Celebrating the Craft of Beer, Spirits and Cocktails

Welcome to The Missing Drink. If you're looking for discussion on topics ranging from craft beer culture, the brewing industry and the business of beer to experiments in the world of cocktails and mixology, you've come to the right place! Grab a beer, get comfortable and come join the conversation! Iechyd da!

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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...
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. Doesn’t sound so great after...
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. In The Barbarian’s Beverage, Max...
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 as a trendy after dinner...
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...
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...