Pulling your own pint

Craft beer, pulling your own pint
Craft beer, pulling your own pint

I tried this pub (I can’t remember the name of it) a couple of weeks ago. It’s a craft beer pub and you can pull your own pint. I thought that this would be fun, and, to a degree it is. It’s a bit like using a petrol pump in that it counted out how much beer you’d poured up to 1.0, that being a pint.

Sadly it was a craft beer, so too cold and a bit fizzy too. The experience? Well it was ok, momentarily fun, but not much more than that I’d say. It wasn’t helped by the fact that the bar had no atmosphere at all, and was pretty much empty.

Would I do it again? Maybe, although I doubt I’d seek it out on purpose.

Not your normal beer …

Not your average lager
Not your average lager

I’m not normally a lager drinker, but I made an exception for this beer as I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a rum finished beer. It was an interesting flavour actually. Not unpleasant at all. You could tell that there was something different. I’m not sure if I could taste the rum in it, or if it was just that I knew there was rum in it so I tasted that automatically. Either way, it wasn’t a bad beer at all.

I’m not sure I’d try it again, but if I was faced with it and little else I’d go back to it. It’s worth a try if you get the opportunity.

Trying out Beer 52

A first box from Beers 52
A first box from Beers 52

So I found out about this company from the GBBF programme, and I decided to try them out. I got an offer for the first box at half price, and it seemed like a good point to try this out.

So the first box arrived and had an eclectic selection of beers. I was also pleased to see this little extra in there …

Something from Beers52
Something from Beers52

Which was nice. I thought that the first beer I’d try out would be this one …

Soundwave beer
Soundwave beer

Because I thought that the name was excellent. However, when I poured it out of the bottle, this is what I got …

Soundwave IPA in the glass
Soundwave IPA in the glass

Which isn’t what I was really looking for, and wasn’t really a great start as far as I was concerned. I contacted Beers 52 about it, but didn’t really get the answer I was looking for sadly.

So far, the other beers I’ve tried from the box have been pretty good, but this one, the first one, was a disappointment as far I was concerned, and not the result I was after.

GBBF 2015

A lovely day at the GBBF 2015
A lovely day at the GBBF 2015

After a break since 2012 I went back to the GBBF. It’s still in Olympia, but as the weather was somewhat overcast it didn’t get too hot in there during the day. But it was a good festival. I’m so glad I went this year. There were some cracking ales there and some very nice food too.

A couple of ales that stood out for me were:

Women of Steel Ale from GBBF 2015
Women of Steel Ale from GBBF 2015

This was quite a light ale, very fruity and citrus flavoured. I really enjoyed it, although I know it isn’t to everyone’s tastes.

Also …

Campfire Mild at GBBF 2015
Campfire Mild at GBBF 2015

I liked this mild for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was a nice mild, and I don’t tend to drink mild much these days. It had a lovely burnt flavour that wasn’t too overpowering at all. Secondly, I liked the name, which reminded me of The Boards of Canada, The Campfire Headphase, and thirdly, I really liked the design. So I think I may need to locate some of these in the not too distant future.

This year was also unique as I actually managed to get my glass home with me! The last few times I’d been to the GBBF I’d not bothered as normally I’d either mislay it on the way home, or it would get broken. This year it lasted all the way home!