Sunday, 5 June 2011

Sam Adams.

Having tried a good few of the larger American beers over the years, and having come to the conclusion that, for the most part, they're pisswater, I didn't hold out much hope for this.

But, seeing as Sainsburys had it on offer for £1.09, I thought I'd risk it.

Well, I had it on a balmy summer day, stood at the BBQ, and I was impressed. Instead of the normal flavourless beers our colonial brothers churn out, Mr. Adams has produced a well-rounded beer with an even blend of hops and malt, with a nice amount of linger. It's like a ale-y lager, not too light, but not too fizzy, and with a subtle enough taste to be inoffensive but satisfying.

I will definitely return for another Sam Adams, even after the special offer runs out, and that's saying something.

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Monday, 23 May 2011

Great Divide Brew Co. Samurai rice ale.

I'd never ever heard of a rice ale before, so when I saw this at Utobeer in Borough Market, London, I just had to give it a go.

The taste? Well, it's like lightly fizzy full-fat milk, with a smooth creamy texture, and a subtle flowery, citrus tang to it. Sorta like a weissbeer mixed with a summer ale.

Served cold from the fridge it's so crisp and refreshing that you can almost feel the Denver mountain breeze on your face, and the cleanness completely hides the 5.1% eff-you-up-ness.

Well worth the £2.80 a bottle to treat yourself after a warm summer evening in the gym.

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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Rakish behaviour

I'm sat in The Rake, in Borough Market, taking advantage of their 150 kinds of beer. Yup; 150 beers in a bar the size of my bedroom.  Most are in bottles displayed in the large fridges behind the bar, but there's also 7 taps of draught deliciousness.
As the sign above the bar says; they've "no crap on tap," and for a beer enthusiast it's a treasure-trove of awesome (and its not overpriced like many other boozers in the area).

It's also conveniently situated about 50 feet from the plethora of hot-doggeries in the Market itself for those post-pint munchies.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

This good, this bad.

Just for future reference; Franks alcoholic root beer is pretty damn good. It's light, sweet, refreshing and not overpowering like some root beers.

On the other hand, Williams Brothers Alcoholic ginger beer tasted like watered-down, cheap-ass beer that's been left out overnight. Like, you know when you go to a party, wake up hanging, reach for the nearest bottle to take the edge off a bit and you suddenly realise you've grabbed a can of Fosters? Yeah. Like that.

Beer chandelier.

Today I had the opportunity to visit the Shepherd Neame brewery as part of a photography competition. A bunch of amateur and professional snappers got shown around, and given access to normally restricted areas in exchange for allowing our snaps to be used in promo material.

It was all pretty cool, but the most awesome bit by far is the beer chandelier in their function hall.

I'm totally doing this in my pad. Right next to the stripper pole and pool table...

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Candy most dandy

What you witness here is the remnants of a 5 minute, £3 sweetie binge, courtesy of CyberCandy, Brighton.

I know of one in Brighton, and at least two in central London (The Strand and Soho), and both stock all sorts of awesome sweeties from the USA, Canada, Japan and South Africa. It's a touch on the effing pricey side, but when you can sink an A&W rootbeer and instantly be transported back to that glorious winter in the Canadian Rockies, you know it's worth it.

I would also totally recommend trying a Canadian Oh Henry bar, or the South African classic; Grape Fanta.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Food AND action? Well, sort of.

I've got really into 'analogue' games recently, having been without tv or xbox (or a home, for that matter) for about 6 months. Card games and board games are good, but dice really take the cake - it's something to do with the heft of a good set of dice, especially 'non-standard' ones with cool pictures or odd shapes.

Anyway, after waiting what seemed like years, my set of Cookie Fu dice arrived today.

The premise is simple - the dice have various Kung-Fu moves on them, which you use to beat your opponent, unless they have the corresponding defensive moves. Very simple, but made strategic through the use of special combos and whatnot.

Another twist is the use of special bonus moves that you collect by way of buying fortune cookies, each with a different ass-kicking move inside. (This could've, maybe, played a large part in my decision to purchase, being a bit of a food fanatic.)

It's a good little game. Bit more involved than a normal pub game, so not good if you're on the lash, but definitely one to have a crack at if you want a bit strategy to go along with your pint of mild and pork scratchings.

And, if you're like me, you'll have fun just making the fighting noises in your head. HIIIII-YA!

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