Birra

So, I have been out of the country again for a spell. This time on the northern Italian Riviera. I try always to get out and savour a beer or two. This time it was Menabrea. Brewed in a small town in Piedmont, this is a rounded, balanced pale beer …

Quench

So, for the mature session drinker such as myself, a long hill climb to Bedfordshire is where most evenings end. A little trip to heaven on the wings of my love, Prescott, after staring into the orange, yellow, and gold flames teasing the logs in the grate while supping the …

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 …

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 …

What have the Romans ?

Returning to the theme of pubs, let us remind ourselves what these perfections of civilization be. When those feet in ancient times walked upon England’s pastures green, they would have encountered the taverna. This is what the romans did for us (apart from the roads and the sanitation, and the …

Clear as an IPA

I was delighted to read that Max was entering into the spirit of this blog once more and discussing some beers as well as the latest Maxim moistened bint who’s sharpened the graphite in his pecker. Because we have been tutored in the beery ways of righteousness by Kentucky, I …

RSPB

Max’s Judge’s beer prayer is a beautiful thing and reminds us all what this site is meant to be about when Max can get off Maxim. Now, the Royal Society for the Protection of birds has the Avocet as its symbol. Everyone in the UK knows the logo, pretty much …

Micropubs

‘NFL’ they proclaim. Choice and differentiation are the order of the day, barman. So, to combat the chains, gastropubs and closures, arise the micropub. An invention the drinkingman would favour? Well, no. It might appeal to some, but only if you’re a beardy, real ale antediluvian who thinks that the …

The Perfect Pub

As I have mentioned previously, the perfect pint is best appreciated in the perfect pub. In fact, take away the pub and you are simply left with a beer in a glass. Pretty much nobody drinks a pint at home. A bottle, a can, 500 ml, or some other metrification. …

Coxwold

We had feared the worst of the best: Theakston’s. However Theakston’s is now an independent again and a well-kept pint of their best bitter was a treat at the Fauconberg Arms. Pleasant staff, a place for muddy boots, and a real fire to send the steam rising off my sodden …

Breaking news

“Men give up on the pub! Beer drinking drops by a quarter in just five years as men stay at home….” Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2076835/Men-lose-taste-consumption-drops-quarter-just-years.html#ixzz1h9p6bCbJ