Twin Liquors Right on The Money

I’ve now picked-up three monthly consignments of beer from Twin Liquors and the latest one slipped right into Helga with no issues.  I even purchased six bottles of Champagne whilst I was there so everyone is winning.  It is so nice to finally have found a company that actually wants my …

Helga Is Here

I have always wanted a real beer fridge – one where you can see the beers lined up like soldiers ready to serve 24×7.  And in a stroke of genius during the year long kitchen renovation I mentioned to my wife that what I wanted out of all of this madness …

The First Beer Order

So if you have been following this little tragedy you’ll know I’ve been struggling to put in a monthly beer order with a local firm so that I can drink some good beers 24×7.  Finally, this week I got a call from my new favorite company (Twin Liquors) and although some …

That’s Mellow, That’s Mellow

I know I posted about this back in 2012, but I just watched the actual video again and loved it.  I could really see myself and The Consul, and even the long lost Kentucky, living this life.  Sadly it looks like the Bitter Poet Madman is done – no new …

Beer

“The brewing of beer may well have occurred soon after the production of cereal crops, and no doubt for a long time beer was home-produced and in the hands of the housewives responsible for preparing the ‘gruel’ or bread. Malting the grain is the first step in beer-brewing, but malting–that …

20oz, 12oz, and now 11.2oz

So after a number of false starts I’ve spoken to Justin at Specs (I was unable to use their slow arse website) and will be ordering once a month the following beverages via the telephone (512-263-9981 – Amy + Daniel): 1 Case of Fuller’s ESB 11.2oz 1 Case of Alaskan Amber …

Beer Order Online

So I’ve lamented at some length how tricky it is to get quality European Beers here in Texas. So over the last few months I’ve been trying to expand my reach to find better beers.  I’ve tried online, but the Land of the Free can’t ship beer in Texas … …

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 …