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Hopinions on Films | Avengers Assemble

Suit up, grab a beer and join us for one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. This time we get stuck into Marvel’s Avengers Assemble as we work our way through a selection of beers that we’ve put together for this episode.

We tried to drink the beers in the most sensible(?!?) order, potentially linking them to the film at points…

Yellowbelly ‘Citra Pale Ale’ | Available from Honest Brew*

Summer Wine ‘Diablo’ | Available from all good bottle shops/online stores

Rodenbach ‘Grand Gru’ | Available from Beer Merchants

Weird Beard ‘Collabageddon 17’ | Limited release, probably not available any more

Unity ‘Amalgamation’ | Available from Honest Brew*

Tring ‘Death or Glory’ | Available from Tring Brewery

Weird Beard/Time & Tide | Limited release, probably not available any more

Signature Brew ‘Anthology’ | Available from Honest Brew*

Carlsberg ‘Special Brew’ | Available from all good corner shops, offies and park benches

 

*These beers were sent to us for free by Honest Brew but this hasn’t influenced our thoughts on them or on just how amazing Avengers Assemble and the entire Marvel Universe is.

Outro from The Screen Team, check out the full version and more on YouTube here

Image courtesy of @Clayfiish

The #12BeersOfXmas 2017

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the #12BeersOfXmas, Steve wanted to do something different…

So here’s a podcast featuring reviews of all 12 beers, and some familiar (and not so familiar) guests.

Beers | (1) Shepherd Neame ‘Christmas Ale’ (2) Elusive Brewing/Wild Weather ‘Herman Toothrot’ (3) Atom ‘Neutron Star’ (4) Cromarty ‘Anniversary Ale V’ (5) Weird Beard ‘Sadako (Red Wine BA)’ (6) Truman’s ‘London Keeper’ (7) Cloudwater/Tool ‘Christmas Cake Imperial Stout’ (8) Stewart Brewing ‘Elysium I’ (9) Brouwerij De Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren ‘Trappist Westvleteren 12′ (10) Adnams ‘Both Barrels’ (11) Thornbridge ‘Sour Brown’ (12) Five Points ‘Old Greg’s Barley Wine’

Guests | Thanks to Martin, Phil, Sparky, Keith, Brian, The Ale Lady, Joe & Myles for coming on and sharing their thoughts on certain beers

Blogs | Read Joe’s (The Fatal Glass of Beer) & Paul’s (Abbaye de Southwick)  #12BeersOfXmas daily blogs

Podcast | Listen & subscribe to the NE Sippin Forecast

Twitter | 12 Beers of Xmas Twitter list is here – follow these folk, they’re great!

Hopinions | Will return at the end of January

The Golden Pints 2017

Here we go then, my Golden Pints for 2017…

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#12BeersofXmas 2017

It’s that time of year again folks. 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 38 “ABV”

We’re back in the studio this week chatting about if the ABV of a beer impacts on your decision to buy it and drinking one of our beers of the year so far.

Beers | Time and Tide & Weird Beard collab series ‘White Cell’, ‘Call Your Friends’ and ‘Crossing Over’

Hopinions | Does the trend of high ABV modern beers influence your buying choices?

#PrizelessPrize | Returns to the North this week with another cracker from Gammon Baron

Podblasts | London Beer City | Brasserie De La Senne

Listener Survey | We’d really appreciate 10 minutes of your time to complete our listener survey. This will help us continue to tailor the podcast so that it’s exactly what you want to hear

 

The track at the end of this week’s show is ‘Call Your Friends’ by Zebrahead and was the song that inspired Drew & Bryan to use the same name for one of these beers.

Hopinions on Films | Back to the Future

Here we go then folks… strap yourselves in, crack open your Hippo Beers Behemoth Box and floor the accelerator until you hit 88.8mph.

In our first Hopinions on Films special we ‘pair’ the following beers with Back to the Future, a timeless classic about the time travelling adventures of Marty Mcfly. We chose to drink the beers along with certain scenes to see if that made any difference to the beer or the film, we’ve included our selection and reasoning below, but feel free to enjoy in any way.

Marble ‘Ember City’ | intro scene & Marty goes to school / a beer from the Marble Metal series seemed to make sense here. You know why.

Drakes ‘IPA’ | after school / here we get to see more of Hill Valley which is quintessentially American. Made sense to drink with an American IPA.

Yeastie Boys ‘Pot Kettle Black’ | Twin Pines Mall / this is a night time scene, which felt right for a dark porter

Basqueland Brewing Project ‘Arraun’ | 1955 / there’s a lot going on in the time when Marty first makes it back to 1955, so we thought a beer that describes itself a complex red ale would make perfect sense

Omnipollo ‘Mazarin’ | Marty meets Lorraine / some of the best time travel paradoxing goes on during this scene, so we thought an easy drinking beer would work perfectly

Cromarty ‘Kool Runnings’ | the skateboard chase / the name of this beer lends itself perfectly to one of the most memorable scenes from the film

Jolly Pumpkin ‘ Calabaza Blanca’ | going to the ball / arguably one of the most uncomfortable sequences in the film, matched perfectly with a wild saison with orange zest & coriander

Weird Beard ‘Sadako’ | the end of the ball and back to 1985 / the film has a big memorable finish, and what better way to see it out than with a big impy stout?

 

We were sent this box for free by Hippo Beers but this hasn’t influenced our thoughts on any of the beers or on just how great Back to the Future is.

Hopinions 28 “Berkshire”

This week we’re joined once again by Ruth Mitchell to guide us through the beery delights that Berkshire has to offer. We also place our bets on who we think will be the next UK buy out as well as covering two polls. It’s a long one folks…

Beers | Renegade ‘Craft Lager’, Elusive Brewing ‘Plan B’ & ‘Level Up (Level 6)’, Wild Weather/Weird Beard ‘Kwantum State’ and Binghams ‘Vanilla Stout’

Hopinions | When you say “dank” what are you referring to? & Do you overlook your local breweries?

Prizeless Prize | For the first time in a while, the big box of nothing leaves UK shores and heads to Son0vagun in Ireland

Links | Beer Nouveau’s crowd funding plans | NE Sippin Forecast podcast | Carlsberg plans to buy a UK craft brewery | Our Facebook page

 

Apologies for the slight issues with the sound/background noise in this episode. We were unaware of the audible hum in the room until the edit.

We are grateful that some of the breweries gave us these beers for free to feature on the show and this did not impact on our thoughts on them.

UK Top Beer

Top Beer

10 months, 7 polls and over 3500 votes later one beer has emerged as being the UK Top Beer…

Beavertown’s ‘Gamma Ray’ wins the final poll of our series by an absolute landslide, taking around 40% of the votes cast, proving that this is indeed a beer that the craft wankers UK beer drinkers will go to again and again.

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UK Top Ten IPAs

IPA

The list came about due to the inspiration found in Andy Parker’s recent blog ‘Rule Britannia’ where Andy talks about “coveting beers from the US”. The task itself, was simple wasn’t it? Take to the Twittersphere to gain opinion as to a favoured ten or so beers and put them into the list. Only it wasn’t that simple. WIthin a couple of hours the list has reached 50-odd suggestions and things were running away with me, so I once again took to the Twittersphere to ask for advice and was offered the following suggestions…

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Wallowing In a Month’s Worth of Ale – March 2014

So March started off with me clearing out my beer stocks. It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring and I’m no longer fancying those dark beers, winter warmers, porters and stouts so it was time to clear them out. A couple of stand outs in here in the Partizan FES Stout which was WAAAAY too drinkable for 8.6% and the Beavertown barrel-aged Heavy Water which was hard going but finished off the winter beers wonderfully.

The first show of the month featured Dominion’s Hop Mountain and you can check out what we thought here.

I had my first visit to the new BrewDog bar in Shepherd’s Bush and although the bar was very relaxed, I was a little disappointed in the beer selection, as although there was plenty of choice across the 40 taps, I had seen many pictures where there was a much better offering available. Highlights were the new Magic Rock beer ‘Slapstick’ which has been brewed exclusively for BrewDog and Texas Joe’s food offering of which the skin-on fries covered in pulled pork and cheese was a real winner for me. I left with more homebrew offerings from Crema Brewery and Andrew Drinkswater, both of which were awesome.

image (7)Around 5 March there was a breakout of Spoonssixpoint Fever where it seemed the whole of the Twittersphere was in their local Wetherspoons sampling the new Sixpoint canned offerings that were available (me included). As luck would have it I was able to catch up with Shane Welch from Sixpoint as he was on his whistle-stop tour of London ‘spoons to grab a quick interview. We also made some changes to our schedule, so in an episode that was different from the previously advertised one, we featured Sixpoint Bengali Tiger and the interview with Shane.

But don’t just take our word for it – check out reviews by Zak Avery at Are You Taking the Pith, Simon at CAMRGB, Nate at Booze Beats Bites, #SomeRandomBlokeOffTwitter at Get Beer Drink Beer and Craig Heap – the latter in particular is a great view of ‘the day craft beer went mainstream’

photo 1 (4)There should have been a bit here about some beery adventures in Birmingham. But following an incident with my son’s scooter, my trip was cancelled and I’ve ended up with a cast on my arm until early April!

In the middle of the month, there was the launch of the Adnams & Camden Town collaboration ‘South Town’. A 4.9% red ale with a malty base and lovely spiced hop finish. Camden had to install a special cask bar to be able to serve the beer and on a lovely spring day, many visited the brewery to enjoy the 700 or so pints that were on offer. We caught up with both Fergus from Adnams and Alex from Camden Town and you can check out the interview that we did with them here.

Following our exploits at the South Town launch we recorded what can only be described as our ‘mega-show’. Featuring not only the aforementioned interview, it also featured Andy Parker revealing exclusive news from Elusive Brewing reviewing Weird Beard’s ‘Fade to Black’ with us and an interview with Weird Beard’s co-founder Gregg Irwin. If you’ve got an hour or so to spare, check it out here.

photo (2)There was a point this month where I had a moment of realisation that we might have created something special with the Beer O’Clock Show. I know podcasts aren’t for everyone, but we do have a core following and a growing number of people that we interact with on Twitter, a lot of who I now consider to be friends. The night after we recorded the mega-show we spent the evening with John Keeling, Fuller’s Director of Brewing. I don’t want to say too much more but there is a Fuller’s special coming at the end of April as part of the breweries of London series. If Mark works his magic on it and makes it sound anywhere near as good as it felt, then you’re in for a treat. It was this moment that made me realise we had something special – the fact that Fuller’s Director of Brewing was willing to give up 2 hours of his time to spend chatting with two blokes who started reviewing beers for a bit of fun. Mind blown.

At this point in the month a little magic happened. Now, regular listeners, readers and followers will know what a massive fanboy I am of Magic Rock Brewing. In my mind they can do very little wrong (I will always hold the fact that they aren’t on my doorstep against them) and for most of the month I had been searching for ‘The Stooge’, their American Brown Ale. Cue #SomeRandomBlokeOffTwitter mentioning that he was at the Craft Beer Co in Clerkenwell with a line of various Magic Rock cask offerings in front of him, including The Stooge. Twenty seconds or so later (slight exaggeration) I arrived at the Craft Beer Co to be presented with not only The Stooge, but also Dark Arts, Chipolte Punchline, Rapture and Ringmaster. All on cask – the first time I would have tried the magic on cask. I MAgic 2was not disappointed by any of it, the flavours of old favourites seeming more pronounced and fuller. The Stooge was exactly as I had hoped it would be – all biscuit and malts up front, followed by a big citrus hit and fading to a hint of a roasted finish with enough bitterness to tickle the tongue and make you go back for more. Had I not had a gig to get to – I could have very easily been lost to a very magical evening.

The last show of the month for us featured Pistonhead Kustom Lager in a bottle vs can drink off. You can check that out here.

March’s beer of the month is another tough call but I think the one that edged it for me has to be the Adnams / Camden Town collaboration ‘South Town’. A very moreish red ale, with lots of hops and a bitter spicy finish that is easily sessionable but at 4.9% will sneak up on you. Honourable mentions to the Sixpoint ‘Bengali Tiger’ for creating a wave of euphoria at the beginning of the month and to Magic Rock’s ‘The Stooge’ well, just because it’s Magic Rock!

Check out my video collection of March beers below, and if you like the music, check out Heaven’s Basement.

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