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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Old Badger Inn

I am really looking forward to visiting the Old Badger with The Consul and Kentucky in April. I understand how the great British Local is dying but at least for a couple of weeks in April 2013 we’ll do our best to prop it up. I notice that in addition …

Fair Wine

Now Max is a man of the people. That is the only reason I can think of that would explain why we don’t have a ‘tag’ for wine. Or Brandy. Or even whisky. But, no you say. It is is because we are searching for the perfect pint and that …