That’s Mellow, That’s Mellow

I know I posted about this back in 2012, but I just watched the actual video again and loved it.  I could really see myself and The Consul, and even the long lost Kentucky, living this life.  Sadly it looks like the Bitter Poet Madman is done – no new …

Beer

“The brewing of beer may well have occurred soon after the production of cereal crops, and no doubt for a long time beer was home-produced and in the hands of the housewives responsible for preparing the ‘gruel’ or bread. Malting the grain is the first step in beer-brewing, but malting–that …

Multi-tasking

Who says men cannot multi-task. Not I.   The barbecue was invented to prove that a man can cook, eat, and drink at the same time. It is an art and a science. Which is why women cannot do it. Men can do it. LGBTQI folk can do it. But …

20oz, 12oz, and now 11.2oz

So after a number of false starts I’ve spoken to Justin at Specs (I was unable to use their slow arse website) and will be ordering once a month the following beverages via the telephone (512-263-9981 – Amy + Daniel): 1 Case of Fuller’s ESB 11.2oz 1 Case of Alaskan Amber …

Beer Order Online

So I’ve lamented at some length how tricky it is to get quality European Beers here in Texas. So over the last few months I’ve been trying to expand my reach to find better beers.  I’ve tried online, but the Land of the Free can’t ship beer in Texas … …

London Pubs

So after a brief 24 hours in Sussex our chauffeur sped us to the heart of old London Town staying at the Waldorf  Hotel slap bang in the middle of the West End.  What a perfect location and just ten minutes away from Covent Garden where I worked over thirty years …

Signs of the times

I have posted some signs seen in pubs here or there and hope to continue doing so. This is one spotted at a remote out-of-the-way place that had evidently seen better days — and more customers!   Pubs are closing down at a high rate because a pint at the …

Getting a Round In

So we have not checked in on the now ex CEO of Jordan Publishing for five years.  It seems that Jordan publishing was sold over a year ago, but he is still looking for a new gig: is currently undertaking project work, whilst looking for a new challenge, following the successful …

Damn Americans

I’ve lived in Texas for half of my life and am really getting concerned about the American approach to Beer and now Cider.  I posted here about how much I like Austin Eastcider’s Original Dry Cider.  But it seems American’s love to fuck with a good thing and like to add …

Sweet Baby Max

My theme tune is Steely Dan’s ‘Here at the Western World’ because it has the magical opening: ‘Down at the Lido they welcome you / With sausage and beer’. My favourite food and drink to welcome me to the pool — sounds great. Kentucky is named after a Rolling Stones …

Fuller’s London Pride

In my sad trip to Specs today I did pick-up a beer that I last had when I was in London in 2013.  It is Fuller’s London Pride.  It is not a bad drop for sure, but when compared with their beautiful ESB it doesn’t come close.  But all Specs …

How Do You Like Them Apples?

So much to the dismay of both Kentucky and The Consul I continue to have a real fondness for cider.  One of the biggest problems in the USA is that cider is quite different than in England.  But every time I find a new cider I try it out.  About …

Beers of the Fifty

I know The Consul has been working like a dog since I got back and nothing has changed here, but it is hard to forget the wonderful two weeks spent in England just a couple of weeks ago. We drank lots of beer and ate some great British food: bacon …

Perfection

So stories will be told about the 50th birthday celebration of 2013, but they will not come close to my memory of the fortnight I have just spent in England. My view might be clouded or viewed with rose colored classes, we can even call it “Max’s World”. If I …

But we were happy in those days, Myrtle

So, the old “ ‘Myrtle is struggling.’“. Well I remember the days we could sink a few pints of Magnet out by the cricket pitch on a hot sunny afternoon and drink ourselves happy. Actually it was the old **** behind the bar that drove us outside. War memorabilia behind …

Valentine's Day is Over

So sang Billy Bragg, and no doubt this was because his beer was served in the wrong glass. Would you serve red wine in a champagne flute? [the answer is ‘no’] Would you serve brandy in a whisky tumbler? [the answer is probably not]. But what about beer? would you …

A Stunner

Down the Old Badge, we have been blind drunk testing for many months now. And this month the winner for those of us who do not require strength for flavour, is Cotswold Spring’s Stunner. At just 4% this is an award-winning session ale: a pale yellow beauty with lots of …

The Gang of Four Results

So tonight I followed through on my blind taste test. I wasn’t actually blind of course, since part of the enjoyment of drinking a fine beer is appreciating the clarity and color, but I had no clue which beer my wife was offering me next. I must say that I …

The Gang of Four

I must continue to say how impressed I am with Alaskan Amber. So much so that it could easily become my favorite beer … To this end I have decided to have a taste test this weekend where I will ask my long-suffering wife to perform a blind taste test …

7% Success Rate

So based on my experience living in the USA for over twenty years and the craft hamper over Christmas I’ve come up with the definitive chance of a European loving an American beer: 7%. So whilst it might look exciting to see all of these impressively named beers, which The …