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Hopinions 71 “Sour Face”

This week, Martin makes Steve confront his nemesis as he takes him on a journey through sour beers.

Beers | Garden Brewery ‘Sour’, One Mile End ‘Morello Cherry Gose’, Mort Subite ‘Gueuze Lambic’ & ‘Oude Gueuze Lambic’, The Kernel ‘London Sour Damson’, Fierce Beer ‘Tangerine Tart’ and Elgood’s ‘Coolship’

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

Crimbo Crawl 18 | All the details can be found here

Links | Sheff Hopcast Half Pint Ep 3 | Don’t Call It A Shortcut

 

Hopinions 42 “Social Media”

This week we’re joined by Johnny from Beer Frontiers to talk social media and beer while drinking beers that have recently created a buzz on social media for one reason or another.

Beers | Lost & Grounded ‘Running with Sceptres’, Magic Rock ‘Salty Kiss’ & Brew By Numbers 10|10

Hopinions | Does social media…?

Links | Check our Beer Frontiers | Crimbo Crawl details | Magic Rock beers in M&S

 

Many thanks to Liquorice in Shenfield for letting us use their tasting room to record this week

Beer Nation 2015

Beer NationBeer Nation brings together the UK beer podcasting community for a collaboration broadcast and takes a look at the state of the beer nation in 2015.

Hosted by our very own Mark and Sophie from The Beertalkers, we also welcome to the table Roland from Steve & Roland’s Beer Podcast, Daniel from the Original Gravity podcast, Sam from The Beertalkers and Steve from the Beer O’clock Show.

In this special show we look back at the highs and lows of the beer nation over the past 12 months and discuss our favourite beers, breweries and events.

For good measure, we also manage to squeeze in a cheeky little review of Magic Rock’s ‘Salty Kiss’.

It’s Beer (Nation) O’clock!

Wallowing In A Vat of Ale – Golden Pints 2013

Golden Pints LogoThis is my first time with the Golden Pints – I thought it would be quite easy but when you start thinking, and I mean REALLY thinking about each of the categories, it becomes quite tough and a real challenge. So after much thought and deliberation  and more than one or two checks of Untappd, here are my entries for the Golden Pints 2013…

Best UK Cask Beer
The Stone / Adnams collaboration ‘Supremely Self-Conscious’ brewed for the Spoons Beer Festival was simply stunning. Closely followed by both Art Brew Monkey IPA and St Austell’s Big Job which were both consumed in one very beery afternoon at the GBBF.

Best UK Keg Beer
Am I allowed to say ALLTHEMAGICROCK? No? Ok then, maybe just one of the Magic Rock brews and for me it would have to be Salty Kiss (lime version). I travelled the width of London to find this beer and when I finally did proceeded to drink a couple of pints of this all-in-one beer flavoured tequila shot without too much trouble. An honourable mention also to Circus of Sour which tasted like alcoholic lemon Fanta but in a good way.

Best UK Bottled or Canned Beer
For my bottled entry, I was lucky enough to have recently sampled Harviestoun’s Ola Dubh 30 which was absolutely stunning. I’ve never had anything so smooth & rich that delivered a perfectly rounded finish.

There’s only one way my canned entry can go – it has to be Adnams Ghost Ship, a solid offering and just perfect every time.

Best Overseas Draught Beer
It would have to be Lagunitas IPA which seems to be becoming more widely available, and that can only be a good thing!

Best Collaboration Brew
I love collaboration beers, they really excite me. Only thing is it seems as though everyone is doing collaborations now so it’s really hard to keep track. An honourable mention her again for the Stone/Adnams brew, but that can’t win all of the awards. Therefore, for me, this had to be Brewdog / Ballast Point San Diego Scotch Ale. I know it wasn’t released this year but I drank it this year as my 500th beer on Untappd and it was bloody good, even though it did destroy my palate for the evening.

Best Overall Beer
I’m assuming that this has to come from the selections above? Is that how this works? Surely I can’t put another beer in here that didn’t feature in the above list? So that being the case, it can only be the Stone/Adnams Supremely Self-Conscious Black Ale – more next year please!

Best Branding, Pumpclip or Label AND Best UK Brewery
Both of these awards go to Magic Rock. I love their branding, the whole circus theme, it’s so much fun and matches the style of their beers perfectly. It’s a brand that when you walk into a bar and see a pump clip on, you know where your money is going to be (well) spent. It’s also transferred really well onto their annual release beers with the etched labels. When I see a Magic Rock beer I just HAVE to have it, no question. I’m hoping that there are even more exciting things to come from these guys and I would guess that things will skyrocket for them once they move into their new brewery.

Best Overseas Brewery
I’ve had a lot of Sierra Nevada beers this year and you always know that what you are going to get is of the highest quality. Their recent ‘beer camp’ beers only went to confirm my thinking that they were right for this category.

Best New Brewery Opening 2013
Hop Stuff Brewery, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich. Expect big things from Hop Stuff in the next 12/18 months. Launching in October with a small range of staple beers designed to get their brand known I’m looking forward to trying everything that comes out of the Royal Arsenal.

Pub/Bar of The Year
Craft Beer Co, Islington. Always a solid range of beers, homely, welcoming with a buzzing but not too in-your-face atmosphere.

Best New Pub/Bar Opening 2013
The Buxton Taphouse, Buxton. Had a great day at the brewery and then an even better night here with Doody drinking ALLTHEBUXTON. The bar staff were happy to entertain us for the evening but are also friendly and know their beer. Great ambience, even better food, and awesome beers.

Beer Festival of the Year
I only went to one – GBBF – probably not most people’s first choice but I only had one to choose from. I always enjoy myself there and always end up at home wondering how exactly I made it there.

Supermarket of the Year
Tough one this. I’m going to have to split the honours between Sainsbury’s for the GBBH (sad to hear they’re no longer doing this) and Waitrose simply for their selection. Honourable mentions again for Tesco & Morrison’s who have both recently started adding ‘craft’ beer sections providing even more choice.

Independent Retailer of the Year
The Beer Boutique in Putney. Took me until a week ago to finally get here but it was well worth the trip. Very well stocked with a wide range of bottled beers from all over the world plus knowledge and friendly staff.

Online Retailer of the Year
Local vote here, but without a doubt, Ales by Mail. Also a thank you for working with us to bring our listeners a ‘season 3 box’ with a nice little discount!

Best Beer Book or Magazine
I’ve just starting reading ‘A Man Walks Into A Pub’ by Pete Brown (yes, I’m SO last decade) and I’m really enjoying the lighted look into the history of beer and brewing.

Best Beer Blog or Website
Since coining him ‘some random bloke off Twitter’ it’s probably only fair to go with Justin Mason’s ‘Get Beer. Drink Beer’ blog. I’m fascinated by the palate range that Justin has and the flavours that he finds in beer. That and the photos. Oh the photos, it’s like the best beer porn ever.

Best Beer App
Untappd. I’d be lost without it.

Simon Johnson Award for Best Beer Twitterer
@totalcurtis BECAUSE I LOVE ALLTHECAPS

Best Brewery Website/Social Media
Tough call this as they all have a very different approach to it. The good ones are those who take the time to read, listen, watch and retweet your stuff – not many of them do it but those that do, do it well. In terms of website and social media combined I don’t think you can beat Adnams.

Food and Beer Pairing of the Year
Largely thanks to Shaun Voss from Harviestoun, this would have to be ALLTHEOLADUBH and cheese.

And so ends my first Golden Pints nominations. I’ve deliberated, noted, written, re-rewritten, checked Untappd, written again and finally come up with my list. Cheers all & here’s to a beery 2014!

Still Thinking about… A Day In The Sun

Blog by Michael McGrorty

You know when you’re that excited you wake up several times hoping it’s finally time to get up and when you finally do get up it’s still like half an hour before your alarm…

This was my Friday night. The wait was excruciating. But finally, it was Saturday morning and time to depart on my trip to Edinburgh and the Scottish Real Ale Festival. I’d been looking forward to this day for weeks. And what a day it would be.

I arrived in Edinburgh just after 11am and headed to my usual first stop, The Beer Hive. After a quick chat I purchased a bottle of Magic Rock’s Salty Kiss (which I’m drinking as I write this: WOW), I headed off to my second port of call: The Hanging Bat for a pint with Elusive Brewing’s Andy Parker. Andy is a home/pro brewer, and although I’ve never tried any of his beers, everybody I’ve seen who has raves about them. I’m very excited to try the IPA he gave me. (Tried it by the time I edited this piece: WOW!) We had a lovely chat about brewing and beer and he had to shoot off, far too soon for my liking, to the next event of the European Beer Bloggers Conference. Andy is a great guy so you should all keep your eyes and ears open for whatever Elusive Brewing has planned next! If you’re reading this Andy, cheers for the company and the beer.

After Andy left I finished off the beer I was drinking, a Saison 14 from Weird Beard, which was fantastic, and quickly ordered a Citra by Brodies. A fantastic beer and packed full of flavour for only 3%. As nice as it was though, I found it far too warm. Probably a result of the ridiculously warm weather we’ve been having recently.

And with that beer finished, it was time to head to SRAF. Until I noticed on Twitter that @stravale was just round the corner from me. I invited him to join me and we stayed in the Bat chatting to Adam of Walking and Crawling for a little while. He told us that he had just been to SRAF and was disappointed, but I was still looking forward to it as it was my first big beer festival.

A short while, and a bus journey later, myself and @stravale were making our way into the Edinburgh Corn Exchange where we would find over 150 cask ales on offer. After paying our entry fee and picking up our glasses, we made our way through to the hall.

I went straight for the Elixir Fremantle Doctor. A lovely beer, maybe a bit too heavy on the bittering for me but a great beer nonetheless and one I definitely want to try again.

After that I tried out Fyne’s Sublime Stout which I didn’t like at all. I can’t put my finger on what it was, but unfortunately it ended up down the toilet sink. There was no way I was wasting time on beer I didn’t like, especially on a day like today.

After that we both headed over to the Natural Selection cask and tried it’s Origin. I’d been really excited to try this and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. It didn’t have any of the Belgian yeastyness that you expect from a saison and as it was cask it wasn’t as carbonated as I would have liked. I’m glad I got the chance to try it and I’d definitely like to try it on keg or in bottle.

Not long after that we started chatting to a random guy at the bar. Turns out he was one of the judges of the Champion Beer of Scotland! Very cool. Which then inspired us both to have a half of Jarl, the new king of Scottish beer. Lovely, lovely beer and like Citra from earlier, one that really packs a punch despite being relatively low in alcohol.

The new King of Scottish Beers, Fyne Ale's 'Jarl'

The new King of Scottish Beers, Fyne Ale’s ‘Jarl’

Being all beered out by this point, probably due to the heat, we headed outside and grabbed a drink of water and some food. Being a bit disappointed with the festival, we decided one more beer before heading: I went for Old School by Six Degrees North which was ok but nothing special. Kind of sums up SRAF for me.

The beers were nice enough but I don’t think they were conditioned long enough and they weren’t being poured very well. I also think it’s awful that all the best beers are already gone by Saturday. Would it be hard to get more or not put them on until Saturday? I can only assume Saturday would be their biggest day. A lot of these thoughts were echoed by the barman in The Bow Bar, who suggested getting some professional cellarmen in to look after the beers and possibly delay opening until Friday to give the beers a bit more time. This festival is supposed to be the pinnacle of cask in Scotland and quite frankly, it’s not.

After the festival, @stravale headed home and I headed to The Bow Bar. This was my second new bar of the day and after finding it surprisingly easily I headed in to peruse their selection. I noticed a couple Weird Beard beers on, but I quickly decided on the beer that I came for: the Buxton / To Ol collaboration, Sky Mountain. This was my first ever Berliner Weiss and only my second ever sour so I was eager to get stuck in. Boy, did it not disappoint. It was fantastic. Just sublime. So good I ordered another third before moving onto another beer of what must be today’s theme: small, flavourful beers. This time it was Little Things That Kill by Weird Beard, and just like the others it was packed full of flavour, just brilliant.

While I was drinking this I got chatting to a guy at the bar who just happened to be a published writer. Woah! Don’t think I’ve ever met a published writer before so that was kinda cool. He’s a lecturer at the university and wrote a book on 18th Scottish history.

After getting a bottle filled with Weird Beard’s 5 O’Clock Shadow I made my way back to The Hanging Bat. Being a wee bit hungry I opted for some food: their pulled pork. And bloody hell, it was amazing. You get a box filled with the pulled pork and a wee roll to put it on. I smothered it on the roll rather liberally and still had enough left in the box for a good few scoops. One of the tastiest things all day!

I washed that down with a Bethnal Pale by Redchurch and waited to meet Andy Parker again, having a Diablo by Summer Wine Brewery with Andy, Andy of Summer Wine and two other beer enthusiasts whose names I can’t remember (sorry!). Diablo was a brilliant beer and drinking such a fantastic beer with the guy responsible for it was a great finish to my day.

After that I headed to the train station, completely exhausted from my eventful day. I even fell asleep on the train, helping make the journey a bit shorter. When I got home I went straight to bed, dreaming of the next time I could grace Edinburgh’s fine streets and bars.

Follow Michael on Twitter @h_doody #StillThinking

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