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 …

A Great Beer From Sarah Palin's State!

Well as I mentioned here I have been slowly wading through my hamper of American craft beers. I have poured at least six of them straight down the drain! But I found a real treat tonight all the way from Alaska and the Alaskan Brewing Company: the Alaskan Amber. Rolling …

American Craft Beers?

It is pretty obvious by my beer choices that I am more of a European style beer lover. With the exception of a few American beers I favor primarily British and German beers. For Christmas I received an American Craft Been Hamper. Sounds exciting, but frankly most of the beers …

Good Ale

Max loves his ESB, so I think this should be his drinking song: an old English favourite newly available on the B’eginner’s Guide to English Folk’…. “It is of good ale to you I’ll sing And to good ale I’ll always cling I like my mug filled to the brim …

Drinking the Cotswold Way

Down the Old Badger we have this week mostly been drinking from the local Wickwar brewery. I am a particular fan of the perfectly nuanced 4.2% Cotswold Way. A smooth, balanced chestnut ale with a terrific hoppy finish, they say. Apparently, it has been an award winning beer of Gloucestershire …

The Christmas Break

So although Christmas seems like a long time ago I had a wonderful time. It is always a bit of a jolt coming down from Christmas and New Year excitement, but I think I am back to normal now. Drinking and posting on schedule, with just the right amount of …

Feast of the Epiphany

What a great 12 days of Christmas. Reminds me of the days we used to have 4 pints and a beef chow mein with rice all for a fiver, before climbing on Max’s knee amid the streamers and hula girls for a swellegant yuletide party at which Kentucky would get …

Open Wide

Accustomed to passing out in a haze of alcohol at this time of year, I welcomed in 2013 by falling asleep at the dentist. With that bright light beating down like a Caribbean sun, the gurgle of the rinser merging with the gentle hum of the radio, and the soft …

Drinking to The Max

Since last Thursday I haven’t had what Kentucky likes to call an “Alcohol Free Day.” The weekend was here then it was Christmas Eve, then Christmas Day, and finally Boxing Day. How can you stop with all these big Days? I know that the New Year is just around the …

Guinness Is Good For You!

Researchers from a University of Wisconsin study discovered that drinking Guinness reduced blood clots and the risk of heart attacks. Like red wine and dark chocolate, and unlike other beers, Guinness also contains immune-boosting antioxidants. Some other reasons you may want to enjoy a pint of Guinness: better bones, weight …

English Christmas

Washington Irving thought rural England was a refuge from the imaginatively barren landscapes of his native America. In The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1820) he described England as a ‘half-mythic land of stage coaches and ivy-covered cottages, festive Christmases and forelocked peasants, high church spires and quaint crooked byways.’ The …

Dogging

I am of course delighted to know that Max is a dog lover. However, I’m not sure he is ready for Paddy at the Old Badger Inn. Every Monday, Paddy installs himself at the bar with a look that reminds me of Kentucky staring into his beer after reading his …