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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!

Sláinte: Guinness, Terrior and the Aura of Beer

Sláinte: Guinness, Terrior and the Aura of Beer

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which means one thing: beer bloggers will be discussing Guinness. The Black Stuff has long been the official non-official booze of the Catholic Holy Day/Arbitrarily agreed upon excuse for a global knees up. From LA to the Liffey, Irish people, people who claim to be part...
On Beer Snobs, Writing and Ignorance

On Beer Snobs, Writing and Ignorance

Yesterday, I wrote an article on craft beer and IPA being separate, with regard to a piece that appeared on The Guardian’s Comment is Free site. The piece itself was a call for the death of the “craft beer” culture which had apparently ruined “normal” “drinking culture” and with it,...
Craft Beer and IPA are Not Interchangeable

Craft Beer and IPA are Not Interchangeable

I would like to draw everybody’s attention to this moronic article, titled “Give me cheap beer, or give me sobriety. Just stop this craft beer ‘revolution’.” I don’t normally do things like call out a silly article, mainly because it’s not worth drawing attention to, and I do feel bad...
When Camden Town Went on Dragons' Den

When Camden Town Went on Dragons’ Den

Disclaimer: The following is a fictional, tongue in cheek account and not meant to offend anyone at Camden Town or in the Dragons’ Den (I’m sure they have too much cash to be offended anyway.). Any national stereotypes or criticisms of business practices are not to be taken seriously but...
What Budweiser's Superbowl Adverts Say About Budweiser

What Budweiser’s Superbowl Adverts Say About Budweiser

February 1st 2015 saw the 49th Annual Superbowl take place from the University of Phoenix Arizona. The Superbowl is a four-hour extravaganza of Hollywood-budget advertisements before and after a concert by a pop superstar punctuated by short outbreaks of sport. The adverts are as anticipated as the silly sport that takes...
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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 supermarket shelf has made me...
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, eventually, a humble retraction from...
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. Beer fans are no exception....
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. Taste: Roasted coffee with a top...
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 let everyone who comes in...
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...
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