Dragonfly Daydream
February 9, 2013

Dragonfly by Fallen Brewing Co. Wow. I’ve just a had bottle of Dragonfly by Fallen Brewing Company. It was superb. You know what, I kinda knew it would be. It came from Kippen, a lovely wee village overlooked by the Fintry Hills near Stirling. Just say the name. Kippen. Sounds magical. Imagine you were from […]

Of stout art
February 6, 2013

I’d high hopes for Cromarty Brewing Company’s Brewed Awakening. It was a recommend from a chum, and is widely trailed as a mighty fine stout. Won a few awards too, though I don’t hold too much from that. Well, this delicious stout did not disappoint. It badges itself as a coffee-infused stout, and you get […]

Going, Going, Gunn
February 3, 2013

I mind years ago, some influential barmaid on my life telling me that if you have a good time somewhere, whether it’s Skye or Ibiza or wherever, you should never go back cause if you do it’ll be shit. I think there’s truth in that but … aw jeez, I’m trying to write a beer […]

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Cracking open the Skull Splitter
January 30, 2013

Nae use for stripping paint. It was Up Helly Aa yesterday, so I figured to helly aa with this sodding drinking ban. And although it’s from a different Viking archipelago to the firey insanity in Shetland, I chose Skull Splitter by Orkney Brewery to be my first new beer of 2013. It’s robust and rich and sweet and dark; […]

It’s not me, it’s you.  I’ve made a decision. It’s likely my last one of January and it’s a blooming blinder. It’s probably the best decision of 2013 to date, and even though it’s not yet February, it’ll surely be a contender for Best Decision of 2013. (Betcha can’t wait for those awards to swing […]

Kill List
January 26, 2013

Last post I mentioned a couple of daft decisions I’d made recently. Starting a blog about beer and then pledging to not drink for 31 ever-lengthening days is probably one of the daftest decisions I’ve ever made. I may have mentioned how fun it’s been. But it means I’ve had time to think about what […]

January, a right barrel of laughs
January 21, 2013

Tough Mudder looks really, really fun. You get a beer after it though.  January. It’s a long month, a loathed month, a month for daft decisions and foolish promises. A month of broken toys and lost receipts. Thirty-one long days – each one longer than the last – overflowing with misery, regret and pain. There are two […]

Skull Splitting in the US
January 19, 2013

Real scary Viking that. Doesn’t even have a beard. Good news in January is as rare as French vegan in a boucherie. And as much as I like beer, I also like good beer good news stories. So here’s a wee one, luke-warmish off the press. Axe-grinders Orkney Brewery have declared that their Skull Splitter ale […]

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Alechemy Cockleroy Black IPA
January 8, 2013

I didn’t want my first review of 2013 to be a bad one. Start positively and that, but then I remembered my Ne’er Day review of Williams Brothers’ Joker IPA. Huzzah! My conscious is clear. I wrote a while back about Alechemy’s magical Cairnapple IPA, a delicious ale I’d gladly buy again. Well, I tried their Cockleroy […]

Hippo Beers, My Favourite Shop
January 4, 2013

Sometimes my kids ask me what my favourite shop is. Well, I quite like Forbidden Planet but it’s too cramped and often too busy. I loved A1 Comics until they got rid of most of their comics. I loved Go Outdoors for the miles of aisles of ropes and boots and waterproofs and camping stuff […]

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A Dry January? No Joker
January 1, 2013

It’s January 1st. New Year’s Day, 2013. Happy new year! This day two years ago I gave up boozing for a month. A whole month. January has 31 days by the way. Thirty-one long days. In truth, aside from one hideous networking event I had to attend and couldn’t hide myself in drunken oblivion, it […]

Happy New Beer! Belgian Cherry Wheat Beer
December 31, 2012

It’s 2013 very soon, and I’ve just had my first cherry wheat beer. I knew it’d be good for several reasons: I’ve had several glasses of Glenfiddich already.  My wife bought it.  It’s from Marks & Spencers.  It’s beer. Number 3 might seem incongruous with the ethos of this site but hey ho … it […]

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Christmas Day beer, Barney’s Red Rye
December 25, 2012

And so to what is possibly the Campbell Beer of 2012, certainly December. Barney’s Beer Red Rye was a Hippo Beers recommends, and a Christmas present from my daughter. Maybe it was the spirit of Christmas, maybe it was the joy of fresh pine needles sticking into my socks, but I loved the colour, the fulfilling […]

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Beer, the first. Alechemy Cairnapple IPA.
December 7, 2012

Bought from the top left corner of the Scottish bay of shelves at Hippo Beers on Queen Margaret Drive. It’s a beautiful shop. A wonderful shop. A happy shop. This IPA from Alechemy is a full flavoured, hoppy and delicious beer. Robust and fruity, I guess that’s where the Cairn and the Apple in the name […]

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