Friday, 12 February 2010

Falling off the wagon, and all that...

Well, I have now completed my second week on the wagon and the parade of extraordinary beers before my eyes at Westbridge and Northcote is beginning to take its toll on morale.  Yes, it's getting e'er more difficult to stay on the damned thing and that irksome little Beer-Putti-sod is shooting me full of arrows. 

My Wagon. With trusty man minding it

We have taken delivery of Meantime IPA on Keg at Northcote (this is a rarity, normally only available in bottle).  Serious, Empire-Building beer at 7.5%. I imagine it's good for fighting. And lying around in the heat being brought tiffin. Or whatever. I gamely nosed a thimbleful this morning and can confirm that it is a hop-monster. 

Other new beers in today include two from deadhead brewer Dark Star of West Sussex. These guys have won all kinds of awards from the Campaign for Real Ale, but we don't necessarily hold that against them.

The legendary 3.7% Hophead (a James Ellroy era word for a heroin addict) is a rich yellow in colour and, as the name suggests when read literally, chockful of hops (not heroin). We also have their citrussy 4.7% American Pale Ale today. It's not as bad as it sounds.

In any event I am certain that the thirsty swine of SW11 will have finished this lot off before I make it down to B&Q to:

1) buy axe
2) chop up of the above-pictured wagon with said axe (being mindful of how close trusty man is standing to it)
3) build large bonfire with the chopped-up wagon
4) commence the satisfactory, if unnecessarily cruel, process of barbecuing of the horses
5) order pint at bar

I am told that the appointed day for this event, Feb 18th (don't ask), will co-incide with the arrival of Schiehallion, a cask lager from Harviestoun (last time I was on the wagon I missed it altogether).  Not a bad way to fall off...


  1. I got rid of my wagon a while ago, thanks to my mom's philosophy: don't kid yourself. Looking forward to the next time I'm at the Draft House so I can try some good ones.

    Are you definitely on the wagon then until the 16th? 4 more days. good luck to you man.

  2. I thinks there's definitely something in the fact that that there wagon looks more like a hearse to me...albeit a really old fashioned one.

  3. It adds a deeper note of gloom and desperation, if you are right. I had him down as a friendly postie, not the undertaker.