• 94 Litres of Beer

    ALL THE BEER I DRANK IN A YEAR

    Beer is famous in our time.   Everyone wants it and yet nobody can hold down more than half a dozen pints of it.   Due to this challenge beer is widely abused, and many of our matings are its result.  In the following list are the beers — bottled and canned — which I drunk at home, and in the homes of others, over the course of one year.

  • Bush Stasher

    This open can was stashed in a bush at 11.17pm one September night.  It was collected and finished later at 1.50am on the road home.

    Bush Lager

  • For Fun in Ireland

    For fun (IN IRELAND), there is the practice of ordering a whiskey to sip while the stout is being poured.  The trick is to order another stout before you’re too close to the bottom of the present one so that you don’t go thirsty during the transition.  If you forget, then you might have to order another whiskey while they pour the stout.  After a few whiskeys, the stout tastes like mother’s milk and brand of either isn’t terribly important, although it just so happened that I witnessed this alcoholic caper committed with Bushmill’s whiskey and Guinness.

  • Tesco Lager Experience

    The Tesco lager was an almost translucent, yellow colour, with a good amount of carbonation and short-lived, white head. The immediate aroma was of floral hops with some grassy tones, followed by a little graininess, and some faint malt in the background.  Shortly after that I was flinging CDs across the room at my friend, who was trying to play the trombone.

  • Trappist Drinking

    Trappist drinking?  This was best expressed many centuries ago by Li Po (701 - 762 CE), who wrote a reflective verse on unaided, single-handed swigging, called Drinking Alone by Moonlight:

        A cup of wine, under the flowering trees;
     I drink alone, for no friend is near.
        Raising my cup I beckon the bright moon,
     For he, with my shadow, will make three men.