Friday, 3 March 2017

He's got it in the bag!

Bonjour fine people! Its has been some time since I last wrote a post due to work and just life in general but I am back and ready to rumble! I have so much planned for 2017 and there will be more posts coming very soon about all of that, but before we get there, todays write up is all about a bag. To be more precise, a bag made by MAHI Leather.

The reason for the post is that I realised that I am fast approaching the grand age of 30 years old, and where as most of me has attempted to mature into more of a gentleman with a bit of style and class, work in progress, there is one part of this whole picture that needs some attention in a big way. When I go away with the wife for weekends away to see friends and family around the country, she has a lovely collection of luggage to pick from to store all her clothes, makeup, shoes, straighteners, the kitchen sink, and whatever else comes out of the realm to another dimension bag to take with her. However, me, well I have the same old nike sports bag that I have had since I was 19 years old, that is covered with god knows what, and looks more fitting in a throw back to the school days when you would discover a 3 week old banana and a burst tube of Frube along with that one random sock that your not quite sure will ever find its soul mate again, you get the picture? Dont get me wrong, the bag has done good, it could still be used for many more years no doubt, however its time to stop being a man boy and be a gentleman. So i am about to take delivery in the near future of a bag from MAHI Leather and I will be showing you via my Instagram page over the coming weeks, months and years just where me and my bag will be travelling to and what we get up to so make sure you check it out.

Right then, so who are MAHI Leather you may be asking, well pull up a stool, pour yourself a cold one and gather round my friends and I shall tell you a tale.

MAHI Leather is a company that wants you, the customer to get a product that is of top quality and will last whilst at the same time make sure that those proud craftsman who make said product to such high standards, get what they deserve for their effort and time, and as well as this they also want to do a bit of good in the world and give something back. How do they do this you ask? Well for every product that is sold, they donate $1.50 to a charity called Frank water.

Frank water is a charity that aims to bring safe drinking water and sanitation to 663 million people worldwide who are still lacking this most fundamental of basic human rights. Scary right? So every time you purchase one of these products, you are helping out in a small way, somewhere else in the world. For me personally, I think this is a great system to have in place, and although it may sound like such a small drop in an ocean, its the lots of little bits that actually make the most difference when they are all put together so massive kudos to MAHI for that. If your interested to find out more, give this video a watch and see what you think, it gets a thumbs up from me. Anyway how does this all link in with MAHI leather? Well the company take their name from a river in India which benefits from the charity and they have some cool little hints in relation to this on their page where they put the actual coordinates of where the mouth of the river meets the Arabian sea, I'll let you see if you can spot them when you head over to the page and check them out.

MAHI Leather have a vast array of products from holdalls and duffles down to Macbook and IPad sleeves, and they all can all be personalised with your initials to really make them your own, again nice touch as it really can make the product yours and makes great gifts too. I think I'll be getting some for family members very soon indeed! They also have some great products for the lady in your life too guys so if leather is something she is into (calm down 50 shades), then maybe you should take a glance at the site and see how many brownie points you can score so you can justify going down the pub for some crafty ones with the lads!

Anyway this post is simply a start point for many more mentions of my bag to come both here, my Instagram page and my Twitter feed in the very near future as like I mentioned above, I have some very exciting trips coming up over the year, but you shall hear more about that very soon!

Cheers for reading, I hope you took something away from the post and make sure to go check MAHI Leather on the link below and get yourself some awesomeness!

Chris

https://mahileather.com/



Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Espresso Library. A winters day tale.

Hello guys I hope your all well and you have sailed into February well!

The sun is out here in Cambridgeshire in England on a cold crisp winters day but the wind is far to strong for getting out riding so I thought I may as well tell you about one of my adventures I had recently on my bike out to Cambridge to visit a special place called Espresso Library.

Now originally I came hear about these guys due to my wife Kat who is also a blogger and YouTuber so feel free to go check her posts and videos out, who was told by a friend about this awesome cafe that sells some extraordinary coffee, has a relaxed atmosphere to chill in, and of course celebrated the great invention that is the bicycle. We headed down in the new year to check the place out but unfortunately it was closed for reasons unknown, but I still found myself with nose pressed against the cold window, staring into cycling and coffee heaven with a heavy heart at the prospect of not being able to sample the goods that very moment, but I vowed to be back!

So fast forward around a month later and I found myself on a day off from work, the sun was shining, the weather was ice cold and the wind was behaving, I thought today is the the day Christopher, get that ridiculous looking lycra on and get on your bike armed with your camera down to Cambridge to visit the cyclist heaven! So off I went!

It was really cold I wont lie but the sun made up for it and after around 26 miles I found myself arriving at Espresso library very much in need of warmth and comfortable seat, both were provided instantly. I somehow ended up with an entire couch to myself and as well as that, my bike was treated to some awesome looking bike holders attached to the main wall in the place, that also has a huge map of Cambridgeshire and favoured hills marked in bright orange by local MAMIL'S. Instantly I loved the place, it had all the right ingredients from ample space for bike storage indoors as believe it or not there are some naughty people out there who like to take things, especially bikes that do not belong to them, so having this security indoors was great to see. As well as the storage, it was nice that the flooring wasn't like an ice rink whilst wearing cleats in cycle shoes, I can imagine nothing worse than dropping your coffee and cake all over the place, heartbreaking, truly heartbreaking.


I headed over to the cashier to place an order for some lunch and went with the "famous frittata" as stated on the menu along with a espresso of course, would be rude not to in the library of them! The cashier that served me was so friendly and was asking me what it was like cycling outside and if I was having a good day which is nice when people actually interact with you and its not just another day at work for them. After a little chat with him, I headed back to my seat to start taking some pictures of the artwork and vintage cycles that are hanging up around the place but more on them later!

The food soon came over and yeah it looked worthy of the "famous" title. Now I wont lie, I would never really order Frittata but I am so glad I did. This one consisted of sweet potato, feta cheese, spinach, garlic, sun dried tomatoes and free range eggs with a side of green leaves and toasted seeds and the taste blew my cycling shoes off! Every mouthful was like a party in my mouth and everyone had just been told that they could have the following Monday of work so they could nurse the hangover. I had to stop myself from wolfing it down at 2.3 million MPH and to instead savour the taste, which I did, and more than likely to anyone who was watching me eat it, I might as well of been the nodding dog from the Churchill advert with the motion of my head acknowledging the tastiness of this dish. Anyway, frittata = Win. The espresso I had with it was a great coffee and not one that I have tasted before, very strangely it tasted like lemons but was so light and tasty,it really accompanied the food well so hats off on that one!


Once my food had been consumed, I set about looking at all the cycle specific artwork around the place and it really pays homage to the history of cycling from pictures of old team cars to jerseys, it feels like a special place to celebrate what to me is a real release from everyday pressures and worries and the owners have done an incredible job at creating such an atmosphere, not just for cyclists but for everyday people, to come and unwind, eat good food and drink good coffee. I got talking to one halve of the couple that started Espresso library, John Gull, and even from our brief chat, he loves what he does both from telling me about local routes to the south of Cambridge (I will go and try these out I promise), to all about the bikes that he has hanging up that have been very kindly donated by a local collector. The pictures do not do these bikes justice and there are some true vintage bikes up there to drool over, the pictures could of been so much better  but as it was getting to quite a busy period, I am not sure how happy people were with having a man dressed in lycra trying to squeeze around their table in a feeble attempt at photography!
I decided to grab one last coffee and a brownie for the trip home and John recommended the aeropress columbian bean to me after talking me through the depth of flavour and strength that comes in the package, it sounded just like what I needed for the trip home.

All ill say at this point is wow. Like really wow. The brownie tasted as good as it looked but I am dedicating the wow's above to the coffee. John thank you for what was the most tasty caffeine fix I have ever had. I took that first sip and if the food above made it feel like a party in my mouth, well this made it feel like a full moon party was happening and no one was planning on going home for a very long time. I could sit here trying to describe the taste to you guys but I would not do it justice at all. Just do yourselves a favour, get yourself down to Espresso Library and try it for yourself, you will not regret it. As far as the strength goes, ill put it this way, I flew home. Into a headwind and was still quicker and I believe that the only thing that has been registered as quicker was Donald Trump sprinting away from a human rights lesson.

Espresso Library you went above and beyond expectations with atmosphere, layout, service and products you deliver. I will be returning many times more, with both club rides and on days i'm just in Cambridge casually. I cannot fault you in any aspect and to top it off, you have that lovely big projector screen which not only hosts talks in the evenings on a variety of subjects, but also shows Le Tour and I am sure many other cycling events in the future.


 Ill see you there.


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Halfords and Boardman competition.

Afternoon guys and girls! How are we all doing? Well I hope!

Todays post is exactly as it says on the tin, a competition brought to you from Halfords and Boardman bikes where you can win a chance to go ride with one of the key players in the cycling world, Chris Boardman!

Now before I go into more details about the competition, firstly lets talk about the boom that has been cycling in the UK in recent years. Unless you have been living under a rock, you will have no doubt realised that in recent times, the roads and towns and have been taken over by 2 wheeled enthusiasts like a tribe of modern day vikings, claiming local cafes for their own and leaving no cake and coffee behind in their wake, its cyclist fuel in its truest form! But none the less cycling has really taken off and lets hope this continues for many more generations to come. Its keeps you fit and healthy and helps keep those KG's off your waist line, and if you are like me and have the BMI of pie, then this is always a big help!

The UK has seen the worlds most famous cycle race, the Tour De France come to its shores and my did we get behind it like a true brit should, armed with a pint of Ale and pork pie we cheered the riders on and really showed the world how passionate us Brits are about cycling and did it well!

As well as this the Cycle2Work scheme has been doing wonders with getting us up and mobile by allowing us to purchase cycles and equipment up the value of £1000 to then pay it back in monthly instalments through our pay and I think this has also added to the numbers of us 2 wheeled warriors on the road and cycle paths around the country!

Whether you love it or hate it, cycling is here and shows no sign of slowing down in its popularity and long may it continue!

Right back to the competition, if you decide to click on the link below, you will have the chance to head out with Mr Boardman himself to test out some of the latest bikes that are due to be released from the Boardman range. Not only this, but you can bring a friend along to share in the experience with you, then once you are over the excitement of that, you and your friend of choice (form an orderly cue friends) will get to keep a bike up to the value of £1000! There are runners up prizes also but to find out more, please go to this link and take a look for yourself!

I for one shall be entering as this kind of chance is just too good to pass on and I wont lie I may fangirl it massively being the cycle geek I am!


Best of luck everyone, whether you win or lose, just enjoy being out there on two wheels and get exploring!

Beers, Bikes and Bistro.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Really tapped into something here!

Hello everyone, hope your weekend was good and this Monday morning not getting you too down! Stay strong!

Anyway todays post is all about a place called Tap & Kitchen in the small market town of Oundle in Northamptonshire which is a restaurant that opened up just over a year ago. I have seen this place many times when visiting my favourite bike shop which you can read a little about in my previous post, and it has always looked like some where I wanted to go and eat at firstly due to the look of the place, and then as I knew that Nene Valley Brewery were the suppliers of the drinks at the location, which is also conveniently located next to Gorilla Firm Cycle shop! Its like all my favourite things here Beers, Bikes and Bistro in one location! Heaven! Anyway after my wife coming up with the idea we should go for my birthday the plan was set in motion and I got the table booked for a table on January the 16th!

We arrived at Tap & Kitchen and were greeted by very friendly, smart and professional staff who sat us at our table promptly and got our drinks ordered, at this point I noticed that there was a booth that looked like it would allow my guests to sit and talk to each other face to face rather than a long table, I asked the waiter if we could move who instantly set about trying to move us. This took around 5 minutes and I was really please and impressed they allowed us to do so.

Once we were sat down at our new booth location we started to eye up the menu which was full of such variety and scrumptious looking food! The menu appears to change due to all the ingredients being locally sourced which I really liked as I am a massive supporter of local business and I also feel that this allows return customers to not get bored with the same options. I did look at the website prior to attending, which my wife hates me doing, but this is how I knew the menu varies from time to time. After failing to choose anything straight away due to it all looking so good, we decided to to start tucking into our drinks. Now I have read about establishments that serve a multitude of ales giving you the opportunity to try ales on a platter but this was the first time I had seen it in person, at Tap & Kitchen they are called "NVB Taster Crates". Obviously I was excited about this as it allowed me to try quite a few brews at once, and yes I tried more than my fair share over the next 20 minutes ha ha!

Once the ale was flowing, it was then time to order the starters, I went with the "Char-grilled Avocado St Anselm", which came with prawns, lemon dressing, cocktail sauce and dressing and it was a really tasty starter, light tasty and full of flavour and a great warm up act for what was to follow later on. Everyone else finished their starters and there was not a single bite left which is a good start!

We then all started to chat away talking about life and soaking up the atmosphere of the venue and really enjoying the taste of more ales that continued to come out on the taster crates, naughty!

The waitress then came over to our table and said she would like to apologise for the wait for our main course and they would like to give us a free round of drinks? Now we all looked at each other confused because none of us thought it was was taking too long at all, now maybe this was because they like to have their customers served really quickly, or we were just that relaxed and having such a good time in the restaurant chatting away we didn't notice the time flying by? I like to think it was the latter as to be honest, it was one of the nicest and friendliest restaurants I have been to in some time and it was a busy afternoon so the chefs looked like they were working really hard, but still presenting some flawless looking dishes every time service was called. Either way, the customer service and thought for us was exemplary and I would like to say thank you quickly now for the rounds of drinks you provided, Cheers!

A few minutes later after our drinks arrived, our main courses arrived and all ill say is wow.
I ordered the Hanger Steak which was served with whipped goats curd, glazed carrots, coriander seeds & cress, chimichurri and roast potatoes, as well as this I ordered a side of macaroni cheese to share with a friend as since we are both big eaters. I think the only way I can describe this dish would be to say that it was full of so many flavours that make my mouth water while writing this, and its that kind of meal that just gives you a great big hug from the inside! It was so good that the everyone who ordered it instantly stopped talking and no one said a word apart from the occasional "ummmm" between mouthfuls and lots of head nodding to indicate that it was indeed as good as it how it looked, I ordered mine rare and it came exactly as requested. Im feeling so hungry right now thinking about it it again, it was that good. Needless to say, there was not a single bit left by anyone and even the guests that had a roast dinner were equally impressed.  Again Chefs, well bloody done!


Once the mains had been devoured, you could tell that it had hit the spot with everyone on a cold winters afternoon and we all sat there rather pleased with ourselves with our full bellies chatting away about how we would return again. The drinks continued to flow and then the waitress turned up once again with desert menus! Now normally after being so full, I would of said no but on this occasion, due to just how good the previous two course were, i was intrigued to see what was on offer, and instantly from reading the desert menu,
I though this was too good a chance to miss, so settled with a sticky toffee pudding sundae, got to watch that figure ha ha! Once again this was delicious and was not to sweet and strangely not to heavy going and it managed to last around 4.3 seconds ha ha! A great finishing piece to a great meal!

We sat talking in our booth full of food for a good hour after all the food and it was a lovely afternoon, people booked tables again for the coming months they were that impressed and I could also see text messages being sent out to friends to let them know that they would have to come to this gem of a restaurant in the near future.

I am pleased to say that the choice to come here with friends and family for my birthday was the right one, the atmosphere, staff, food and drink were all five star to me, and I cannot wait to return to see what else they have on offer in the future.


Tap & Kitchen thank you for having us all, you made us feel very welcome and you delivered a first class dining experience and your staff and chefs are a credit to you.

Merci.

Beers, Bikes & Bistro.












Tuesday, 5 January 2016

A tale of two rides!

Hey guys hope you are all well and these colder darker nights aren’t getting you down too much!
Todays post is all about bikes and year round riding and how best to stay on two wheels regardless of the weather outside!
I am one of the lucky souls who recently managed to recently get a second bike that is more suitable for winter riding and taking a bit more of a beating in these harsher conditions but more about that later!
Firstly Im going to start of talking about my summer machine and basically my sports car of a bike that I use during the drier warmer months to get the miles in around the awesome English countryside. It is a Cannondale Synapse with an Alloy frame and is basically my pride and joy. I bought this bike as my previous bike was stolen from my place of work on November 2014 and to say I was not impressed was an understatement. However it allowed me the chance to purchase a new ride and after many weeks of thinking about what kind of level of rider I am and what I actually need, I settled on the Synapse. Now if you are aware of the road cycling scene you would amaze me if you have not heard about the Synapse in the last few years, from winning bike of the year and receiving great reviews all round. My model is an older one but still is a fantastic ride. Its carried me through my first cycle sportive in Rutland where I foolishly thought that there wouldn’t be any hills, how wrong was I, and then again through a rolling Suffolk Spinner course with a friend on his first sportive. The bike hasn’t faulted me at all and truly is a pleasure to ride. I have added a few upgrades gearing wise but I won’t bore you with that kind of stuff on this post! All round you can see why this bike predecessors have gone onto win such awards worldwide and has converted me into a huge fan of the Cannondale brand.
 
Right then for those of you reading from UK shores, you’ll know that having a good weather bike is somewhat limiting with our weather system, and as nice as it is getting to ride the summer bike for all 4 days of summer we get, the majority of the time the UK is wetter than an otters pocket. So as such riders in the UK either retreat to a turbo trainer to sweat out the colder months or they man up and get out there. I had the whole turbo trainer system set up in my shed as you can see from my pictures, it’s otherwise known as the pain chamber and regardless of surround sound and TV set up. It still has nowhere near the thrills that actually being out and about on a bike gives you. This is where my new ride comes into play.

I am lucky enough to work for a service that provides its employees with the Cycle2Work Scheme. For those of you not aware of what this is, its basically a scheme to offer employees the chance to purchase a bike and safety equipment at a price cheaper than usual that is then repaid over 12 months from the employees pay cheque. If you want to read more about this ill pop the link in below.
Anyway back to my new toy! I wanted something that still offered me the chance to put down some speed when I wanted but yet was versatile enough to be able to take the harsh winter weather, was comfortable enough for a day to day use and also tow a trailer for my summer adventures with the hound. Again the research commenced, many hours of reading through reviews but yet once again, Cannondale had got me. I opted for a CAADX which has the appearance of a road bike but it actually can be taken more off the beaten track and used on grass/gravel tracks with no problem. This is an area on the cycle scene that has been there for some years but recently has really picked up steam and has gained a huge following. Again ill post the link below for those of you who want to read more about the Cyclocross world!
So I settled for the CAADX, the reviews were awesome, it ticked all the boxes for what I would use it for and my favourite local bike shop could get one in for me! Result! I was that confident in Cannondale and the reviews I had read that I actually bought the bike without physically seeing or riding one and after its first ride out, I was not disappointed. I took it down every wet muddy track I could find, puddles, ditches the full works, I really put it through its paces and came out at the end of a muddy 20 mile ride grinning ear to ear. Off road test, passed.
Like I said the CAADX was bought also as a commuter to get me to work so that was its next test. I have a near 40 mile round trip to get to work through flat open roads and back river tracks and once again the bike performed like a beast! Even with wider than what I’m used to tyres on the road, the bike still has plenty of speed when you put the hammer down and it handles amazingly with the disc brakes doing their job amazingly well even in the wet weather.
I could write another few hours worth of how to ride all year round and really go into detail about kit and tech but for now I shall just leave you with the bikes that do the job for me to keep me out on the road.
Hopefully this will give you an insight into the biking part of my life and future posts will show you more and more about this crazy world of lycra that I take part in ha ha!
 
Keep an eye out for an upcoming post on my local bike store and the awesome stuff they make including the above two beautys! Always keep an eye out for the gorilla!



I hope this inspires some of you to get out on two wheels, feel free to let me know what adventures you get up too on a bike!
Chris.






Thursday, 29 October 2015

Curry Week!

Hello guys! Finally we got here to the next post! To say that it has been a tiny bit dramatic in recent weeks would be a mild understatement but hey, that is life!

Let me first say sorry for the wait but due to technical issues with my mac which just decided to stop working all of a sudden, the long awaited curry week post was delayed but it is finally here!


Anyway shall we crack on and let me tell you all about one of life's finer pleasures? Ok then lets roll out!

A few weeks ago I was give the chance to review some curries that were being produced by a British company called Look What We Found. Straight away they had my attention as being a massive foody, and curries being up there with some of the greatest foods out there, I felt I had to get on board with what these guys were offering. Basically after a heavy summer of far too much ale (there is such a thing), I have been on a bit of a health kick and trying to lose a few pounds so that my BMI was no longer pie. I had a look at what was on offer and was pleasantly surprised by what was being offered. Firstly let me say that I am a great supporter of local produce and also food sourced in the UK as I think that there are many hard working people out there that are often overlooked when it comes to business opportunities that are outsourced abroad (political rant over), so when I saw that all produce was sourced locally it was already ticking boxes for me. Secondly, the meals were looking very healthy and fitted right in with my current get fit or die trying mentality. Second box ticked. Thirdly was the convenience of the meals. I started curry week in a new job so knew that time was something I would be short off so the quicker I could get some food down me the better, I tend to get hangry very quickly, and again, ready in two minutes worked for me. Box 3 ticked.
So taking into account all of the above it looked like I was on for a winner with three delicious curries to try, Korma, Chicken Tikka and Red Thai.

I wanted each of the curries to have some thing different added to them from myself, whether that be replacing an ingredient with something else of my choice or simply a drink to go with it, I wanted to do it my way!


First up was the Korma.

At first taste I was pleasantly surprised as a Korma isn't something that I would ever really order when eating curry, but after this, my perceptions have changed massively about the dish.Yes it is not the hottest option on the menu and yes some curry snobs may look at you with disgust if you order one, but honestly, this was bloody delicious! I decided to add vegetables instead of rice for this meal due to my health kick, and yeah it really worked. With every mouthful it just got tastier and tastier, there were some really good creamy flavours coming through, and when it was all gone, well it left me wanting more! The chicken in the dish tasted lovely and you could tell this was good meat that wasn't pumped with water like most high street chicken these days.



Curry number one had passed with flying colours and had changed my perception from now on!


Secondly was the good old Anglo\Indian dish of Chicken Tikka, We all know it, we more than likely have all had one at some point, and it is a true English Classic.

To go with such an established recipe, I decided that none other than classic sides were good enough for this meal and selected some onion Bhaji's and Samosas to accompany the dish along with some wholegrain rice (cant forget that health kick).

Meal prepped after a long day at work, I sat down and got stuck in.

A chicken tikka is so well established within the UK that when you don't get it right, people know instantly, but on this occasion that was not the case. It tasted just how a Tikka should taste. Warm with a light yet pungent spice that you can really taste and once each mouthful is gone, all you want is more and especially when you are getting theses flavours at the same time as Bhaji and Samosa.
If you took this taste and this taste alone as the one to represent curries in the UK, you would of not of failed at finding a winner. The entire meal was lovely and really settled me in for a night of relaxing on the couch with a full stomach after a long day.
In a nutshell, the British classic has been well and truly represented with this meal.

Third up was the for what me personally is my favourite kind of curry. Thai Red.
I eat this dish a lot as I find that Thai curries for me personally are a favourite and one that will always be on my hit list if on a menu so the dish had a lotto live up to.

I was heading out on a friday night so obviously this needed to be eaten with none other than a decent beer and what else could I pick but a great Thai beer that is Singha. As well as the beer I grabbed some Uncle Bens rice as I just wanted the ease of it and I had just finished in the gym so worked for me!

I put the whole dish together in under 5 minutes and they say you leave the best for last, ad right they were.

The taste of this curry was unreal, I have eaten my fair share of Red Thai curries in my time and this was up there, and to know it had come from a bag, in the microwave, hats off guys, you have nailed this one in a big way. I cracked open the beer and tucked in, and pure and simply it was epic. Lovely spice to the dish that left your mouth watering in a good way, and if you had served me this in a restaurant, I would of been more than happy. Its a fragrant and saucy dish so make sure you have your rice or something else to soak it all up because you wont want to waste a drop I promise you. This was just what I needed before a night out with the lads and as the nights get colder and darker, this will give you a cheeky hug from the inside with its warmth and flavour.


The guys at Look What We Found have well and truly set the bar at a new level for food that is tasty, quick, convenient and above all healthy. They quite clearly are on too something here and have won me over as a new fan.


Curry week was a success and was deliciously appreciate by myself and I cant wait to try more!

Hope you enjoy guys!



Sunday, 4 October 2015

Dead Guy Ale by Rogue Ales Review

Right then lets get this blog finally in motion!



I hope you have all had a great weekend whatever you have been up to, whether you have been raving or behaving, at some point a beer may have gone down range so thankfully I am on hand to offer a little point in the right direction towards finding a lovely little brew I have discovered in Bury St Edmunds here in the UK.

After walking down some small side streets I stumbled across a little place called Beautiful Beers that specialises in mainly European beers of the Belgian/Dutch areas but others can be found from as wide as the USA. Its is a lovely little store and from talking to the guy who runs the place, he has been open about 4 years and really knows his stuff, so if you are in that area, it is definitely worth a visit, I promise you wont be disappointed.

Any way after managing to control myself and clear up the dribble off my top from the sheer amount of options, I started to look around the store and was greeted my man heaven, beers from all over the world in so many shapes and sizes and to say I was overwhelmed by choice, well that would be an understatement.

I was struggling to choose which ones to bring home but after much deliberation, I saw this one bottle just staring back at me. This bottle was Dead Guy Ale, made by the guys at Rogue Ales in Oregon in the states.



I saved this bottle especially for my first post on here as I felt it was a great opener and one that I have never really drank before. A new taste for a new direction in what I am up to in life.


Dead Guy Ale is a German Maibock brew, brewed using a Pacman yeast.
It has a lovely deep colour when poured, very reminiscent of a honey colour, and on first impressions when tasted, it packs some flavoursome punches.
It is a very rich flavour and one that maybe for some would put them off, but then after a few more mouthfuls, you can really start to feel yourself enjoying it more and more.

I would say that to thoroughly enjoy this to its full effectiveness, pair it with a good spicy dish with plenty of meat, and to confirm this with you readers, I had this with some chorizo sausage as a little treat and what a combination!

This is definitely a brew for those cooler nights, not light enough for those sun kissed evenings where your lighter brews would feel more at home, but without doubt a beautifully toasty drink that will warm the soul on a cooler night.


To accompany the great deep taste of this drink, there is some awesome artwork on the label and one that certainly catches the eye, and topped with a smart bottle cap because I am a bit of a geek when it comes to that sort of stuff which you can see in the pictures.




Rogue Ales have really hit the nail on the head with this one and I’m ashamed to say that I have not found these guys earlier, but from this point on, they have won me over as a new fan, and I shall be trying to get my hands on as many of there brews as I can. They have more than just ale too, with products in both cider and spirits so if this tickles your pickle then these guys may be right up your street.

If you would like to check both where I bought the drink from and the guys who made it, here are the links for you all.

Let me know what you guys think and if there are any other beers out there you think I should check out, let me know, I’ll be more than happy to try them!