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In 5: Sour, Fruity, Honey, Bitter, Tinny

This was another beer we picked up from the Micro Bar in the Manchester Arndale and we were hoping for great things as there were obviously only a few carefully selected beers on offer. Unfortunately we were a little disappointed by this fruity brew.

We were promised a ‘zesty aroma and a fruity flavour’ and I suppose we did get this to some extent but for us it just didn’t seem to work so well. We got the high notes from the fruits and a little bit of honey to bind it together but there was something not quite right. It left us feeling a bit bitter about the whole experience and particularly sour too. There was a slightly metallic or tinny aftertaste that lingered and annoyed like sitting next to a music class full of year 9 kids with the xylophones out.

We were drinking this with a wonderful home-made vegetable curry and tarka dal that Mrs Brewskie lovingly prepared for a house party. So maybe it’s not a great one with a curry and that interfered with our experience somewhat, we hope so, because we were expecting more.

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In 5: Light, Black, Smokey, Rich, Not like Guinness with a Rennie in

First garlic… bread, then cheese… cake and now black… lager, seriously.

Sounding a little bit more like the setting of a baddy lair in a Bond Movie than a beer we really couldn’t resist picking one of these up when we saw it. A wonderful concept and a frankly bizarre label quickly draws your attention to this funky little beer sitting on the shelf waiting to be plucked. A little research tells us Zeitgeist has been around since early 2009 but this is the first we’ve seen of it. Although we’re still new to this beer thing I’m not sure that counts as a roaring success. But we didn’t let that put us off – we hadn’t heard of half the beers we’ve tried so far before we started to really look.

So what’s black lager all about? It’s not like the mildy irritating pop band Blue, who aren’t blue, or the lesbian fantasy Pink, who clearly isn’t pink; it’s proper black, like the night. In fact, it’s darker than the night, it’s like the night in the middle of the desert and someone turned off the moon and the stars.

We thought that lager was supposed to be yellow and sold in packs of 4 cans with little plastic bird/fish/fluffy animal catchers holding them together? Well apparently this hasn’t always been the case and lager was originally a black coloured drink, or so the BrewDogs tell us on their cryptic, creepy Zeitgeist website.

OK, so we’ve established it’s a little bit ‘Salad Fingers’ on the outside, and that it’s black on purpose but what’s it like on the inside?

Well it’s surprisingly refreshing and light considering it looks like someone has dropped a Rennie in your pint of Guinness. The rest of the experience is kind of how you might expect a black lager to be, smokey, chocolatey, rich, malty and a little bit treacly. Somehow, it works. It’s the lightness that really surprised us and we almost feel like you need to try this in a blind taste test to fully appreciate it. Either a blind test or drunk in a seedy nightclub, but not the kind of place you might find a Batemans Hooker. Naughty.

If you like it, tell them at the little Zeitgeist blogaroo they set up to let the drinkers guide the brand direction – quite a nice idea if you’re a nerd like we blatantly are http://www.zeitgeistbeer.com/blog or better still, tell us via the comments below or on some other manner of Social Media on which partake. Eyes right. ->

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In 5: Dark, Pleasant, Sweet, Drinkable, Deceptive

We’d never heard of the Cottage Brewing Company before and the thought of a Cottage Brewing Industry, with people all around the country brewing beer in their back garden filled us with pleasure. Our home brew kit has long been overlooked in the cellar alongside a couple of bikes, some smokeless fuel, and an old bag of cement… gone hard. It’s high time we got it back out!

Atlantic Ale then… Well it looks stunning, dark and broody like the deep Atlantic abyss. Try not to let the smell of whisky put you off this magnificent brew as it’s not at all what you expect as it reaches your lips and unleashes a flowing torrent of flavour. Dark chocolates with a hint of liquorice hit your palette, but not too much, as this unexpectedly light beer drinks away.

We considered adding some Titanic puns but the mere thought of it left us with that sinking feeling.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 7, 5.4%, Kelheim, Germany


In 5: Dark, Enjoyable, Flavoursome, Medicinal, Citrus

Interesting fact: If you don’t speak German and you want to order a beer in Germany you need to be careful how many fingers you hold up. Unlike in the UK and other inefficient countries, in Germany, if you only want 1 beer you show them your thumb and then your first finger becomes your second beer and so on…

Every day is a school day on Brewskie! Although I wouldn’t worry about getting it wrong too much as there’s only 1 thing better than a beer, 2 beers!

So, the beer, well it’s not labelled as a dunkel (dark beer) but it is pretty dark in colour. Don’t let that fool you though, there is quite a citrus whiff to it and the taste is light. As it’s rather flat it seemed to fly down without really touching the sides. There was a moment early on where we were getting a little bit of a TCP smell and the taste does have some strange notes to it that we couldn’t quite put our fingers on. Overall, this Wesley (Schneider) definitely doesn’t deserve the Ballon d’or, instead it is an average player in one of the world’s most competitive arenas.

If only someone were to offer us a gallon d’beer right now…

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In 5: Clear-cut, Crisp, Presence, Distinctive, Traditional

Sedimentary my dear Watson. As soon as you pour this distinctive pale ale you know it has been brewed in a traditional but organic way as its cloudy body emerges from the bottle. Take care to leave the sediment in the bottle unless you enjoy a big mouthful of yeast at the end of your drink. This beer is a credit to small breweries and far removed from any mass produced ale in the supermarket. We aren’t really sure what the suitable for vegetarians and vegans label is all about so we just made the credible assumption that they are declaring it free of any rats or mice that may fall in during the brewing process of some of their rival breweries. This is a popular brew amongst those in the know and there are other stronger brews from the Liverpool Organic Brewery that we are looking forward to trying too. It doesn’t come cheap but you will be hopping mad not to try this brewskie if you get the chance.

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In 5: Bananary, Savoury, Fruity, Enjoyable, Sickly

“This is 29, Acacia Road. And this is Eric, the schoolboy who leads an exciting double life. For when Eric drinks a banana bread beer, an amazing transformation occurs. Eric is Bananabreadbeerman. Ever un-alert for the call to action.” Now wouldn’t that have made an interesting cartoon? A drunk adolescent stumbling around town in silly clothes, oh hang on a minute; that already happens in real life and it’s not great to watch.

We have no idea how they managed it, but somehow, Well’s have taken a loaf of banana bread, liquidised it, sprinkled in some magic dust and turned it into a delicious beer. If you don’t like bananas don’t bother, if you don’t like bread, are you mental? What do you eat for lunch?! You wouldn’t want a massive session on these but as a special treat it’s well worth picking one up next time you’re in the supermarket for one of your 5 beers a day.

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