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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 #320, 16 November 2014 (Malmesbury Westport)   1 comment

Malmesbury Westport

Busy week ahead:
After the weekend just passed
Work will be a breeze.

Name: Malmesbury Westport
Type: porter
Recipe: Untied a rolled pork loin roast and rubbed with cumin, oregano, and paprika then stuffed it with full strength red chilli slices and garlic before rerolling and covering with more chillies, garlic, and lemon grass. Wrapped tightly in four layers of foil, the roast was dumped in a 120 C oven for 8 hours to be finished or charred on the BBQ.

Boiled some potatoes then smashed with butter, salt, pepper, and parmigiano reggiano.

Made a chinese style slaw of shredded cabbage, grated carrot and celery with coriander (cilantro), rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, brown sugar, seeded and de-membraned chillies, and yoghurt.

Venue: Hop Inn, Swindon

Review/notes: While the food cooked or infused, I tidied the rough cut of the carpet in the Drunken Bunny Pub, tacked down the edges, and started moving the furnishings about.

The Public Bar/Dining Room lost the Singapore buffet and gained our minimalist bar and a tall bookcase for a net gain of about four square feet but with the move of the table away from the window seems much greater increase.

The living room is such an odd shape and so cavernous that the shift of the heavy-but-low sideboard/buffet into it (and the tall shelves out) that we doubted the wisdom of the move but it opens a lot of wall space for our far-too-many pictures to go up.

So…nearly a year in we may be getting the ground floor in order.

The porter was spectacular — dark coffee and chocolate and bitter and tart and a perfect break in the midst of the day’s activities.

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DT #313, 9 November 2014 (Wychwood Ginger Beard)   Leave a comment

Wychwood Ginger Beard

DT #313, 9 November 2014 (Wychwood Ginger Beard)

A beautiful day
Then, ‘King of Marvin Gardens
Ended abruptly.

Name: Wychwood Ginger Beard
Type: ginger beer
Venue: house

Review/notes: Back from a short run just as Jackie returned from a Sunday shift, we tried out some new bottles we recently stocked the fridge with and settled into a movie (with a recording glitch 15 minutes in).  My bevvie was the Wychwood Ginger Beard which I opened eagerly but found to be frightfully similar to flavoured malt liquor (an abomination popular in the 1970s back home and which I swore off of back then).  The taste of cheap beer fronted and finished each swallow with the ginger tasting more like a chemical dose.

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DT #310, 6 November 2014 (Ellgood’s Cambridge Bitter)   Leave a comment

Ellgood's Cambridge Bitter

 

Pint of nostalgia.
Learning to drink in the fens
Although a short course.

Name: Ellgood’s Cambridge Bitter
Type: bitter
Venue: Four Candles, Oxford

Review/notes: Odd to see an Ellgood’s brew in Oxford but a welcome sight, indeed.  Brakspear could learn a thing or two about the production end of the business from these Wisbech ladies.  This beer was, indeed, bitter, but with layers of hop that maintain their individual flavours. Welcome trip down memory lane to our first year in England, back east in Cambridgeshire/East Anglia.

As this blog winds down (fear not: it will continue at Drunken Bunny), I have been meaning to look back over my old posts from the first to now and list my own personal favourites (about once per month I really knock one for six, but most of the others — like this one — are just there for duty’s sake).  This Ellgood’s pint prompted me to start and I just got through February and March of 2009.  By the time this blog fills, I should be easily through December 2014.

Ellgood's Cambridge Bitter pump

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DT #305, 1 November 2014 (Wadworth Green Hopped Beer)   1 comment

Wadworth Green Hopped Beer

Beer this fresh and clean
(Translation: Without flavour)
A rare find, indeed.

Name: Wadworth Green Hopped Beer
Type: bitter
Venue: The Prince of Wales, Shrivenham

Review/notes: The only beer on their taps that I haven’t already included in the DT list (their cider selection has already been written up, too), I looked forward to what the GHB had to offer.  A bit weak, like something your spinster aunt might drink to hide the fact that she also shoots heroin during those long ‘toilet breaks.’  And, she doesn’t share.

Weird digression, that.  Anyway, the Green Hopped appears each year with the first harvest cut of hops and is entirely a crap shoot (like Beaujolais Nouveau).  I would have thought the dry, warm weather would have resulted in an oilier bittering agent but it is what it is.

Pub was quiet, today.  Good choice as I still feel like shit.

Wadworth Green Hopped Beer pump

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DT #299, 26 October 2014 (Belhaven Black)   1 comment

Belhaven Black stout

 

“Frank and the Captain”
Reads the chalk drawing’s caption.
I don’t think Frank posed.

Name: Belhaven Black
Type: stout
Venue: Beehive, Swindon

Review/notes: It’s always a pleasure to go to the Beehive.  Of late, I keep hearing tales of the house philosopher they hired (yes, an actual academic…some eastern bloc dissident) twenty-five years ago.

Today, I a ‘buh-LAY-vern’ Black stout, part of their line of Scottish beers for the month of October (theme ‘Bitter Together’ in honour of the failed Scottish Independence vote).  The beer had the least character of anything else in the pub, and definitely didn’t merit the 4 quid price tag.

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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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