Thursday, 11 July 2013

New Brewery for Leicester?

Rumour has it there's a new brewery in Leicester near Aylestone Meadows.
It may or may not have something to do with Leicester CAMRA's pub of the year...
Watch this space.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Sour Bigger Sour

Hanging in North Bar drinking Der Nord Sekt by Buxton Brewery.
This Berliner Weisse style beer is a great refreshing sour at 2.8% ABV but my thirst requires a larger bottle.
Just fantastic. More please.

Location:Albion Street,Leeds,United Kingdom

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Pass The Parcel Yard

Once there was Time Bar, a place where you stood for what seemed an age whilst the person in front of you ordered five cocktails that each took five minutes to assemble.

Time Bar had a refurbishment a few months ago and became The Parcel Yard. It's right next to Leicester Railway Station so you might expect that this was a chance to become an exciting venue like Pivni's Sheffield/York/Euston Taps.

Not really, a couple of Steamin' Billy Ales and Stella Black. It's Steamin' Billy doing what they do, and they do it well for a crowd that wants it. I just feel that it was the chance to do something a bit different. I'll no doubt pop in again if I miss a train.

Thursday, 23 May 2013


Simon has gone.
Just awful sad news.
I first met Simon at Leicester CAMRA beer festival in 2010 where we both supped Hopshackle Resination. Countless times since in Sheffield and Nottingham.
Wherever there was good beer, Simon would be there.

We used to take the micky out of one another something rotten.
That's what I will miss the most.
I feel so sad now there's an empty chair in a pub somewhere.
You won't be forgotten, Mister Scoop.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Batch Number Bores

Hello you. Yes you.
You cannot and will not drink a bottle of Punk IPA without the need to comment on what batch number you are drinking and how it compares with the previous umpteen bottles you've tipped down your sad head.

You sad lonely idiot.
You will sometimes say it's not as good as it used to be.
If it really bothers you why do you keep buying it?
Do you drink it purely so you can comment on it?

Why not try leaving the house and going to a pub for once in your life. Hey, you could even go to a BrewDog bar and ask the person that serves you what batch number is in the keg. Idiot.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Too Much Gypsum

Too much Gypsum in beer. I hate it.
I detest drinking chalky cask ale.

I'm not a great fan of drinking beers that have been over hopped with T90 hop pellets but drinking cask ale that makes my lips taste salty between sips? GET LOST!

Water, Malt, Hops, Yeast.
and GYPSUM. What the hell is this doing to my body? Who knows. Certainly doesn't make my drinking experience any good.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Buy LoviBONDS!

Ever wanted to own part of a brewery? Are you passionate about Craft Beer?
Today sees the launch of LoviBONDS.
The LoviBONDS scheme gives you an opportunity to buy online shares in Henley-On-Thames brewery Lovibonds.

Lovibonds have been brewing cask ales since 2005. Their malty Henley Ale, based on an original Brakespere's recipe, has won many awards at CAMRA festivals up and down the land.

Geoff Rosenmeier said "With the introduction of LoviBONDS we will be able to expand and brew the new Weatherspoon's house ale, Lovin SpoonfAle."

Don't get sour grapes, invest in LoviBONDS today!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

CAMRA, did you read the small print?

The main advertisement on the programme for Leicester Beer Festival this year was for some award winning beer by Everard's.
Kind of makes sense that a festival celebrating "Real Ale" would want to be associated with beers that have won gold and silver medals right?

Let's take a closer look at the small print at the foot of the advert to see what the categories for the prizes were, shall we?
Gold medal for "International Keg Ale Competition" and two medals for their bottled beers.

"Keg Ale", I guess it was a dislike for this stuff that was part of the founding of CAMRA.
Also, the last I heard was that Everard's bottled beer was pasteurised, not "Real Ale In A Bottle."

I suppose these details aren't that important when an organisation is looking for support from a brewery.

Friday, 1 March 2013

The Session #73: Like Rabbits (Beer Audit Hell).

I don't intentionally age beers. I can't see the point. I buy beer to drink it.

The only exception I can think of is some Thomas Hardy ale I have stashed away, some homebrewed Barley Wine and some Imperial Stout by The Kernel. That's it.
Any beers apart from those are aged accidentally by buying too much of the stuff. Bottles appear to multiply like rabbits behind a tacky retro home bar.

Having a home bar means boxes of bottles can be shoved behind it almost out of sight, whilst being conveniently at hand.

A promise of not buying any more until a substantial dent has been made in the stash is broken when a new load of imported beers appear on a mail order drinks website, or a UK brewer releases a new bottled brew.

I've no idea how many bottles are behind that bar but I can make the excuse that some boxes belong to my wife. A problem shared....

Thanks to Adam @pintsandpubs for hosting this session.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013


If you've ever drank in The Vat and Fiddle pub in Nottingham, the chances are you will have met KIPR.
KIPR or Kipper was the little Tuxedo cat that lived there. Most of the time she'd be kipping, but when she wasn't she'd be wandering around the customers to see what they were drinking.

Sadly, KIPR died last week.

KIPR was famous, she appeared on East Midlands news a few years back. Castle Rock had brewed a beer named after her and the profits from this strong dark ale were to help pay her vet bills.

Whenever I was meeting someone there I'd often receive a text message as I approached the pub "Kipper is on my lap." and I'd walk a little quicker to see her.

I last saw her about 12 weeks ago. I'd barely sat down when she jumped out of her bed onto my lap for a cuddle.
A lot of folk are going to miss that little moggy. Bless little Kip.