Friday, December 12, 2014

Beer Review: Boneshaker

"It was good. It had an aftertaste."

A repeat from the last beer advent, Boneshaker was previously ranked ninth, ahead of Russian Gun Imperial, but behind three different flavours of Innis & Gunn. Yesterday Kevin asked me with big hopeful eyes if there were any Innis & Gunn in this years advent.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Beer Review: Piraat


The build-up:
Piraat. A Belgian beer. I have a feeling this one is going to be good. Look at the percentage on this one! Ten and a half percent! Let's get her going. This is going to give the mead a run for it's money.

The review:
It was pretty good. Not as good as the mead. That one is going to be hard to beat.

Missed Beer Reviews

Rafiki and I didn't chat on the phone for the past couple days, so I missed my nightly beer review. So tonight I asked for a summary.

Shepherd Neame & Co. Christmas Ale:
However it was the last beer advent line-up, and ranked eleventh, just ahead of Hockley's Amber Ale and just behind Russian Gun Imperial.

Downtown Brown All Natural Ale:
It was okay... Okay.

Trafalgar ESB (Extra Special Bitter):
It was bitter.

Mead Review: Trafalgar Ginger Mead

Today's beer review came as a text message: "Where did you get that beer Ginger Mead?? The one with the viking on the front. AMAZING!!! Don't tell anyone about it. It's our secret. I might clean out the shelves of this stuff! :)"

Later he added,"The look of it was great. The taste of it was great. It's the one. Better than beer. Better than wine. And the top looks like it's wine, because it has a cork in the top." and in the background Rafiki's brother shouted "It's all about the mead!" He liked it too.

Gifts from the Earth

Today my boss and I gave each other a series of gifts that we found in the gardens.

She gave me a set of practice nunchucks, white pine pinecones, and a pencil.

I gave her a spoon.

I went home with my pinecones and nunchucks tucked into a coffee holder. I really liked it.
I also visited Rambo the Carrot Rustler who is enchantingly enchanted by christmas lights. He sits in his stroller and his tiny red mittens point at them as we pass by.

Inspired I put up my own christmas lights which glint like jube-jubes in their big round bushes.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Beer Review 3: Augustijn

It's small but it's strong! 9%. That is a strong beer. I dunno what they do to make it so – put a shot of whisky in it... It's good, but it got me! Straight to my head, and I didn't even drink the whole thing; split it with my brother. Tastes good."

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Beer Review 2: Boundary Ale

"It was better than the first one."

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Beer Review

My favourite part of doing a beer advent for Rafiki is getting the nightly beer review.

I don't drink beer. I have no idea what I bought. I buy it purely for the aesthetic pleasure for the labels - and after last beer advent, I now (usually) check the labels to see if the alcohol content is at least 5%. The Rafiki brothers like strong beer.

Tonight's beer review for Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale, "It was okay. :)"

...a little anti-climactic.

ps. The beer review expanded a little more that night: "It was a dark beer. 6%. It had a bit of an after taste after a while... a weird one."