DON'T GO TO PUBS
STAY AT HOME AND DRINK BOTTLED BEER
READ ABOVE AND DO OPPOSITE BUT DRINK BEER
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Yes, this boozer is named The Pub.
I usually refer to it as The Pub on New Walk to avoid any confusion.
It's only half the pub it used to be, the Demontfort, Wig and Pen, Courthouse were some of the previous names. Then it was split down the middle, parts becoming flats and a burger bar.
There can be up to 33 beers and ciders on at once in this place.
Regulars include Oakham Inferno and something dark by Beowulf.
Also expect to see Salamander and Leatherbritches beers.
When the owners of The Pub previously ran Out Of The Vaults across the road, they were famous for their beer festivals.
Some people ask when The Pub are going to have a beer festival. Do they need to when they are already serving so many beers? I think not.
Find The Pub on New Walk, close to King Street.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Staying up late drinking coffee beers.
First up the Mikkeller/To Øl collaboration Sleep Over Imperial IPA.
I don't think I've ever drank a Mikkeller beer I didn't like, the man can do no wrong. I've also been pleased with the To Øl beers I've had, so I was expecting greatness. I wasn't disappointed.
There's a huge aroma of roast coffee coming off this beer, almost to the point of it stinking like an ash tray.
Drinking it, you'd never guess it was 10.5% abv as the bitterness hides the booziness.
Next up was the Flying Dog Kujo
Imperial Coffee Stout. 8.5% abv.
Much of the toasted almonds/burnt marzipan flavour in this that I can take or leave. There didn't seem to be much coffee in this.
Finally a bottle of Barista, Espresso Stout at 4.8% abv.
Nothing short of stunning. I love this beer on cask. If you can't find it on cask then you should snap up some bottles. There's a whiff of cigar box, a bitter kick from the coffee, then a touch of sweetness.
Very moreish, but I only had one bottle and it was time for bed.
How I managed to sleep I'm not sure, I was buzzin'.
Friday, 8 June 2012
Pub beer festivals were as ubiquitous as Union Flags last weekend.
You had to carefully pick which one to attend.
The Organ Grinder in Nottingham served us well, avoiding the Jubilee themed re-badges, preferring instead to fill us with London brews and Blue Monkey specials.
So alongside the Brodie's, Redemption and By The Horns, Blue Monkey had dry-hopped Guerilla and Infinity and stuck a load of Scotch Bonnet chillies and ginger in Evilution. Phew! We zig-zagged our way home and made a return trip the next day. We're really looking forward to the opening of the second Organ Grinder in Loughborough.
Some other pubs weren't so well attended over the weekend. These may or may not have been pubs that had a few too many Jubilee themed beers.