Thursday, 29 April 2010

Two memorable beers

I didn’t have many beers in the recent JD Wetherspoon Real Ale Festival, I just popped in for the odd pint here and there but I had a couple that were quite memorable.

Just when you think all golden ales are the same along comes one to confuse and amuse. And so it was with Zululand Zulu Blonde 4.5%. According to the festival notes, “this golden beer has a slight honey aroma and a flavour which is predominantly malty… …plus a subtle, underlying bitterness”, and true to life it was. It did exactly what it said on the ‘label’.
Despite it being a warm sunny evening, when you see a beer called Maui Coconut Porter 5% from a Hawaiian brewer you just have to try it. This dark complex beer has hint of vanilla or possibly marshmallow, along with notes of door-mat and boot polish. This is ale you would need to work at. Even though this vile libation was one of the worst I’d tasted in many a live long day I managed, with true British pluck and a stiff upper lip to down every drop. I shall make a point of never ordering this particular brew again.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010


”Infamy, infamy they’ve all got it in for me!”

Spammers, hackers and people that steal bandwidth are evil bastards who for some reason don’t like me. As a result of their skulduggery I have effectively lost my previous RealAleBlog and use of my realalenet domain has been suspended.

I must bear some of the responsibility as I was using old software that should have been updated. But I liked it. It was easy to customise and I took the approach that if it wasn’t broken why fix it. Now I’ve decided to “love Big Brother” and switch to Blogger, “warts and all”. If I can extract the posts from the old database then I will transfer them over to this new location. I suspect though that the comments on posts will be lost.

I’m quite sanguine about it all as at the end of the day it is only ephemera. Shit happens, but hey nobody has died, so I shall just carry on here. Normal service will resume as soon as possible.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Today should be a Bank Holiday

Today really should be a bank holiday, but not because of some geezer called George who probably made it no further west than Greece. As an atheist I don't have much truck with patron saints but if I was going to accept the notion of one it would have to be an earlier and slightly more legitimate one, namely St Edmund. No, today should be a national holiday in honour of ace wordsmith and purveyor of quality language, like what he wrote, one William Shakespeare. England has managed to turn out some great Williams in the cultural sphere two bards, one Blake and one Nelson. "What has all this got to do with beer?" I hear you cry. Bear with me, I'm getting there. Today I received this missive from Dave, on behalf of Church End Brewery, and I thought I'd share it with you:

Hope you don't mind me contacting you out the blue here but our local brewery Church End has just released a special edition brew to commemorate William Shakepear's 446th birthday today. 'Shakesbeer' has a blend of four hops and four malts, along with a hint of chocolate, to give it a light brown colour with an ABV of 4.0%.

Church End is offering a pin of the beer to the best 'Shake's Beer' video uploaded to their Facebook page at So if you or any of your fellow aficionados fancy having a go, just check out the sample videos on that page and then upload your own.

Have a great St George's weekend,


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Could you drink 20 pints of ale?

This nonsense blog posting on the Telegraph website suggests that 1 in 10 drinkers are drinking 20 plus pints in an evening. I'm not too bothered about any of the numbers quoted as such because they are they are all so easily challenged. What I find it hard to get my head around is the sheer volume of liquid. For me a heavy night would be four pints. If I wanted to drink twenty pints of beer, or any other drink come to that, I'd have to start at breakfast and go on through to supper (that's real supper by the way, not dinner or tea). Am I a big girl's blouse?

Monday, 19 April 2010

Elitist nonsense

I came upon this discussion forum the other day on the jolly old interweb. It would seem to be a forum predominantly for strange heavy metal types who frequent Castle Donington but occasionally they appear to break free of their 'thrash and monster' yoke to venture into other subjects. It was a discussion about real ale that caught my eye, naturally.

In particular this comment touched a nerve:

"Most young people that drink quality ale tend to be cool, in fact I know of one thats an absolute bloody legend.

However, the older ale drinkers all seem to be fat, arrogant, miserable toessers

I possibly fit into this second category. I certainly don't fit into the first on account of my age and the fact that I've never been cool.

I think the overwhelming message that I take from it is to guard against being a beer snob. Something that I find hard at times and something I need to work at not being.

Are you a beer snob?