Last week I broke my 'baron rating' tasting glass and I was pretty gutted to say the least. Luckily Alex from ALL BEER (the guy who gave the glass to me in the first place) got in touch and after a few emails I placed an order for six ALL BEER tasting glasses.
This all sounds quite dull really until I say that I had the email conversation with him on Monday afternoon and the glasses arrived by Tuesday lunchtime!
Shortly after posting about them I was contacted by James at Summer Wine Brewery telling me that the ales were from their old range. They now have a new and improved line-up having learnt from their previous ones and asked if I would like to try them...
Yesterday I was very happy to see a Summer Wine-branded van pull up outside and a smartly dressed man personally delivering a box of ale!
I read recently via Tandleman's blog that the SIBA North National Beer Competition (and beer festival) was going to be held in Manchester this year at the end of October. Manchester is a short(ish) train ride from Ormskirk so I wondered if they were looking for any extra judges. After a few good words were put in for me via various folk on twitter I received an invite from SIBA asking if I would like to be a judge!
A big thank you to Lisa Hoffin (SIBA) & Alex Brodie (Hawkshead & SIBA North) for inviting me to judge! Also thanks to all the kind folk on twitter who put a good word in for me.
If you are going to be there then please leave a comment below, would be great to meet up with you face to face!
I found out about this Sweden-only export beer from reading Harviestoun's newsletter and was very intrigued to see what it tasted like.
This beer has been brewed for a Swedish rock festival this summer and so the beer has an excellent heavy metal theme. The beer is called "Number of the Beast", it's ABV is 6.66% and it has a label around the neck with the words "metal edition" - oh and the Harviestoun mouse has a leather jacket and a guitar as well!
It's a "light coloured but strong tasting beer, intense blend of hops from around the world".