Friday, 26 August 2016

Beers with Peps- Brews Review: Dia De Los Muertos Pay the Ferryman.

Hey everyone I'm back with another beer review. This time it's the turn of a beer I couldn't hope to pronounce: Dia De Los Muertos Pay the Ferryman Porter. First time with a Mexican beer that is actually not a mass produced lager so I'm excited to give this a whirl. The labeling on the bottle is what really got me to buy this as who doesn't love a creepy skeleton Ferryman?


Name: Dia De Los Muertos Pay the Ferryman
Style: Porter
Brewery: Cervecería Mexicana (Can't find a Website)
Country: Mexico
Price: £2,09 for 33cl bottle
ABV: 5%

Commercial Fluff:
 "Dark brown color with red highlights. A full body beer with rich roasted malt and chocolate notes. It finishes with good hop, creamy toffee and caramel followed by delicate coffee notes and smooth chocolate aftertaste."
Own Opinion

Sight: Pours a hazy brown almost black liquid from the bottle, whilst a nice tan head forms on top.
Aroma: Interesting aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, bread and a hint of raisins.
Taste: Kind of what you would expect, coffee, roast malts, a bit of chocolate, some ash flavours as well. Had a bitter finish to as well.
Would I buy it again? No not really. The packaging is great and I would like to try the other varieties they produce, but for me it wasn't a standout beer, Pretty middle of the road average, safe pint.

Normally I try to link twitter, instagram etc for the brewery but I can seem to find any details. If you know any drop me a comment below would like to have them. As always cheers for reading and will be back soon with more beers.

Monday, 8 August 2016

It's been a while but the paths are clearing.

Hey everyone John here with a quick old catch up. It's been quiet for about a month on the blog which really couldn't be helped. The weather in Ottawa has been hitting close to 40 with the humidity, which for me is just way too warm to paint or blog or even live in. But the temperature is fading so I hope the heat wave is nearing a end. Either way I have been busy and have plenty to blog about in the near future.

So what have I been doing for the last month? First of I got a new job! Working for a local brewery in the area and it's pretty much my dream job. I'm mostly working retail, but also get to play in the brewery every once and a while doing canning/labelling etc. So far it's been a great experience, working within a small close knit team which is job focused and hugely enjoyable getting paid to talk and drink beer. I'm also finding it hugely motivating, getting to work with people who have a real passion for their job as opposed to the part time workers or students, that you normally find in the hospitality industry who are just clocking in hours to get some cash. I will blog about this new adventure soon.

Travel wise I've been able to visit Montreal twice this month and enjoy their brewing scene (expect a post on that soon). It's been great to experience this side of Canada even though it's only 3ish hours away it has a completely different feel and vibe about it. Definitely a place to visit more often and I look forward to going again real soon when some of my UK friends visit next month.

Then of course there is hobby sections.

  • On the comic front I've finished reading Batman Earth One, Superman Earth One, Teen Titans Earth One, Prometheus and have just started Dredd vs Predator vs Aliens; so lots of posts incoming soon. 
  • Book front I'm starting over with the Gaunt's Ghosts series by Dan Abnett and attempting the Chronicles of Shannara, so you'll be getting up dates on them too soon. 
  • Sector 102's crime wave continues to grow as I've made more terrain and picked up a few more minis to paint. 
  • Iyanden Eldar have received some reinforcements in the form of more waveserpents and wraithguard. I'm also pleased to hear that the Iyanden Supplement can still be used along with a new eldar FAQ and eldar themed boxsets. The path the war is calling the dead to stir.

So really that's it for now. The temperature today is pretty cool, so I am going to attempt some blogging and get somethings queued to tie me over for the week. Thanks for reading as always and I hope your summers are going well.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Beers with Peps: Brew Review- Founders All Day IPA

Happy Canada Day folks! For those who don't know it's the 149th of Canada, my adopted country. And what better way to celebrate than with an American Beer review (sorry guys). Today we look at Founders All Day IPA. Quite a hard beer to find in Ontario but not impossible either. My can came from Boston, so let's get going!


Name: All Day IPA
Style: Session IPA
Brewery: Founders (Website)
Country: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Price: $3 USA Can.
ABV: 4.7%

Commercial Fluff:
"The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatic and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures."
Own Opinion

Sight: Pours a classic clear golden colour with a gentle white head.
Aroma: Tropical hops aroma. Similar to peach with a good strong hit of grapefruit.
Taste: Smooth and fruity with a malty sweetness that leads to bitter, dry finish. Very easy to drink.
Would I buy it again? Yes. Which is handy as it came in a 12 pack. Overall a very solid example of a session beer ie. I can drink lots of it without getting overwhelmed by flavours or strength. I got excited recently when I saw Craft Market (a local bar) had it on the menu. Sadly for me and many others the delivery never arrived and we was left wanting. With plans of a future trip into the states I hope to restock and find more of theirs to try.

Well until next time. Drink plenty and stay safe and happy cheers!

Found this picture online. Happy Canada Day folks!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Beers with Peps: Brew Review- Banks' Brewery Devil's Backbone

So I'm going to take you back in time for this review. Imagine an England where I still lived and the United Kingdom was still part of the European Union. A happier time where in your local Wetherspoons you could get a burger and a pint for £5. Now imagine that pint was Banks' Devil's Backbone:


Name: Devil's Backbone
Style: APA (American Pale Ale)
Brewery: Banks (Marston) (Website)
Country: Wolverhampton, England.
Price: £5 with a Veggie Burger
ABV: 5.2%

Commercial Fluff:
Initially brewed at Banks’s by Devil’s Backbone’s head brewer, Jason Oliver, in September 2014, then contract brewed by Banks’s for Devil’s Backbone. Exclusive to Wetherspoon’s pub chain. 
Ingredients: A mix of English (East Kent Goldings and Admiral) and American hops added late in the process. Single-infusion mash of Pale Ale malt, fermented in open vats. 
American IPA is the first Devil’s Backbone beer to be sold outside of the United States. The beer is an original Devil’s Backbone recipe showcasing American hops and brewed especially for the English palate. Bank’s traditional brewery is significantly different from Devils Backbone’s in the US. The experience left Oliver nostalgic for the early days of his brewing career: "I started out at an English inspired brewery in Baltimore, and brewing at Banks’s really took me back, especially seeing the open fermentations. You can smell them, almost hear them slowly churning, and all but touch them. They’re tangible, alive and something I haven’t experienced in a long time." 
Devils Backbone was impressed with Wetherspoons commitment to selection and freshness. "We visited quite a few Wetherspoon pubs and I was struck by the number of options offered to consumers, even in the country pubs, and by the knowledgeable managers we met who really cared about the quality of the beverages they were serving", explained Chief Operating Officer Hayes Humphreys. "We’re confident that our beer will be well tended to."

Own Opinion

Sight: A clear golden pint, with a good white head that hangs around.
Aroma: Surprisingly fruity with aromas of peach and grapefruit.
Taste: Smooth, moderately sweet due to caramel malts but a good citrus bitterness that catches the tongue.
Would I buy it again? Yes. I'm interested to try the USA brewery who gave their name to this beer. But as far as pint in a wetherspoon goes, this is hard to beat (unless Punk IPA is on).

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Beers with Peps: Brew Review- Atlantic Coal Porter

So today we are heading back to a beer I drank in Boston last year. Having only been to the USA a handful of times I always try to grab beers I haven't heard off. So whilst looking over a pizza menu I came across this beer, so I grab a bottle and quickly down it. So I ordered a second to actually get some tasting notes.

Dodgy phone photo at night sorry.

Name: Atlantic Coal Porter
Style: Porter
Brewery: Atlantic Brewing Company (website)
Country: Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
Price: $3 US Bottle.
ABV: 5.8%

Commercial Fluff:

"A superb porter, hearty & dark. This one is a staff favorite, made with pale, crystal, Munich, chocolate, and black malts. The darker malts give Coal its color and rich flavor. We use Target and Willamette hops to yield a very subtle hop flavor in this porter. We cellar this beer for close to six months before releasing it on the thirsty throngs of fans."

Own Opinion

Sight: Pours and dark brown but if you can get the light to hit you'll see a red hue at the edges. The head is tan in colour. Pretty standard looking porter. 
Aroma: Strong roasted malt aroma to this beer, leading to hints of coffee, chocolate and mocha smells. 
Taste: Quite a burnt taste in the mouth, a little ashy and a sweetness too. Leaves the mouth with a slight bitterness.

Would I buy it again? No. Even though I bought two back to back I doubt I would buy again. It is a good enough drink but I have so many other porters that I prefer more. So I seriously doubt I would spend money on it again. Also I think other breweries do this flavour profile better (looking at you Evil Twin).

Thanks for reading and as always if you enjoyed please hit the +1 or drop me a comment. Cheers!

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