Celebrating the Craft of Beer, Spirits and Cocktails

Welcome to The Missing Drink, where you'll find everything from craft beer, classic cocktails, beautiful spirits and all sorts of lovely libations to instructional videos, home bar tips and in depth articles on drinking culture, the history of your favourite tipples, beer reviews and discussions on all things liquid. Sit back, grab a drink, and chime in!

Beer Cocktails in the Wild - Posh Punk

Beer Cocktails in the Wild – Posh Punk

BrewDog’s Punk IPA is a flagship of sorts, both for the controversy-seeking Scottish brewery and the British Craft Beer Revolution of which BrewDog have styled themselves as the leader. Punk IPA is the symbol of the revolution, but it’s come in for some stick recently. As a symbol of the...
Drowning in Beer

Drowning in Beer

Some people joke that drowning in beer is the obvious choice for many if asked “How would you want to die?” It’s still drowning though – a painful and hopeless suffocation, and I doubt anyone could hold their eyes open in the suds and bubbles of beer. Dark, painful and confusing....
Beer Cocktails - Beer Made Better?

Beer Cocktails – Beer Made Better?

Beer Cocktails are funny things. As somebody interested in both beer and cocktails as individual and distinct subjects, you might think that beer cocktails would excite me – the confluence of two things I am passionate about in one glass would surely be fascinating. But the truth is, I find...
Book Review - The Barbarian's Beverage by Max Nelson

Book Review – The Barbarian’s Beverage by Max Nelson

The Barbarian’s Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe is a published version of Max Nelson’s university thesis (which is available for free online). He obviously passed – he is now Assistant Professor of Classics at Canada’s Windsor University and he was asked to extend it slightly for publication....
Homemade Limoncello

Homemade Limoncello

Limoncello is a gorgeously sweet lemon liqueur that is made and enjoyed mostly in Southern Italy. The glorious sunshine, bright blue seas and trees clinging to cliff edges on the Amalfi Coast provide the perfect backdrop for this light, lemony drink, which is making its way into bars and restaurants...
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Leeds International Beer Festival 2014

Leeds International Beer Festival 2014

After a hectic five days up North, representing Tiny Rebel as part of my day job (all views here my own etc. etc.) at the third Leeds International Beer Festival, I thought I’d take a short break. I thought I’d wait a little while before writing anything about it and give myself time to rest from...
The Fixer Upper - Crimson Cocktail

The Fixer Upper – Crimson Cocktail

The Fixer Upper – Crimson Cocktail The name of this cocktail rather gives it away – this week’s Fixer Upper will kick start you into action, with deep dark red colours letting you do it in positively regal style. - – – – - Ingredients Gin                      ...
Original Recipe - The Welshcake Cocktail

Original Recipe – The Welshcake Cocktail

Original Recipe – The Welshcake Cocktail The Welshcake is a classic of traditional Welsh cuisine, and a firm favourite even today. You can find them all around the Welsh capital, from the humble stalls in the old Victorian Market, which sell hundreds every day, to the designer stores in newly gentrified Cardiff Bay. It’s a...
The Westvleteren Label Conundrum

The Westvleteren Label Conundrum

Since 1945, the Trappist Abbey of Westvleteren has sold its beers in bare bottles – perhaps the only commercial beer to feature no label at all, but not for long. Westvleteren’s beers have fallen foul of the EU’s new labeling regulations, which will require the origins of its ingredients to be listed from next year....
The Friday Beer - North Coast Old Rasputin

The Friday Beer – North Coast Old Rasputin

The Friday Beer – North Coast Old Rasputin   Style: Russian Imperial Stout ABV: 9% Beer Advocate Score: 96/97 Rate Beer Score: Overall 100/Style 98 - – – – - Tasting Notes Visual: Completely black, with red hues. Thick, tight, creamy khaki head. Nose: Dark chocolate, roast coffee, lightly toasted bread, fennel and raisins. Taste: Roasty, nearly smoked. Bitter dark chocolate. Espresso, with...
Four Brews - De Molen Rasputin

Four Brews – De Molen Rasputin

De Molen Rasputin Style: Russian Imperial Stout ABV: 10.4% Beer Advocate Score: 93 Rate Beer Score: Overall 99/Style 86 - – – – - Tasting Notes Visual: Jet black with a dark tan head. Yeast particles suspended. Nose: Chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, coffee, toasted nuts and raisins. Taste: Chocolate raisins, vanilla, slight licorice notes. Very bitter notes with citrussy hop tones and roasted flavours....
Four Brews - De Molen Tsarina Esra

Four Brews – De Molen Tsarina Esra

De Molen Tsarina Esra Style: Imperial Porter ABV: 11% Beer Advocate Score: 93 Rate Beer Score: Overall 100/Style 98 - – – – - Tasting Notes Visual: Black with a burnt caramel head. Nose: Spicy bread notes, like rye crust. Sweet wort and mealy hints. Dark fruits, butterscotch and wood. Taste: Brown bread, raisins, chocolate, molasses and red wine. Charred fruit flavours provide a...
Four Brews - De Molen Mooi & Meedogenloos

Four Brews – De Molen Mooi & Meedogenloos

De Molen Mooi & Meedogenloos Style: Quadrupel ABV: 10.2% Beer Advocate Score: 88 Rate Beer Score: Overall 98/Style 98 - – – – - Tasting Notes Visual: Dark ruby, near jet black. Tight pillow of tan head. Nose: Molasses, slight Licorice and a hint of red fruit. Boozy,  laquer-like. Taste: Ultra sweet, with treacle and molasses, figs, prunes and rum following roasted bitterness. Contrast...
Four Brews - De Molen Vuur & Vlam

Four Brews – De Molen Vuur & Vlam

De Molen Vuur & Vlam Style: IPA ABV: 6.2% Beer Advocate Score: 86 Rate Beer Score: Overall 97/Style 96 - – – – - Tasting Notes Visual: Clear golden. Enormous, tight white head. Huge carbonation levels. Nose: Apricot, peach and citrussy. Hints of Belgian spices. Taste: Orange peel, herbs and slightly jammy. Spicy piquant warmth to it, with a super bitter kettle hop...