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DT #366, 1 January 2015 and the Year of DTs   3 comments

Toretta Prosecco

This is the last of
Three hundred sixty-seven
Consecutive haikus.

Alright, then, maybe this one would have been more appropriate:

Woke up this morning.
Got myself a beer. Future’s
Uncertain, end near.

I’m really glad to see the back of the haiku, though.  Some amused me, fair enough, but most were uninspired as, indeed, most of the DT entries themselves were.  The tyranny of the daily post is not conducive to creativity in many of us (or, at least, in me).

Raw numbers (ignoring today and 31 December 2013):

144 Beers (of which there were 60 bitter; 22 lager; 10 stout; 9 pilsner; 8 mild; 6 each of blonde, golden ale, and porter;5 IPA; 3 dark ale; 2 ‘other’ pale ales; and, 1 each Belgian ale, Belgian brown, brown, dark IPA, dark pilsner, IPA/mild, and weissbier).

21 Ciders
5 Perry
1 Cider/Perry mix
4 Ginger Beer

166 wines (of which there were 122 red, 18 white, 18 rose, 3 Champagne, 3 other sparkling, and 2 port)

24 Booze (6 from Drunken Bunny Liqueurs, most of the mixed drinks experiments from Mr Boston)

The number and volume of Gin and Tonic is highly underrepresented, as was the beer but you had to choose one thing per day.

Location, location, location:

Pretty much the homebody, 221 of the DTs were in our house (43 in Eastcott, the other 178 here in Old Town). My pub visits tend to come in flurries of 4 or 5 on a run (therefore on the same day) and those were underrepresented. Because of some overlapping categories, this list won’t add up to only 365:
221 at home
130 British pubs
4 Bremen Germany pubs
2 pubs in Holland (one of which was also a Coffeeshop)
5 in restaurants
4 outside
1 beer fest
1 Church
1 dog track

As far as towns go, 256 Swindon, 57 Oxford (or very close to work), 5 Bremen, 2 Holland, and the balance explained by the multiple pub visitations, next paragraph/list.

Four Candles, Oxford: 20
Far From the Madding Crowd, Oxford: 6
White Horse, Oxford: 4
Steam Railway Company, Swindon: 4
Greyhound, Besselsleigh: 3
Red Lion, Marston: 3
White Rabbit, Oxford: 3
Savoy, Swindon: 3
Hop Inn, Swindon: 3
Beehive, Swindon: 3
Old Crown, Faringdon: 2
Prince of Wales, Shrivenham: 2
Messenger, Swindon: 2
Clifton, Swindon: 2
76 others.

DT #353, 19 December 2014 (Hooky Mild)   Leave a comment

Hooky Mild

Friday pre-Christmas:
The best early escape day.
Back at it Monday.

Name: Hooky Mild
Type: mild
Venue: Greyhound, Besselsleigh

Hooky Mild pump

Review/notes: With work all day last Sunday in my pocket, I took off at lunchtime for a run to get some fish and chips then head on home to Swindon.  The route was cold but I was soon drenched in sweat from the muddy hill climb and by the time I rolled into the Greyhound I just wanted my beverage and then to duck outdoors to strip down and put on my dry kit.  With steam pouring off me in the sunny garden I should have been the most appreciative taster on the planet but, unusually for Hook Norton and milds in general, this was thin and reedy.  Better runs planned for tomorrow, but this is today.

2014-12-19 early Friday to Besselsleigh

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DT #346, 12 December 2014 (Full Sail Wassail)   Leave a comment

Full Sail Wassail

 

Only one full week
And two more days after that
Til Xmas pig out.

Name: Full Sail Wassail
Type: dark ale
Venue: Four Candles, Oxford

Review/notes: 6% abv and bitter but with a fruity finish.  Stuck waiting for the next bus as a delay made the last one packed to the gills (expecting two at once, soon, and can see them from this window).

Full Sail Wassail pump

 

Today’s run while waiting for users to finish with instruments (have to shut down the lab over the weekend) was 3.9 miles looping up Marston Ferry Road.  Brrr.

2014-12-12 lab shutdown run

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DT #342, 8 December 2014 (Adnams Yuletide)   1 comment

Adnams Yuletide

 

John Lydon (piss drunk),
Sheldonian Theatre,
Oxford Monday night.

Name: Adnams Yuletide
Type: bitter
Venue: Four Candles, Oxford

John Lydon 1a

Review/notes: Dirty and repetitive and alcoholic: butter salesman and former Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten spoke at the Sheldonian Theatre (designed by Christopher Wren, a fabulous venue). If you’ve seen him on tele twice (or more) then you’ve heard everything he said tonight, but it was still fun…in the way getting stuck in a bar conversation with a thoroughly lubricated old cunt can be once you resign yourself to it (meet me down the pub sometime if you’d like to test this theory).

The beer was likewise earthy, derivative (of other Adnams ales), and strong.  A winter warmer for standing on a cold train station platform.

John Lydon 2a

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DT #340, 6 December 2014 (Butty Bach)   2 comments

butty bach

 

A Carol re-write:
In the brilliant mid-Winter,
Frosty wind, blue skies.

Name: Butty Bach
Type: golden ale
Venue: The Crown, Cerney Wick

butty bach pump

Review/notes: Out for the daily run (14 in a row) on a crisp and clear day with the temperature hovering around freezing and only a light breeze to threaten a real chill, I popped into the Crown as it was the only pub in the area not yet ticked off my list.  There were only two pumps to choose from but they were both great beers.  Since I was certain Doom Bar had already been a Daily Tipple, I took a punt on Butty Bach knowing that if it was already DT’ed it was only noon and I had plenty of time to find another drink for the day’s write-up.  Floral, fruity, dry and refreshing it was just what I needed before continuing on through the lakes of the Cotswold Water Parks.

south cerney bin

I headed on to South Cerney for another Chippy Challenge entry and had to pause for a moment by a rubbish bin because I spotted the seal of the City of Atlanta on the side — or close enough as seen on this Atlanta bin:

resurgens atlanta

Regardless, the run was grand and punctuated with a mid-run stop, a late run Proustian moment, and a snack at the end.
2014-12-06 Cricklade to South Cerney via Cerney Wick

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DT #338, 4 December 2014 (Loose Cannon Abingdon Bridge)   Leave a comment

Loose Cannon Abingdon Bridge

 

Running in the dark
Without head torch, reflectors,
Nor nowt common sense.

Name: Loose Cannon Abingdon Bridge
Type: bitter
Venue: Greyhound, Besselsleigh

Review/notes: Cold night with light mist and I forgot to bring a torch so some of the run away from the lab was by feel, by zen.  Great little trot, though, and the hill was pleasant enough even with the unsure footing.

2014-12-04 Oxford to Besselsleigh

Nothing appealed for lunch so I had a small bowl of carrot and coriander soup around 2pm so that I was ravenous by the time I reached the Greyhound.  I asked if they had anything dark like a mild, porter or stout and the Eastern Bloc bartender suggested that the Abingdon Bridge was as dark as they had.  It was actually surprisingly satisfying although as I was paying I noticed (of course!) that there was Guinness (there is always Guinness).

Loose Cannon Abingdon Bridge pump

 

Middle of Day 11 and Lukas stepped up the pace (oh, yeah, he’s ‘taking the pace’) by doing 390 miles in about 16 hours (although it is logged as 33 more hours)…what a winner! :

2014-12-04-doubling-the-miles-in-one-day

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November Recap: DT, CC, GHad, and Pub Count   41 comments

DT nov recap

Thirteen of the Daily Tipples were in the beer category with 12 pub visits (6 of which were Wetherspoons, 5 of those were the Four Candles).  The highlight of the month had to be tasting the finished batch of Two Cures, though, with the worst experience of the bunch the very disappointing trip to The Lighthouse:

BEER
DT # Date Name Type Venue
305 01-Nov Wadworth Green Hopped Beer bitter The Prince of Wales
310 06-Nov Ellgood’s Cambridge Bitter bitter Four Candles
315 11-Nov Summerskills Ninja Beer bitter Four Candles
326 22-Nov Brewers’ Blizzard bitter The Bear
327 23-Nov Arkell’s Centennial bitter The Clifton
330 26-Nov Fireside Ale bitter Red Lion
334 30-Nov Bishop’s Finger bitter house
311 07-Nov Rooster’s Union Gap blonde ale Four Candles
333 29-Nov Cameron’s Gold Bullion golden ale Mug House
328 24-Nov Tuborg lager Four Candles
321 17-Nov Cotswold Spring OSM mild Four Candles
316 12-Nov Krušovice pilsner The Lighthouse
320 16-Nov Malmesbury Westport porter The Hop Inn
BOOZE/OTHER
DT # Date Name Type Venue
318 14-Nov Two Cures Sloe Gin booze house
322 18-Nov Sloe Gin Fizz booze house
313 09-Nov Wychwood Ginger Beard ginger beer house
WINE
DT # Date Name Type Venue
308 04-Nov Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Cabernet red wine house
309 05-Nov Villa Verde Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red wine house
312 08-Nov Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon red wine house
314 10-Nov Vaucluse Grenache-Syrah red wine house
317 13-Nov Viña Maipo Merlot red wine house
319 15-Nov Petit Monde French Red red wine house
324 20-Nov Corte Viola Cabernet Veneto red wine Bella Italia
325 21-Nov Hardy’s Bankside Shiraz red wine house
332 28-Nov Vinsobres Cru de Côtes du Rhône red wine house
323 19-Nov Hardy’s Bankside Rosé rose wine house
331 27-Nov Torretta Prosecco sparkling wine house
306 02-Nov Chateau Pierrousselle Entre Deux Mers white wine house
307 03-Nov Castelliere Pinot Grigio white wine house
329 25-Nov Sorso Pinot Grigio white wine house

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The Chippy Challenge dragged until the last week of the month but there were some spectacular examples (Crispy Cod and Robinson’s Traditional Fish and Chips) and some crimes against cuisine (Marmaris and WingLoon House):

CC nov recap

 

# Name Where Date Venue Type
109 Prince of Wales Shrivenham, Oxfordshire 01-Nov-14 Pub
110 Morrison’s Café Swindon, Wiltshire 08-Nov-14 other
111 WingLoon House Oxford, Oxfordshire 14-Nov-14 Chippy
112 Marmaris Swindon, Wiltshire 21-Nov-14 Chippy
113 Robinson’s Traditional Fish and Chips Bowerhill, Wiltshire 22-Nov-14 Chippy
114 Red Lion Marston, Oxfordshire 26-Nov-14 Pub
115 Pinehurst Fisheries Swindon, Wiltshire 28-Nov-14 Chippy
116 Crispy Cod Worcester, Worcestershire 29-Nov-14 Chippy

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The GHadHHH had two minor trails this month, one each versus the Oxford and Moonrakers hashes, both night efforts.  More importantly was the treatise on IntifadHHHa and CalipHHHate differences in this confusing era of global Hashlam and its various pretenders.

pub nov recap

 

Pub count: this month only added 8 more pubs to the total and all of them came on runs.  Started the calendar year with 1197 and the blog year (19 January) with 1201 so it is shaping up to the weakest effort of the 6 years so far but at 1280 I hope to hit 1300 before the end of 2014.

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