Showing posts with label beer hero. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beer hero. Show all posts

Friday, January 23, 2009

Beer Hero of the Week

Firstly let me thank Knut Albert for blogging about this, you can read the full story here.

When I read the Knut's post then there was no way on the planet that this week's Beer Hero was going to be anyone other than Aage Pedersen.

Telling an 86 year old man that he can't have a beer with his dinner is ridiculous, so well done to Mr Pedersen for standing up to the authorities.

So yes, ladies and gents this week's Beer Hero is Aage Pedersen.

Enjoy your beer with your dinner!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Beer Hero of the Week

I read the Guardian, mainly because their International version is the only easily obtainable English language daily - the international version is printed juts down the road in Frankfurt, so that helps.

This week their wine "expert" had a pop at the craft beer industry, and has quite properly been derided on many of the blogs I read whenever they are updated. Thus I want to make my Beer Heros of the Week the following bloggers, whose posts I particularly enjoyed:

Well said gents.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Beer Hero of the Week

I read this on the BBC this morning.

Perhaps CAMRA could sponsor a scheme to revive this ancient craft so inter-twined with the concept of real ale?

Update - I changed the title and decided to make Alastair Simms my Beer Hero of the Week, for single-handedly keeping alive a traditional part of the beer scene.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

This week has been rather quiet, other than a few solitary beers at PK on Tuesday - tonight however is our team shindig at work. Having said that, I have a blinding headache at the moment, so hopefully the ibuprofen will kick in soon, otherwise I will have to drink slower than one would like.

Anyway, to the this week's Beer Hero. This week's hero is an unknown soldier, a warrior in the cause of bringing me good beer so that my infinitely extensible waistline can yo-yo its way through the yuletide fun. Ladies and gentleman, I give you this week's Beer Hero of the week:

Whoever it is my brother persuades to pick up some beer from Lovibonds beer in Henley-on-Thames!

I thank you!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

I had a rant earlier in the week about pubs not having websites, which makes life a bit tricky when I go off to strange foreign lands - sometimes after 10 years in the Czech Republic, Britain feels somewhat odd at first. I could add to my rant the laxity with which members of certain "consumer organisations" reply to emails requesting information, so my Beer Hero of the Week is a shared by three breweries for their quick replies and that they gave me exactly the kind of information I was looking for when wrote at the beginning of this week.

Without further ado, my Beer Heroes this week are:

I hope that over the few days I am in Kent at Christmas that I will find some of their brews to try.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

At first I considered making this the "Beer Enemy of the Week". But I decided that rather than fulminate against someone who is clearly so out of touch with people that he has no place in a socialist party (assuming that New Labour is such a beast), I would give praise to someone who fulminated against someone who is clearly so out of touch.

So for his piece describing ever so aptly Alastair Darling, my Beer Hero of the Week is:

Pete Brown

Also, his books are pretty damned good, go and buy them and read them if you haven't already!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

This week's Beer Hero of the Week was decided upon last Saturday, as I polished off yet another bottle of excellent beer sat in a great pub in the West of Ireland.

For simply having a fantastic collection of beers, and being one of the most welcoming and comfortable pubs I can remember being in, Beer Hero of the Week goes to:

Sheridan's On The Docks in Galway.

Keep up the good work!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

As I was thinking about my favourite beer for this month's Session, my mind went back to a guy I met in Prague about 8 years ago.

Often we would talk about beer, he had been assistant manager in a Shepherd Neame pub in Kent and would tell me how fantastic their beers were. It would be a few years later that I would discover the truth of his claims, and I am now a fan of their brews, in particular Bishop's Finger.

So this week's Beer Hero of the Week is:

Mike "the Hat" Rivers.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of said Mr Rivers, tell him to get in touch with me, or Raimonda, or Marek for that matter!

Wherever you are though Mike, cheers!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

I am something of a cynic when it comes to marketing, so when I see companies raving on about how they brew beer that their customers want I tend to think either:

  • said customers have no taste in beer
  • marketeers are liars - actually I think that about marketeers in general regardless of industry
As I was perusing the beers available on BeerRitz I came across plenty of breweries I had never heard of, naturally requiring me to check out their websites. One that I enjoyed reading a lot was that of the Bradfield Brewery near Sheffield, in particular the page entitled "Your Beer?".

Here is a brewery who actually want to hear what kind of beers their customers want, and rather than giving us an "info" email address to contact they have a form which is easy to fill in and clearly presented.

That is why my Beer Hero of the Week is:

The Bradfield Brewery.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

As has been mentioned many times on this blog, ale is something of a rarity in the Czech Republic. Thankfully we have Kocour making waves with their wonderful Pale Ale, IPA and Stout, the guys at Minipivovar ?amberk do an excellent Imperial Stout and now the makers of Mrs Velkyal's favourite tipple have added to their already impressive line-up by this week bringing out their own stout.

So this week's Beer Hero is:

Primátor - Pivovar Náchod for adding to the range of ales commercially available in the Czech Republic.

This will be joining the various stouts I have lined up for November's StoutFest!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

There are several possible candidates for this week's Beer Hero, and a few deserve an honourable mention:

  • the staff of the King's Arms in Oxford, just for being so damned good
  • the guys from the Oxford Arms in Kidlington for having such a wonderful pub
  • Goddard's Brewery on the Isle of Wight for having an un-pompous website

However, my Beer Hero of the Week is my mate Gajan, for coming from King's Lynn to Oxford just to spend a few hours downing pints with me.

Cheers Gaj!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

With my going off to Oxford this evening I decided to post up this week's Beer Hero of the Week today - thus saving me the hassle of leaving the pub tomorrow to find an internet cafe.

One of my favourite animals is the squirrel, in particular the red squirrel which is native the British Isles and under threat of extinction, due to destruction of habitat and encroachment by the imported grey squirrel, practically the only area which still has red squirrels is the Highlands of Scotland.

This week the Atlas Brewery in Kinlochleven released a new ale, called Red Squirrel. Part of the profits from this new ale are to be donated to the Highland Red Squirrel Group who are working to ensure that the British Isles don't lose our native squirrel.

So I would encourage everyone who can to go out and buy Red Squirrel ale, so here we are ladies and gentlemen, my beer hero of the week:

The Atlas Brewery

Friday, October 3, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

I haven't written a story about the fact that Pivovarsky d?m is currently offering a very nice rye ale, served from a hand pump - one of only two in the Czech Republic I believe.

However, just for the sheer pleasure I got from seeing a hand pump - they really are things of beauty, shame there wasn't a clip on the front, but I'll let that slide - and then watching as the barmanka pumped out a very nice beer, which Mrs Velkyal also thoroughly enjoyed, is enough for me to award my Beer Hero of the Week to:

Pivovarsky d?m.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

Having raved about their beers earlier in the week, I think there can be no better Beer Hero of the Week than a company that not only makes wonderful beers, but also flies in the face of the mass market and produces ales in the Czech Republic.

So ladies, and gentlemen, I give you my Beer Hero of the Week:

Pivovar Kocour Varnsdorf.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

As I bimbled about on the internet on Monday, I came across the Wadworth Brewery in Wiltshire.

I was immediately drawn to the tab on the menu bar for "Shire Horses".

Being something of a fan of doing things in the traditional manner, and keeping alive old fashioned things I have to admit a liking for the idea of beer being delivered on a dray pulled by a team of Clydesdale horses, although I guess in England Shires would have to do!

Thus I wondered which other breweries regularly delivered their beer to pubs using a horse and dray, as well as employing horsemen. I came across just the one other, feel free to correct me if I wrong here.

So my Beer Heroes of the Week are:

Wadworth Brewery and Hook Norton Brewery.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

This week's Beer Hero is Kimber VanRy. Who? You may ask. Kimber VanRy was enjoying a bottle of beer on his doorstep in Brooklyn and was given a $25 fine for drinking in public.

The full story was in the New York Times.

The reason he is my Beer Hero of the Week is that when asked if he would be drinking beer on his stoop again, he simply replied: "Absolutely."

Congratulations Mr VanRy on being Beer Hero of the Week.

Thanks also to Jay for bringing this story to my attention.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Beer hero of the week.

I have decided that each week, or rather each week I remember, I am going to post comments from various beer blogs, brewery websites and the like which I find worthwhile. I spend quite a bit of time looking at the websites of the smaller breweries around the world, working out how to get hold of their wares, for example I am going to Oxford in a few weeks and plan to have a few cases of ales shipped to my brother's house for consumption.

This week's Beer Hero of the Week is the Colonsay Brewery. Possibly because Colonsay is not so far from home but most likely because I just like the way these guys think, but I will be ordering a mixed case of beers to be savoured, and maybe one or two will find their way to Prague.

Anyway, ladies and gentleman - I give you the thoughts of the Colonsay Brewery:

"Our brewery is known in the trade as a five barrel plant and produces 1700 pints during each cycle. Note the use of the word PINT.

Call us old fashioned but we are committed to pints. The day people go into a Highland bar and ask for a quarter litre of beer and a 35 ml malt to chase it down is the day this brewery will be converted to the production of seaweed soup. We are a nation of beer drinks and we want a pint – not some short measure of half a litre or nonsense like that."

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