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In 5: Flat, Expensive, Processed, Dull, Bad

On a recent Brewskie outing in Liverpool we nearly wet ourselves with excitement at the sight of a German beer we’d never had before ON TAP! Woohoo we thought… little did we know.

First came the price, ouch, let’s just say there was only one place we were DABbing after paying for our round. Then we tried it. It turns out they got the name of the beer right, they just got the letters the wrong way round. It tasted processed, dull and flat, a pale comparison to some of the wonderful lagers that frequently come out of arguably the home of lager. Perhaps it was a bad barrel but ultimately they only got one shot to impress us and impressed we weren’t. We certainly won’t be in a hurry to try this again and unless the good people at DAB want to send us some bottles to see if we prefer them we won’t be spending our hard-earned on any more.

Probably the most interesting thing to happen while we laboured through our pints of BAD was DABbing up the condiments I spilt all over the scorecard, unfortunately for DAB we could still read our notes and they weren’t too clever.

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Beer + batter + onions = win

After the flippin’ successful Banana Bread Beer Pancakes last month I thought I’d try cooking up another storm in the kitchen as part of Mrs Brewskie’s birthday meal. I used a Jamaican Dragon Stout which I bought as an option for beer pancakes but didn’t use and had left over. Most people won’t have one of these knocking about but I reckon any old dark beer would be fine. In fact, if you use any beer whatsoever I reckon you will no doubt end up with wonderfully tasty rings. As usual with my recipes, I follow my nose, so there are no exact measurements! Just look at the photos and figure it out – I also made a little video starring Alfie which shows the consistency the batter needs to be at the end of mixing, just aim for that and you’ll be fine and dandy.

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In 5: Creamy, Wholesome, Moreish, Balanced, Tasty

After the Batemans Hooker left us with a questionable rash earlier in the week we thought we’d give Batemans another chance with their Combined Harvest. We were sold hook, line and sinker by the bottle’s promise of multigrain goodness to cleanse our body, soul and mind. OK, so it doesn’t promise all of that but surely any beer with all those grains in it has to be ludicrously tasty and maybe a little bit healthy?

It pours with a wonderful burnt golden colour and the head is nice and creamy and hangs around for quite some time, a big contrast to the Hooker with no head, a phrase which sounds unnervingly like a scene from CSI! The taste is a joy to behold as well, creamy and rich yet balanced and ultimately very tasty and moreish. There is nothing lurking beneath either, no bitterness, no anguish; just good honest flavour in a lovely pint. The multi grain is evident as it does actually taste healthy and a bit like a warm bowl of cereals on a cold rainy January morning.

Don’t wait until harvest, go get one (ten) of these now!

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In 5: Fruity, Mellow, Flat, Consistent, Amber

Finally, a hooker the Mrs won’t mind you bringing home!

We Hooked up with this ‘beauty’ in Aldi this morning; they do say people are meeting the love of their life in the supermarket more than anywhere else these days, so we were initially quite hopeful. At just £1.49 and with there only being a couple of Hookers left; our hopes were soon replaced with concern that there was probably something wrong with this Hooker and our relationship was doomed to failure.

When she finally escapes from the bottle you’re met with a burnt amber coloured pint (“it looks like apple juice” was the Mrs decent contribution), with surprisingly little head, very surprising considering the name! It took a while to pin down its aroma but we eventually settled for a sort of caramel/biscuit scenario, a little bit like millionaires shortbread if you will. The taste follows the nose with similar flavours coming through, very much a whole mouth experience, very rounded and very defined. You’re left with a slightly bitter after taste which we thought might go away towards the end but stayed throughout the whole deal. From the first mouthful to the last, the flavour is unwavering, this hooker certainly won’t leave you with any nasty surprises.

Overall, it was a decent drink but we’re not sure we’ll be getting Hooked anytime soon.

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In 5: Cakey, Fruity, Full-bodied, Strong, Drinkable

Ringwood, the maker of probably our favourite summer beer, Boondoggle, launched their Old Thumper way back in 1979 and it’s gone from strength to strength since then, winning the CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain in 1988. It’s pretty easy to find nowadays in most supermarkets and in little multi packs of real ale you get in your Christmas stocking from Aunties and Uncles. If only everyone would just get us beer we’d be guaranteed an excellent Crimbo every year. I’ve tried drinking a sock; it’s not nice and you end up with a mouth full of fluff.

So how did they manage to bottle up their ‘beast of a beer’? Well I reckon it wasn’t quite as difficult, or anywhere near as much fun to watch as Old Thumper the wild boar on the label makes you dream up it might have been. They probably just used the same big machine that they use on most of their other beers… Yawn.

The first thing that struck us after pouring into a glass was the smell of brioche this beer seems to emanate. You certainly won’t get Boared as its taste changes and grows mouthful after mouthful. You discover new aspects of its flavour with a different fruit coming through with every sip. Its all round body is definitely strong enough to handle a BBQ (or a curry for that matter), which makes me think… If Old Thumper were to accidently end up on a spit, and then someone were to say, place a little bit of fire underneath him that happened to roast him up, a pint of Old Thumper would certainly make a wonderful companion to the any hog that were roasted as a consequence. Just don’t forget the apple sauce, a hog roast needs apple sauce; that is a fact that cannot be changed.

So is it a ‘beast of a beer’? Well in a ‘I’m stronger than you’ contest, it would probably thump most beers straight out of the Ring-wood.

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In 5: Cloudy, Bold, Distinctive, Bitter, Moreish

A highly recommended American beer? Yeah, that’s what we thought too.

Well it took us a few mouthfuls to get used to the powerful, full bodied flavour that this Pale Ale throws straight at you but we were soon singing the praises of this hard hitting little beer. There is no messing about with the brewing process and with just the 4 ingredients and no preservatives Sierra Nevada have crafted a classic hoppy yet slightly bitter brew with distinctive flavours that is really moreish. When it’s poured it has a wonderful golden body with enough life in the head to keep it interesting throughout the drinking experience. It’s more bitter and less citrusy than other pale ales we’ve tried but don’t let that take anything away from what Sierra Nevada have done by bottling up this golden pale delight.

If you are ever lost in the Nevada desert, parched and thirsty, this would be an ideal beer for you. Once you’ve got your bearings, head over to Vegas and Pair up your trip with a couple of bottles of Sierra Nevada. It’s certainly not a gamble and you would be feeling Royally Flush with your choice after heading Straight to the bar. When you get back from your little trip I can guarantee you will end up with a Full House of bottles of this lovely stuff.

Make sure you take the Sierra or you’ll end up with an Escort, and the Mrs wouldn’t be too happy about that now would she.

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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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Banana Bread Beer Pancake with Nutella in all its glory

We were having a little chat at work about pancake day when I thought, beer pancakes, now there’s an idea. Fortunately, someone else was in the office with an even better idea, Banana Bread Beer Pancakes! So I went to the shop, bought some ingredients and cooked up a batch, A-MAZING! The best thing about them was how easy they are to make. I’m not going to include a load of detailed measurements in the destructions below because I didn’t use any, it’s that simple!

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Hite, 4.5%, Seoul, South Korea

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In 5: Refreshing, Light, Bland, Wet, Doggy

OK, before we even start to talk about this beer, we admit, we only bought it because of its name and unfortunately that is the level we operate on. So I suppose this review should concentrate on answering the question on everyone’s lips, is it sHite?

The label in the beer shop said it’s not, we’re not so sure!

Surprisingly for a brew coming from the well known beer capital of the world South Korea it actually starts off by hitting the Hites, but ultimately it fails to exHite. It’s refreshing and lHite and would be a wonderful compliment to a BBQ on a warm nHite – just make sure you lock up Rover if you’re inviting any of the locals around. Unfortunately though, after the initial bHite it soon loses its fizz and quickly dies leaving a rather bland and well, wet, drink that barely resembles beer at all. If you can drink it while it’s fresh on a lovely summer’s day and you’re in the pool or on the beach then yeah, it’d be a decent choice.

Probably not so great with a curry but rest assured we haven’t tested its ‘dog compatibility’!

So, is it sHite? We have to say yes, but Fido might like it.

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In 5: Blonde, Smooth, Citrus, Powerful, Light

When you first see this Meg-jestic beer in the glass it comes across as a sweet and innocent little blonde; harmless and welcoming.  However when you finally make your move, it kicks you directly in the hops. Weighing in at 5.5%, its light, moreish flavour disguises its roar potential. Named after a canon this beer certainly isn’t just fodder for a big session and needs to be treated with a little care and a lot of respect. With such a lovely flavour, try not to get ‘megged without it at least touching the sides or its Meg-nitude will mean your trip to the pub quickly descends into a roar-cus occasion. It is a lovely beer for a summer’s day so be careful to drink it up quickly while you’re under the sun or it will go roar-ten.

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