Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Beer and Music - My Bhangra Top 10 and Belgian (Flemish) Red Ales

Recently reading articles online and tweets from Pete Brown about beer and music which i found very interesting especially his article in and his comment "Before I became obsessed by the flavour of beer, I was fascinated by its social effect, its role as a catalyst to wonderful occasions".

He continues to say in that article ''Ask someone about the best beer they’ve ever had, and it’s likely they’ll tell you about the location, the people they were with, the view, the ice frosting the glass – all before they get to the beer itself, which they may not even be able to remember". 

How true and it reminds me and I'm sure all of us of family functions, events in which the music, the suits (or Jeans) with the beer helps complete the collage creating a memory in our minds of that day. Not sure if music can help to improve the taste i think brewers are doing a good job at that, it can certainly help to enhance the enjoyment of an event or even our topic of conversation! 

So i contacted Pete and asked him to suggest what style of beer he would pair with Bhangra music (Punjabi Folk) i did think then what was his level of knowledge of this genre and i was very pleased when he suggested Flemish Red Ales. Its a great match.

I won't go on about Flanders Red Ales you all know its about, on Bhangra this music was founded in London in the late 1970s early 1980s by Punjabi immigrants, people like my parents who arrived on these shores in the early 60s and wanted a more familiar alternative to The Who and The Beatles. They took their native folk music and began experimenting creating a genre that is now enjoyed by all.

So those of you familiar with the dance move 'changing the light bulb' you'll enjoy (i hope) my favourite Top 10 Bhangra tracks some quite old school some more recent, matched with Flanders Red Ales. ......... As they say in Punjabi chak de phatte. Enjoy!

10. Captain Bhangre Da by Daljit Mattu and Ravi Bal / Zuur - Ommegang and Liefmans (Duvel-Moortgat) collaboration 


9. Kangna by Dr Zeus feat. Master Rakesh & Shortie Lil Lox Petrus 50/50 Sour - De Brabandere


8. Chandigarh by B21 / Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck 


7. Rail Gaddi by Chirag Pehchan / Echte KriekBrouwerij Verhaeghe


6. Mundian To Bach Ke by Panjabi MC / Duchesse de BourgogneBrouwerij Verhaeghe


5. Maar Chhadapa by Heera  / Monks Café -  Brouwerij Van Steenberge


4. Soho Rd Utey by Apna Sangeet / Rodenbach Foederbier - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.


3. Apna Sangeet Vaje Apna Sangeet by Apna Sangeet / Zoetzuur - De Proef


2. Gidhian Di Raniye by AS Kang / Vichtenaar  - Brouwerij Verhaeghe


1. Hey Jamalo, Tootak Tootak Tootiya by Malkit Singh & Golden Star /  Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.


Cheers! ..........Tulleehoo


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Golden Pints Awards 2014

This annual posting seems to has become now the only blog posting i'm doing, which is a shame as with all the beery traveling and events i attend i could easier bore you all with numerous posts.. Suppose this will be my new years resolution but doubt it will last longer that any fitness resolutions i set myself.

Anyway what a year what a great industry we are now in, brewing has now set a very high standard here in the UK with any new brewery immediately looking to be as or even more creative then the established brew teams... Normally you'd think a startup would have a 2 or even 3 bread and butter sort of beers safe to give them a firm footing but it seems from the word go they want to brew in your face beers.

I'm all for that and i supposed for start ups being this way immediately creative will help them stand out from the crowd and be noticed.....What was the last London brewery count!

Right then here's what passed my lips this years and helped to keep alive my passion for craft beer... Can i use those 2 words anymore LOLS

Best UK Cask Beer –  1st place BREWSTERS - AROMATICA what is there to explain those of you who have drank this beer i hope will agree the aroma the notes and bitterness is very well balanced, top of the list for a session beer...Very very drinkable. 2nd place IIKLEY - THE MAYAN this Chocolate Chipotle Stout is amazing again very well balanced with a good body, if you've not drank this one get off your back side and find a pint.

Best UK Keg Beer- If my wife would allow me to have a keg fitting in the house i'd drink this with a big smile on my face CAMDEN  - INDIA HELLS LAGER

Best UK Bottled Beer or Can - This category should be called train beer.. Best Can Beer is the BEAVERTON - GAMMA RAY gets my vote. Best bottle i vote SIGNATURE BREW - BLACK TONGUE probably the best Black IPA out there this year.  

Best Overseas Draught Beer – My votes guest to Spanish bad boys NAPARBIER - AKER IPA drank this on Keg tasted delicious 

Best Overseas Bottled or Can Beer – Best bottled can't beat the DE RANKE - XXX BITTER if you remember the XX this smashes that.

Best Collaboration brew- What a beer this was can't get any more artisan than this PRESSURE DROP - STRICTLY ROOTS ingredients forgaed by John the poacher the earthy notes from the roots int he porter were amazing.

Best Overall Beer – Bliemy this is a hard on but vote goes to THE KERNEL - BIERE DE TABLE FRESH HOP WGV a beer for any time any occasion.... Superb

Best Pump clip/ Branding –  SIDE PROJECT BREWERY just beautiful

Best UK Brewery – BREWSTERS BREWERY Grantham.. Just great drinkable beer. 

Best Overseas Brewery -I could vote for Cantillon every year but BRASSERIE SAINTE HÉLÈNE get my vote. No doubt the Barley Wine they brew and the Stout called Black Mamba are 2 of the best beers to come out of this camp and Belgium this year.

Best new Brewery Opening 2014 - ONE MILE END what i have tasted so far from this team pleases me

Pub/Bar of the Year – My local is always and will always be my pub of the year KING WILLIAM IV Leyton

Best New Pub/Bar 2014- Bethnal Greens finest MOTHER KELLYS 

Food and Beer Pairing of the Year – ZERESHK POLO MORRGH (Iranian Saffron chicken with Barberry Rice) paired with MAGIC ROCK - RAPTURE 

Beer Festival of the Year – GBBF was fun this year the variety and quality of cask beer on offer from National and Intl brewers was top class.

Supermarket of the Year – Sod them especially ones around my back yard, total shite they sell ...Sorry no vote.

Independent Retailer of the Year – This category is based only on London as they are the only independent bottle shops i frequent and my vote goes to CLAPTON CRAFT just what East London needed....Well done lads 

Online Retailer of the Year - There's only one ALESBYMAIL 

Best Beer Blog or Website - Its got to be the one and only BOAK AND BAILEYS BEER BLOG

Best Beer Book or Magazine – No guessing here BREW BRITANNIA written by you now who  

Simon Johnson Award for Best Beer Twitterer- @PeteBrownBeer 

Best Phone App - Has to be for me UNTAPPD

Best Brewery Website/Social Media - With the network on Twitter they have now also with there numerous bars, its very hard not to see a time line without the mention of BREWDOG  or any of there beers and i'm sure it's set to grow.


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Golden Pints Awards 2013

Right then here we go again... 

Our UK beer scene has again this year been strong right up there i'm pleased to say,  i'm sensing a movement in trend in Europe with Scandinavia impressing very much more than the Southern Europeans. Don't get me wrong still love the Belgian offering even the Italian's but whats coming through from Northern Europe is exciting.

So here goes, here's my The Golden Pint Awards - 2013

Best UK Draught Beer –  I new this would happen i've had to choose 2 winners again, totally on different ends of the spectrum BRODIES - LONDON SOUR (FRUITS OF THE FOREST) and CAIRNGORM BREWERY - BLACK GOLD  both excellent beers.

Best UK Bottled Beer – BEAVERTOWN - STRINGY JACK ok launched late this year but wow one hell of a pumpkin beer.

Best Overseas Draught Beer – STRONZO - BUTLERS CHOICE this Imperial Porter from Denmark is right up there with the best, i'm just loving the stuff coming out of Scandinavia.. 

Best Overseas Bottled Beer – STRÖMSHOLMS BRYGGHUS - GATE GUARDIAN Tropical fruit flowery hop aroma with some mild caramel and touch of spice. Very refreshing. With a brewer who's got the biggest handle bars i've ever scene.. 

Best Overall Beer – Reminded recently again how good this beer is, it's truly a pressure to drink BREWSTERS BREWERY - PALE ALE

Best Pump clip –  It’s got to go to ALPHA STATE clips i’ve seen so far are just soo cool….bring it on.

Best UK Brewery – Bliemy this was a hard one just so much on offer and everyone at a very high standard but i have made my decision…..It’s BRODIES BREWERY (James you ROCK pal) 

Best Overseas Brewery - Daniel keeps hold of his title BRASSERIE THIRIEZ exceptional…Can’t wait for what new in 2014

Pub/Bar of the Year – My local KING WILLIAM IV Non of that urbanism or minimalism even that loungeish plus they’ve just had the gents done up… just a proper East End Boozer

Beer Festival of the Year – STOCKHOLM BEER FESTIVAL - It was bigger this year with another hall added great vibe good crowd and great beer… If you’ve not been look in the mirror and ask yourself WHY!

Supermarket of the Year – SAINSBURY'S  Great selection of beers this year GBBH incl Harbour and Hardknott

Independent Retailer of the Year – STIRCHLEY WINES - Kris your a hop nerd fella keep up the good work.

Online Retailer of the Year - YEP still looking for one that can surprise me...

Best Beer Blog or Website -  BOAK AND BAILEY - When i want to read a blog about beer and our brewing history i don’t want blog that waffles on in many directions, i’ve always found this blog to be informative and very well researched and with a touch of fine banter.

Best Beer Book or Magazine – CRAFT BEER WORLD by Mark Dredge - Good read and good selection of beers many which i have crossed off my beery list this year…Still trying to get my hands on the hop chart though :)

Best Beer Twitterer – @PETEBROWNBEER 

Best Online Brewery presence – Again this year it’s BREWDOG read some stuff on the Twittersphere recently few people having a pop at them (Euh!) but you know what love drinking there beers and they DO make the most noise on Twitter.

Food and Beer Pairing of the Year – Chocolate cake and TITANIC PLUM PORTER any day..

Best Phone App - UnTappd

In 2014 I’d Most Like To… –  For those who know me you know what i’m up to, look forward to 2014 and live the dream.

I thank you.


Sunday, 23 December 2012

Some more non UK beers i've drunk in 2012 - Look out for them

Cracking finds from some of Europe's finest craft breweries, if you can track them down on your journeys you'll enjoy these.. 

1, Almogàver - Cervesa Artesanal - Spain
2, Lucky Jack - Lervig Aktiebryggeri - Norway
3, Riner - Ca l'Arenys - Spain
4, Montserrat - Ca l'Arenys - Spain
5, Gregorius -  Stift Engelszell Trappistenbier-Brauerei - Austria
6, Psychedelia - Bières Craig Allen - France
7, Sotholmen stout - Nynashamns Angbryggeri - Sweden
8,  Tinta de Pop - Cerveses Popaire - Spain
9, Russian Imperial Stout - Emelisse - The Nederlands
10, Birra 08 - Zero Vuit - Spain
11, Bruna - Cervesa Espiga - Spain
12, Noblesse - De Dochter van de Korenaar - Belgium
13, Embrasse -  De Dochter van de Korenaar - Belgium
14, Finesse -  De Dochter van de Korenaar - Belgium
15, French Connection Blond - Brasserie Thiriez - France
16 La Blond d' Esquelbecq -  Brasserie Thiriez - France
17, Etoile du Nord -  Brasserie Thiriez - France
18, Bacco Perbacco - Birrificio Leonessa - Italy
19, Donker - Birrificio Extraomnes - Italy
20,Pink IPA - Alond 22 - Italy