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?


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

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!


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:


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.