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The First Beer of Christmas

 

I’ve been excited about this moment for months now. Cracking that first beer on the first day of the #12BeersofXmas. It’s a beer I’ve wanted to try for ages and one that I have Andy Parker to thank for who gave me this 1 litre bottle of 2011 Williams Bros Brewing Co ‘Nollaig’ last Christmas, and one which I successfully managed to stash cellar until this year.

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Episode 93 – Mystery Beer Live Episode

To cap off Season 5 the Beer O’Clock Show went live to the YouTubes to record the grand unveiling of the end-of-season Mystery Beer that only Steve knew about.

Listen to the polished version show via the usual means, or watch our little faces from the YouTube recording below as we break open and enjoy Magic Rock’s Bourbon Barrel Bearded Lady Imperial Brown Stout.

There’s a preview of the forthcoming Lock In with Sharona from Left Hand Brewing telling us all about the beers we’ll be drinking. Plus the final #PrizelessPrize was the closest one we’ve had all season. Check out the winning entry here and the runners up here.

We recount the season past, and all the beers and company we enjoyed, and Mark gets a bit emotional.

It’s Beer O’Clock!

 

Episode 92 – Season 5 Homebrew Special

 

It’s the season 5 Homebrew Special featuring Ady Goodrich, Carl Marshall and Dave-Harrison Ward with their delectable selection of beers.

Also this week, we have more news about the #12BeersofXmas and another first time winner in the #PrizelessPrize.

Don’t forget that next week’s season finale (with mystery beer) will be streamed live so you can watch the professional operational behind your favourite beery podcast!

It’s beer o’clock!

 

Golden Posts 2014

 

I wasn’t going to do the Golden Posts. I don’t think I read a wide enough range of blogs to do it justice, and then I looked again at the categories and thought, why not. It at least gives me an excuse to talk about what I’ve enjoyed this year and to make a resolution to read more blogs next year. I also thought it might be a good opportunity to see how far I could stretch the word ‘blog’ before it breaks. So here goes, and be warned for those of you who have read my Golden Pints, there’s a fair bit of doubling up here…

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Golden Pints 2014

 

Golden Pints Logo

It’s  Golden Pints time and this was much, much easier last year. I knew less about beer, I hadn’t had as many beery experiences as I have this year and I wasn’t a fully fledged craft wanker. So here goes with my Golden Pints…

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The UK Top 10 Ales

 

We have our first brewery to win 2 polls, running away with the votes on this one…

1. Marble Pint 3.9% ABV (bitter)
Former guest on the show and Manchester-based blogger Rowan Molyneux has this to say about the winning beer… Marble has been one of my favourite breweries since I started drinking beer, and when I moved to Manchester I was delighted to be able to drink in Marble’s own pubs. Zingy, pale and fresh, Pint is a stalwart of the Marble range. Full-bodied despite its low ABV, the grapefruit and lemon flavours sing from the glass and its clean, refreshing nature leads you towards ordering another, and another…. To drink this by anything less than, well, the pint, would be an injustice! For me, Pint is the perfect session beer.

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Episode 91 – Nora

 

This week we feature the last of the beers from our Italian beer selection with Baladin’s eqyptian-influenced ale ‘Nora’.

Joining us to drink it are Andy and Geremia from Beers From Italy.

There’s also a review of Matt Curtis’ recent Darker Days event and we go into festive overload with news about the Crimbo Crawl and the #12BeersofXmas.

We also have a first-time winner of the #prizelessprize and the usual beery news and chatter.

It’s Beer O’Clock!

 

Episode 90 – Five Points IPA

 

This week we’re joined by Peter McKerry from Drunken Cinema to review the newly released Five Points Brewing Co’s IPA, now available from Ales By Mail.

There’s an interview with Doreen from Five Points, we chat with Peter about his blog and marvel at the majesticness of his beard.

This plus the return of the pips, news about the Crimbo Crawl, chatter and another stunning #PrizelessPrize.

It’s beerd o’clock!

Episode 89 – Vienna IPA

 

Oh VIENNAAAAAAAAAAA! (Sorry about that) This week we review the winner of the Thornbridge/Waitrose homebrew contest, Graham Nelson’s Vienna IPA (stockists here). We’re also joined by Graham and Thornbridge head brewer Rob Lovatt to chat about the beer, competition and brewing in general.

There’s hardly as news this week as Brewdog didn’t write anything for us, but we announce the winners of our Beer 52 competitions and there’s the #prizelessprize Instagram of the week.

All this plus updates about our Crimbo Crawl and all of the usual beery banter – it’s beer o’clock!

UK Top 10 Porters/Stouts (7.5% & higher)

 

Once again, only 4 votes seperated the top 2 beers in this poll…

1. Magic Rock Bourbon Barrel Bearded Lady 10.5% ABV

Normally we’d get a guest blogger to write the piece about the winner but I couldn’t think of a bigger Magic Rock fanboy than me! So here’s what I thought when I sampled the 2013 version last Christmas… After I got through the wax seal and cracked the top I was instantly greeted with sweet piney, roasted aromas. The pour is thick, black (even though it’s a brown stout) and leaves a lovely creamy brown head. There is a big boozy aroma from the glass and you get coffee laced with cream while at the same time almost getting a whiff of JD and coke. The taste is like nothing I have ever sampled before. It’s like a smooth espresso and the bourbon ageing is coming through in every gulp. But it’s not harsh, it’s smooth, it’s warming and it just makes you keep going in for more. Big piney aromas continue throughout the drink, there is a thick flavour and finish, but I just can’t get over how smooth it is. As I near the end of the glass the smoothness continues, but the roasted flavours begin to give way and there’s slight fruit tones in there. This is so well balanced and so well delivered.

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