So, Poets’ Day Pint is a year old. And it’s time for a bit of a change.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing my mini reviews – or “tasting notes” as a friend described them recently. I guess they’re tasting notes in a way, but laymans’ tasting notes, which is what I always set out to do.
However, as we start 2017, I want to make my posts a little broader, looking at other elements of beer and brewing, featuring different breweries, possibly a chat with a brewer here and there, or maybe even a pub visit article or two.
The tasting notes will remain, but in a shorter format, and you can see the first one of the year below. Like this one, where possible, I will add them on to the bottom of the blog post.
Last year was an eye-opener for me, when it came to beer. I started to use the Untappd app to keep track of what I’d tried and to tip me the wink if somewhere nearby was serving one of the beers I’d liked.
What’s interesting is that Untappd tells me I tried 129 different beers last year. Truth be told, it will have been more than that, but there were some I tried when I had no access to data or wi-fi to log the beer, and, let’s be honest, there were one or two days of sampling when the final drinks never got recorded.
So far this year, I’m on my fourth unique ale and both the Liquid Mistress I am supping as I type this (see below) and Dark Nights, from the Weard’ale Brewery, which I enjoyed on a New Year’s day wander around Weardale, County Durham, warrant further investigation.
So, it’s another year of exploration, a year in which I am indulging my own desire to fit a beer pump at home, and a year in which I plan to visit a lot of breweries, some that I have been to before, and some I’ve been wanting to take a trip to for a long time. I’ll keep you up to date here.
But before I go, I have to write a quick few words about January. We’ve all heard about Dry January and I won’t argue the health and wellbeing benefits such a detox can bring. However, if it’s not for you, then perhaps you can embrace “Try January”, a chance to sample new beers, support your local pub, and enjoy a responsible drink that’s full of flavour, has a real positive economic impact upon communities, and that opens up the taste buds to new wonders.
Name of beer
Siren Craft Brew
What the brewer says
“The Sirens of Greek mythology would entice mariners with their magical songs. Their voices would entwine into a complex, layered melody. At Siren Craft Brew, we work in a similar way, combining four ingredients that interact together in magical ways to create our ales.
“Liquid Mistress is our femme fatale – mysterious, seductive and disarming. She draws and charms drinkers with her full, red colours. You will soon desire her biscuit-and-burnt-raisin malt base, and peach and grapefruit spark. Her devious hop hit will steal your breath.”
What PDP Says
Today’s beer is Liquid Mistress, a red IPA from Siren Craft Brew. It was one of a selection bought for me from Christmas by a good friend, who’s clearly taken note of the blog and noticed I’m a big fan of red ales and of IPAs.
Well, I’ve tried a number of IPAs over the last year, including some dark IPAs and even a black IPA, but this is a first and it’s pleasing to say it combines the best bits of an IPA – not too hop-heavy, but still flavoursome – with that lovely slight fruitiness you get in a decent red.
If you’re new to red ale, don’t mistake these for fruit beers, which can often go too far, particularly in the case of strawberry beers; nice enough drinks, but not beery enough.
This hits the nail on the head, in the same way Brewdog’s excellent 5am Saint does. 5am’s one of my favourite beers, so this is praise indeed to liken the two.
With a 5.8%ABV, it’s probably a good job it comes in a 330ml bottle, rather than a 500ml, but on a quieter session I might (ok, would definitely) be tempted to a second bottle.
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I’m 44, I don’t (always) have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more