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.

 

AND THAT IS THAT. THE SECOND MUSE ON BOOZE SUMMER OF GIN IS OVER. THE THIRD ONE START’S IN 275 DAYS. HIBERNATE WELL.

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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

WERRRD!

PREPARE YOUR DUFFLE COATS, FOR THE SUMMER OF GIN DOES END TOMORROW

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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.

PULP PRE

 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.

 

MONKEY 47

STYLE: New Western

ABV: 47%

KEY BOTANICAL: Cranberry

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever Tree Tonic and Grapefruit Peel Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Merchant’s Heart Hibiscus Tonic and NO GARNISH

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Twisted Negroni

Twisted Negroni ingredients and method:

50ml Monkey 47 Gin

25ml Aperol

25ml Merlot Red Wine

Stir all ingredients. Add Orange Twist for Garnish.

 

NEXT UP: The MOB Gin House has lost it’s way somewhat… but something will be coming your way next Wednesday #GinChaos

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ANCHOR STEAM BEER

BREWER: Anchor Brewing Company, California

STYLE: Beer 🙂 

ABV: 4.8%

VESSEL: 355ml bottle

TWITTER: @AnchorBrewing

INSTAGRAM: anchorbrewing

 

JYMI SAY’S…

This is a beer that I’m very familiar with.. though not through drinking, but through sight. Until today I have never had Anchor Steam Beer before but I have definitely seen  her about A LOT. But where have I seen her about? I honestly don’t know. As Sam provided me with this beer to test I can’t even call on my shopping receipt to work out where this brew came to me via. My conclusion is that this beer is sold in all supermarkets, most bottle shops and some restaurants. I’m basing this on absolutely nothing but to be so familiar with a beer without ever drinking means that surely this must be the case.

Now, at last, I have an Anchor Steam Beer in front of me and my first question (and possibly the reason that I have not purchased nor drunk) was, what is it? Lager? Ale? Well, according to our brewer’s message to us on the label, it’s beer. A unique beer like no other in the world apparently. I mean, I admire the bravery here from the Anchor Brewery, you really do have to have stones of steel to not classify your beer. And if you do go down this path, you better hope the product you’re turning out is a good one…….

Yeah, it is.

I thought it was going to be nodding towards lager for some reason pre sipping but for me this falls bang into the Pale Ale bracket. The aroma coming isn’t amazing though is pleasant enough. It’s very fruity with an almost strawberry vibe going on, nice but not amazing. It’s once you’re sipping on ASB that you realise that you’re dealing with a very good beer indeed. There is a lovely creamy texture to it that is accompanied by a very bitter taste that continues into the after taste. I have a feeling ASB would fly down pretty quickly in the correct setting because it is nice and smooth and that high bitterness keeps you coming back for more. However, it’s that bitterness level that would probably put a halt on you having too many.

Over all a pretty smashing BEER I have to say and I hope, widely available!

Jymi’s Rating: 77%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

What is Anchor Steam Beer? As in, what class of beer does it sit in? Is it an ale? Or is it a lager? Definitely not a stout.
Let us not ponder it’s classification for too long because what it most definitely is, is a quality beer. There’s not much going on with the nose. But the drinking is fantastic. And the strange thing is, I am not really sure why it is. You see, it doesn’t have many flavour notes. It doesn’t have a predominant up front, smack you in the face hook. What Anchor Steam Beer does have though, is an exceptionally well balanced flavour, neither too long nor too short. It’s sharp but not bitter. It’s a very clean taste. It keeps you wanting more.
As an overall package, I really like Anchor Steam Beer. It has mystique about it and has a great story. It has transcended time and managed to keep finding it’s own place in a crowded beer market. It doesn’t pretend to be anything other that what it is. It’s proud of being what it is. And clearly, it works incredibly well. It doesn’t need to be anything other than what it is.
I’m off to have another…

 

Sammy’s Rating: 90%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 83.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: LØWLANDER IPA by LØWLANDER BEER CO.

LOWLANDER PRE

THERE ARE THREE GINS REMAINING IN THE 2019 SUMMER OF GIN

LET’S LEAVE IT AT THAT SHALL WE

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PORTER’S

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 41.5%

KEY BOTANICAL: Juniper, Angelica Root and Citrus

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Franklin & Sons Tonic and Orange Slice Garnish 

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fentimans Connoisseurs Tonic and Dehydrated Blood Orange Garnish 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Southside Rickey

Southside Rickey ingredients and method:

50ml Porter’s Gin

25ml Fresh Lime Juice

12.5ml Sugar Syrup

5 Mint Leaves 

Soda

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

NEXT UP: After saying it’s going to be Fifty Six for the last 804 weeks, we’ve given up trying to predict. Right on. 

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