The Drinking Man's Diary

The Drinking Man's Diary

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WTF
So, I'm cruising round the town associated with that old...
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Double entendre
The French have long had an enviable drinking culture. While...
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We Were There
We were there when the Wars of the Roses were...
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Finally Maxim is back!
Well I think I have done pretty well tonight so...
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Merry Christmas
So here we are on Christmas Eve (technically now it...
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To Snack or Not To Snack?
Aside from the 17 minutes of difference in musical tastes,...
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Holiday time
Well, everyone is on their holidays so I thought I'd...
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Ten years ago – we miss you Joe
Hard to believe that the amazing Joe Strummer died almost...
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2 years 39 weeks
So when I began this blog I had high hopes...
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Recent Posts

Bite me

Blimey O’Reilly there’s hope for us all. Max is enjoying Howards End and all’s right with the world. Meanwhile, let’s talk about sweets. Not, desserts (in Howards End they eat at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand to enjoy old English fare  but then lunch at Mr. Eustace Miles’s restaurant, which specialises in meatless, nutritious …

Salvation !

CAMRA pub of the year in 2014, and you can see why. The Salvation is a real traditional drinking pub for the locals in the local Gloucestershire village of Ham. I had a few lovely local beers there last weekend and, after trying their Rare Breed as part of my …

The Early Days In Ten Drinks – 04 – Gaymer’s Olde English Cider

After a few sessions where I was comfortably lying on the floor in packed bars and pubs: https://www.drinkingmansdiary.com/the-early-days-in-ten-drinks-03-bacardi-vodka-gin/ I decided I needed a new drink. And as we have established I really didn’t like the taste of beer, so I tried out the favorite of every tramp around Leeds – …

National Album Day

So, while Max regales us with tales of his sheltered upbringing (he made up for it later), let’s note that it is National Album Day, today: 13 October 2018. It is great to see this celebrated on the BBC all day, with special mention going to the Mastertapes discussion with …

The Early Days In Ten Drinks – 01 – Strongbow Cider

I was quite inspired and impressed with The Consul’s early days of drinking: https://www.drinkingmansdiary.com/right-i-had-to-get-up/ My story was quite different and less exotic. I didn’t actually get drunk until two months before my 19th birthday. Which means I was 100% legal. But before I arrived there I had some early and …

Ol’ Jack is Back

Speaking of post war Americanization, of course in the bar scene of the film adaptation of that updated Tom/Jack/Mack-the-knife story The Talented Mr Ripley, it’s all about whiskey and soda. A bottle of Jack Daniels and a recording of Sophia Loren singing the song sounds good to me. I wonder …

Birra

So, I have been out of the country again for a spell. This time on the northern Italian Riviera. I try always to get out and savour a beer or two. This time it was Menabrea. Brewed in a small town in Piedmont, this is a rounded, balanced pale beer …