Tuesday, 26 March 2013
The main advertisement on the programme for Leicester Beer Festival this year was for some award winning beer by Everard's.
Kind of makes sense that a festival celebrating "Real Ale" would want to be associated with beers that have won gold and silver medals right?
Let's take a closer look at the small print at the foot of the advert to see what the categories for the prizes were, shall we?
Gold medal for "International Keg Ale Competition" and two medals for their bottled beers.
"Keg Ale", I guess it was a dislike for this stuff that was part of the founding of CAMRA.
Also, the last I heard was that Everard's bottled beer was pasteurised, not "Real Ale In A Bottle."
I suppose these details aren't that important when an organisation is looking for support from a brewery.
Friday, 1 March 2013
I don't intentionally age beers. I can't see the point. I buy beer to drink it.
The only exception I can think of is some Thomas Hardy ale I have stashed away, some homebrewed Barley Wine and some Imperial Stout by The Kernel. That's it.
Any beers apart from those are aged accidentally by buying too much of the stuff. Bottles appear to multiply like rabbits behind a tacky retro home bar.
Having a home bar means boxes of bottles can be shoved behind it almost out of sight, whilst being conveniently at hand.
A promise of not buying any more until a substantial dent has been made in the stash is broken when a new load of imported beers appear on a mail order drinks website, or a UK brewer releases a new bottled brew.
I've no idea how many bottles are behind that bar but I can make the excuse that some boxes belong to my wife. A problem shared....
Thanks to Adam @pintsandpubs for hosting this session.