Otter-Mendi

So, it’s the World Cup. The South Americans are looking good, except for one team. Argentinians just seem to go down easy at the moment — the Mendoza wine, the sinking battleships, the diving strikers. So after a pint of Otamendi I uncorked a wonderful Malbec and enjoyed the terrible …

Album Cover Quiz 3

Well I wonder if Max was thinking about his breakfast? Certainly 9/11 seems foretold in a number of 70s classics from Fire and Rain to Breakfast in America. Flying machines in pieces on the ground, you know. Meanwhile, here’s another C21st setting for an album cover of mythic status. Music …

Little Boys Lost

So, I’ve been reading a great book by Allan Jones entitled I Can’t Stand up for Falling Down (where have I heard that before?) It’s a series of his Uncut magazine reminiscences from the 1970s when he worked at Melody Maker. Boy, what a vanished world of booze and blagging. …

In the Pink

Glad to know Max gets in his AFDs before and after the barrel drinking. This is a blog about beer and drinking after all — except for the ones about Sarah and Rachel (not to be confused with rest-in-peace Lou and Rachel). So, we drink on, boats against the current …

Inside Out

Iconic photos indeed. But how do you picture a hangover. How does a hangover make you feel and what are the nightmares that come after a heavy session when you cannot recall what you said or did, and only the sensation in your gut tells you about the reality to …

The Next Day

Where are we now? Where are we now? The moment you know You know. Though we were poor. You see, someone’s got to be behind the camera. Directing the talent! Snow White to this Magnificent Seven. As long as there’s sun As long as there’s rain As long as there’s …

Quench

So, for the mature session drinker such as myself, a long hill climb to Bedfordshire is where most evenings end. A little trip to heaven on the wings of my love, Prescott, after staring into the orange, yellow, and gold flames teasing the logs in the grate while supping the …

Beast Seen

One of the oldest stories on this site is that of the Beast of Rodborough: Christmas Ghost Story Well, over seven years later the beast has been spotted again, though this time in a domestic setting. Does this mean it has finally been domesticated? Or should the public be warned? …

Tearjerkers

I loved Max’s Top 10 slow punkers  and was left wondering what mine would be… Well, I probably can’t better it. A few changes here and there but it’s just quibbling. Then I started thinking more generally about the maudlin tearjerker that goes well with a bottle of something good …

Auld Spot Syne

‘Tis the season to stuff yourself like a pig and so I would like to both celebrate and recommend my favourite meal of 2017. Beer and sausages are made for each other and what better way to welcome in the new year at your preferred boozer than with some award-winning …

Christmas Carol

Midnight mass is the perfect way to spend Christmas Eve and see in the birth of the baby cheeses and sing a carol or two. Just remember  to pre-load on some Wychwood Bah Humbug (Max might want to get insideher) as you drive to the church so that, as Uncle …