Name of beer
Banks’s Exceptional Amber Bitter
What the brewer says
“Crafted with the finest ingredients to deliver a deep gold amber beer with a clean finish and fruity overtones. The blend of fuggles and goldings – the classic twin hop masterpiece delivers a classic English beer.”
PDP says: Home alone in someone else’s house, catching up on the inauguration of Donald Trump.
I was, some might say, fortunate to have been otherwise engaged earlier, and I’m tuning in during the build-up to the parade. Many have already suggested on social media that they are only watching for the excitement of an assassination attempt.
It’s not happened, yet, but I’m not sure if they will be disappointed or relieved. I hope it’s the latter. Whatever your politics, bumping off the new President of the United States of America is a bit extreme and probably against many of the moral and ethical standpoints that those who oppose his election cling to.
Personally, I have filed Donald Trump alongside Brexit and Sunderland’s chances of remaining in the Premier League. All three are in a little recess of my mind that I call: “Sod all I can do about it, but I’ll keep an eye on the situations and blindly hope for the best.”
It’s as good a time as any to crack open a beer.
I’ve gone for Banks’s “Exceptional Amber Bitter”, a beer I’ve never tried, but regular readers will know I’m always up for trying a red.
It’s a fairly evenly-balanced flavoured red, not too overpowering, with a good bitter finish.
It is, as the bottle says, a “classic English beer”, reminiscent of some of the first decent beers I tried, many years ago, before I appreciated them.
I’d definitely go for this beer again, especially if I found it on a bar and was settling in for a few.
It’s a very “sessionable” beer and I make no apologies for using that word.
As I went to find the bottle opener a few minutes ago, I walked past a radio that is left playing in the house. Someone was trying to put a light spin on things, or possibly simply trying to find a new way f saying the same things that have been said countless times since election day likening Trump to Batman and saying that Batman succeeds “because he has a good Robin”. His point is that he hopes there are good advisors for President Trump.
I look again at the 3.8% ABV on the bottle. Perhaps, as the meme above says: “I’m going to need something stronger to listen to this b******.”
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