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Hopinions 79 “Balance”

We’re back for 2019 with a jam packed show full of news, views and beer!

Beers | Hawkshead ‘Windermere Pale’,  ‘Iti’ & ‘Tonka Shake’, Fuller’s ‘1981 ESB’ and Mashionistas ‘Slurple Haze’ & ‘Darc Almond’

Hopinions Do you think you have a healthy balance when it comes to your drinking?

Links | What’s Your Favourite podcast | Beers Without Frontiers Episode 11 ‘Mashioniastas’

 

Many thanks to Hawkshead and Mashionistas for sending us beers to try for free on the show, this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions 78 “Taste”

In this show we take part in a taste experiment put together for us by returning guest Ruth Mitchell. We drink 5 pairs of drinks, one of which is a beer and the other another drink with similar taste profiles. We have to work out what we’re drinking!

We also have our own butler, Matt Chinnery serving us and joining us for some of the discussions.

Hopinions | What influences your tipple of choice?

Sean O’Reilly | Link here

Hopinions 77 “Time and Space”

In this special show, we’re joined by Belgian beer aficionado Jezza to take us through a vertical tasting of a classic Christmas beer, Stille Nacht (Silent Night). Jezza also talks to us about his passion for ageing beer and his work with Beer Guide London.

Beer |  De Dolle Brouwers ‘Stille Nacht’ 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 and ‘Stille Nacht Reserva’ 2005

Beer Guide London | More information here

Flavour of the Month | 09 ‘Stille Nacht’ can be found here

 

Apologies for the periodical phone interference throughout this recording

Hopinions 76 “Review of 2018”

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In our final show on 2018 we look back over the big beery highlights of the year and award our (very condensed) Golden Pints. We give gongs to the podcast of the year, beery adventure of the year, brewery and beer of the year.

Beers | Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2017, Marble/Fuller’s Gale’s Prize Old Ale (Barbera, Bourbon, Maderia & Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged versions)

Hopinions | Beery highlights of 2018

Link | Gale’s Prize Old Ales

#12BeersOfXmas 2018

Here we go again. It’s time to dig into the back of the cupboard cellar to see what wonders you have to enjoy over the festive period.

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Hopinions 75 “Bristol”

This week we’re joined by Simon & Vicky from the Beers Without Frontiers podcast and our ‘creative director’ Clayton as we take a look back over this year’s Crimbo Crawl in Bristol.

Beers | Moor ‘Batallas’ Double Stout & ‘All Dayer’ session IPA

Hopinions | Are you a fan of cashless pubs / bars / taprooms?

Beers Without Frontiers | Follow them on Twitter and listen to their podcast here

 

Many thanks to Moor for letting us use their taproom space before opening to record this show. Thanks Also to Annie and Alex from Lost & Grounded, Moor Beer and Brett from Wild Beer for making this year’s Crimbo Crawl a little special.

Hopinions on Films | The Spy Who Loved Me

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Bond. James Bond. We take on an absolute cult classic from the 70’s with Martin taking geekery to a new level and talking facts throughout the entire film. The beers that we enjoyed for this show were…

Thornbridge / Cigar City ‘Jai Jai’

Arundel ‘Clockwork NEIPA (Mosaic & Idaho7)’

Innis & Gunn ’15 Barrel Aged DIPA’*

Brasserie Dupont ‘Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping (2017)’

Weird Beard ‘Heavy Fuel’

Ampersand ‘Experiments in Evil (Whisky BA 2018)’

Northern Monk / Legitmate Industries ‘Raspberry & Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Quad’

 

*This was sent to us by Innis & Gunn but this hasn’t influenced our thoughts on it or how much Bond’s cheesy one liners get much worse with age.

Hopinions 74 “Stout, stout, let it all out”

A slightly different show for us this week as we bring you a series of discussions that we had while we were at the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin.

First up, you’ll hear from Erin Peters, founder of Stout Day, followed by a discussion with Eibhlin Colgan from the Guinness Archives before a final conversation with Padraig Fox, Manager of the Open Gate Brewery and Jens van Stee, Brewmaster at Brouwerij Emelisse from the Netherlands.

Hopinions | Is the mobile phone an unwelcome distraction with modern day drinking culture?

Beers | Open Gate Brewery ‘Citra IPA’, Guinness & Brouwerij Timmermans ‘Lambic & Stout’, Brouwerij Emelisse ‘Barrel Finished #1’ & ‘Barrel Finished #2’

 

Our entire trip to Dublin was paid for by Diageo/Guinness/The Open Gate Brewery for which we are incredibly grateful for but this didn’t influence the content within this podcast or our thoughts on the beers discussed. The beers from Brouwerij Emelisse were also provided for free by Jens and once again did not influence our thoughts on these beers.

 

 

Hopinions 73 “Temperature”

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This week we’re focusing on a question from one of our listeners about whether revered and rare beers live up to their hype. Thanks to Roland Glew for suggesting this topic.

Beers | Jester King ‘Enigmatic Taxa’, JW Lees ‘Harvest Ale (2015)’, Thornbridge ‘Days of Creation’, Brewdog ‘Hinterland (EFP BA version)’, Fuller’s ‘Brewers Reserve No 5’ and Old Chimneys ‘Good King Henry Special Reserve (2013)’

Hopinions | Do you care about the temperature of your beer?

 

 

Hopinions 72 “Drink Local”

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This week we’re back to drinking more traditional beers as we work our way through a selection of Cheshire Brewhouse beers that have been kindly sent to us by Shane Swindells.

Beers | Cheshire Brewhouse Single Hop Pale Ales ‘Lemondrop’, ‘El Dorado’ and ‘Cascade’, ‘The Future Will Be Televised” and ‘Bugtown Brown’

Hopinions | Which term do you think is more alienating to the casual drinker?

Links | Beernomicon ‘L’

Offer | Grab your own box of Cheshire Brewhouse beers to drink along with the show here and use the code DRINKLOCAL5 for a 5% discount

 

Many thanks to Shane from Cheshire Brewhouse for sending us his beers to try for free on the show, this didn’t influence our thoughts.

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