Swindon Beer Fest Food Tent, Chippy Challenge #108   Leave a comment

2014 Swindon Beer Fest cod and chips

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: chips
Evaluation: probably lousy, but I was at a beer fest…ballast is ballast
Days since last: 1 (William Morris, Cowley)

2014 Swindon Beer Fest food tent
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DT #298, 25 October 2014 (Plain Ales Inncognito)   Leave a comment

2014 Swindon Beer Fest Inncognito

 

The Swindon Beer Fest:
I could have spent £16
On frivolousness.

Name: Plain Ales Inncognito

Type: stout

Venue: 2014 Swindon Beer Festival

Review/notes: All the notes are in the Beer Fest Review (linked above).

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2014 Swindon Beer Festival   1 comment

2014 Swindon Beer Fest early barrelsIt was a hard day at the Swindon Beer Festival, my friends. To start, I opened the surgical wound again sometime in the night (although there seemed to be no reason to shout for help this time). With Jackie off to work, I needed only add an extra bandage and hike over to the STEAM museum and start drinking.

I was disappointed a couple of times, but that is the luck of the draw when you wait till the last day–some of the offerings are going to run dry early and there’s nothing that could be said that could change it (a note that should be mentioned to one or two whingers I heard along the way).

2014 Swindon Beer Fest back of STEAm

I stuck to dark beers until my lunch break and then planned on settling into an afternoon of perry and cider tasting but those that interested me most had already been pulled from the shelves. After two very good perries and a blackberry cider, I returned to my beer plan which was entirely black beers (stout, porter, and mild).

Mr. Love and Justice tuning up

Mr. Love and Justice tuning up

The original notes, unedited, follow:

Bridestone’s Chocolate Stout 4.6%: muddy like coffee sediment, good mouth

Slater’s Smoked Porter 4.8%: as described*, a bit thin on mouth but refreshing

Old Sodbury Mild 3.9%. Cotswold Spring Brewery: the fantastic bitterness of a goody powder, finish that blends into clay-like dust at the sides and back of tongue, also astringent…coffee grounds

Hammerpot Oyster Pond Stout 4.2%: because Hop Kettle’s Cocos Porter barrel was finished. Disappointing light cola stout.

Lunch break with the Hammerpot…

Mr Love and Justice -- old guys channelling REM and Echo & The Bunnymen and Lloyd Cole without irony or pathos

Mr Love and Justice — old guys channelling REM and Echo & The Bunnymen and Lloyd Cole without irony or pathos

Sandford Orchard Pear Shaped Perry 7.5% — I was warned about this one being ‘quite dry’ but that usually mean ‘not sweet’ to me while this one was just high in alcohol. Very nice almost like a sweet to dry wine.

Mr. Whitehead’s Blackberry 4.0%: Fanny’s Bramble keg was dead, but this is still a spectacular tipple…loads of fruit albeit more like sweet grapefruit juice than blackberries (they were actually sweet this year due to the heat, so points for the luck of the draw).

Lilley’s Bee Sting Perry 7.5%: low barrel yeast flavour (starting to get a buzz, here, so this doesn’t make sense to me, either) that I don’t remember from pull taps. Sort of like the leathery/chemical aftertaste of aged tequila.

Corinium 1 A.D. Porter 4.4%: Trying to use up my beer tokens at this point, this one leaves an even 2 quid. Another coffee-ground brew but quite nice.

RCH Hewish 3.6%: 80 pence for this 1/3 pint of mild but nicely viscous (foam from the gravity pour). I have completely lost sense of smell and the perry rounds obscure little I do have. I think I could do this again.

Plain Ales Inncognito 4.8%: best stout of the day (most “stout like”) plus I spent the £1.20 of my beer tokens. Result.

The Long Walk Home

The Long Walk Home

*Slater’s Smoked Porter (from Swindon 28th Annual Beer Festival tasting notes): Dark chestnut in colour. Beechwood smoked malt and German Noble hops give a spicy smoked flavour.

Posted 2014/10/25 by 1pumplane in beer festivals

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Oxford or Cambridge versus UA or ASU   Leave a comment

Out of their clothes, the Oxford and Cambridge birds are much hotter…but you need to know some Latin or something about protein expression or quantum electrodynamics to get there.  Booze helps, in any case, but AZ wins on brute animal simplicity.

Gallegos ASU facebook page

Los Gatos throws Old Town under a bus   Leave a comment

The owners of Los Gatos tapas bar have a weekly column in the Swindon Advertiser wherein they promote their business under a thin veil of general restaurant lore.  A few weeks ago they moved about 60 meters away and just around the corner from their old location.

This week’s column describes a post-apocalyptic hellscape on Wood Street compared to the bucolic safety of the new digs.  Again, about 60 meters away and just around the corner from their old location.

In promoting their business’ new location as yob free a welcoming to the middle-class pound, they have pretty much called their old one a loud, filthy death trap.  Albeit 60 meters away and just around the corner.

Summary: “That’s right. Fuck the neighbours, fuck the neighbourhood…we are the only venue worthy of your custom in this shithole, so come up for us then run for cover and best of luck to you getting past the war zone that is Wood Street.”

Swindon Advertiser 2014-10-24 Menu page 2

 

Why DO they have a weekly column, anyway?

The William Morris, Cowley, Oxfordshire, Chippy Challenge #107   1 comment

William Morris cod and chips

 

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: Chips and mushy peas and a pint of EPA
Evaluation: Out for a run to a proper chippy which doesn’t open for lunch, I got caught in rain and only had the one replacement bandage with me for the still bruised and painful surgery stitches so reckoned the local Wetherspoon’s would have to do.  Not bad, and the meal came with a beer for £6.25. Caught the bus back to work as the wound began to seep and throb.
Days since last: 7 (Morrison’s Battered Cod Fillets, house, Swindon)
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DT #297, 24 October 2014 (Edinburgh Pale Ale)   1 comment

Edinburgh Pale Ale William Morris

Refuge from the rain.
An ugly building and street;
Customers, as well.

Name: Edinburgh Pale Ale
Type: pale ale
Venue: The William Morris, Cowley

Review/notes: Weak beer with greater promise of character than it was willing to deliver…a fitting tribute to the Independence vote.

Edinburgh Pale Ale pump

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