Thursday, March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011

Another Week... Other Tastings... Bubbling Under...

A short dispatch this week. A long-winded contemplation on another tragedy and our feeble measures in response has been rendered redundant by the enthusiastic response of our customers.

Another Week..

..another soul-numbing, catastrophic natural disaster.

This email was going to dedicate paragraph after paragraph explaining the motivation and the details behind a hastily arrange fund-raising tasting of Japanese craft beer that we are holding next week. But after starting to take bookings yesterday there are now only three two places left. Can we simply say that there are more details and the chance to book at

Since numbers for this charity tasting are strictly limited, we'd like to provide another way for people to contribute, so we've donated some bottles and merchandise from the Baird brewery, along with one of our own rare and very stylish cooler bag/backpacks. We're raffling this set of goodies off at $2 a ticket with the winner to be drawn during next Thursday's tasting. You can buy tickets at the bar.

Other Tastings

We're all really looking forward to our food and beer night on April 12th with a menu prepared by Sam Whitney. Unfortunately for those who haven't booked yet there are no places left. But if this event leads to as much satisfaction as we hope, then we may well make it a regular event.

Meanwhile the Sour Beer Tasting on April the 19th is about half full. Go to to book for this.

Bubbling Under

As ever, there are treats in store over the coming few days for the discerning drinker :-

  • The return of Golden Ticket Black Emperor. Was this the best named beer of 2010? This time the hoppy schwarzbier (or black pilsener?) has been hopped with local varieties.
  • Remember the Captain Cooker we promised last week? Instead of that, we had delivered to us an extra keg of Golden Goose, from the same brewery. The error has been corrected and another keg of Captain Cooker is on the premises.
  • Peak Brewery is back with the best batch of Mendip Bitter we've tasted.
  • Another keg of Bear Republic's Big Bear Black Stout, all 8.1%ABV of it, awaits.
  • On "the Japanese tap" there are a few servings left of the delicious, spicy Jubilation Ale with Teikoku IPA taking its place. And this week $2 from every glass of Japanese beer served from the taps goes to the Japanese Red Cross.


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