Every cloud has a silver lining…

21 05 2012

So on Saturday night we had some friends over to watch Bayern Munich take on Chelsea in the final of the Champions League.

Being sort of neutral (I merely despise Chelsea) the match had the potential to be a real snooze fest.

However in the end it wasn’t that bad and thanks to a Chelsea equaliser taken in typical annoying fashion we saw extra time and penalties.

The net result as I’m sure you will all be aware by now is that Chelsea won and are the champions of Europe…Puke.

However the silver lining to this otherwise tragic tale is that Chelsea will now be gifted a place in next years competition… at the expense of “The best team in North London” Spurs

Ahahahahahaha

Ahem excuse my brief lapse into manic laughter. It is just too damn funny though.

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Duvel

3 12 2010

 So as to prove that I’m not some xenophobic “little Englander” I have decided to turn my attentions to the unsuspecting nation of Belgium.

 In particular I have in my sights their very good, indeed often excellent, selection of beers. I am starting with Duvel for no other reason than my own personal love of the stuff, even if too many bottles do result in the mother of all headaches.

 So where to begin, well Duvel is as I say a Belgian beer but it took its original inspiration from English ale of all things.

After WW1 English ales were getting fairly popular in Belgium and Moortgat decided to get in on the act so off they popped to Scotland and got their hands on some yeast and the rest is history…

I have seen Duvel listed as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and this is probably the closest you will get to pinning a label on it, one thing is for certain at 8.5% it sure is strong, I have known more than one person snort at the diminutive 330ml bottle and knock it back only to find that it has knocked them out for the count – there is a reason it is called the Devil after all.

The aroma of Duvel is rather interesting you get strong citrus notes, some cider like apple, a bit of hay/grass and a strong clean alcohol element that comes through.

Normally I couldn’t give a rat’s arse about the branded glasses that breweries knock out seeing them as a nice little collectible but nothing more, not so this time. 

To really enjoy Duvel at it’s best you need to get your hands on the correct glass, it is the perfect size for starters allowing you to pour the whole bottle in with ample room for the impressive frothy white head; not only that the embossed D on the base of the glass helps create effervescence which aids that head in sticking around. As if that wasn’t enough of a reason the rounded glass helps fully release the flavour and aroma of the beer.

In terms of looks the beer is a lovely clear golden colour that could almost be mistaken for a lager, the carbonation is clearly visible (aided by that aforementioned D) and the pure white head stands tall and lasts throughout with impressive lacing.

The taste of Duvel is to die for; the malt is clean and crisp and lasts from beginning to end, the alcohol is warming and combines with the bitterness of the hops to give a refreshing dry finish that leaves you begging for another sip. There  are hints of pepper and a really pleasant earthiness that are present throughout along with the same citrus notes that you can pick up in the aroma.

There really isn’t a single thing that I can fault about Duvel and trust me I can normally pick holes in anything and everything, I wouldn’t go so far as to say it is the absolute best beer in the world but it damn close

5/5





Adnams launches range of handcrafted spirits

24 11 2010

Following on from 138 years of turning out excellent beers Southwold based brewer Adnams has recently launched it own range of artisan spirits.

Their recent opened Copper House distillery makes Adnams the first joint brewery and distillery in England, a pairing that is quite common on the continent.

Adnams handcrafted gin and vodka are now available for sale on the Adnams Website and from any of the 10 Adnams Cellar and Kitchen stores. These initial offerings will be joined by whiskey after a 3 year maturation in oak casks.

Chairman Jonathan Adnams OBE said: “We have been brewing great beers in Southwold since 1872, and our business now incorporates five hotels, 70 pubs, ten Adnams Cellar & Kitchen stores as well as our online store. Hand crafted spirits are the next exciting step in our journey and we are proud to add distilling to our expertise.

“Small scale distillation produces spirits of a quality and character that far surpass mass-produced products”

Adnams are keen to promote the fact that all of the grains being used in the distillation of their spirits are locally grown in East Anglia all of which is in keeping with Adnams tradition of being one of the most ecologically friendly brewers around.

If there spirits are anything like their beers then I look forward to getting my hands on a couple of bottles and wish them the very best of luck.

The pot still





Keep Calm…

19 11 2010

On the eve of our impending bailout I have some advice for the nation…

Many thanks to Garden Phoenix for sending this through to me 🙂





mmmm meat candy not

17 05 2010

A co-worker of mine has been away in China for the past couple of weeks and came back to work yesterday.

We always bring back some sort of food stuff from trips and it has recently become an unofficial contest to see who can bring in the strangest thing.

I think we might have a winner or at least an incredibly strong front runner.

Chinese meat candies.

I like meat, I like candy and I like Chinese food so how bad can they be.

Well I will tell you exactly how bad they can be, it was a little bit like eating a sweaty sock full of garlic and chopped meat that had been crushed up into a tiny shite coloured cube mmmm delicious.

There was a spicy beef flavoured cube, a ginger pork flavoured cube and one which I actually believe to have been a lump of shrimp paste dusted in sugar and wrapped in fancy paper.

The pork and the beef were bad enough but the shrimp one was truly fishalicious, I was tasting that bad mother funker for about 3 hours afterwards.

If you ever find yourself with a pressing need to vomit you could do far worse then pop a few of these cubes of gastro-intestinal death.





Gaming without boundaries

26 03 2010

As I will keep waffling on I have recently come back to playing WOW after a break of near enough two years, the reasons behind this are manifold and have been regurgitated by me until the cows come home, so I won’t bore you all again!

However one of the big things that drew me back was that some friends of ours in the US were keen to get us to join their guild and game with them. Well of course we thought this would be neat and so of course got the ball rolling, but there is a problem.

It’ s a problem that has been around since the World (of warcraft) was formed.

Localized accounts, servers and game clients. To cut a very long description of the issue short if you set up your account in Europe, with an European CD key and an European address you can’t play on US servers and visa versa.

Now obviously this isn’t a huge problem as not everyone wishes to do this but for people who ( like a rather disgruntled me) it’s a little bit annoying, see I’m not asking for a mountain of gold or diamonds equal to my body mass (but if you wish to send them let me know) I’m  just asking for a simple way to play a video game with my friends.

This wouldn’t be a revolutionary idea, Ever Quest 1 supported this when WOW was still a twinkle in Blizzard’s collective corporate eyes, I remember back to the days of the WOW beta and that the question was asked at the time as to whether or not this would this would be put in place and apparently it was being considered, unfortunately it seems this  is as far as it got.

Not a big thing but still in 2010 it seems a tad lame 😦








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