate, freshly brewed coffee, plums and a port-esque alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel:
Silky smooth. This is going down too easily.

Verdict:
Well I wrote about it, didn't I? I don't usually write about individual beers. Mainly adventures, or festivals. This has really impressed me. Would definitely recommend it. The odd thing is that it doesn't taste strong for an imperial stout. Is that a good or bad thing? I don't know but I'm fucking enjoying it.

Nate

Friday, 6 September 2013

The Session #79 – USA Vs Old World Beer Culture



The Session is a monthly event for the beer blogging community which was started by Stan Hieronymus at Appellation Beer. On the first Friday of each month, all participating bloggers write about a predetermined topic. Each month a different blog is chosen to host The Session, choose the topic, and post a roundup of all the responses received. For more info on The Session, check out the Brookston Beer Bulletin’s nice archive page.


This month’s session is hosted by Ding and (I think) it’s about the differences between America’s and Britain’s beer culture…

Let’s pretend, just for a moment, that this is actually a guest blog by two people. One of them is an American who knows a little about American craft beer and that’s generally what he buys, and the other is a British chap who just goes down the pub.

These guys want to tell you about beer culture in the other person’s country but they’re not very well educated in it…

American:

“British beer? It sounds shit. Boddingtons from a can? I had that once. It’s vile. I’ve heard that in England they only have warm beer that’s below 4%. What a bunch of pussies. I bet all British beer tastes like Boddingtons. They seem to be in the pub drinking it literally all day. It’s true; I’ve seen it in movies.”

British guy:

“American beer? All they have is Budweiser and Coors light. Fizzy yellow flavourless crap, out of cans and on keg may I add. They wouldn’t know a nice pint if they were fuckin’ drowning in it.”

Both of these people couldn’t be more wrong, but sadly, that is still the general view that Americans and British people have of their cousins across the pond, and what beer is.

But y’know, it doesn’t look like these generic views of beer culture are going to change anytime soon despite the fact that beer importation and exportation is growing every single day, both sides of the ponds.

Maybe I’ve missed the point of this session, but, it’s not about “Vs”. It’s not a fucking battle. It’s about enjoyment. It’s about shutting the fuck up, having a good time and drinking whatever you like.

I think that’s what a lot of these “Session” posts boil down to, me telling people to shut the fuck up and just drink what the fuck they like and it’s all getting really tiresome.

Nate

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Top 10 Norfolk Beers 2013

I was meant to post something completely different tonight, but I couldn't, because I saw Beerenalia's post on his top 10 Norfolk beers and I just had to post something similar. It'd be rude not to.

So what are my top 10 Norfolk beers?

1) Grain Brewery India Pale Ale (6.5%) - It's a big, hoppy grapefruit and orange tasting IPA. What's not to love? Whenever I see it, I have to drink it.

2) Golden Triangle Black Hops (4.6%) - For me, this is the perfect Black IPA. It retains all of the flavours you want in a regular IPA... grapefruit and orange, but adds red berries and a slight roastiness. Simply phenomenal!

3) Humpty Dumpty WWIPA (7.4%) - Alright, another IPA. Sharp gooseberry, floral hops, a bit of orange and grassiness. Brilliant.

4) Ole Slewfoot Dragon Saison (4.5%) - Lemon acidity and spiciness with the classic funky funky funky saison taste! AWESOME.

5) Norfolk Brewhouse Dewhopper Lager (3.8%) - Amazing session lager. It's very clean and crisp. Can drink it all day!

6) Redwell Steam (4.6%) - Smooth, but not very sweet caramel with grassy hops and some apricot. A great adaptation of the style!

7) Grain Blonde Ash (4.0%) - If you know me, you'll know I'm a sucker for a good wheat beer! Bananas, clovers and coriander comes through, being a refreshing summer beer!

8) Elmtree Dark Horse Stout (5.0%) - Insane drinkability for a stout. Roasted coffee, powdered cocoa and dark fruits are in the flavour.

9) Jo C's Kiwi (3.8%) - Awesome sessionable bitter. English and New Zealand hops give it a refreshing juiciness.

10) Lacons Legacy (4.4%) - Light grapefruit and orange flavours, with a little bit of malt too.

So there's my top 10 Norfolk beers right now. Beers that, if I was in a pub that had all of them on I'd probably end up committing suicide as I wouldn't know what to choose.

If you've tried any of these, please let me know what you think. What's your favourite Norfolk beer?

Nate

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Redwell/Red Bull? I'm confused

Oh nice... just as Belleville brewing and AB InBev come to an agreement that "Belleville" is absolutely nothing like "Belle Vue" another name dispute comes up, but this time it's personal for me.

You would've seen me tweet frequently about how awesome Redwell Brewery from Norwich is, if you haven't you must have been living in a cave.

Well I get to work this morning to discover on the EDP website that Red Bull has written to Redwell brewery asking them to withdraw their trademark application as the names "Red Bull" and "Redwell" are too similar so people may get confused.

Absolute bullshit.

Man walks into a bar and orders a can of Red Bull. Bartender pours him a pint of Redwell IPA. The man says "How the fuck did you even confuse them?".

The punchline is that this would never ever happen in a million years.

I am so fucking angry about this, I mean, Redwell are just a small brewery based in Norwich brewing awesome beers, not brewing laxative filled energy drinks. Anyone who can get Red Bull & Redwell mixed up is an absolute idiot.

I'm pretty sure I speak for everyone when I say that whoever from Red Bull decided upon this is a complete idiot and I really hope this gets sorted out quickly and painlessly.

Good luck Redwell. We're all with you!

Tweet your anger towards Red Bull here: https://twitter.com/redbull‎

And tweet your support to Redwell here: http://www.twitter.com/RedwellBeer

Fuck you, Red Bull, you corporate bullying arseholes.

To further your support for the awesome Redwell Brewery, why not go find a pint?

Pubs that have stocked Redwell and may still have some include:

Norwich:
Norwich Taphouse
Surrey Tavern
The Jubilee
Coach and Horses
The Murderers
The Playhouse
The Plasterers
Norwich Arts Centre

London:
Holborn Whippet
Old Red Cow
The Lyric
The Old Fountain
Hoxton Howl

The Rest of the UK:
The Font Chorlton (Manchester)
The Font Manchester Central
Inn Deep (Glasgow)
Hanging Bat (Edinburgh)

If you've seen any Redwell beers elsewhere, let me know and I'll add them to the list!

Nate

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Nekrogoblikon - Power review

Because I could never write anything as awesome as Lisa can, so I'm not even going to tell you about Nekrogoblikon other that they're from L.A; I'll let the first part of Lisa's press release do the magic:

"Once upon a time there lived a lonely Goblin, confined to a life of solitude and banished by his peers for having a hideous visage. What this goblin wanted more than anything in life was bitches, mountains and mountains of steaming, sweating, thrusting bitches. But that was in a time long passed, when language was more raw and colourful and anyone reading this story in 2013 knows that we can’t say that word, so we’ll proceed onwards by saying the goblin wanted ladies, lots of lovely ladies.

One thing the goblin knew, was that to secure the attention of bit…sorry women, he had to become a rock star. Women LOOOOVE rock stars. Having seen that men with similar visages to him such as Rod Stewart, Chad Kroeger, Marilyn Manson and Lars Ulrich could pull some of the hottest women on the planet, he set about forming a band and thus the legend that is NEKROGOBLIKON was forged. 

Formed six millennia ago, and practicing only every other leap year on a full moon, NEKROGOBLIKON has finally perfected their brand of skull-crushing music."

The album starts with a cracking power metal riff and vocals that remind me of 3 Inches of Blood on Friends (In Space), ripping and roaring, sounding like a true goblin should. I can only assume that 3IOB were goblins too, since they wanted to destroy the orcs. Moving on we've got some clean, power metal pop style vocals which break the track up. Pure riffage, with some progressive metal sync. It's only the first track and this album has everything I could possibly want.

The epic battle continues into Nothing But Crickets and kind of fucks you up with more absolutely fucking insane riffage, prog, pop and lyrics. Powercore starts off a lot more aggressive and thrashy but at the same time encompassing the hilarity. I think my favourite lyric ever is now "You're not a powercore. You're a fish".

The album continues getting heavier, yet more progressive and poppy and I just don't understand. They're catering for literally everyone's musical tastes. Maybe apart from dance music because that's just shit. Although, you can mosh the fuck out and that's a form of dancing. Probably. It goes through everything... hell, Bells & Whistles has a brief interlude of prancing through the forest like in a Disney cartoon and the album ends with Giraffe. Yes. A heavy metal song called Giraffe. It ends with a song about fucking giraffes. The final notes are the a'capella singing of "Giraffe".

The verdict is that I'm absolutely fucking amazed and mindfucked because of the stages this album goes through. It's only 5 tracks long yet it manages to capture about 78% of music genres.

Power by Nekrogoblikon is seriously fucking amazing. It's heavy, light, brutal, pop, prog, power... brilliant. Basically if you don't have a smile on your face while you listen to this, you seriously need to get mental help. It's a shining light, yet oh so dark. It's an epic battle, yet it's also a warm hug. I don't know what it is, but it's awesome.

Nekrogoblikon - Power is out on 27th August worldwide and it'll be available as both a CD & a digital download. You won't regret buying it!

They are on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nekrogoblikon
And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nekrogoblikon

Check out their video of No One Survives below:



Nate

Friday, 2 August 2013

The Session #78 - My Elevator Pitch


The Session is a monthly event for the beer blogging community which was started by Stan Hieronymus at Appellation Beer. On the first Friday of each month, all participating bloggers write about a predetermined topic. Each month a different blog is chosen to host The Session, choose the topic, and post a roundup of all the responses received. For more info on The Session, check out the Brookston Beer Bulletin’s nice archive page.

This month’s session is hosted by James of Beer Bar Band and he wants us to write our elevator pitch for beer, so if we only had 30 seconds to tell someone why or why not to drink beer, what would we say?

I would say

Oh you don’t like beer. That’s fair enough. Have a good day!”

Because 30 seconds isn’t enough time to tell someone about all of the potential qualities beer has.

Nate

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Northern Monk BrewCo New World IPA review

Evening, it's been a while since I've done a full on beer review instead of just brief notes from events but I feel that this is worthy... but am I?

Northern Monk BrewCo was born around six months ago and after all of the planning, they finally got around to brewing their sole launch beer: New World IPA. A lot of you probably already know David Bishop - or the Broadford Brewer as he's more commonly known. He's one of the first people I started following on twitter when I first started tweeting about beer and as a renowned beer blogger and homebrewer he has given me a lot of insight into beer. Finally, I get to taste his beer and it's not a homebrew... oh no, it's commercial.

I've been excited about Northern Monk BrewCo ever since I first heard of it. As you can see, the branding is fucking awesome... but how is the beer?

Monday, 8 July 2013

Urban Sessions - the place to be this summer!

For quite some time now, Melissa Cole has been hinting about an exciting project that she was involved in but was sworn to secrecy but finally it was announced a few weeks ago... Urban Sessions is occurring!

Well what Urban Sessions is, is a pop up beer festival/bar/musical event/food/awesomeness in The Old Baths in Hackney Wick which will be around for 4 months. I happened to be in London at the weekend so I thought it'd be rude not to pop down for the soft launch. The idea is that they have a shitload of beers from all around the world, along with cocktails and ciders and essentially just party! Over the 4 months they have about 500 different beers on as well as pop up tasting sessions, monthly beer matched dinners, spirit education events and Meet The Brewers, so I'm going to need to revisit a few times!

Friday, 5 July 2013

The Session #77 - IPA: What's the big deal? FOR PUNKS

The Session is a monthly event for the beer blogging community which was started by Stan Hieronymus at Appellation Beer. On the first Friday of each month, all participating bloggers write about a predetermined topic. Each month a different blog is chosen to host The Session, choose the topic, and post a roundup of all the responses received. For more info on The Session, check out the Brookston Beer Bulletin’s nice archive page.

This month’s session is hosted by Justin of Justin’s Brew Review, which is entitled “IPA: What’s the big deal?” and it’s a question I once asked.

Once upon a time, in my early days of beer geekdom, I had a beer called Punk IPA from a brewery called Brewdog. I’d had IPAs in the past, but they were pretty lifeless so when IPAs got popular I thought “Why? They’re not that good. And then I had Punk. I chanced upon a bottle at Norwich Beer Festival – I forget the year – and it blew my tits off. I actually recall shouting “HOLY SHIT” as I got my first whiff and tasty of that piney, grapefruit hoppiness with nice toasty malt resting in the background. WHAT WAS THIS SORCERY THAT WAS IN MY GLASS? This beer was a magic potion, something I could only dream of. Flavours that I didn’t think existed in beer. I mean, living in Norfolk, back then there weren’t many really hoppy beers. We mostly had dull brown ales but this Punk IPA stuff was magical. After that moment, I couldn’t sleep at night, wondering when my next glass of Punk was going to come. I wanted more!

Fast forward a few months and I stroll into the Fat Cat and see it on cask (NB. Remember when Brewdog did cask?). My heart jumped out of my chest – Badum Badum Badum – That was pure happiness. I’d wanted that beer for so long. So, so long. And it was great, totally fucking amazing and at only £2.60 a pint (yes, I know!). That day, I must’ve drunk about 10 pints of it, which obviously wasn’t a wise idea but who cares for wise when you’re drinking the best beer you’ve ever had.

And then, I was again Punkless. Once I’d drank the final dregs of this concoction that Odin himself would approve of, it was gone. No punk for me. I’d have to survive because at this point, I hadn’t yet discovered the wonders of ordering beer online.

Fast forward to a few years later. I walk in Sainsbury’s, about to buy some awful shit, and lo and behold... PUNK IPA, along with 5AM Saint and Hardcore IPA.

That was Happiness. I could drink Punk all I wanted. I could bath in the shit if I wanted. I HAD UNLIMITED ACCESS TO PUNK.

Punk was my favourite beer, and I still hold it in very high regard even though it’s been flaky lately but I am currently drinking a bottle of batch 129 and can confirm that it’s fucking awesome. This reminds me of the first bottle of Punk IPA I ever had.

I love Punk IPA and you can't stop me.

I’ve told my story so now the question must be answered... IPA: What’s the big deal?

They’re mostly fucking delicious, that’s what the big motherfucking deal is.


Nate

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Is it actually a beer "garden"?

I'm sitting in the beer garden of one of my favourite pubs in Norwich, The Reindeer, drinking Brooklyn lager and a question popped up in my head... "Is it really a garden?" I mean, they call it a garden and it's nice to sit here in the sun, smoking and drinking but essentially it's just decking with some picnic tables. A garden I see as an area that has a lawn, with flower beds, as well as a patio or decking but neither on its own. I'm not sure it can constitute a garden with just flowers in pots, and hanging baskets. I mean, you wouldn't call a balcony a garden, would you?

A garden, ideally, would also have an area for kids to play so they don't run around the tables knocking peoples drinks over and screaming in their parents ears for another bag of crisps even though they've already had two bags today which is more than they'd be allowed usually. A garden would also be somewhere you can bring your dog, with a communal water bowl by the lawn.

A garden would be an open, sunny space.

I like gardens.

Friday, 21 June 2013

PHOTO COMPETITION #1

Yo bitches, whagwarn?

Basically a few months ago I was present for and helped a bit with Humpty Dumpty's 15th Anniversary Barleywine. I say helped but really I did a bit of mash tun digging until they were like "Fuck this. This guy is too slow".

So basically, I thought since I've been given a case that I'd do a competition. The prize is one bottle of Humpty Dumpty 15.

Comment on this blog a photo of you wearing a hilarious hat in a hilarious situation that just looks hilarious.

It's simple. It just needs to be hilarious.

Now fuck off and make me laugh, bitches.

*Terms and Conditions are: fuck off.

UPDATED: ENTRIES SO FAR:

From @Kavey:

1) http://www.flickr.com/photos/ganders/71167655/ At a friend's wedding, feeling sleepy.

2) http://www.flickr.com/photos/derekarridge/2420844658/ At a social I organised at Hampton Court, was given a shower cap as a gift, wore it the whole day, in public.

3) http://www.flickr.com/photos/ganders/4243690711/ With crazy elf thing in Lapland, think I look relatively not crazy here!

4) http://www.flickr.com/photos/jacint_uk/3127309121/ At wedding, balloon man there for the kids, I waylaid him.

5) http://www.flickr.com/photos/kavey/68768546/ Found a website that told me how to make a Tshirt into a ninja hat. So I did...

6) http://www.flickr.com/photos/alanjager/3278811121/ Beckoning like old lady. In some air museum place.

7) http://www.flickr.com/photos/jacint_uk/2551759353/ All powerful Kavey.

8) http://www.flickr.com/photos/ganders/3406642081/ In a charity shop in Bristol, found this hat, reminded me of Slash, felt I ought to model it in the shop. Didn't buy it though.

9) http://www.flickr.com/photos/alanjager/3279631384/ Not a fucking clue.


10) http://www.flickr.com/photos/alanjager/1084376721/ Frog-mouthed Kavey

11) http://www.flickr.com/photos/kavey/2909409833/

From Rowan:

https://fbcdn-photos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/197150_10150443463485181_8245978_n.jpg

From MiMi:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/meemalee/6300980006/

From Kevin Black:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150093316999008&set=a.10150104677439008.300325.721969007&type=1&ref=nf

From Señor Roberto Ross:

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/843/o5i1.jpg/