A beautiful evening. In the mid-20s, with a gentle breeze. Time for some beer.
It’s Curious Brew, a lager from UK winery Chapel Down. (See www.curiousbrew.com.) Made with East Anglian Malt, Saaz and Cascade hops, and then refermented with a Champagne yeast, and given a ‘dosage’ of lovely Nelson Sauvin hops.
It’s a gold colour, and is [...]
This weekend Vilafranca comes alive with the Vijazz festival. It’s basically a street party combining jazz and wine. Over 30 Penedes wine producers are taking part, and there are two music stages, one in the main square and a slightly larger one in a more enclosed square in front of the large church.
Some good acts [...]
Neil Walker is a foodie-beer geek who writes the Eating isn’t Cheating blog. I met him on a beer press trip to Ghent last December (below – he’s at the far left, looking away), which was a blast. Recently he contacted me to suggest we do a guest blog for each other. So I wrote an article on [...]
Delighted to find three beers from Bakewell-based brewery Thornbridge in Waitrose today. They’re all brilliant.
First up, Thornbridge Jaipur India Pale Ale. It’s aromatic, spicy and hoppy with a hint of malty sweetness and complex, concentrated flavours of citrus, herb, spice and bitter hops. 8.5/10
Next, Thornbridge Kipling South Pacific Pale Ale. It’s made with Nelson Sauvin [...]
Now this is a really smart beer. It’s a Belgian beer with aspirational ideas, and it’s now available in 75 cl bottles.
Belgian beers are really interesting, but they tend to be niche. Supermarkets generally stock Leffe (in both Brune and Blonde forms, the latter being very respectable and quite affordable when on promotion), Duvel (quite tasty) and [...]
Really enjoying beer at the moment. Here’s another great one, this time from Chicago’s Goose Island. Great to find this in Tesco, and it wasn’t expensive. I wish you could have great wine experiences for less than £2!
Goose Island India Pale Ale (Chicago, USA)
5.9% alcohol. Nicely hoppy with a deliciously bitter, tangy citrus and spice [...]
I’m aware that this is a wine blog, but I assume that readers are interested more broadly in great flavour experiences, so occasionally I dabble in food and other drinks. This is one such occasion.
It’s a fabulous beer from Mikkeller (website here), which is the project of Danish brewrer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. One of my [...]
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 [...]