This Belgian beer is something special. It’s a Gueuze, which is a blend of lambic beers. These are made by spontaneous fermentations, and are naturally quite sour in taste. Brewery website is here.
It’s very much a wine-lovers beer. It’s completely dry, and on the back label it suggests that this beer can be kept for [...]
A short film of my visit to Ghent, along with a merry bunch of beer bloggers and writers. We visit the Sint Stefanus monastery and the van Steenberge brewery, and get to taste the new St Stefanus beer.
Regular readers will know that I occasionally foray into territory other than wine. Most frequently, this involves beer.
I’ve been tasting some beers for a future Sunday Express column this evening, and two stood out.
First, Tesco Finest Traditional Porter, from Harviestoun Brewery. It’s inky dark and full of flavour, with lovely malt, chocolate and roast coffee [...]
Yesterday I headed over to the wilds of Southwark, to talk about beer marketing. Someone wanted to know my perspective – as an outsider – on beer. So it got me thinking, and here are some of my thoughts. Many of these also apply to wine marketing, but for now, I’m considering beer.
The beer world [...]
It has been a fun weekend. We headed over to my sister’s place on Friday intending to stay for lunch; we ended up staying two nights. I had to send Fiona back home to pick up some wines for a blind tasting, though!
Yesterday afternoon I headed over to the White Horse in Hedgerley in the [...]
BrewDog (website here) is a provocative, creative and innovative brewery in Scotland, currently making some of the UK’s most interesting beers.
I tried three of them, all available in Sainsbury’s. They’re brilliant. To quote one of the back labels: ‘The UK beer scene is sick. And we are the doctor.’
BrewDog Punk IPA
5.6% alcohol. Lively and fresh [...]
This is a remarkable beer. One of the most interesting I’ve tried. It’s from Orkney, and it’s so thick you could probably stand a spoon in it.
Dark Island Reserve Orcadian Ale
10% alcohol. Dark brown, opaque colour. Concentrated flavours of treacle, liquorice, chocolate, dates, malt and toffee, with some iron notes. No rough edges, though. Great [...]
Two intense, non-wine flavours this evening. [I love flavour, in general.]
The first: a cheese. It’s a Caerphilly from Neal’s Yard (Gorwydd, Wales). Tangy, slightly sour and bitter, but also creamy and rich. Lovely intensity, without being in any way overpowering. Slightly crumbly, dry texture.
The second: a beer. Bew Dog’s Punk IPA (£1.40 from Tesco). It’s [...]
Had a brilliant day yesterday. It began with lunch at the Harwood Arms, together with Joe Wadsack, Will Willis and Stuart Bowman-Hood. Proceedings began with a pint of Sambrook’s junction: rich, a bit hoppy, and with a distinct note of eggy sulfide (Burton stink is the correct term for this?). This went very well with [...]
Had a fun dinner party last night. My buddy Karl started proceedings off well by bring round a wonderful beer. It was a cask ale from Twickenham Fine Ales – the ‘Strange Brew’.
Now I love bottled beer, but cask ales just taste different, and to enjoy them you have to go to a pub. Nothing [...]