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Brief Hiatus – To Italy!

Hello all,

Tomorrow (or really late tonight) I’m off to Italy for a short city break. The bad news is there won’t be posts for a few days. The good news is I should hopefully have more Italian beers to review!

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Have a great long weekend ūüôā

–Grim

TIL: Wil Wheaton!

TIL: Wil Wheaton brews his own beer! http://devilsgatebrewing.com/

+1 Respect.

–Grim
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Published Beers To-date

As per the title, here are all of my published reviews to-date:

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Beer

Adnams, England:

  • The Bitter – 3.7% –¬†6.25 / 10 (Low¬†Average¬†to¬†Average)
  • Broadside (Cask) – 4.7% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Ghost Ship – 4.5% –¬†8 / 10 (Excellent)

Affligem, Belgium:

  • Blond – 6.8% –¬†8¬†/ 10 (Excellent)
  • Dubbel – 7% –¬†7.75 / 10 (Very Good¬†to¬†Excellent)

Alexander Keith’s, Labatt, AB InBev, Canada:

  • India Pale Ale (Nova Scotia style Pale Ale in the States) – 5% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Anheuser-Busch, InBev, Brazil:

  • Brahma – 4.3% –¬†4 / 10 (Awful)

Asahi, Japan:

  • Asahi Black –¬†5% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Athenian Brewery S.A., Athens, Greece:

  • Alfa – 5% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Backyard Brewhouse, Walsall, England:

  • Bad Santa – 6.8% –¬†8 / 10¬†(Excellent)

Badger (Hall and Woodhouse), Dorset, England:

  • Blandford Flyer – 5.2% – 6.75 / 10 (Average¬†to¬†Good)
  • England’s Own – 4.6% – 6.75 / 10 (Average¬†to¬†Good)
  • Fursty Ferret – 4.4% –¬†7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)
  • Hopping Hare – 4.4% –¬†7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)
  • Golden Champion – 5% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)
  • Golden Glory – 4.5% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Poacher’s Choice – 5.7% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Tanglefoot – 5% –¬†7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)

Banks’s, Wolverhampton, England:

  • Lion’s Roar – 3.8% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Beowulf, Forest of Mercia, Staffordshire, England:

  • Finn’s Hall Porter –¬†4.7% –¬†7.75 / 10 (Very Good¬†to¬†Excellent)

Black Sheep, Mashum, Yorkshire, England:

  • Best Bitter – 3.8% –¬†7 / 10 (Good)
  • Golden Sheep – 4.7% – 7 / 10 (Good)
  • Riggwelter – 5.7% – 7.75 / 10 (Very Good¬†to¬†Excellent)

Blue Moon Brewing Co., Molson Coors, Montreal, Canada:

  • Blue Moon (Rickard’s White) – 5.4% – 7 / 10 (Good)

Boddingtons, InBev, UK:

  • Boddingtons Draught Bitter – 3.5% –¬†6.25 / 10 (Low Average¬†to¬†Average)

Brew Dog, Scotland:

  • Punk IPA – 5.6% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent¬†to¬†Very Excellent)

Burton Bridge Brewery, Burton-Upon-Trent, England:

  • Bramble Stout – 5% –¬†8.25 / 10 (Excellent¬†to¬†Very Excellent)
  • Golden Delicious – 3.5% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Brakspear, England:

  • Double Drop Bitter – 3.4% –¬†6.25 / 10¬†(Low¬†Average¬†to¬†Average)

Caledonian (Heineken), Scotland:

  • Flying Dutchman Junibier – 4.3% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Castle Rock, Nottingham, England:

  • Red Start – 4.3% – 6 / 10 (Low¬†Average)

Damm, Barcelona, Spain:

  • A.K.Damm –¬†4.8% –¬†8.25 / 10 (Excellent¬†to¬†Very Excellent)

Erdinger Weissbräu, Germany:

  • Erdinger Hefe Weissbier – 5.3% – 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)

FEMSA Cerveja Brasil, Brazil:

  • Xingu Black Beer – 4.6% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

FIX, Athens, Greece:

  • FIX Hellas – 5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)

Greene King/Tolly Cobold, England/Wales:

  • Phoenix – 4.2% –¬†7.5¬†/ 10 (Very Good)

Grupo Cervezas Alhambra (Grupo Mahou-San Miguel – Carlsberg), Spain:

  • Adlerbrau Cerveza Especial – 5.4% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Alhambra Export –¬†4.6% –¬†6.25 / 10¬†(Low¬†Average¬†to¬†Average)

Grupo Cruzcampo (Heineken Espana), Spain:

  • Cruzcampo –¬†4.8% –¬†6.25 / 10¬†(Low¬†Average¬†to¬†Average)
  • Cruzcampo Gran Reserva – 7 / 10 (Good)
  • Legado de Yuste – 6.5% –¬†7.5¬†/ 10 (Very Good)

Guinness, Dublin, Ireland:

  • Guinness Foreign Extra – 7.5% –¬†8 / 10 (Excellent)

Hardy’s and Hansons, England:

  • Rocking Rudolph – 4.2% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Heineken, Italy:

  • Birra Morreti Original – 4.6% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Innis & Gunn Brewery, Scotland:

  • Innis and Gunn Original – 6.6% –¬†9.25 / 10 (Ambrosia of the Gods)
  • Innis and Gunn Rum Finish / Rum Cask – 7.4% –¬†9.5 / 10 (Ambrosia of the Gods)

Ringnes AS Brewery, Oslo, Norway:

  • Ringnes Pilsener – 4.5% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Ringwood (Marston’s), England:

  • Best Bitter –¬†3.5% –¬†6 / 10 (Low¬†Average)
  • Boondoggle –¬†4.2% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

S.A. Fischer, Athens, Greece:

  • Fischer – 5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)

SABMiller, Rome, Italy:

  • Peroni Nastro Azzuro – 5.1% –¬†7 / 10 (Good)

Sapporo, Japan:

  • Sapporo Premium Lager –¬†4.7% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium:

  • Stella Artois – 4.8% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Stella Artois Black – 4.9% – 7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)

St Peter’s Brewery, Suffolk, England:

  • St Peter’s Golden Ale – 4.7% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent, England:

  • Fit-Out – 4.5% –¬†7 / 10 (Good)

Warwickshire Beer Co., Cubbington, England:

  • Rugby Ball Stitcher IPA – 5% –¬†6.75 / 10 (Average¬†to¬†Good)

Wells Young’s Brewing Company, England:

  • Banana Bread Beer – 5.2% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very¬†Good)
  • Waggle Dance – 5% –¬†7.75 / 10 (Very¬†Good¬†to¬†Excellent)

Wood’s Brewery, England:

  • Parish Bitter – 4% – 6 / 10 (Low¬†Average)
  • Pot O’ Gold – 4.4% – 6.75 / 10 (Average¬†to¬†Good)
  • Shropshire Lass – 4.1% – 6 / 10 (Low¬†Average)

Wychwood (Marstons), England:

  • Hobgoblin – 5.2% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Snake’s Bite – 4.2% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Wychcraft – 4.5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)

Wye Valley, England:

  • Dorothy Goodbody’s Wholesome Stout – 4.6% –¬†7.25 / 10 ¬† (Good¬†to¬†Very¬†Good)

Wylam Brewery, Wylam, England:

  • Godhead –¬†4.3% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Vale Brewing Company, England:

  • 5 Gold Rings – 4.8% – 6.75 / 10 (Average¬†to¬†Good)

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Cider

Aston Manor, Aston, England:

  • Amber Harvest – 5% –¬†6.25 / 10 (Low¬†Average¬†to¬†Average)
  • Forester‚Äôs Pear Cider – 4.5% –¬†6.75 / 10 (Average¬†to¬†Good)

Magners, Ireland:

  • Magners Spiced Apple and Honey Cider – 4% –¬†8 / 10 (Excellent)

Matthew Clark Cider, Halewood International Ltd, England:

  • Blackthorn – 4.7% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Brut Chaumet Sparkling Perry – 5.5% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very¬†Good)

Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium:

  • Cidre¬†– 4.5% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Cidre Pear – 4.5% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

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Vodka

Vikingfjord, Oslo, Norway:

  • Vikingfjord – 40% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

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Whisky

Old Pulteney, Wick, Scotland:

  • Single Malt, 12 Year Old – 40% –¬†7 / 10 (Good)

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Wine

Amanti del Vino, Puglia, Spain:

  • Primitivo Salento, 2008 – 13% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Baturrica, Spain:

  • Gran Reserva, 2006 – 13% –¬†8.25 / 10 (Excellent¬†to¬†Very Excellent)

Casillero Del Diablo, Concha Y Toro, Chile:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2011 – 13.5% – 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)

Cono Sur, Chile:

  • Isla Negra,¬†Cabernet Sauvignon,¬†Reserva, 2011 – 12% – 7.5 / 10¬†(Very Good)

Criadores, Spain:

  • Castillo de San Lorenzo Rioja Reserva, 2007 – 12.5% –¬†8.75 / 10 (Very Excellent¬†to¬†Ambrosia)

Garcia Carrion, Spain:

  • El Pinsapo Gran Seleccion, Rioja, 2010 – 13.5% –¬†7.25 / 10 (Good ¬†to¬†Very Good)

Grandes Vinos y Vinetos, Carinena, Spain:

  • Marques de Carano Gran Reserva, 2005 – 12.5% – 6 / 10 (Low¬†Average)
  • Marques de Carano Gran Reserva, 2009 – 12.5% –¬†8.5 /10 (¬†Very¬†Excellent)

LIDL, Italy:

  • Chianti¬†D.O.C.G., 2011 –¬†13% –¬†7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)

Saam Mountain, Paarla, South Africa:

  • Carbernet Sauvignon, 2011 – 14% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent¬†to¬†Very Excellent)

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New Pilgrim Design! – Let us know your thoughts

Hey all,

Just a quick update. I found the old style far too dark and dreary for such a light and wonderful subject! This design lets you view 3 of the most recent posts in their entirety, so if you miss a day or two (shame on you!), then it will all be laid out cleanly and conveniently.

Drop us a comment on whether you like or dislike the new design and maybe a thought on how we can improve!

Suggestions on Beers, Wines, Whisky’s, and the rest are always welcome as well!

Have an awesome weekend!

–Grim

GREECE: Beers in Santorini

Hello all,

Continuing with my ‘beers from around the world’ theme at the moment, today I bring you an authentic Greek beer I enjoyed while on holiday in Santorini. Santorini (or Thira) is a member of the Grecian Cyclades, which are a cluster of islands¬†south-east¬†of¬†Greece’s¬†coast. Stunning views were not hard to find when the cities are built high upon the the tops of ancient volcano remnants. (Please note that scores of the following beers may have been rated higher than if they were enjoyed in non 40*C heat). The price of beer in Santorini is fair (even cheap compared to some places in Europe), approximately $3 euros for a large pint, often served in an ice-chilled pint glass, which makes the lagers that much more refreshing. The bottle presented below was probably around the $1 euro mark.

There isn’t much info on the net about this beer so any help filling in the details is appreciated!

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Beer: Fischer

Brewery: possibly  S.A. Fischer, Athens, Greece

Fischer - Greece - smooth pilsner semi sweet notes of caramel and vanilla low bitterness with a slight bitter aftertaste medium low carbonation refreshing but full flavour - 5 abv - 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: This is a smooth pilsner with an atypical low bitterness. Semisweet notes of caramel and vanilla pervade the beer followed by a slight bitter aftertaste. Medium to low carbonation, refreshing.

ABV: 5%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict:¬†This was surprisingly good. I can’t remember the exact price, but beer was pretty cheap in Santorini, so this bottle represented good value. This¬†incorporated¬†a good amount of flavour (semi-sweet, to my liking) while retaining a high amount of refreshness. Refreshability. Satiatingness.

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Norwegian Charm

Howdy All!

Well I’m back after a short hiatus caused by work, Christmas, and adding more beers to my archive! With over 200 still left to Blog I had better start pumping more of these bad boys out.

Today I bring you however, two drinks from my recent work related trip to Oslo, Norway. Oslo is the largest city in Norway at ~1.4 million people in the metropolis (small for a capital by western standards). The city itself is beautiful and modern, sprawling across the ‘Oslofjord’, or inlet from the near by North sea and Kattegat sea. Interestingly, ‘fjord’ in Norwegian doesn’t necessarily refer to the glacier-geological formation, but refers in a general sense to different waterways. Oslo as a bustling city was bright and beautiful, full of life and friendly people. As a tourist destination however, I was a bit disappointed. Having been to Greece and Egypt (the two nations with the most famous mythologies), I had high hopes for Oslo to display with pride its history and folklore. Unfortunately, the city itself is too modern and lacks the medieval charm that cities like Prague possess, or the historical/mythological in-your-face tourism that Cairo has. All in all, it is a city where I would happily live, but probably not return to as a tourist.

Anyway, on to the drinks!

IMG_20130118_142845A view looking across the famous Vigelandsparken Statue park in the centre of Oslo.

Beer: Ringnes Pilsener

Brewery: Ringnes AS brewery, Oslo, Norway

Ringnes - Norway - very smooth pilsner buttery notes at the front with a cereal maise finish a light chalky bitterness with medium high carbonation 6o5 () 10.jpg.jpg.jpg

Impressions: This was a very smooth, cold pint, served in a run down old pub in the downtown Oslo area. This ‘pilsener’ has buttery soft notes when it initially hits your tongue, followed by cereal hops and maize notes that end in a light chalky bitterness. A very average beer with medium to high carbonation that is very drinkable, but nothing special.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: A very middle ground beer that tickles the throat and sates the thirst. Probably nicer on a hot summers day.

..and now to announce my very first Vodka post!

Vodka: Vikingfjord

Check out their cool website here: http://www.vikingfjord.com/

Check out their ‘ FAQ’ where people can ask the brewery some truly random questions..

Vikingfjord - Vodka - Norway 40abv - very smooth vodka sweet notes hit you first mellow followed by a soft burn very little nose 8o5 () 10 .jpg

Impressions: This was drank neat at room temperature. The vodka was very smooth with sweet notes that hit your tongue first. A soft mellow sweetness that leads to a soft burn at the back of the throat. The nose in this glass is very minimal.

ABV: 40%

Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict:¬†This being my first documented vodka, I have probably been very generous in the scoring. I also don’t generally drink vodka neat, so this was an interesting experience. Be that as it may, it was smooth, had a pleasant taste, and had very little harshness/unpleasant burn. At¬†¬£9 for a litre from the Oslo duty free, this was one killer value for money drink.

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