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Blackthorn Cider

Hello cider drinkers,

Today I bring you another ubiquitous cider widely available in any supermarket. There are two versions of this, the more palatable 4.7% (this) and the higher strength 6% version typical geared toward students.

Cider: Blackthorn

Brewery: Matthew Clark Cider, Shepton Mallet, England

Blackthorn Cider - medium carbonated sweet cider mild apple flavour low abv 4o7 - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a semi-sweet apple cider. Altogether mild in apple flavour with little in the way of additional notes. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: As with many mass market ciders, this is very drinkable. It does nothing to excite, but also nothing to offend. It’s cheap, refreshing, and can do the job. Much better alternatives out there.

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Athenian Brewery – Alfa Beer

Hello worldly people,

Today I bring you a lager from the Athenian Brewery, which I enjoyed poolside on my recent holiday to Santorini. This ice cold lager, conveniently sold in an ice chilled glass, was around $3 euros, which is standard for a pint on the island.

Beer: Alfa

Brewery: Athenian Brewery S.A., Athens, Greece

Alfa Beer - Greece - very smooth lager light and refreshing odd hops cereal taste medium low carbonation - abv - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth and very refreshing lager. Light in body and bitterness, with a novel (odd) hops taste. Cereal notes throughout. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: Beers on holiday are hard to judge. Especially when in a hot climate. Not only are we elated to be on holiday, but I suppose any cold drink would seem extra refreshing. That said, this was a nice light lager, with a decent amount of carbonation keeping it lively, but easily quaffable. Remarkably average though.

Take a look at more beers I had on holiday in Greece!

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Badger – Golden Glory – Hall and Woodhouse II

Hey all,

Today I bring you another beer from the delectable Badger brewery. Offering up some of the most unique, widely available, beers on the market today. What I love about this brewery is the tasting notes they provide on the bottle, because they are usually spot on. Except for England’s Own, which for me had an unmistakable taste of grass.

This one however, doesn’t disappoint.

Beer: Golden Glory

Brewery: Badger (Hall and Woodhouse), Dorset, England

Badger Golden Glory - Dorset, England - very smooth lager pretending to be an ale very fruity strong peach notes semi sweet very refreshing medium low carbonation - 4o5 abv - 7o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth lager, pretending to be an ale. Immediately hitting your mouth is a very fruity flavour. Strong peach notes,  semi sweet, with a light background bitterness. Very refreshing, with a medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This is a unique one. Light, refreshing, and lively, this is reminiscent of  some of the Belgian fruit beers. Strong peach flavours (as clearly stated on the bottle header) dominate. Luckily I love peach. If this had a bit more of a kick, the score could have been higher. Definitely worth a try, especially if you’re not really into beer but would like to give beer a try.

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Adlerbrau Cerveza Especial

Today I bring you a beer from my recent journey to Barcelona, Spain. I can’t find much on the internet about this beer, but maybe a Spanish reader out there could help me out? Purchased for 29 cents (Euro) from a local market.

Beer: Adlerbrau Cerveza Especial

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

Adlerbrau 5o4 abv 29p decently smooth lager  light bitter refreshing not great a after taste great value corn 6o5()

Impressions: This is a smooth lager that is light in the way of flavour. Light also in the body, and bitterness. Refreshing. Medium to low carbonation. Light corn and cereal flavours, with a somewhat unpalatable after taste.

ABV: 5.4%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: Not a great lager, but not bad one either. Refreshing and light, but with a bitter aftertaste. For the price (and the ABV), it’s a pretty good alternative for those on a budget.

Brut Chaumet – Sparkling Perry

Hello all,

Today I bring you a sparkling perry (Pear Cider: from LIDL. I can’t recall how much it was, but it must have been sub £2.

Cider: Brut Chaumet Sparkling Perry

Brewery: Matthew Clark Cider, Halewood International Ltd, England

Med high carb sweet but not sickly slippery on the tongue alkali light pear 5o5 abv

Impressions: This has medium to high carbonation, keeping the cider lively. Sweet, but not very sweet, like many perries. Slippery on the tongue, it slides down quite easily. Light pear/apple notes with a light finish.

ABV: 5.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This was surprisingly good. Most perries to me are overpowering in either their sweetness or their pear flavour. This was a very light, refreshing drink. For the price, a bargain for a bit of fun. This would be perfect on a hot summer day, at a BBQ, with a few bottles keeping cold on ice.

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!


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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SPAIN: Let’s revisit España

My first post on Spanish beer ( was on the delectable Legado de Yuste.

Today I bring you THREE more Spanish beers to drool over!:

Beer #1: Alhambra Export

Brewery: Mahou-San Miguel, Spain

Alhambra - Spain - smooth Spanish lager very refreshing low bitterness medium carbonation weak taste - 6o25 () 10

Impressions: This is a smooth lager, with low bitterness (and flavour). However, very refreshing, and the medium carbonation keeps it lively.

ABV: 4.6%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: There isn’t much to say about this. Little in the way of hops/cereal bitterness or flavour in general. However, it is refreshing and inoffensive  so it gets an average.

Beer #2: A.K.Damm

Brewery: Damm, Barcelona, Spain

AKDamm - Spain - very smooth Spanish lager medium carbonation light bitter taste with notes of coffee and caramel very refreshing 4o8 abv - 8o25 () 10.K-1

Impressions: This was a very smooth lager. An interesting marrying of bitter coffee and sweet caramel/vanilla notes, accompanying a light hops bitterness. Medium carbonation keeps it refreshing.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Verdict: I was highly surprised by the lager. The combination of two of my favourites flavours (bitter coffee and sweet caramel/vanilla) bumped this beer well above the typical lager mark. Rich in flavour, though still very light and refreshing, I highly enjoyed it. Try one.

Beer #3: Cruzcampo

Brewery: Heineken, Spain

Cruzcampo - Spain - smooth Spanish lager medium carbonation mild taste slight bitter finish refreshing but pedestrian - 4o8 abv - 6o25 () 10

Impressions: Another smooth Spanish lager, with medium carbonation. Like Alhambra, it has a mild taste with a light bitter finish.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: Another refreshing, light lager. Mild and drinkable, which was quite nice on the hot Spanish nights! (Man in background also enjoyed a few cervezas).

JAPAN – Watashi wa bīru ga daisukidesu 私はビールが大好きです


Today I bring you two imports from the land of the rising sun.

Beer #1: Asahi Black

Brewery: Asahi, Japan

Asahi Black 5 abv Japan smooth dark lager soft chocolate malty notes refreshing light bitterness pedestrian 6 () 10.jpg

Impressions: This was a very smooth dark lager with mild, soft chocolate malt notes. Very refreshing for a darker beer, but almost too light in taste and body. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: For a lager, this brings it’s maltiness to the table, but beside that it’s a fairly standard beer. No real stand out features, but it’s easy drinking and non-offensive.

Beer #2: Sapporo Premium Lager

Brewery: Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo - Japan - smooth Japanese lager refreshing light hops taste slight bitterness notes of vanilla - 4o7 abv - 7 () 10

Impressions: This is also a smooth, refreshing lager. Very light hops / cereal bitterness with a very faint hint of vanilla in the background. Medium to high carbonation.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: This, like the beer above, brings nothing remarkable to the table. It’s light, refreshing, and taste of good quality. But it borders on the bland and mundane, hence the average score.

LIVE UPDATE – St Peter’s Golden Ale

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Beer:  St Peter’s Golden Ale

Brewery: St Peter’s Brewery, Suffolk, England


Impressions: A neat pint served in an old school oval bottle. The beer itself is fairly average, a smooth light ale. Semi sharp rose notes merry with light bitter hops and cereal notes. Medium carbonation lends an uplifting character to the ale.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: A nice ale, enjoyable enough. Light and refreshing, but nothing unique. An interesting bottle however.

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