Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Sunday, 2 October 2011
We started, as you do in these parts, with a breakfast beer. Well, breakfast Stein more like. That’s a massive, heavy, handled glass containing damn nearly two pints of beer. In my case, and to general macho mockery (even from the Brunhildegards), I chose a Dunkel Radler. That is a dark beer with lemonade – but pre-mixed in the brewery and sold on tap. It was delicious.
And the sheer joy of the menu. Eight mains, all pork or porcine. We didn’t eat but the kitchen (itself the size of Le Café Anglais with a wash-up area the size of Draft House Tower Bridge) was spotless and the food looked immaculately executed.
The Munich Hofbrauhaus is a game-changer and must-visit for any human.
An hour or so and a Dunkel Radler, a Weisse Helles, a Dunkelbier and a Dunkel Weiss later we headed off for the Oktoberfest.
We were fortunate enough to be in the Augustiner tent, one of the great family-owned breweries of Munich.
I confess to having found it all a tad over-whelming and after two hours and an Easter Island full of mysterious, once full but now empty Steins, we decamped for Munich Old Town and a small pub, Augustiner am Platz, also owned by Augustiner. Here the world was set to rights and – due to studiously avoiding any Schnapps – I found myself in bed at 22-hundred hours.
Here's a video of the barman tapping a 32L cask of Oktoberfestbier (the equivalent 200L casks were being tapped every few minutes or so at the Augustiner tent a few km away). Thanks to John McElhinney of Windmill Taverns for lending me the footage.
The next day, back to England, full of inspiration - and beer.
Many thanks to Brian, Mark and Earl from Thwaite's for their generosity in accommodating me on this extraordinary trip. I love Nutty Black more than ever, chaps.
Friday, 2 September 2011
It has been a summer of burgers. First there was the exhaustive 6-week preparation for Burger Monday with Daniel Young of www.youngandfoodish.com.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Friday, 15 July 2011
You are better off using a supplier that guarantees well stored "commercial coffee" than an artisan roaster that buys the best beans in the world but keeps them exposed to the elements after roasting. Early oxidisation is the result of the latter and is often the cause of bitterness in coffee. Illy for example, albeit boring I know, guarantees through it’s sophisticated packaging a product that is consistent and always at peak potential when opened. An artisan producer that understands storage is of course the best possible option but they are rare, particularly in the UK. I think Monmouth for example consistently under delivers given the excellent raw ingredients it starts out with.
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Well, with all really profound experiences it takes time to process the emotions, the highs and the lows, the triumphs and calamities. And the Quality SE1 Pub Crawl is no different.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Why trepidacious? Well just take a look at this sucker which arrived at Tower Bridge yesterday:
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Oh and there's a few Colonial types which have slipped in as well. If we're still allowed to use that word. We mean well, and their beer is awesome.
You’ll have to take pot-luck as to what’s on where – follow us on Twitter where the Draft House beer boys and girls promise to keep the feed humming.
Anyway, there are moments when modesty must briefly be cast aside to reveal the true size of one's beerhood. Prompting the question: How much does this rock?
All to be on the whole two weeks
Camden wheat all three sites
Zero Degrees Red Rye then fruit beer only at Tower Bridge
Grand Ridge Moonlite or Brewers Pils
week 1 (Easter)
Redemption Trinity/Hopspur/Urban Dusk
Brodies Special 6 Hop
Sambrooks celebration coming Thursday 21st to TB
Windsor & Eton Windsor Knot and black ipa coming Tuesday 19th
Darkstar hophead/hophead citra/ APA
week 2 (wedding)
Sharps atlantic ipa/ golden gate coming Tues 26th for the big finale on Saturday 30th.
This is a long way of saying that, despite the Chancellor putting up beer duty by 7.5% (yes, you read that correctly - and just after the VAT rise) we are holding prices where they are. And in some cases reducing them.