ONION JACK PALE ALE

BREWER: Brasserie Voie B, Brittany 

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.2%

VESSEL: 33cl bottle

TWITTER: N/A

INSTAGRAM: #voieb is as good as it’s gonna get party people

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Onion Jack – I mean, are you serious? Someone (or some people) has actually decided to name a beer Onion Jack. I am assuming that it is meant to represent the fusion of French and English. That is, a French brewery making an English beer. If I so wished, I could go onto the internet and find out. But to be honest, I cannot be bothered as the team behind Onion Jack seem to have put so little thought into this product.
Anyway, as is a necessity, I need to sample this drink…I’m afraid it’s not good. No, actually I am not afraid that it’s not good. The reason for this is that Onion Jack is poorly conceived. It’s poorly packaged. It’s poorly brewed. All in all, it’s quite a poorly beer.
The best that I can say for it, is it’s just about drinkable. No more.
Look, there are so many great and good beers out there. This is not even worth bothering with.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 34%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

On October 18th the third Onion Jack Tour will touch down in Dorset. They bring with them, tradition, onions, tunes, shallots, smiles, onions, entertainment, wine, garlic, onions and a whole lot of…………..P A R T Y ! !

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Historically,  it’s always been a challenge to exactly date the start of a trade, and then predict when it may disappear or even decide when to revive it as well as sharing a joyful tradition. As such, the third edition of the Onion Jack Tour will be a journey connecting the past traditions to the future of this profession. 

The association Onion Jack puts forward the tradition around the Johnnies in Brittany where the Roscoff pink onion is grown and conditioned in strings in a unique way and in Great Britain where this particular trade has become so scattered around the country it has now almost become a myth. 

If you ever wondered where the cliché, most loved by the British, of the Frenchie wearing a beret and a stripy jumper and displaying a string of garlic around their neck comes from… seek no more!  The trade of the Johnnies, those Breton farmers and sailors who cross the Channel to sell, among other local produces, the Roscoff pink onion to their British neighbours, has been ongoing for 200 years.

It is in Roscoff, a small city in Finistère with a past of hosting corsairs and the original home to the Johnnies that the celebrations will kick off. 

As far as the party is concerned,  a programme of live shows, music, circus entertainments will accompany the Johnnies to the centre of the Onion Jack village on the old harbour of Roscoff, from 17th to 19th May, to entertainment both adults and children. Once again this year, onions, shallots, strings of onions as well as various other Breton produces will be shipped by sailing boats from Roscoff to Bridport in October.

The Onion Jack is an opportunity to showcase Brittany through its traditions (parade of the Johnnies), its products (Breton market), its artists (gigs, street art performances), its rich maritime heritage (shipment of goods by sailing boats, sea parade, the French Sea Rescue Association stand, Surfer Rider association), its cuisine richness (non-stop catering service using local products), its youth (school activities, games and entertainment for children), its language (tea time with the Johnnies,  Breton music).

Because history is like a succession of waves, sometimes with winds going in all directions, join us this year:  in May in Roscoff and in October in England to blow into our sails, reviving the spirit of the Johnnies.

The Onion Jack Pale Ale sits perfectly alongside this band of merry Men and Women. Easy drinking, no fuss and sessionable beyond belief.

The fact it isn’t very good doesn’t really matter.

Jymi’s Rating: 52%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 43%

 

MOB review next weekend: 24 CARAT by REBELLION BEER COMPANY

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OLD GOLDEN HEN

BREWER: Morland, Oxfordshire (now owned by Greene King, Suffolk)

STYLE: Golden Ale

ABV: 4.1%

VESSEL: 500ml bottle

TWITTER: @greeneking :/

INSTAGRAM: #morlandbrewery  ,  will have to do :/ :/

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I’ve known that we we’re going to be testing this ale at the end of the Summer for a while now so every time I’ve walked down a beer aisle of a store I’ve made a point of more than glancing at Old Golden Hen to get an idea on my thoughts on how it’s packaged up.

From very early on one thought kept coming into my mind. It was a thought that made me think… can I really say this in my review of OGH?
But yet the thought kept coming.

So as I settle down to write I’m now at the horrible moment of whether I come out with it or not….

PISS BOMB

There, I said it, though maybe regret it a little now.

For those of you that don’t know what a PB is, it’s where you take a bottle and….. errrr you know what it is don’t you.

In all seriousness I’ve never really been a fan of the look of Golden Ale’s in a clear bottle. Even if the label is great (see our Spitfire Gold picture) it still kills the over all look of the packaging dead.
Now what Morland seem to have done is take what is already an awful looking clear bottle of ale and stick a label on it that possess a huge yellow outline.
Just a massive error in my opinion as it really cheapens what is actually a pretty decent beer to drink… let’s get on to that shall we.

OGH is crisp and refreshing, yes it is lacking a little depth but you can forgive it for that because it is a real joy to drink both in taste and texture. It is all quite subtle but the taste is tropical and fruity and the texture is lovely and smooth with a hint of the galaxy hops coming in at the end.

A good, easy drinking beer this. Disaster packaging aside, I’m a fan.

Jymi’s Rating: 66%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Old Golden Hen is not groundbreaking by any means. But then there are many beers that aren’t ground breaking. And, to be fair, you don’t have to be groundbreaking to be good.
No, what OGH is, is solid. It’s good for many occasions. You’d be as happy sipping one on a cold winter’s eve as you would on a warm summer’s day.
It’s pleasant on the palate and is fairly light and crisp. There’s not much to write home about with regard to USP, but, hey, who cares?
It’s probably not going to be the top of your to try list. However, if you’re offered an OGH, you’d be mad to turn it down.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 68%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 67%

 

MOB review next weekend: ONION JACK PALE ALE by VOIE B

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WERRRD!

 

100 WEEKENDS.. 100 BEERS.. WELL DONE US!

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SUNDAY LUNCH WITH YOUR NAN WHO JUST LOVES A PINT..

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WERRRD!

BREWER: Electric Bear Brewing Co., Somerset

STYLE: American Pale Ale

ABV: 4.2%

VESSEL: 440ml tin 

TWITTER: @ElectricBearUK

INSTAGRAM: electricbearbrewing

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

I am a fan of the traditional English language.  I like fat to be spelt F A T not P H A T.  And when using the word ‘beef’, I use it as a culinary term, not as a reference to an argument or gripe with someone. However, alas, I have to concede that the English language is ever evolving, so I have to accept that at some point we will have a beer named Werrrd (and yes it does appear as an error on Word (ironically), which makes me feel slightly vindicated in my views). That point has arrived – it doesn’t mean I have to agree with a beer being named Werrrd.

It is true, though, that Electric Bear Brewing Co. do know how to make something look good.  While Werrrd is, according to yours truly, not well named, it is well dressed up.  I guess all in all, you could say it’s very street and I’m sure the younger generation will love that.

Once let loose from it’s distinctive casing, Werrrd has an incredible colour in the glass.  It looks blonde, has a fantastic head on the pour and looks sexily tantalising. Its seductive case is only added to by its heady aromas, which are, you guessed it…tropical to the nth degree. Well, it is brewed with Centennial, Citra and Mosiac hops, so it’s no surprise.

Where we want a beer to deliver is in its drinking.  Werrrd doesn’t quite live up to its heady nasal notes, but it is a good drink.  Its main strength lies in its thirst quenching ability.  It’s light and hits the right grapefruit notes on the palate.  This, together with its short-lived bitter length, makes it a great summer brew.

All in all, Werrrd is one for the trendy youngsters. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a one trick pony, as so eloquently once said in the Apprentice by Stuart Baggs (UK version), it’s “field of ponies”.

Sammy’s Rating: 83%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I regard myself as pretty flippin’ cool you know. My eldest daughter definitely agrees. This was cemented by the fact that she almost laughed at me walking down the pretend staircase behind the sofa when her pals were over for a sleepover.

Unfortunately when it comes to being down wit da kidz legit, I may have lost my flava a little due to thinking the beer we were testing this week was actually called WEIRD. And then on closer inspection this evening I still struggled as to what it was actually called. Werrrd?? As in the noise a fan made before being asked to cease fanning? And then it hit me… WERRRD, as in, WEERRRRD DAWG!! (see, cool me).

Blimey crackers, what a name for a beer!! I actually quite like it now I’m on script. Craft ales and beers generally are evolving so why shouldn’t the names? I’m sure if you tried to order a pint of Werrrd! down the Dog & Dickhead old Ralph the landlord would probably stick one on you, but to be fair, Ralph almost certainly wouldn’t have put this beer on in the first place. Situation averted. Phew, Ralph is pretty tough.

I have to say the look of this tin is exceptional. So inviting!! As sweet as the ghetto blasters and general scene are it’s the colours here that are doing it for me. The spikes and contrasts are just phenomenal.

Now, knowing this is simply an APA with no mystic and weighing in at a mid to low range 4.2% abv, I had nothing to be wary of nor really think about. This was either going to knock it out the park or not.

So Electric Bear Ruth stepped up,  Mr Pitcher threw down the best ball he could muster…

And my Werrrd! Electric Bear Ruth KNOCKED IT OUT THE PARK!!

This is a cracking American Pale!!

It’s the can info that starts your experience off, informing us drinkers to expect an aroma of pink grapefruit, mango and orange rind. And yup, without a doubt a dry, sweet citrus nose she has. We’re also told that there is a piney and zippy bitterness to the finish and again this is what you get. What really hit me is just how refreshing Werrrd! was. So crushable it’s ridiculous. It think this is due to the beer as a whole being quite thin but the taste being great. So for an American Pale it’s not too over powering and in your face.

Electric Bear beers are not that easy to come by unless you’re near the South West of England but people I call on you to do what you can to get hold of this brew.

Peace (mic drop, slippers on).

Jymi’s Rating: 87%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 85%

 

MOB review next weekend: OLD GOLDEN HEN by MORLAND

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 So the Second Muse on Booze Summer of Gin is over and the 100th beer review celebrations are dying down… So what to look forward to now?

Well, in not very many weeks it will be our Second Birthday (104th beer review, do pay attention at the back) and a TOP TEN SO FAR will be coming your way the Wednesday prior.. pretty exciting huh? 

Not only that but we are going to trial a new idea on November 8th. It’s called MOB SQUAD, and for now…that is all you need to know.

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KEEPR’S HONEY GIN

STYLE: Flavoured

ABV: 40%

KEY BOTANICAL: Juniper

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Double Dutch Cranberry Tonic with Rosemary Garnish 

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Schweppes 1783 Light Tonic with Oakcake side (have a sip, take a nibble of the oakcake, have another sip, take another nibble of the oatcake… repeat. Welcome to the new world. You can thank us later).

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Satans Whiskers

Satans Whiskers ingredients and method:

25ml Keepr’s Honey Gin

25ml Dry Vermouth

25ml Sweet Vermouth

12.5ml Grand Marnier 

25ml Fresh Orange Juice

1 Dash Angostura Bitters

Add all ingredients to an iced cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and fine strain into a chilled Coupette glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

 

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PULP

BREWER: Verdant, Cornwall

STYLE: Double IPA

ABV: 8%

VESSEL: 440ml

TWITTER: @VerdantBrew

INSTAGRAM: verdantbrew

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Pulp was an English Brit Pop band. Perhaps not as well known as two other bands of that time, it was a successful band. In many ways, their music could be said to define Brit Pop. They undoubtedly had some timeless classics, and, love them or hate them, they have their place in history.
That was Pulp the band. This is Pulp the beer. Are there any similarities…
Well, on the nose there’s an awful lot of punch with the beer. And the band (particularly Jarvis Cocker) didn’t shy away from up front exploitation (remember the Michael Jackson incident at the Brit Awards).
The taste is quite fruity too. Some of the lyrics from Pulp’s back catalogue were also quite fruity.
That’s where the similarities end. The band were successful. While the beer isn’t unsuccessful per se, it’s not got enough about it to stand out from the crowd. It’s pleasant and it’s very drinkable. I’d happily enjoy it with friends. But it doesn’t have any oomph or uniqueness.
Pulp the band = Pulp
Pulp the beer = Elastica (who were good but not great during the Brit Pop era)

 

Sammy’s Rating: 69%

 

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Fake Interview Guy: Jymi you look perplexed.. what’s up bud?

MOBJymi: Well FIG, for a start this whole packaging concept confuses me.

FIG: How so?

MOBJymi: Well for starters, have Verdant put a 330 label on a 440 tin?

FIG: Errrr not sure, shall we measure it?

MOBJymi: No need, even if they haven’t  the label is too small for the tin.

FIG: Miniature label aside what are your thoughts on the packaging as a whole?

MOBJymi: Well, Figgy boy I have to say… the colours are wrong, the style is messy and I honestly can’t get away from this shrunken label thing….but, with a name like Pulp and a hop exclamation mark it does make this DIPA look juicy, crushable and alluring.

FIG: What you on about?

MOBJymi: Dunno man, shall we crack her open?

FIG: Best you do…

MOBJymi: Woah!!! The aroma coming from this pup is HUGE! And very very good too.

FIG: Does the nose sum up the name?

MOBJymi: Good question Figgy.. you know what.. it really does. This DIPA smells like a trillion Guava have been Pulped just to make this one can.

FIG: Amazing, I can even smell it from here with my imaginary nose… How does it taste though?

MOBJymi: Well, this is where things get tricky. At first, not great. The info on the tin told me that the dry finish was going to hide Pulp’s strength. It doesn’t. It tastes really strong and at 8% I’m not sure that is a particularly good thing. However the further I get into this brew the more I’m beginning to enjoy it.

It’s not particulatly juicy nor crushable and does take some getting used to but once over all of this plus the packaging mishap… Pulp is pretty good you know.

FIG: Anything more to add?

MOBJymi: Not really no.. should I go and find somebody real to talk to?

FIG: silence

Jymi’s Rating: 75%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 72% 

 

MOB review next weekend: WERRRD! by ELECTRIC BEAR BREWING CO.

…and it just so happens to be our 100th brew review too x

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PLYMOUTH

STYLE: Plymouth

ABV: 41.2%

KEY BOTANICAL: Juniper

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic and Lemon Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Merchants Heart Tonic and Red Grapefruit Garnish

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Red Snapper

Red Snapper ingredients and method:

50ml Plymouth Gin

100ml Tomato Juice

12.5ml Fresh Lemon Juice

5ml Sugar Syrup

4 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

7 dashes Hot Sauce

2 grinds of Black Pepper

2 pinches of Celery Salt

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice filled and salt & pepper rimmed highball glass. Garnish with fresh chilli and a celery stalk.

NEXT UP and the final one of this Summer: KEEPR’S HONEY GIN

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LOWLANDER IPA

BREWER: Løwlander Beer Co., North Holland

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 6%

VESSEL: 330ml bottle

TWITTER: @LowlanderBeer

INSTAGRAM: lowlanderbeer

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Now, I think most people dream of making it… though I also think most people’s definition of making it are pretty different.

Some folk feel making it is having enough money to sink a rather large liner.

Others may feel like inventing something that changes the world could be classed as making it.

Whilst there are also those out there that train and work hard for years in a sport that they may not even be paid for. But if that chap or lass then goes on to represent their country they would consider themselves as making it I’m sure.

I thought that I had made once I had got married. I was wrong…

Because then my children came along.  Then I really thought that finally I had made it. But I was wrong once more.

Because then I got a visual on a Lowlander IPA bottle and thought to myself, “I will not have truly made it until I’m a content monkey, wearing a captains hat on top of  a snazzy hair do, smoking a pipe surrounded by bottles of ale”.

What an incredible bottle we have on our hands here. Ape aside the colours, artwork, fonts and ratios are just sublime. It doesn’t necessarily make this IPA look enticing nor crushable or even really like a bottle of beer. But it does look great!

Words  coming out  from our good looking vessel’s label include… Botanicals. Corriander. White Tea. Citrusy. Hoppy. Bitter. Refreshing.  Spice.

Delve in?

Yes. I. Did.

Good beer this. No, in fact this is a really good beer. Actually, it’s great. It has a really soft texture to it suggesting the brewer took extra care whilst doing their thing. The taste is actually very well described on the front label with the mentions of coriander and tea. There is without doubt the presence of both but only subtly. It is also citrusy, hoppy and bitter. We’re also told of these refreshing notes of spice and after a lot of watch staring they eventually turned up way into the aftertaste. Brilliant.

Lowlander IPA doesn’t taste like it’s 6%, does taste like it’s brewed with botanicals and basically is an absolute gem of a brew.

Jymi’s Rating: 80%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Many people like things from the past. Sometimes they’re called historians. Historians know things about the past in detail and they are able to identify which era artefacts are from. I like things from the past but I’m not a historian. This means that I can’t ably identity which era an object or artefact might have come from with any certainty at all. However, Lowlander’s label reminds of days gone by. To be precise, it reminds me of the Victorian era. And to be even more specific, I could see it adorning the shelves of a wild west saloon. I like that about Lowlander, the fact that it would be at home in a cowboy’s (from days gone by) hand. But remember, I’m not a historian, and this is just my opinion of where I imagine Lowlander to come from.
It actually originates from The Netherlands. And it’s much more modern than the Victorian time. On balance, this is a good thing, even though it’s not quite as romantic as it hailing from further afield in both time and geography. You see, Lowlander is well brewed and if it were an older recipe it would probably be quite nasty, which it definitely isn’t. The slightly bitter aftertaste and pleasant acidic mouthfeel are definitely modern features, again a good thing.
Lowlander is a good beer. I like to imagine it being from the frontier days, but this is definitely not an ale for cowboys. It’s way too good for that. It’s much more sophisticated than that. You could happily enjoy this brew anywhere and in any time period and you’d always feel very satisfied.
Go and get your hands on one…

 

Sammy’s Rating: 82%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 81%

 

MOB review next weekend: PULP by VERDANT BREWING CO.

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 Next Sunday the UK Summer will be officially OVER. Done. Finished.

But don’t worry. Before the 9 month sub zero storm arrives we will be bringing you not one but TWO more Gins to conclude #MOBSOG2… what those Gins will be, we don’t know.