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Supermarket Tasting Notes

Supermarket Tasting Notes

A post on Reddit caught my eye today, and led me to this Daily Mail article (*spits*) about the culprit. Somewhere in Brixton, supermarket tasting notes are being amended and replaced with comedy gold. The original image was this one:   It’s not the first time that tasting notes on a...
On Beer Trademark Disputes

On Beer Trademark Disputes

This week, one of the largest craft brewers in the US, Lagunitas, explored the possibility of legal action against another of the largest craft brewers in the US, Sierra Nevada, regarding the latter’s the letters I, P and A on a proposed new beer label. Cue furious consumer backlash and,...
Christmas Gifts for Beer Nerds (Or Not)

Christmas Gifts for Beer Nerds (Or Not)

Christmas is here again which means shops are full of things you’d never expect to buy during the rest of the year. But family members looking for gifts will see it as a treasure trove, with hundreds of easy options for any interest, that the intended recipient doesn’t really want....
The Friday Beer - Waen Snowball

The Friday Beer – Waen Snowball

Waen Snowball Beer Review Style: Stout ABV: 7.0% Beer Advocate Score: Go rate it! Rate Beer Score: Go rate it! - – – – - Waen Snowball Tasting Notes Visual: Jet black with a biscuit brown head growing then shrinking rapidly. Nose: Roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate, with sweet coconut the predominant scent. Ripe fruit, mild creamy coffee and licorice notes....
The Best Beer Books for Christmas

The Best Beer Books for Christmas

Some people can be very difficult to buy a Christmas present for. Beer nerds needn’t be. Year after year, beer fans all over the world are on the receiving end of “coffee table books” about beer – the sort that aren’t really designed to be read, but function pointlessly to...
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Beer Cocktails in the Wild - Hoppy Collins

Beer Cocktails in the Wild – Hoppy Collins

Barocco is a bit of a hidden gem in Cardiff city centre. Down a side street in the modern shopping area of The Hayes, this stylish little cocktail bar is opulent yet friendly. It feels posh, but you don’t feel like you have to dress up or spend a fortune on a night there. Like...
Beer Cocktails in The Wild - Ginger Punk

Beer Cocktails in The Wild – Ginger Punk

The last of BrewDog’s beer cocktails on offer isn’t really a cocktail at all. It’s separated from the rest of the menu too. Ginger Punk is exactly what it sounds like – a Ginger Beer with Punk IPA. I do like the addition at the end there – you can add rum for an extra couple...
Beer Cocktails in The Wild - Old Flashy

Beer Cocktails in The Wild – Old Flashy

The third beer cocktail on BrewDog’s list is a variation of an Old Fashioned using Hardcore IPA. I’m not a massive fan of the Old Fashioned. I love a good bourbon now and again, but I don’t find them easy to drink. The flavors added to an Old Fashioned are subtle, and I find the...
Beer Cocktails in The Wild - SeaDog

Beer Cocktails in The Wild – SeaDog

After a disappointing start to the beer cocktails BrewDog have to offer in their bars, with the first on the list of BrewDog Beer Cocktails, Russian Psycho, I decided to return in the hopes of a better experience second time around. I chose the next one on the list, to keep things simple, which was...
Mountain Dew Dewritos - Uhh...Really?

Mountain Dew Dewritos – Uhh…Really?

Check the date. This is not an April Fools prank. This is not a hoax. This is not an attempt to prove that you are a gullible slob of a gamer who embodies every stereotype. This is real. This is happening. Mountain Dew Test New Doritos Flavour Drink That’s right. It looks like I could...
Beer Cocktails in The Wild - Russian Psycho

Beer Cocktails in The Wild – Russian Psycho

BrewDog is at the forefront of beer experimentation. The self-proclaimed leaders of the Craft Beer Revolution would be one of the first names on the teamsheet if you were compisquad of breweries known for their madcap ideas, pushing the boundaries and, it must be said, trendsetting. Beer nerds want to see what they do next,...
The Friday Beer - Lagunitas IPA

The Friday Beer – Lagunitas IPA

Lagunitas IPA Beer Review Style: American IPA ABV: 6.2% Beer Advocate Score: 88 Rate Beer Score: Overall 94/Style 92 - – – – - Lagunitas IPA Tasting Notes Visual: Bright, clear golden with a white bubble-filled head. Nose: Tangerine, piney resins and creamy strawberry, like ice cream. Quite a muted scent, very mild aroma. Taste: Orange, grapefruit and grass. Sweet biscuity...
What Batman has to Teach CAMRA

What Batman has to Teach CAMRA

You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. So said Harvey Dent in Batman: The Dark Night. This week, at my day job, a customer ordered a round a drinks. He chose FUBAR, a pale ale voted this year’s Champion Beer of Wales and one of the most...
"There Already Is Beer" - What's the Point of Let There Be Beer?

“There Already Is Beer” – What’s the Point of Let There Be Beer?

The beery blogosphere and the Twitter feeds of fermentation-heads (I reckon I can get that name to catch on) has been abuzz with the news that a campaign to drive interest in British beer has reemerged. It was terrible the first time round and, if the bloggers are to be believed, it’s terrible this time...
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