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Venue 2 for #CollabFest2014: \@BrewDogShored.

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So, yes, the plan for today is to drink samples of sixteen beers in four bars and review them as we go. This flight's labelled 'Scotland Forever', so you know where we're coming from: left to right, they go like this.

1. Cromarty/Aberdeen: Stoater Scotch Ale (7.5%, Scotch ale with oats, brambles, honey). First one I've been able to smell before tasting (thanks to the BBG having the first mouthful of our 1/3 glass), with the brambles and honey definitely coming through. Very nice honey taste that covers up the whole 7.5%ness of it - the BBG recommends that it would be perfect to serve to children, like the Bacardi flavouring discovered by Jean Simmonds in Guys And Dolls.

2. Fyne Ales/Glasgow - SameWerking (5.2%, Rooibos Red Ale). Curious taste with tea overtones, nothing special. Drinkable, but least impressive so far. 5AM Saint - sorry, 5AM Red Ale - is the one to beat in this category.

3. Tempest/Edinburgh - False Provenance (6.8%, Borders Belgian Black Ale). Lots of layers to this one - very gluggable, but waves of different flavours come through as you're drinking it. It slightly loses its appeal over the length of a serving, which in our case was 1/6 of a pint, but it starts off brilliantly. Maybe it's a temperature thing, suggests the BBG.

4. Alechemy/Dundee - Smoked In History (5.2%, smoked porter with wood from an old boat or something). More obvious smokiness than the 5 Points we had earlier - however, there doesn't seem to be much else there apart from the smoke. 'Quaffable,' says the BBG, and it certainly goes down very easily.
25th Oct 2014, 17:44   comments (0)

Venue 1 for #CollabFest2014: @BrewDogCamden.

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Flight of four beers from London breweries, made in collaboration with the four London BrewDog bars. Left to right:

1. Lovibonds/Shepherd's Bush: Purple Rain (5.8%, foraged fruit sour). Properly sour, it's not just the fruit talking (unlike the lime sour below). Like a more souped-up version of the Blitz range.

2. Five Points/Shoreditch: Smoke & Mirrors (7.8%, smoked porter). Very, very nice indeed. Dark, smoky, smooth, and feeling very much like the strongest thing we're going to drink all day. Very well balanced, says the BBG.

3. Brodies/Clapham: Southside Zester (3.7%, lime Berlinerweisse). Lots of lime with hint of sourness - reminds BBG of Rose's Lime Cordial. Refreshing and light, the one we actually started the day with.

4. Pressure Drop/Camden: Syd Strong's (7.1%, black rye IPA). Very interesting, complex flavour, feeling more like one of BrewDog's stout experiments. BBG finds it 'a bit chemical, but in a good way... I like it, but find it very difficult to describe'. Works well with Camden bar's Scotch eggs.
25th Oct 2014, 16:03   comments (0)

Planning for @BrewDog #CollabFest2014

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25th Oct 2014, 11:27   comments (0)

And a third test you can just ignore

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I'm stopping these tests after this one. Thank you for your patience.
24th Sep 2014, 15:29   comments (0)

Second test for you to ignore

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Just keep ignoring these for now, they never happened
24th Sep 2014, 15:13   comments (0)

Just testing, nothing to see here.

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Seriously, no need to pay this any attention. Don't look.
24th Sep 2014, 13:45   comments (1)

Twitpic Archive: December 18th, 2011

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Original text: 'Civilisation has been finally imported to London, courtesy of @BrewDogCamden'

(My first visit to that particular bar. It wouldn't be the last.)
19th Sep 2014, 16:33   comments (0)

Twitpic Archive: October 27th, 2011

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Original text: 'Bye Sandra (mixed media, 2011) #LFF #LastDitchAttemptToGetOnTheBFIEmail'

(A small tribute to London Film Festival boss Sandra Hebron on her final day in the job. In case it's not obvious at this resolution, it's made out of all the tickets I bought for that year's festival. The BFI used to highlight the best LFF-related tweets each day in their mailout. Appallingly, this was not considered to be one of them.)
19th Sep 2014, 16:30   comments (0)