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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Bitter chocolate

So, this is the time of seasonal, of novelty, of festive. Down the Old Badger, which Max will soon be set on frequenting (pun intended), we have been sampling the Christmas fayre. Of particular interest, for notes of licorice, spice, toffee, blackcurrant, and especially chocolate is/are the Christmas Steps of …

Time to be a Man

So I realized this week that over the last ten years I’ve slowly but surely become a pussy. Contrary to popular belief this is not because of my love of Twilight movies – there is plenty of manly stuff going on there. It is because I’ve just curled up and …

The Downside

The downside to drinking stronger beers is that you quickly get to a state where you are just happy listening to music and surfing. Forget about posting to this blog, harder than it looks. In the meantime I’ve been listening to more of Brandi Carlile and found out that the …

Old Pecker vs. ESB

So for years I’ve always thought that “Old Pecker” was the strongest beer that I would consume and enjoy. But recently, at a family gathering, I realized that Fuller’s ESB is a stronger beer and I have no problems banging those bad boys down. Old Peculier: ABV: 5.6% Fuller’s ESB: …

Reepham and weep

Well, if you wanted to name a beer county I guess it would be Norfolk. Staffordshire’s Burton is a big brand and name but I love those hops and the aqua vitae round those parts. So, I enjoy a Panther these days, from World’s End lane in the Norfolk village …

Reach for yer Innis & Gunn

Speaking of strong beers like this, what about an Innis & Gunn? Kentucky favoured this at our last trip to the Hong Kong House, and it packs a punch alright: 6.6% ABV and matured in American white oak Bourbon barrels for 30 days . It is the most popular British bottled beer in Canada, …

Balance

Not too hoppy, not too malty, but sweet and bitter like your first girlfriend. That’s a pint of Flying Scotsman, floral and juicy upfront with a crisp and dry malt finish. One of the best balanced beers I’ve had in ages. At 4.2% it is not a session beer but …

What would Pepys do?

Well, it’s nearly two years and the diary’s still standing (just). While other beer blogs, like BRIDGER’S BEER LOG, have long bitten the dust, we have picked up the baton and are still pointlessly, prolixly, tenderly and pudenda-ly singing our hymn to the hop. Max will be gearing up for …

Spirits vs Beers

In our hey-day Kentucky and I would often start the evening with a a pint and a whiskey chaser or three – Jameson Irish Whiskey or sometimes Southern Comfort. It certainly did the trick, by the time we’d finished the third pint we were gone. But of course that is …

A Wonderful Brew!

So I’m back from my amazing long weekend in the Windy City (more later). As always I was on the lookout for some great beer and with the help of The Jugde I found it in the form of a wonderful ale from The Great Lakes Brewing Company: Elliot Ness …

Hello Italian Beer!

I’m fresh back from my vacation in Manhattan Beach, California and must say how much I enjoyed a bottled beer from, of all places, Italy! Birra Moretti La Rossa is a fine, full bodied beer and I enjoyed it immensely when I was at Mama D’s last week. I don’t …

It's the Water Mate!

The Germans brew better beer that is for sure, but I think what makes their beer so good, is the higher quality water. Infections due to poor water occur five times more frequently in the UK when compared with Germany. Now couple the great water with the German’s need to …