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Variety is the spice…

Last night we had a company night out at an up-market Indian restaurant (Veeraswamy on Regent Street) – only 10 of us, including partners (it’s a small company). There was a wine list as long as your arm – but no mention of beer on the menu – we had to ask specifically for beer, […]

Ruby ale

Following on from yesterday’s post about the suitability of beers to drink with a curry, I was reading through a press release about the greatly increased sales of Worthington’s White Shield (apparently up by 150%) which claims that WWS is “a great partner for food – mature cheddar or stilton, rich meaty dishes, barbequed and […]

Snake oil?

Well, the Sunday roast lamb I talked about the other day (Plane drunk) became last night’s lamb curry (with the addition of a jar of Morrisons Shallot & Roasted Garlic Dopiaza). It’s difficult to know what to drink with a curry … actually, no it isn’t – tradition has it that you have to drink […]

Plane drunk

Picked up a couple of bottles of Shepherd Neame Spitfire yesterday – at Lidl – they do a reasonable deal on Spitfire, Bishop’s Finger (also Shepherd Neame) and Wychwood Hobgoblin, for £1.50 each (500ml) and 5 for the price of 4 (= £1.20 each). I know the arguments about cheap supermarket beer taking the trade […]

A bit of a pickle

Friday lunchtime was a “business meeting” at the Jolly Farmer in Cookham Dean, which is pretty much our company’s “staff restaurant”. Rather than my usual Brakspear Bitter I decided to try a pint of Young’s Bitter (3.7%) for a change. This is a very pale straw-coloured beer, very drinkable – light and refreshing, like a […]

No school today

I decided to follow my own advice from the other day, and last night I drank my way through the Fuller’s Brewery Tour selection pack – starting with the weakest and working through to the strongest. It’s a good job it was a Friday and not a “school night”, because I needed a lie in […]

Playing Hooky

Hook Norton Old Hooky (4.6%). I love the motto of the brewery, printed on the bottle label – “where progress is measured in pints”. I’m not sure what it means, but I like it. The bottle notes describe this as “a fruity and full-bodied ale”, and it is certainly very fruity, aromatic and quite sweet […]

Any port in a …stout?

Last week in my Threshing about post I mentioned that I had bought a bottle of O’Hanlon’s Original Port Stout, and last night I decided to try it. Oooh, it’s lovely! It is “enriched with rich ruby port”, but the label doesn’t say how much port there is in there – it comes in at […]

Rhubarb rhubarb

I saw this article in the Daily Telegraph last Saturday (luckily it’s online as well, so I can share it with you) about the author’s marathon beer tasting session, with beers specifically chosen to complement the food. The matching of beer with food is something that I’m particularly interested in, so I found this article […]

On tap with tapas

We met some friends for Sunday lunch at a new tapas bar in Reading (La Parada). On the way there I was thinking about what Spanish beers they might have to offer. In all our holidays in Spain and our visits to Spanish restaurants, I can only remember seeing 3 brands of beer – San […]