So today I went to Twickenham, to have a pint of Twickenham Ales Naked Ladies– a lively, hoppy ale with a gentle mouthfeel and sunny color. I drank this in the Fox pub– a dim, wonky-walled 17th century pub complete with taxidermied foxes and old men nursing their pints.
Then I went to Real Ale, a store that has a fantastic, ever-changing selection of great beers from all over the world, and a knowledgeable and friendly staff on hand to coax you into buying even more beer. There are staff picks in the store as well as helpful tasting notes for each beer. I spent a lot of money and added to my stash of beers, pictured below:
I’ve been in hoarding mode. Time to start drinking. What should I crack open next?
- BrewDog Coffee Imperial Stout
- BrewDog Hardcore IPA
- BrewDog Paradox Isle of Arran
- BrewDog Paradox Smokehead
- BrewDog The Physics
- BrewDog Speedball
- BrewDog Tokyo
- BrewDog Zeitgeist
- Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout
- Cantillon Kriek
- Goose Island Matilda
- Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
- Stone IPA
- Thomas Hardy’s Ale
- Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier
- Innis & Gunn Blonde
- Innis & Gunn Original
- Oakleaf Brewing Company, Maypole Mild
- Vale Brewing Company, Black Swan Dark Mild
If anyone has food pairing ideas for any of these (The Rauchbier I’ve had on tap before and will be looking for some smoked cheese for it), suggestions would be welcome. Also, if you have written about these before a heads up would be cool.
Then, of course, there is Lemmy’s stash:
I don’t know which is worse, his can of Fosters or his obvious pandering to the LOL crowd.