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!
Have a great long weekend 🙂
TIL: Wil Wheaton brews his own beer! http://devilsgatebrewing.com/
As per the title, here are all of my published reviews to-date:
Alexander Keith’s, Labatt, AB InBev, Canada:
Anheuser-Busch, InBev, Brazil:
Athenian Brewery S.A., Athens, Greece:
Backyard Brewhouse, Walsall, England:
Badger (Hall and Woodhouse), Dorset, England:
Banks’s, Wolverhampton, England:
Beowulf, Forest of Mercia, Staffordshire, England:
Black Sheep, Mashum, Yorkshire, England:
Blue Moon Brewing Co., Molson Coors, Montreal, Canada:
Boddingtons, InBev, UK:
Brew Dog, Scotland:
Burton Bridge Brewery, Burton-Upon-Trent, England:
Caledonian (Heineken), Scotland:
Castle Rock, Nottingham, England:
Damm, Barcelona, Spain:
Erdinger Weissbräu, Germany:
FEMSA Cerveja Brasil, Brazil:
FIX, Athens, Greece:
Greene King/Tolly Cobold, England/Wales:
Grupo Cervezas Alhambra (Grupo Mahou-San Miguel – Carlsberg), Spain:
Grupo Cruzcampo (Heineken Espana), Spain:
Guinness, Dublin, Ireland:
Hardy’s and Hansons, England:
Innis & Gunn Brewery, Scotland:
Ringnes AS Brewery, Oslo, Norway:
Ringwood (Marston’s), England:
S.A. Fischer, Athens, Greece:
SABMiller, Rome, Italy:
Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium:
St Peter’s Brewery, Suffolk, England:
Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent, England:
Warwickshire Beer Co., Cubbington, England:
Wells Young’s Brewing Company, England:
Wood’s Brewery, England:
Wychwood (Marstons), England:
Wye Valley, England:
Wylam Brewery, Wylam, England:
Vale Brewing Company, England:
Aston Manor, Aston, England:
Matthew Clark Cider, Halewood International Ltd, England:
Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium:
Vikingfjord, Oslo, Norway:
Old Pulteney, Wick, Scotland:
Amanti del Vino, Puglia, Spain:
Casillero Del Diablo, Concha Y Toro, Chile:
Cono Sur, Chile:
Garcia Carrion, Spain:
Grandes Vinos y Vinetos, Carinena, Spain:
Saam Mountain, Paarla, South Africa:
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Have an awesome weekend!
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!
Brewery: possibly S.A. Fischer, Athens, Greece
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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.
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.
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!
Beer: Ringnes Pilsener
Brewery: Ringnes AS brewery, Oslo, Norway
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.
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!
Check out their cool website here: http://www.vikingfjord.com/
Check out their ‘ FAQ’ where people can ask the brewery some truly random questions..
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.
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.