Friday, 31 October 2014

West Indies Porter



I’ve been knocked back from writing this review a few times. Between flare-ups of my dust allergy, spilling a bunch of aftershave on myself and then feeling a bit gross post-flu jab my palate has been all to hell. Then I had a few technical hangups that I’ll go into later.

In hindsight I probably should have just said I hurt my hands cage fighting.

My head-holes all feel much better now and it’s time for the big one. Guinness West Indies Porter. The one I left ‘til last. A porter that comes in at 6%abv and promises a hoppy taste, brewed to a 200-plus year old recipe for an export-strength beer. The other week Guinness Dublin Porter put in a good performance. Now the Windies have the chance to dazzle.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Dublin Porter



A cigarette falls from a woman’s lips, her eyes wide in shock. Birds fly from the trees en masse, turning the sky black. Motorway traffic grinds to a halt as dazed commuters abandon their cars. A cat is bored.

Yes, friends. Guinness have released two new beers and I am just as surprised as you.

The brewing powerhouse, with fiercely brand-loyal followers (many of whom drink the black stuff and only the black stuff) has rolled out a pair of new brews even though it really doesn’t have to because Guinness Draught is so popular it’s probably being exported on the down-low to other planets. Credit where it’s due, then.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Pigeons, Money and Comics.

Hi all

First off, there's not much beer in this blog post, although at the end I'll be posting a teaser of what I'm going to be drinking for you in the next few days.

I've mentioned my girlfriend Emma Friel on here quite a few times. For those of you who don't know her she's a freelance illustrator and animator, and draws/writes a webcomic called Crumbs.

She's set up a crowdfunding page to raise money to help her fund her work on this webcomic, and I'm here to shake the tin a bit.

Emma's using a site called Patreon, which is a site that allows people to be patrons of any kind of creative person- photographers, musicians, artists and even beer writers use Patreon to help fund their craft.

Patreon doesn't seem to have made as much of a splash in the UK as it has in the States, and since UK readers are my second largest demographic I thought I'd quickly explain what Patreon is.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

GFA: Gluten & Wheat Free Ale

Hambleton Ales


Coeliac disease affects between 1/100 and 1/170 people worldwide (cheers, Wikipedia). Wheat allergy isn’t as widespread but I bet none of these numbers are any consolation if you have either of these and can’t find beer you can drink without feeling unwell. Beer is awesome and anything stopping people getting their hands on it is automatically my enemy. With that, I picked up a bottle of Hambleton Ales’ GFA and prepared for battle.