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Ethiopian Beer

Don’t you just love being pleasantly surprised gastronomically? Though I have never had a mediocre  Ethiopian meal I was expecting a second-rate watery larger as one typically gets in Thai, Chinese and Japanese restaurants. At an Ethiopian restaurant in Berkeley I was expecting more of the same but got this, which to my mind performed…

Broken Dream Stout

The finest stout I’ve had in many years and I don’t seem to be alone in this assessment (looking forward to trying their full range — quite an achievement for a brewery that’s only three years old): BeerAdvocate RateBeer alcoholBeerbroken dreamssiren craft brewstout

Without the nutrients in our beer, we would have died

Michael Jackson (no, not that one!) on, to my mind, the greatest brewery of all — my #1 brew of all-time being the Rochefort 10. My tasting notes made the beers sound like foods, and Father Antoine reminded me that they once were. The Trappists still do not eat meat, but once also ruled out fish…

Kwak in London

I ordered two bottles of Kwak for my chum and I at De Hems, a hybrid pub/bar with a superior range of brews. The barman cavalierly plonked the opened bottles on the bar. This sort of service does not befit a bar that supposedly knows how to do things properly: as with all Belgian beers there…

Scotch Hunter

I don’t normally recommend websites/blogs but this one was started by two enthusiasts with day jobs in another world. I assume their naming of their website Scotch Hunter is a tribute/allusion to the chap that started me on the road to educating me in beer, scotch and other wonderful drinks – the late Michael Jackson…

Beer and Philosophy or Drinking and Thinking

Here’s an article from the Huffington Post. Of course, we all know that booze and the philosopher are close friends. Regarding the relationship between the two, there are two schools of thought. 1. that the qualic experience (and alcohol) are part and parcel of creative thought processes. 2. Alcohol is needed to numb the philosopher’s…