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Sat, 23 Apr 2011

Giving up sobriety for Lent 2011: final week, week 7

The Church of Greg's School of Experimental Theology has noted that followers of lesser faiths claim to get spiritual benefits from giving up things that their deity disapproves of, such as fun and tasty food. Greg disapproves of being a po-faced teetotal git, so as an experiment this year observant Greggists are giving up sobriety.

Day 35: Mon 18 Apr

Shepherd Neame
Whistable Bay ale
Day 36: Tue 19 Apr

Oranjeboom
Day 37: Wed 20 Apr

Tyskie
Day 38: Thu 21 Apr

Badger Brewery
Fursty Ferret
Day 39: Fri 22 Apr

Scotch Malt Whisky Society
cask no 3.58
11y.o. Bowmore, 59.3%
Day 40: Sat 23 Apr

M&S Cornish IPA
brewed by the
St. Austell brewery

Oranjeboom: the beer with the name that sounds like it tastes. Being Dutch, its name sounds like someone spitting.

Posted at 23:20 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | religion
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Sat, 16 Apr 2011

Giving up sobriety for Lent 2011: week 6

The Church of Greg's School of Experimental Theology has noted that followers of lesser faiths claim to get spiritual benefits from giving up things that their deity disapproves of, such as fun and tasty food. Greg disapproves of being a po-faced teetotal git, so as an experiment this year observant Greggists are giving up sobriety.

Day 29: Mon 11 Apr

Sharp's Atlantic IPA
Day 30: Tue 12 Apr

Tusker Kenyan lager
Day 31: Wed 13 Apr

Dragon Stout
Day 32: Thu 14 Apr

Guinness Foreign
Extra Stout
Day 33: Fri 15 Apr

Carr Taylor
apricot wine
Day 34: Sat 16 Apr

Tanglefoot

Does Tusker taste of elephant piss? Dunno, I've never knowingly drunk elephant piss.

Posted at 21:28 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | religion
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Sat, 9 Apr 2011

Giving up sobriety for Lent 2011: week 5

The Church of Greg's School of Experimental Theology has noted that followers of lesser faiths claim to get spiritual benefits from giving up things that their deity disapproves of, such as fun and tasty food. Greg disapproves of being a po-faced teetotal git, so as an experiment this year observant Greggists are giving up sobriety.

Day 23: Mon 4 Apr

Grolsch Weizen
Day 24: Tue 5 Apr

A point o' the
black stoff
Day 25: Wed 6 Apr

Kirsch
Day 26: Thu 7 Apr

Badger Brewery
"Stinger" nettle ale
Day 27: Fri 8 Apr

Gin, no tonic
Bombay Sapphire
Day 28: Sat 9 Apr

Hannibal's Nectar

As you can see, I have now drunk all the decent beer in my Monday pub. I would have had something delicious from Sharps's brewery, but some bastard had drunk it all before I got there.

Posted at 19:06 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | religion
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Sat, 2 Apr 2011

Giving up sobriety for Lent 2011: week 4

The Church of Greg's School of Experimental Theology has noted that followers of lesser faiths claim to get spiritual benefits from giving up things that their deity disapproves of, such as fun and tasty food. Greg disapproves of being a po-faced teetotal git, so as an experiment this year observant Greggists are giving up sobriety.

Day 17: Mon 28 Mar

UBU, from the
Purity Brewing Company
Day 18: Tue 29 Mar

Shepherd Neame
Master Brew
Day 19: Wed 30 Mar

Weird Swedish Schnapps
Day 20: Thu 31 Mar

Heineken
Day 21: Fri 1 Apr

Pear and strawberry "cider"
Day 22: Sat 2 Apr

Harveys Old Ale

"Bäska Droppar" is Scandiwegian for "moose piss and paraffin cocktail".

Posted at 20:59 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | religion
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Sat, 26 Mar 2011

Giving up sobriety for Lent 2011: week 3

The Church of Greg's School of Experimental Theology has noted that followers of lesser faiths claim to get spiritual benefits from giving up things that their deity disapproves of, such as fun and tasty food. Greg disapproves of being a po-faced teetotal git, so as an experiment this year observant Greggists are giving up sobriety.

Day 11: Mon 21 Mar

Adnams Lighthouse
Day 12: Tue 22 Mar

Shepherd Neame Spitfire
Day 13: Wed 23 Mar

Sloe brandy
Day 14: Thu 24 Mar

Black cherry liqueur
Day 15: Fri 25 Mar

Old Speckled Hen
Day 16: Sat 26 Mar

Asahi

I like to think that Dr. Samuel Johnson would approve of the DVD sitting on top of his fine dictionary (in which "sausage" is mis-sorted).

Posted at 20:07 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | religion
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Sat, 19 Mar 2011

Giving up sobriety for Lent 2011: week 2

The Church of Greg's School of Experimental Theology has noted that followers of lesser faiths claim to get spiritual benefits from giving up things that their deity disapproves of, such as fun and tasty food. Greg disapproves of being a po-faced teetotal git, so as an experiment this year observant Greggists are giving up sobriety.

Day 5: Mon 14 Mar

Black Sheep Ruddy Ram
Day 6: Tue 15 Mar

Shepherd Neame Kent's Best
Day 7: Wed 16 Mar

just a little ginger wine :-)
Day 8: Thu 17 Mar

Jameson's whiskey
Day 9: Fri 18 Mar

Fuller's Chiswick Bitter
Day 10: Sat 19 Mar

Whisky toddy, made with Glenlivet

Those with sharp eyes will note that in the background of the picture of the whisky toddy, nestled in between Shakespeare and Whitman, are copies of Winnie The Pooh and The House At Pooh Corner, or, as they're called in the original Latin, Winnie Ille Pu and Domus Anguli Puensis. I recommend them.

Posted at 22:20 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | religion
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Sat, 12 Mar 2011

Giving up sobriety for Lent 2011: week 1

The Church of Greg's School of Experimental Theology has noted that followers of lesser faiths claim to get spiritual benefits from giving up things that their deity disapproves of, such as fun and tasty food. Greg disapproves of being a po-faced teetotal git, so as an experiment this year observant Greggists are giving up sobriety.

Day 1: Wed 9 Mar

Cider brandy
Day 2: Thu 10 Mar

Myrtle gin
Day 3: Fri 11 Mar

Fuller's Bengal Lancer
Day 4: Sat 12 Mar

Sake. Hakushika Nama. Hot.

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Posted at 19:13 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | religion
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Wed, 11 Feb 2009

Whisky vs Whiskey: a style guide:

The booze columnist for the New York Times recently made a frightful error. But to give credit where credit is due, he then Did The Right Thing and got his editors to correct their style guide. However, while the new style guide is better than the previous one, it's still wrong. The rules for when to spell it whisky or whiskey are as follows:

  • Malt never has an 'e', unless made in Ireland or the US, in which case it always does;
  • Everything else always has an 'e', unless it's Canadian or a Scottish blend, in which case it never does.

"Citation needed!" I hear you cry!

Very well! A citation you shall have! Stroll leisurely over to your drinks cabinet, and from it extract bottles of Amrut (a single malt from India) and Yamazaki (a single malt from Japan). Notice how they spell 'whisky' - without an e. Then visit one of your friends who lacks taste, and examine his bottle of Famous Grouse. That too has no e. Now, look at your bottles of Jameson's, Knob Creek and Blanton's. They all spell it 'whiskey'. Finally, look at the website for that rare bird, the American single malt, and also at one for a Canadian single malt. Notice that the American distillery uses an e, where the Canadian one doesn't.

Thankyou for your attention.

Posted at 20:43 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | language | whisky
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Tue, 13 Jan 2009

Pub closures

CAMRA will tell you that 30-odd pubs close every week, and that this is a terrible thing. What they don't tell you is how many of those pubs are like this one, which the owners want to demolish. The Parchmore Tavern is at the top of my road, and has been a crappy pub for all the time I've lived here. The beer was bad, it was dirty, and it didn't attract a particularly pleasant crowd. I suppose it's a bit similar in that respect to the Fountain Head nearby which has also closed - indifferent beer (although better than at the Parchmore), could do with a clean, and not very welcoming.

I'm glad to see the back of pubs like that. They obviously closed because they couldn't compete with the other local boozers - of which one is excellent, two are good, and one is merely OK but does good business because of is location.

Your typical CAMRA member would at this point pipe up and say "the pubs were profitable and have only been closed so they can be turned into flats by an eeeeeevil developer!". He would be wrong, of course. Developers aren't building a damned thing these days :-)

Oh, and another thing CAMRA people don't say so much about is how many pubs are opening. Probably not as many as 30, and no doubt lots of them are the sort of pub that CAMRA disapprove of, but the situation is nowhere near as bad as they like to make out.

Posted at 20:56 by David Cantrell
keywords: culture | drinking | london
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Mon, 25 Aug 2008

New Cocktail: the Caipiranha

I have invented a new cocktail. It is based on my favourite cocktail, the caipirinha, which consists of cachaça, limes, and sugar, with ice. The Caipiranha is exactly the same, but with the addition of live fish. Truly adventurous drinkers will use piranhas. However, for beginners I recommend starting with a couple of neon tetras per glass and working your way up.

Posted at 15:50 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking
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Wed, 26 Dec 2007

Mulled cider

To half a gallon of strong sweet cider, add half a lemon, half an orange (both chopped into tiny bits, as unto those who are naughty in the lord's sight), some sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, and simmer for a couple of minutes.

Posted at 00:54 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking
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Sun, 23 Dec 2007

Queen's Christmas Speech Drinking Game

Drink whenever she:

  • says "my family" or "I";
  • says anything fatuous;
  • mentions the country
Posted at 14:21 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | silly
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Wed, 31 Oct 2007

Halloween

Total number of small children who came round trick or treating this evening: zero.

This is most unfortunate, as it means I didn't manage to get rid of any of the cans of vile lager left over from when I had a visitor a few weeks ago.

Posted at 22:45 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | silly
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Sat, 14 Jul 2007

Cider duty exemption

Small cider producers are exempt from paying duty on their booze, something which is vital to the survival of many of our hundreds of small cider producers. Moves are afoot to re-examine this exemption, and possibly scrap it. If this happens, it will mean the end for many small-scale producers and the consequent loss of many unique brews. There is a petition on the PM's webshite, asking him to ensure that they can continue brewing. I strongly urge all of my UK readers to sign up.

Posted at 19:55 by David Cantrell
keywords: culture | drinking | politics
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Mon, 16 Apr 2007

A brilliant idea

I have had a brilliant idea.

Take a bottle of gin. Drink half of it. Then fill the bottle with biltong. Let it sit for a coupla weeks, pour through a coffee filter into another bottle, and you have meat-flavoured booze! And alcoholic meat! Huzzah!

Posted at 19:45 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | silly | weird
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Sun, 11 Mar 2007

Ministry of Truth

The Minister of Truth, he say "never mind the previous drunken babbling, it was never here". Look! Kittens!

Posted at 16:02 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | lolcats
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Sun, 10 Sep 2006

Precision

Today I was at precisely 0°0'0". Greenwich is cool. I yelled very loudly "THE WORLD IS MEASURED FROM HERE". Aside from the museums, it is teeming with fine pubs, at which I got very precisely tipsy.

Posted at 22:19 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | geeky | london
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Wed, 6 Sep 2006

An etiquette question

When one goes to a restaurant and finds that one's neighbour is one of the waiters, what should one do? I got drunk (well, more drunk) on sake and broke crockery.

Sorry Geoff.

Posted at 00:30 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking | etiquette
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Fri, 1 Sep 2006

YAPC::Europe 2006 report: day 2

It appeared to be another day of mostly social track, although I went to a few talks in the morning. Back to the same place for curry again in the evening. Very good. I remember what it was called now. Bombay Mix, Broad St, Birmingham.

Posted at 17:33 by David Cantrell
keywords: curry | drinking
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Thu, 31 Aug 2006

YAPC::Europe 2006 report: day 1

Most of the talks on the programme didn't particularly appeal, so after Larry's keynote and Ovid's TPF talk I disappeared for the, errm ... social track, yes, that's it, the social track of the conference, which was at the Wellington pub with its fifteen real ales. Mmmm.

That went really well :-)

In the early evening we came back to the hotel where we picked up some fellow-travellers for curry. Mmmm again.

Posted at 13:05 by David Cantrell
keywords: curry | drinking
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Wed, 30 Aug 2006

YAPC::Europe 2006 report: day 0

As the train arrived in Birmingham I realised why I hate this town so much. It's because it's just a larger clone of Croydon, only with a nastier accent.Several of us attempted to drown the hideousness with BOOZE. I dreamt that a drunken dha came back to the hotel with me and loudly claimed to be a political prisoner.

Posted at 07:07 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking
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Wed, 24 May 2006

Damnit the sun is rising

Damnit the sun is rising and I only just got back from the pub (via Bob and Kake's place). Ah well, this presents me with a good - nay, unique! - opportunity to see what the overnight mailing list traffic is like! Never let anyone say that I'm not dedicated!

Posted at 04:36 by David Cantrell
keywords: drinking
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