I found this little treasure in the veg drawer of my fridge when I started putting my Lancashire Hotpot together earlier. Whilst we will be trying out a Gigondas from Aldi with the hotpot, I thought “what the hell, the chef needs a beer”.
I first heard of and tasted the Siren Craft Brew ales shortly after their official launch at one of the Craft Beer Co pubs in London back in March this year. I loved their beers straight away, they were clean, flavoursome, unique and refreshing and a few more adjectives could surely be used.
Most recently I had the keg version of the Undercurrent from Brewdog in Manchester. It was crisp but malty with a good hoppy finish but I thought there was something missing.
Well I am now enjoying the bottle version and nothing is missing for sure. Even the dead yeast (is it called lees as well in the world of beer ?) is still there. It pours a hazy brown/copper and smells of orange peel and grapefruit, exotic spices and – let’s get lyrical – orange blossom. It’s bodily on the palate with some sweet oaty malts. A bitter citrus pith together with some floral notes keeps the midpalate fresh and sharp. The caramel malts make their way down softly, leaving a biscuity finish. It’s a pretty damn fine beer.
This Siren Brew Co Undercurrent bottle came from the Chorlton off-licence where you can get it for £2.50…who said craft beer was expensive?
I don’t know if one should find a correlation between the Food & Drink programme on BBC 2, co-presented by Kate Goodman earlier this year, and the increasing stream of wine “celebs” who have been turning up in her little shop, Reserve Wines, in West Didsbury. Last week, Margaret and Ivan Sutherland from Dog Point Vineyards came to introduce a bunch of South Mancunians to their wares from the other side of the globe.
Dog Point Vineyards was born out of friendship and common values between James Healy the oenologist and Continue reading
This is one from the Beer Bods selection and since Thursday was Wine of the Week day, I am enjoying this beer tonight on a quiet and homely Saturday evening.
Gold, light copper, nice carbonation and a thin frothy head. An inviting sweetly spiced, honeyed aroma, grapefruit and orange peel and hints of tropical fruit. Soft and sweet malty body but a tight pithy structure from the bitter hops. Very clean citrus finish with a hint of spice.
A bitter in style, but a very flavoursome and well-crafted one. Definitely one of the best I have had recently despite IMBC (I guess I was concentrating on the bolder, lesser known styles). And at 4.3% I’d happily down a few of these if I were to find it in the local pub (there is unfortunately very little chance of it happening).
Salopian Brewery are based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire and the Darwin’s Origin has won several gold SIBA awards over the last 3 years.
Cork out… first taste… It’s a bit volatile, a bit harsh, the tannins are angry, they’ve been stuck in there too long… although not really long enough to age, mature and wisen. So they jump about everywhere, roaring like a young Lion, not quite ready to be in control… yet. But there is plenty of fruit hiding behind this mess. A lot of blackberries, picked at the end of a long, Continue reading
I think we can safely agree that the #IMBC2013 was the most anticipated beer event of the year…possibly in the whole of the UK. Crowds flew from all over and tickets for Thursday, Friday and Saturday were sold out well ahead of the event.
Undeniably this year was just as much of a success as last year and although Continue reading
Since we went to another DineInOut event in April – “Around the world in 8-ish steaks”, which I didn’t relate mainly due to an aggravated case of over-indulgitis followed by fuzzynitis memorae – we missed out on V-Gin, Cluckin’ Hell and Pizza the action. We were about to miss out on “A Few of my Favourite Things” Continue reading
Just a quick one about this annual event, part of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival (MFDF). When I attend events accompanied by other people I find it increasingly harder (and somewhat rude) to spend time taking detailed notes and photos so please, excuse the lack of these here. But I still like to bring some substance as opposed to a straight forward report of what went on; I don’t really see that as added-value for those who read me but did not attend. However, the great thing about wine is that you can procure it in many ways these days Continue reading