The Session # 15 – ¡puedes participar en español!

session-logo-r-sm.jpgEste mes tenemos el placer de organizar “The Session” – donde los beer-bloggers de todo el mundo escriben sobre el mismo tema en el primer viernes del mes. Queremos invitar a los hispano-hablantes a participar también.

Continuando nuestro tema de “Beervangelism”, queremos que escribas sobre el momento cuando “viste la luz”. ¿En qué momento te diste cuenta de que eres una entusiasta / un aficionado a la cerveza? ¿Qué cerveza (s) empezó la conversión? ¿Con quién descubriste la cerveza?

En pocas palabras, ¿cómo comenzó tu pasión por la cerveza buena?

Si puedes escribir sobre una cerveza específica, mejor, para que podamos ver si hay algunas tendencias.

¡Esperamos que te apuntes!

Notas

  1. Para participar, escribe tu post el viernes 2 de mayo, y nos envía el enlace, ya sea a través de un comentario, o por correo electrónico [boakandbailey@gmail.com].
  2. The Session comenzó como una idea en “Appellation Beer”, uno de nuestros favoritos. A veces el tema trata de un tipo específico de cerveza, en otras ocasiones el tema es más general. Para los enlaces y un resumen de todos las Sesiones anteriores, sigue este enlace.

 

Worthington White Shield doesn’t work in pubs

wws1.jpgThe first time we tried Worthington White Shield, we weren’t especially impressed. People told us that we needed to let it mature, so we gave that a go. The aged bottle did, indeed, taste fantastic.

But is there any room in the pub trade for a beer that needs to be aged for at least a year before it starts to live up to its reputation, and which tastes awful cold? I doubt we’re going to get pubs to change their habit of putting bottled beer in the fridge in a hurry, so beers which taste nice a bit frosty have a definite commercial advantage.

White Shield is a beer that only really makes sense at home.

Buenos lugares para cerveza en Westminster, Londres

[Introductory note – this article first appeared in English way back in August 07. We’ve updated it recently with a couple of new pubs]

Este artículo apareció en inglés en este blog en agosto 2007. Espero que sea útil para los turistas-cerveceras en Londres, especialmente para los que quieren probar cervezas inglesas. Hay mapa abajo.

parliament.jpgEs dificil encontrar buenos lugares para beber cerveza buena en Westminster. Westminster es una de las destinaciones más visitadas en el Reino Unido, por eso los pubs mas visibles son los más turísticos, que venden “fish and chips” de calidad inferior y cerveza muy cara. Pero hay algunas joyas, la mayoría llena de funcionarios y políticos, charlando… [este artículo continúa…]

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Beer people

session-logo-r-sm.jpgThis month’s Session topic, chosen by Stonch, is “beer people”.

We puzzled over this one a bit. We’ve met the odd brewer and some pub landlords, but that’s about it when it comes to beer people. “Most of the people we know,” we thought, “aren’t that bothered about beer.”

And that’s the market most ale breweries are working in.

People like our mate Jack are where they make the bulk of their money. Jack drinks real ale by default — it’s in his blood and, these days, a cultural prejudice of the educated middle classes. But he won’t go out of his way to try new beers. If he goes to a pub and all the real ale is off, he’ll be disappointed, shrug, and order a Guinness. He’s not bothered enough about beer to walk to another pub.

On our visit to the Oakdale Arms on Sunday, we met another character who struck us as being a typical British real ale drinker. Charlie was a very chatty, friendly bloke who wandered over to say hello. He wanted to know if we were “tickers”, having seen our type before. We denied it hotly, of course. He then told us that his big problem was that the beer he’d been drinking was off, and he didn’t like to change. “I tend to find a beer I like and stick to it,” he said. “I’m not bothered about trying new things.” But he was adamant about one thing: he was a real ale drinker through and through.

How much money can a brewery make by appealing only to ‘beer people’? Or beer geeks, if you like. Not as much as it can by appealing to people who just want a weakish, refreshing pint of ale and becoming their default choice, perhaps.

A local pub, not just for local people

The Oakdale Arms in Seven Sisters, North London, is the sister pub of the famous Pembury Tavern, but it’s a completely different creature.

The Good Beer Guide has a code it uses to describe pubs like this: they call it a ‘community pub’. In other words, people who actually live near the pub go there. That sometimes translates into a slightly unwelcoming atmosphere, but not here.

For one thing, the locals are very friendly — more of that on Friday when we get to the Session. Secondly, the locals aren’t the only clientele. They rub shoulders with a mix of CAMRA types sniffing their pints and taking notes, and the odd posh person from one of the huge Victorian houses in Finsbury Park’s middle class ghetto. Finally, the bar staff are so friendly. Before taking my order, the bar manager paused to ask: “How are you, mate?” That was nice.

Unlike the Pembury, the Oakdale is cosy, shady and full of moth-eaten carpet, velvet and wood. It’s a real boozer. But, to give it a 21st century edge, there’s a fully stocked mp3 jukebox and a projector filling one wall with Nintendo Wii games. This is an interesting touch — lots of people play computer games these days, not just kids, and it kind of added to the atmosphere. The photo above is of one of the bar staffing having a go on Guitar Hero. He dropped his little plastic guitar like a shot when someone came to the bar, though.

The beer was in perfect condition. There were six Milton’s and two guests, plus a lot of interesting bottles. Of particular note, Great Oakley Gobble, a pale, hoppy beer which reminded Boak of ‘gripe water‘. After a quick text to Any Questions Answered, we narrowed the similarity down to a powerful fennel flavour.

Unfortunately, the pub was very quiet. It’s in the middle of nowhere, frankly, so it’s not surprising. But it really is worth a trip if you want to support this kind of enterprise.