Food and drink

Winter Stew

As we’re in the merciless grip of the worst snow for 45 years it’s definitely time to break out the big guns. Winter stews, casseroles, anything that takes a few hours of cooking with lots of big flavours, root vegetables and plenty of leftovers. Continue reading “Winter Stew”


Stonehaven Real Ale Festival 2010

Last weekend was the second year of the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival. We went along to the first event a year ago and had a fantastic night with a lot of excellent beer on tap. This year happened to coincide with my (and my brother’s) 30th birthday, it would be rude not to pay a visit really. Continue reading “Stonehaven Real Ale Festival 2010”


Trade Winds, Liberty and Old Mortality

In my ongoing efforts to sample all the beer that Deeside Drinks Emporium has to offer I had a few more fine ales over the weekend. From America we had Liberty from the San Francisco based Anchor brewery. Closer to home was an 80 shilling from Strathaven called Old Mortality, named after the Sir Walter Scott novel of the same name. Lastly there was a bottle of Trade Winds from the consistently excellent Cairngorm Brewery. Continue reading “Trade Winds, Liberty and Old Mortality”


Hook Norton Twelve Days

You can tell the nights are really drawing in up here! This yet another dark ale making an appearance on the blog – Twelve Days from the Hook Norton Brewery. Continue reading “Hook Norton Twelve Days”


Sam’l Smith Organic Best Ale

This is the kind of beer you should give to friends that still drink lager. It’s a gateway drug in the world of ales – crisp, refreshing, full of flavour and very, very drinkable. Continue reading “Sam’l Smith Organic Best Ale”