Fourmonths. Four months - almost to the day - since the last article posted on the site. And I don't even have a good excuse for that. It's not like I can come out and say "The dog ate it!" or "It's my first day" - or even tweet "Covfefe" to distract you all for a minute. Plain and simple, I'm a lazy bastard. That about sums it up.
In my defence - not that anyone care's - on top of being a lazy bastard, it has actually been a fairly hectic few months. For the sake of trying to avoid a huge conflict of interests, I won't go into any details about the main time sink in my life right now. All I'll say is that following your dream sometimes means working 14-hour days with very little in the way of recompense, in the hope that at some point down the line, you can pay someone else to work daft hours, while you sip pina coladas in the Caribbean. Such is life.
I guess the main question now though is - are we still relevant in 2019? Although, the more pertinent question would be - were we ever relevant at all? Given the huge gap since the last review on the site, does anyone (still) care that we are shambling on, like some undead abomination?
"I guess the main question now is - are we still relevant in 2019? Or were we ever..."
But look - between working long hours and extreme bouts of apathy, I've somehow found time to drink some decent beer and it only seems right that I put a few words together to publish here, in the hope of drumming up a little interest in the site again. The beer in question this time, is Beavertown's Black Betty, which - at 7% ABV - was the kick in the arse I needed to get my review hat back on for the site. It's a rather nice hat too, with a giant feather in it.
So look - we've gone over, in great detail, the politics of BT's recent acquisition by Heineken last year. I'm not going to go into it here - if you want to know my opinions on the matter, click this link and strap yourself in. The only thing I will say here is this - Beavertown, before being bought out by Heineken, made good beer. Thankfully, post-buyout Beavertown STILL make good beer. And as far as I'm concerned right now, that's all that matters.
"Beavertown, before their buy out, made good beer. Thankfully, post-buyout, they still make good beer."
They also have some cracking designs on their cans. Go and click on a couple of those photos and bask in the glory on that artwork. Apologies for the photos as well - I was trying to recreate the Jurassic Park T-Rex Jeep scene using my sons toys, only for him to decide that he wanted to join in too, so the photos are pants.
The beer, like the artwork, is also excellent. The first you'll notice when you take a sip, is how much substance it has. This is a big bodied beer - it's almost chewy. There's a creaminess to it that coats the inside of your mouth and lingers after swallowing. It's not quite a Guinness on the Beer Body Scale (which I've just created), but man, it isn't far off it. If I was a TV chef, I'd be doing that thing they do with custard, where they coat the back of a spoon and then draw a finger through it to show how thick it is. Also, mmmm... custard...
There are some bold flavours going on too. The predominate one for me, was a sort of orange/tangerine mash-up, followed by passion fruit, with maybe a slice of grapefruit thrown in for good measure. There's also a spiciness to it too - I had a definite tingle on tongue after drinking Black Betty, and a little heat at the back of my throat. Not unpleasant, but definitely noticeable. And despite being a hefty 7% ABV, this is a smooth beer. It doesn't smack you about the head, like some strong beers - it's fairly refined by comparison. That's not to say you won't feel a buzz by the time you hit the bottom of the can - it's just not the same hit (or smack) you'd get from drinking a can of super ale. This is the Duchess of Cambridge, not the Marquis de Sade.
"This is the Duchess of Cambridge, not the Marquis de Sade..."
And that brings us to the end of this comeback review. If you made it this far, then please accept my sincerest apologies for our absence recently. Hopefully we can kick into high gear again off the back of this article and get things back on track. Failing that, we'll just get really drunk and start pumping out bollocks like the article I wrote about Untappd over a year ago. Either way, enjoy the ride!