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 …

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 …

Cameron

Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand a round. At least you can only have two terms of any one idiot (e.g. W), meanwhile we in the UK can have a PM forever. So who knows how long we’ll have to put up with the …

Shiner Bock – not just a pretty face

Since I live in Texas I probably drink more Shiner Bock than anything else. As I mentioned here I have no problem drinking session beers. Shiner Bock fits the bill nicely, and The Spoetzl Brewery has just won three Gold awards at the 31st Great American Beer Festival in Denver. …

Still Searching

Searching for the perfect pint is another name for a pub crawl. The pp is not something you pour from a bottle or a can. At least these days the (less than a) pint you pour from a can might be drinkable unlike the old days of the Watneys Party …

A Fine Mexican Beer

One of the beers that is popular here in Texas that doesn’t get much of a mention is the Mexican beer: Dos Equis Amber. I think the more popular, to American tastes at least, is the Dos Equis Lager. The Amber, brewed in the style of a German Lager, is …

Dear Landlord

So, Max, what is the right pint for the right record? Here, with your starter for ten, is a pint of Landlord to accompany Dylan’s John Wesley Harding: ‘Dear landlord Please heed these words that I speak I know you’ve suffered much But in this you are not so unique …

Why is life worth living?

Now, searching for fine wines and beers took me to Frenchie country recently and I was struck by the large number of Trappist beers in Lille. This is of course a Belgian tradition, which testifies to the supreme pleasure of beer in monastic orders. While there I also re-watched Manhattan, …

A Perfect Pint of Homebrew

She said, “The secret to a perfect pint of homebrew is to strain the mulch through a pair of tights – preferably the ones I’m wearing now.” I said, over an empty bottle of vodka, “Rooky, Rooky, Rooky.” Best pint of homebrew I ever made.

Green beer

Now, I was chatting in the bogs with Frenchie again. He was extolling the value of red wine for the heart. I said, “I drink a bottle a day, my fine-feathered French friend”, but for the sake of the planet we need to drink more beer in Blighty. We only …

Beer is Beauty

Now, many people know what they like when it comes to a pint. Malty, creamy, even yeasty. But how do you know if you have a perfect specimen in your hand down the pub? Well, Kentucky has the best advice. The simple test is to hold the beer up before …

Beer Identification

Now, Kentucky is the beer specialist. If you want someone to tell you what a good pint is, then he is yer man. So, naturally, I set up a wee test one day. Eight bottles of beer and a list of eight names, No cheating here: they were the names …

Homebrew

Now, Max is a Cider drinker. He likes a decent beer but, where Kentucky and I want to get a beer in whenever we reach the bar, Max says that whenever he sees a woman he always wants to get in cider. Kentucky taught me the art of homebrew too. …

Drinking times

Many years ago it was only possible to drink at prescribed times of day. British rail overcame this difficulty with the world famous ‘awaydayadrinkaday’; and ‘the traveller’ was invented for hikers who would walk for hours with a polypin or smaller vessel to quench their thirst between ‘sessions’. In the …

A Fallen Hero?

No I’m not talking about The Consul – he is still my Hero, no matter what his colleagues say about him. I’m talking about the once Perfect Pint of Ruddles County. When Kentucky and I used to drink to excess I loved Ruddles County. I had a pint on my …

DoA?

DoA? Drunk or Alcoholic? Lovers of etymology will wish to debate the difference in meaning between these words. But there is an answer. Scientists have also long wished that the meaning of the universe could be expressed on a t-shirt. For the drinking-man it already has been, banishing the term …

Double entendre

The French have long had an enviable drinking culture. While I have always thought that they preferred wine to beer I was pleased to meet an onion-muncher who explained to me how to get the fine creamy head on your northern pint. It comes, he said to me, from ze …