Well, they do say it's good to be fashionably late to the party however given Andy has really hit the ground running with his reviews since the site has had life breathed into it, I think it's more than time I made my debut review. I'm going to try approach these articles with all the same intent as a good Best Man's Speech. There will be piles of sarcasm, some questionable stories and hopefully plenty of laughs, more than likely at someone else's expense. Normally at the end of such occasions someone buys me a drink...
Picking the subject of the first review was no easy task, as there have been so many top contenders since I really started to pay better attention to what I'm drinking. I think I started documenting my beer and bourbon exploits on Instagram (shameless plug) around February this year and followed it up with using Untappd around April. 100 or so beers later and there is a hefty catalogue of stunning craft beers to choose from - as well as a hall of shame for some horrific offerings that belong down the sink. Which is a truly disgusting thing to resort to and it makes me sick to my stomach but I think 2 or 3 have pushed me to the brink.
Recently I've stepped away from the Beer 52 / Flavourly beer clubs and I've been sourcing beers elsewhere. My current haunt of choice is a pretty under the radar joint in Bothwell Main Street by the name of Canape Wines (www.canapewines.co.uk). I stumbled upon this place only a couple of weeks ago after a work colleague advised me of an Orgasmic (sic Organic, I think - damn typo) Chocolate Stout he'd been regularly devouring. It's very much a hidden gem of a place as they really don't do much in the way of advertising (something they freely admit) - their website doesn't serve them too well and their name is a touch misleading given that it misses the point that they have a great eye for picking up small batch craft beers (and Gin it would seem but given I'm not a 40yr old Woman I know zip about it). One short chat with the shops Manager (I think) and I realise that they have a genuine passion for it and ideas on what they qualify as 'craft'. A discussion always about as diverse as Marmite in the grand scheme of things. Note - If you like/love Marmite in any way - on toast/a crumpet/your wife; you need to seek immediate help as it should be enough to get you certified insane.
My choice of beer for the Inaugural effort on my part on this new venture is, as you can see from the pictures, Farmageddon Brewing Co-Ops Indian Export Porter (5.2% & Vegan Friendly). I'd already tried their Double IPA which was a fantastic introduction to the Brewer from Northern Ireland. One of the things about
All in all this is a superb porter. Farmaggedon Brewing Co-Op have a good range as well, so I look forward to getting to sample some more of what they are about. And, as if I couldn't find enough good things about them from the beers to talk about - the blurb on the bottle suggests that the name came from late night chats amongst the team, about what you would need to survive a Zombie Apocalypse. Brewing their own beer and raising their own animals was top of their list. And I must agree. Given current political climates, it feels like only a matter of time until a major catastrophe and the end of the civilisation as we know it. The beer must go on. So I stand with them. Team Farmageddon!!!