If you thought we talked a lot during last year’s Avengers Assemble podcast, then strap yourselves in. We’re about to talk a whole load more! Here’s what we enjoyed during this show…
Hop Hooligans ‘Collision Course’*
Stone Berlin ‘IPA’
Brewdog ‘Declassified Demi-God’**
Vocation ‘Heart & Soul’
Roosters ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’
Brewdog ‘ Paradox Uncle Duke’s’**
Half Acre ‘Gone Away’
Northern Monk ‘Death’
*This was given to us by Simply Hops as part of the Underdog Brewing Competition 2019 / **These were part of the 2018 Advent Calendar that Brewdog sent to us but none of this influenced our thoughts on Avengers Infinity War being the greatest cinematic event of all time. Until Endgame that is.
This week we are diving into some ‘hype’ beers, discussing Tesco’s new stocks and the recent news that Magic Rock were sold to Lion. We also interview Simon Webster, CEO of Thornbridge about their approach to stocking beer in Tesco and the recent re-branding.
Beers | Half Acre Brewing Co ‘Pony Pils’, ‘Tuna’, ‘Lifecycle’ (collab with Brussels Brew Project), Daisy Cutter and Double Daisy Cutter Capra
This week we’re championing the #BIPAComeBack and tucking into a range of black IPAs. We also get a little lost on our previous beery adventures and delve into the news. Oh, we talk some #hopinions too at some point…
Beers | Steel City Brewing ‘Black Cascade’, Brew York ‘Black Eagle’, Cloudwater & White Hag ‘Cairde Gan Teorainneacha’, Fierce & Noble ‘Black IPA’, Wander Beyond ‘Bloom’ and North Riding Brewery & Elusive Brewing ‘India Porter’
In this show we take part in a taste experiment put together for us by returning guest Ruth Mitchell. We drink 5 pairs of drinks, one of which is a beer and the other another drink with similar taste profiles. We have to work out what we’re drinking!
We also have our own butler, Matt Chinnery serving us and joining us for some of the discussions.
In this special show, we’re joined by Belgian beer aficionado Jezza to take us through a vertical tasting of a classic Christmas beer, Stille Nacht (Silent Night). Jezza also talks to us about his passion for ageing beer and his work with Beer Guide London.
Beer | De Dolle Brouwers ‘Stille Nacht’ 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 and ‘Stille Nacht Reserva’ 2005
In our final show on 2018 we look back over the big beery highlights of the year and award our (very condensed) Golden Pints. We give gongs to the podcast of the year, beery adventure of the year, brewery and beer of the year.
Beers | Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2017, Marble/Fuller’s Gale’s Prize Old Ale (Barbera, Bourbon, Maderia & Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged versions)
Here we go again. It’s time to dig into the back of the cupboard cellar to see what wonders you have to enjoy over the festive period.
Into it’s 6th year, the original #12BeersofXmas is a way of enjoying a few special beers over the festive period. It all started off as something that I’d do to celebrate finishing work until the start of the New Year and it’s great that loads of folk now get involved in their own way.
And that’s what the #12BeersofXmas is all about – doing things your way. There’s no prescribed way of doing it, no set beers for set days, just choose a beer, drink the beer and share your thoughts about the beer on your preferred form of social media. Some folk write a blog, some post their thoughts on Twitter or Instagram, and some just check in beer on Untappd. Whatever you’re doing, make sure to use #12BeersofXmas so we can all join in the fun.
I’m not going to list my beers ahead of time this year, but will highlight a few days that are already earmarked. I’ll be starting on Thursday 20 December with Marble Brewery’s annual releases of ‘Decadence’ stout and Barley Wine 2018.
On Sunday 23 December I’ll be opening the #BeerySecretSanta that I’ve been sent and on Christmas Day I’ll be drinking my beer of the year 2018.
All the other days are up for grabs and I’ll be posting my thoughts daily on Instagram. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re all enjoying this year, Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!