The Two Best Hangover Cures

So after all the things I’ve tried over the years to avoid the dreaded hangover: Hangover Cures? there are only two effective approaches that work consistently: Drink less – not favored by your hard core Drinking Man Have a “healthy” full English Breakfast of fried eggs, bacon, sausages, fried bread …

The public can

Well, we’ve had three years of beer tax cuts in this country but sales of ale go down alongside the number of pubs. 23 public houses closing a week; so, it’s good to celebrate the opening of a new one now and then. Get down to your boozer, take a …

Happy Thanksgiving

So today is Thanksgiving in the USA and nothing says Thanksgiving like doing shots of Patron Tequila with your wife and 22 year old boy 🙂  In fact I have not had any Tequila since my dreaded trip to Cancun in July, 1992 – that was 25 years ago.  But when my …

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 …