In the couple of weeks we spent in New Zealand we managed to visit most corners of the North Island and one thing stood out to me with regards to the beer down there. Good beer is everywhere! Surprisingly every bar and restaurant we visited had its taps dominated by New Zealand brews and not big multi-national brands (although Guinness was widely available in many bars as well). Continue reading “New Zealand – Beer”
Titanic IPA from the Great Divide Brewing Company in Colorado. This is mega hoppy and delicious. It’s doing a great job of making me feel better after a work function last night!
An afternoon in Brewdog and The Athenaeum
Saturday was the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup. Aberdeen played Celtic and lost 4-1, as the penalty which lead to the fourth goal was awarded I made my way out of a packed Irish pub in an Aberdeen side street with my brother, disgusted at the 30 minutes of football we’d just witnessed. Giving up on the game we decided to try to find a better way to spend the afternoon.
I haven’t written about Brewdog despite them being a big local (and national) story over the last couple of years. That’s because I’m not really a big fan of their beer. I love their attitude and they certainly have a fantastic knack for promotion. The Fraserburgh based brewery has been a huge success since they began in 2007 and have done a superb job of getting up the noses of the more established brands and the booze establishment. They seem to have caught the general public’s imagination and are converting a large number of young drinkers into fans of IPA and steering them away from bland, commercial lager. Continue reading “An afternoon in Brewdog and The Athenaeum”
Colonsay Brewery selection and Adnams Innovation
I was browsing for beer in the booze shop at the weekend and came across some colourfully labelled bottles from the Colonsay Brewery in the Hebrides. There were three different beers on offer, IPA, 80\- and a lager. Each with a pleasing blurb on the back.
“After a hard days brewing there is nothing better than to walk down to the pier with a couple of bottles of 80/- ale, throw a line over the side and catch something for supper. Aye right” Continue reading “Colonsay Brewery selection and Adnams Innovation”
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”