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Another part of the Spank The Monkey media empire: offending your brain at The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey, offending your ears at Spank's Audio Lair, and offending your eyes right here, right now.

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The official Rubbish Panorama(TM) of #PunkAGM2015

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6th Jun 2015, 18:04   comments (0)

Any suggestions for slot 6? #PunkAGM2015

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6th Jun 2015, 13:02   comments (0)

Dangerous but inevitable idea: starting #PunkAGM2015 with a can of JackHammer. (can not pictured)

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6th Jun 2015, 12:02   comments (0)

NEED A BEER FOR MY FACE #PunkAGM2015 #CameraTest2

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5th Jun 2015, 11:49   comments (0)

Battle of the IPAs, @BrewDogShoreD (part 2 of 2!

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And onto the second flight of IPAs in this eight-beer blind taste test. For some reason, lots of the really interesting ones are on this second paddle...

5) Nicely hoppy with an interesting sweetness and a malty backbone. Very very nice in the context of beer generally, only to be wiped out by the following three...

6) Holy cow, this is astonishing. All sorts of weird sweet creamy stuff going on, making it easily the most complex beer of the eight so far. However, if we're doing a comparison test, in-your-face hoppiness will win over complexity for me most of the time.

7) And this is another really strong-tasting IPA - I'd assumed our tastebuds would have been hammered flat by now, but apparently not. It's another complex mix of flavours, but with not quite as much going on as in 6).

8) And then last but not least we get this, a combination of mad fruity-yet-sour insanity which is my second favourite of the day behind 4). The BBG, meanwhile, says this is her favourite, with number 1) in second place. If we had to make guesses, we think from previous experience this might be WeirdBeard, which could suggest they've just numbered these things in alphabetical order. Is that true? I'll let you know when they tell us...
25th Apr 2015, 18:20   comments (0)

Battle of the IPAs, @BrewDogShored (part 1 of 2)

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8 IPAs enter: 1 IPA leaves. They're doing a thing at BrewDog Shoreditch today where eight London breweries are collaborating in a blind tasting of their IPAs. Without any knowledge of which one is which (but see photo of the board behind the bar for the candidates), here's what The BBG and I think.

1) Decemt floral hoppiness on the nose, a nice bitterness on the palate after that, and a bit of a kick to follow. Leave it to warm up a little bit, and the nose gets a bit more rubbery. Strong start to an eight-beer session, anyway...

2) ...to the extent that this feels a bit weak. Less hoppy, more bubblegummy, with little else going for it.

3) and to be honest, this is even less interesting: after a mouthful or two it seems to be entirely comprised of bitter mouthfeel without any flavour, which is a fascinating scientific achievement but not entirely satisfying as a beer. There's a small hint of spice fairly late into the glass, but that's about it. Having said that, both 2) and 3) are beers you'd be delighted to have in a general session, they just don't hold up that well against the other ones in this set.

4) Now it's getting interesting again, with one of those prominent hops that snells like you've left the gas on. It's my favourite so far of all the beers: meanwhile, The BBG is reminded of IPA Is Dead: Dana, one of those beers that could open up enormously with food. Sadly, we don't break out the cheesy chips until flight #2 - coming soon...
25th Apr 2015, 18:05   comments (0)

...and may all your Christmasses be white.

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Season's Greetings from Spank The Monkey and The Belated Birthday Girl, Japan, 2014.
25th Dec 2014, 12:43   comments (4)

Warmup at the Carter farewell gig is currently the biggest 90s indie disco evah.

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22nd Nov 2014, 21:20   comments (0)