25 December 2017

Beermas Day 2

While Beermas Day 1 was strictly an indoor bottled and canned affair, today we've been out and about getting well lubricated, ending the night with a curry, as you do the day before you're going to stuff your face with meat and veg!

Anyway, I digress.

Pub 1
Baneswell Social Club, Newport
Guinness (x2)

Pub 2
Hogarth's Gin Palace, Newport
Evan Evans BB

Pub 3
Ye Olde Murenger House, Newport
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter
(my brother in law was on the Cider Reserve)

Pub 4
Tiny Rebel Newport
Stay Puft Marshmallow Porter

Venue 5
Vanilla Spice Indian Restaurant, Newport
Kingfisher Lager

This was all washed down at home with a Norlands Gul Swedish lager while watching a documentary about Fairytale of New York. I think we'll all sleep well tonight!!

Happy Beermas Eve!

24 December 2017

Beermas Day 1

Happy Beermas everyone!

Today's Xmas Eve Eve warmup consisted of a Ghost Ship, a Tribute, a Hopping Hare, a Double Dragon, a Rockin Rudolph and a Pistonhead Christmas Carol dark lager.

Rockin Rudolph was gorgeous - bold and bitter. The Christmas Carol went down like a smooth port.

Here's to many more!

19 December 2017

Christmas Haul 2017

Every year at this time I buy a wide selection of beers from across the spectrum to keep me well merry over the festive period. This year I raided the shelves at Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco and came away with: 

• Old Peculier 

Ringwood Old Thumper 
Belhaven 80 Shilling 
Kopparberg Spiced Apple cider 
• Guinness Golden Ale, Hop House 13 and Draught (can) 
WXM Wrexham Lager 
Brains Dark and SA Gold 
• Morland's Old Crafty Hen and Old Mulled Hen 
St Austell Tribute 
Sharp's Seven Souls 
Gower Brewery Black Diamond 
San Francisco Anchor Steam Beer 
Felinfoel Double Dragon 
McEwan's Champion Whisky Edition (for Hogmanay, natch!) 
Abbot Reserve 
Fuller's London Pride 
Budweiser Prohibition Brew (for Dry January) 
Adnam's Ghost Ship 
• Crafted Warning Elk Warning cider and Wolf Warning Double Brew Lager 
Pistonhead Christmas Carol
• Greene King Rockin' Rudolph
• Badger Ales Hopping Hare

See most of them in all their glory here: 

17 December 2017

Early Xmas

Tonight we had an early exchange of Xmas gifts with family members who we're not sure if we're seeing over Xmas. I got a lovely Swedish rugby shirt, which is both thoughtful and unique - the perfect present!

The night was well lubricated by bottles of Tribute, Hopping Hare and some Bays Topsail which I haven't had since my last trip to Torquay a few years ago. Yet there it was in Swindon Sainsbury's!

Also took the opportunity to sample the Budweiser Prohibition Brew. It's Bud, but it isn't! So what's there not to like?

15 December 2017

RANT: Tiny Rebel has to fork out £31,000 for being creative. Madness.


F***king ridiculous. What next - plain packaging for beer? Creative design and imagery stifled by know-it-all "mothers" who don't know how to prevent their sprogs consuming alcohol.... and by spineless shopkeeps selling booze to kids to make $$$.

Coming up next: Family Guy banned as it looks too much like a kids cartoon.

I do hope the "parents" who complained about this also are writing furious letters to the myriad of energy drink manufacturers, who with THEIR jazzy can designs and punchy names like ROCKSTAR and MONSTER and RELENTLESS are doing more damage to kids health than Tiny Rebel.

10 December 2017


Well, my mate Steve is off to America to marry his beautiful bride to be....sometime. So we better have a stag do just in case it's tomorrow....right?

Bristol was a lovely city to go out drinking in, my first time out and about in this particular city. Will be going back, definitely, especially to Molloy's.

Pub 1
John Wallace Linton (JDW), Newport
Ringwood XXXX Porter
Mumbles Brewery Xmas Red Ale
Wetherspoons Breakfast

Off to Bristol we go on a packed train full of Bath Xmas Market-goers.

Pub 2
Knights Templar (JDW), Bristol
Guinness Draught
while my mate had Thistly Cross Whisky Cask cider - he couldn't finish it! He went straight onto the Thatcher's thereafter.

Castle Combe Brewery Pendulum

Bath Ales Festivity Porter

Pub 3
Molloy's, Bristol
Flying Monk Habit x2

Pub 4
Elbow Room, Bristol
Budweiser (bottled) - pretty much all they had worth having!

3 December 2017

Get in early, they said....

And we did, and they gave us a voucher for cheap beer. This was number 1. Numbers 2, 3 and 4 followed soon at the Millennium Stadium before Wales beat South Africa. There was just time for one or two more cheeky ones in the City Arms afterwards but trains needed to be caught and the weather wasn't too clever either. Well organised door staff at the City Arms mind, considering the numbers trying to get in. Very polite and helpful, and made light work of organising all the fans. Well done.

1 December 2017

Xmas Shopping Rewards

So as a reward for making a hell of a dent in my Xmas shopping today, I popped into the City Arms for a Dublin Pale Ale and into the Cardiff Tiny Rebel for a Stay Puft.

No photos as I left my phone at home so had to gaze wistfully out of the window at....the NCP car park.