So, what can I tell you?
As I write I’m drinking Brooklyn Lager, from the bottle, whilst watching Saturday Night Live from 1994. That’s what sort of day it is.
Last weekend I was at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebration, which also served as an excuse to visit some beery establishments over on the Excel side of London.
On the Friday we visited Tap East, which was pleasantly not as busy as I was anticipating. I had the Simcoe IPA brewed on site, followed by a glass of Rodenbach, which tasted much less sour, and much more fruity (raspberry) than anytime I’ve had a bottle of the stuff.
This was followed by a trip up to the King William IV to drink some Brodies Beers. If it was my first time in the pub, and I hadn’t previously tried the beers and known they were good, I probably would have left before I got served.
As it was I ordered two rounds at the same time (one half and three thirds, as apparently you can’t order a half of beers that are sold as 2/3 pints rather than pints). The Black Tea Oyster Stout and Pumpkin Porter were passable. The Mojito Pale was a delicious refreshing minty palate cleanser of a beer, and the Romanov was as ever, awesome.
Saturday night, post special, saw a trip down to Greenwich to drink some Meantime in The Old Brewery. For me this was an excuse to drink some London Lager, which can be found in bottles in some branches of Tesco and Sainsbury.
We returned to Greenwich on the Sunday to do the Meantime tour. It’s changed since I last went on it, with my now fiancé back in 2011. For a start there’s now a proper bar with taps. Two years ago we were sat round a big white table pouring from jugs and bottles.
Overall the tour was fun, though I did prefer the way it was conducted two years ago. Saying that though, it remains the only tour I’ve been on that touches on some of the scientific elements of brewing.
And so that brings me to yesterday, where it was Thanksgiving in the USA. Naturally this was an excuse to spend the evening drinking American beers whilst watching the American football.
The list consisted of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (one of the best beers you can find on a supermarket shelf), Goose Island IPA, Brooklyn Lager and the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada collaboration Rising Bines.
The Rising Bines whilst enjoyable, wasn’t quite the beer I wanted from a collaboration IPA between the two breweries. To be fair on it, I am drinking it several months after it’s release, and it may have tasted better fresh, but on this bottle it’s not one I’ll be rushing to drink again.
So, that it would seem, is what I can tell you. (241)