BREWER: Lervig, Rogaland, Norway

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.5%

VESSEL: 330ml tin

TWITTER: @LervigBeer

INSTAGRAM: lervigbeer 

DATE OF POST: 24th April 2022



Now, who’d have thought about putting a fella in his underpants on a can of beer? Well, the team at Lervig did when they designed their can for Easy. And as it happens, I quite like him. He looks like an easy-going fella, which ties in nicely with the beer concept. It’s a little bit of a shame about the wishy-washy colour combination on the can, but it certainly doesn’t detract from the Easy fella.

I’ve given over a lot of words to the styling of the can. That’s because there’s not too much to say about the beer.

Easy is perfectly pleasant. You can tell its a dry hopped IPA. It’s hoppy and there’s a dryness to it.  It’s a little bit dusty.

That’s it.

Sammy’s Rating: 62%



This week I’m going with the angle of expressing my thoughts on the tin art and info before poppin’ n pourin’ the beer. Though it’s not always possible I do quite like the idea of doing this as outside and inside should be judged separately as well as together. Of course this brings the adage to the table of not judging a book by its cover, but whichever way you look at it, the better the packaging the more you will look forward to a beer, particularly when reviewing it.

(Though the main reason for going down this road is, for once I have a bit of time on my hands and won’t be testing Easy until this evening.)

And I’m looking forward to testing Easy because I really, really like tin art and colours. If Easy was called Sludge and was in a brown tin it is fair to say I would be looking forward to it less. It doesn’t affect how the brew tastes (maybe, that’s a discussion for another time) but the packaging is what pulls you in in the first place, it entices you, it excites you… and on the whole it stops a beer sitting on a shop shelf for too long.

Anyway, as mentioned, I adore the tin art here as well as the name and there is enough info on the vessel to let you know what you are probably going to get.

Fast forward to this evening and I’m about to crack the can… here goes.

Well, ok, what we have instantly is a classic and straightforward CRAFT nose. It’s nothing different, it’s nothing new, it’s nothing to call Sammy at 3am and go on and on about, but that doesn’t mean it’s not lovely – it’s just not a breakaway from today’s very high standard of craft brewing smells that drift up the snoz before you take that first sip.

But when you take that first sip, even though there is no real point of difference and just tastes like a classic crafty pale, it soon becomes very apparent that this brew is flippin’ lovely.

Loads and loads of flavour hits you in the sip accompanied by plenty of orange on the nose as you take the brew onboard. Easy then sits you back and makes you wonder just quite how it is only 4.5 % as it is so flavoursome. Very moreish with bitterness a plenty keeps you coming back for more and I have to say I was a little disappointed that I only had 330ml of this beer to enjoy.

Nice work indeed Lervig, just get me a bigger tin next time please.

Jymi’s Rating: 80%





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BREWER: Williams Bros. Brewing Company, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

STYLE: Pilsner

ABV: 4.5%

VESSEL: 44oml tin

TWITTER: @WilliamsBrewery

INSTAGRAM: williamsbrosbrewingco

DATE OF POST: 17th April 2022



Hey hey mama said the way you move, gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove…

El Perro Negro on one hand is a really cool name for a brew. However, on the other, if said brew is a Pilsner brewed in Scotland it comes undone a little. A dark lager or porter brewed in Spain then hey hey mama I get it!! But an amber coloured pilsner brewed in Alloa? Do me a favour.

BUT… this pilsner is brewed with Seville oranges, so ok ok ok I get the Spanish name. However the fact the word Negro is included seems ridiculous to me. Still in isolation, El Perro Negro is a cracking name for a beer so you’re getting the benefit of the doubt Williams Bros., JUST!

Now, I’m not too sure what I was expecting from this lager but once sipped quite a few things became clear…

It didn’t taste like a Pilsner.

There is hardly any taste of orange.

There wasn’t too much going on flavour wise.


It was amazingly smooth, very drinkable and actually rather enjoyable. Whether it be a roasting Sevillian summers day or a warm early afternoon in Alloa, El Perro Negro would go down well.

In conclusion this beer is sooooooooo far away from doing what is says on the tin but it is how much you enjoy drinking a brew that counts and somehow I enjoyed this one a fair bit.

Jymi’s Rating: 67%



El Perro Negro might seem to be a strange name for a beer made in Scotland. But it’s simple to explain: it’s brewed with a ‘twist’ of Seville oranges. Ergo, it has a black dogged Spanish themed name. Makes sense. Except for the black dog part. But hey-ho, it’s still a solid name.

Enough rambling. Onto the drinking.

On the nose, there’s a slight hint of oranges. I can’t tell if they’re from Seville, but we will give the benefit of the doubt. Other than that, the nose is as you might expect from a pilsner, which don’t have the best reputation for stimulating the olfactory cells.

In the drinking, EPN definitely has an upfront sweet citrus taste. It’s very pleasant and refreshing. While it might not be the most inspiring pilsner out there, or indeed the most complex beer, it’s certainly got its place. Easy to drink, refreshing, with a little point of difference- I quite like EPN.

Unlike some other pilsners, EPN would definitely stand up well in session too. Its crispness would give welcome relief as you pushed through a session. It would keep many a customer happy on many an occasion.

Undoubtedly, EPN is a good solid beer.

Sammy’s Rating: 81%



MOB review next weekend: EASY by LERVIG

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BREWER: The Garden Brewery (collab with Freddo Fox), Zagreb, Croatia

STYLE: Imperial Sour

ABV: 6.4%

VESSEL: 440ml tin

TWITTER: @GardenBrewery1

INSTAGRAM: gardenbrewery

DATE OF POST: 10th April 2022



When a brewery decides not to name a particular brew of theirs it’s not a real big deal but is a bit of a shame. I feel like the beer no matter how good or bad lacks a little identity without a name and I also miss the creativity that comes with the naming of a brew. If St Austell had just named their exquisite PROPER JOB simply, IPA I can’t help but feel I would love it a little less even though the beer would be exactly the same. The reason I’m going down this road though to be honest is that The Garden Brewery along with Freddo Fox have decided not to name the beer we have this week which just leaves us with the description of what it is as our name. But it’s not simply a Pale or Stout no no, it’s a fu**in IMPERIAL APRICOT, MANDARIN AND LEMON SOUR.

However, IAMALS actually sounds like a name so we’re going with that, leaving any negativity behind and focusing on the positives and oh my…  there are many!!!

This is an absolute beaut of a brew!

The quite simply stunning tropical nose leads you to your first sip that instantly loads you up with apricot. So. Much. Flavour. The sip remains very much apricot led then moves to an orange and lemon finish. Apricot slowly bleeds back in with the aftertaste and completes the complex fruity rollercoaster.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is a fine fine beer and would have probably scored EVEN higher for me if I was a fan of apricot, which on the whole, I’m not.

But a fan of this beer I most certainly am.

Jymi’s Rating: 87%



Ooo I say – what a cracker!

IAMLS is a sour. Sours are good. But, here’s the thing. It’s not the most sour of sours.

But it’s salty.

Yes, I know. Salt and beer sound like they shouldn’t work. But throw in some citrus fruits, add a little apricot and then hit it up with some cardamom and what you’ve got is a revelation of a beer.

Imagine going on a holiday that takes you to Seville, then onto India via North Africa, finishing up in Mexico. It would be incredible. And possibly not possible. Imagine then, trying to sum up that trip in 440ml of beer. Definitely near on impossible. Yet, that’s what the magicians at The Garden Brewery and Freddo Fox (yes, unbelievably this brew is a collaboration between a Croatian brewery and a Spanish brewery) have managed to do in a can! Sounds amazing. Well, IAMLS is amazing.

It’s unique. It’s well conceived. It’s well balanced. And it’s well brewed. IAMLS is well good.

Sammy’s Rating: 95%




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BREWER: BrewDog, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

STYLE: Milkshake IPA

ABV: 6.3%

VESSEL: 44oml tin


INSTAGRAM: brewdogofficial 

DATE OF POST:  3rd April 2022


BrewDog pretty much introduced me to the new and wonderful world of Craft Beer, and for that I thank them. There was a time where I would say to people, sometimes randomly in the street, these dogs can do no wrong. Punk was a f’ing cracker. A top top beer that was fairly accessible and pretty affordable. Dead Pony Club proved to me that lower ABV beers can still pack a punch and actually be really tasty.

However, of more recent times BrewDog have lost it. Punk is still drinkable and ok but not even half the beer it used to be. DPC is no longer drinkable it’s so shite. The vast majority of BD beers nowadays are average at very best, and if I’m being honest, actually way below average.

Now what we have for review today, Tony’s Hopolonely, does not fall into the way below average bracket. It’s worse than that. It is utter bollocks.

There was early promise from this very badly packaged product, at least. The smell of sweet Raspberries came through well. However once drinking you’re wishing you hadn’t. ALL THE RASPBERRY comes at you with the flavour yet little to no chocolate. Big raspberry hits done well can be a delight. But this hasn’t been done well. It feels rushed and forced and is quite frankly, shit. However, more promise raised its head briefly as the sweet / sour from the raspberry offered a nice balance to the beer. But it’s not too long before you’re back to the gawd awful flavour. Also, the fact this is a collab with an overpriced substandard chocolate maker and the beer doesn’t even taste of chocolate makes this whole enterprise absurd.

A brewery that in my eyes has gone from being able to do no wrong to suddenly doing everything wrong. If you’re happy drinking shit beer from a company with seemingly zero morals, then crack on with BrewDog. If you’re not, then boycott them. Like I am doing as of… now.

They need us. We don’t need them.

Jymi’s Rating: 27%



Right. Where to start.

I’m not sure what this beer is actually called so we won’t give it a name. But one thing is clear is it’s a mash up between Brewdog and Tony’s Chocolonely. Two big companies (shows you how far the Scottish brewery has come (I’ll reserve posting a view about that now)).

The packaging is distinctive. But it’s also shocking. Not shockingly good, sadly, but rather shockingly bad!

The one thing that gave me hope about this beer is the nose. It’s amazing. Almost like squash on a summer’s day.

Sadly, that’s where the positives end.

There’s definitely raspberry in the drink. Its bitter after that followed by smoothness. Then back to bitterness. But through it all there’s an underlying sweetness which doesn’t feel right. Too, unbeerish. And all in all that’s where the lacklustre adventure ends.

Whilst it’s interesting and different, I don’t like it. It’s too much novelty for me. It’s more bling than brew, which is a shame.

Brewdog have the resources at their disposal to do interesting and ‘out there’ things with beers. But this, whatever it is, is too forced. It’s too much about the amalgamation not the product.

Sammy’s Rating: 37%




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BREWER: Dolphin Brewery, Berkshire, England

STYLE: Sour Saison

ABV: 6.1%

VESSEL: 330ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @BreweryDolphin

INSTAGRAM: dolphinbrewery

DATE OF POST: 27th March 2022



Dolphin are a teeny tiny two person brewery based in Reading. For the last year or so they have been making quite the impression locally for brewing some utterly sensational beer. What’s more getting hold of one of these aforementioned beers is hard! No sooner have they hit the bottle shop shelves they are gone. And then the wait for the next batch to arrive begins. Dolphin have been mainly focused on sour’s since they began, I don’t know the reason for this but can only imagine it is because the feedback has been soooooo good!

The few beers I have managed to get hold of have been nothing short of great. I also really like the simplicity of the bottle art, one-word names and knock out logo. It’s a very well thought out brand and backed up by cracking beer… these kids will go far!

Conjuror, our Dolphin beer from last week was a massive hit for Muse on Booze. Now it’s time to see how Composer will fare.

We all know I’m a fan of a Sour, but a Saison, not so much. I think that is because I am yet to come across a good one. Now a Sour and Saison blend I have never had so I am intrigued to say the least. We have also established that we are in good hands / fins here with Dolphin so the intrigue has built to excitement over the last few days.

Lid lifted, we are away…

Oh my, this is incredible!!!

All sour upfront with a magnificent fresh blackcurrant zing and the most awesome mouthfeel. You can really tell how much care and thought has gone into this. The saison side of life turns up in the aftertaste drying out the fruity vibe you get from the initial sip. Leaving the drinker looking at their drink, still in hand, with a massive smile of their face probably thinking… HOOOOOLY SHIIIIIT THAT’S GOOOOOOD!

Any they would be most correct.

Keep at it team Dolphin, you are splashing it out the park.

Jymi’s Rating: 91%



So, here we are. The follow-up review for a Dolphin beer.

Last week it felt like we’d reached a spurt peak with Conjuror. It felt like we were on top of the sour beer world with the only way being down.

Turns out we weren’t because Dolphin have gone and bloody done it again with Composer.

It has an unbelievable blackcurrant nose. Simply summer. Amazing. It really does smell like a hedgerow in deep summer. But in a good way of course.

Then Composer delivers its crescendo with its Blackcurrant, almost salty, sour delightful flavour. The mouthfeel is sublimely intense .

Simply amazing from Dolphin.

Two cracking sours. One amazing brewery.

Sammy’s Rating: 93%



MOB review next weekend: TONY’S HOPOLONELY by BREWDOG

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BREWER: Dolphin Brewery, Berkshire, England


ABV: 4.7%

VESSEL: 330ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @BreweryDolphin

INSTAGRAM: dolphinbrewery

DATE OF POST: 20th March 2022



Do you like Peaches Jymi?


How about Peach flavoured stuff?

No, not really.

What about Strawberries, are you a fan?

Yes, but it has to be a good fresh batch. Most nowadays struggle for flavour.

Do you like strawberry flavoured things?

No, not really. Though the odd McDonald’s strawberry milkshake has snuck through the net I have to admit.

What about Sour’s, do you like Sour’s?

I think you know Jymi better than that Jymi, I love Sour’s.

Do you like Conjuror – Dolphin Brewery’s Peach & Strawberry Sour, that you have in front of you today for review?

I don’t just like it, I adore it! It’s fantastic!!! And I’m very much looking forward to next week when we are testing Composer from this up and coming ultra-microbrewery from Berkshire.

Jymi’s Rating: 88%



Conjuror is the first of two beers from Dolphin Brewery that we’re reviewing over the next two weeks. Apart from the obvious brewery connection, both of these brews are at the sour end of the spectrum.

And it’s no secret I love a sour….

Conjuror does not disappoint. It’s quite a wonderful beer.

The nose oozes strawberries and peaches in abundance. There’s no hints here. It is full on fruity punching!!!  The only slight draw back on the nose is the sweetness; it’s a little too much when you’re expecting a sour…

However, once into the drinking Conjuror has the most amazing mouthfeel. It’s simply incredible. The sharp bite upfront mellows into middle sweetness all to be rounded off with a finishing sharpness. A very enjoyable drinking journey if I may.

Conjuror is perfectly balanced. It’s fair to say this beer is magic (sorry I couldn’t resist).

Sammy’s Rating: 90%


MOB review next weekend: COMPOSER by DOLPHIN BREWERY

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BREWER: Cassels, Canterbury, New Zealand

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 5.3%

VESSEL: 330ml tin 

TWITTER: @Cassels_Brewery

INSTAGRAM: casselsbrewingco

DATE OF POST: 14th March 2022



A decent beer this but it took me a while to get into it…

See, with Cassels packaging nothing is given away. As far as I know all of their cans are very very similar. So as cool as the packaging is it didn’t really inspire or excite me into this brew. Also the name we have here is just poor, it’s not even a name, just a description. Not that it really matters but again did nothing to inspire or excite. But I did know that I was getting a NZ Pale Ale and that is never a bad thing…

But this did not taste at all like any NZ pales I have had in the past! Which totally threw me if I’m honest and with only 330ml of this brew available I quickly needed to get my head in the game.

Now with a NZ you expect super smooth mouthfeel and an understated hoppy taste, not prominent but lovely. But this offering from Cassels was nothing like that at all. NZP is hop forward! And while the texture of this brew is pleasant it is nowhere near the super soft feel you would expect.

However, once I got my head around NZPA it became clear I was dealing with a tasty drop that would go down a storm in the sun I’m sure.

Jymi’s Rating: 72%



What’s a New Zealand pale ale? you may wonder. Well, it’s a pale ale brewed with NZ hops. Makes sense really.  Anyway, that’s what we are testing this week. And it’s brewed by Cassels.

There’s something I really like about NZPA. It could be the old school bitter finish. Or it could be the hint of floral notes punctuating the light tropical flavours. Or it could be the lovely crispness. Or it could even be its ridiculously short finish which works very well indeed.

Whatever it is that makes it so, NZPA is an incredible beer. Forget comparing it to IPAs or APAs. It’s just very different. And in a good way.

I’d happily chug one of these down on any occasion.  Can’t wait to get me hands on another to be honest!

Sammy’s Rating: 84%


MOB review next weekend: CONJUROR by DOLPHIN BREWERY


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BREWER: Crafty Cats Brewing Company, Berkshire, England

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.7%

VESSEL: 440ml tin

TWITTER: @craftycatsco

INSTAGRAM: craftycatsbrewing

DATE OF POST: 6th March 2022



Because I had a part in KC coming to life it is VERY hard to be subjective. Especially when your instant thoughts are that both packaging and beer are really f’ing good! But I’m sorry, they are. And whether you had a hand in it or not, it’s just a fact.

The Crafty Cats can art angle is GENUIS for me. Quirky feline characters giving their beer not just a character but an advantage over other shelf dwellers for not just simply looking awesome, but for being just a little bit different without trying too hard to be zany.

Beer wise what we have here is equally clever…

See, it’s not the greatest beer to ever be swilled but oh my, does it have some supersonic qualities!

The Citra hop level for this pale is absolutely on point. ON POINT. The balance provided by the other hops and additions of oats and wheat combined with the delicate touch in the brewing make this 4.7% brew very very quaffable indeed.

Last October I ran a can bar for a ‘beer fest’ and Kitten County featured alongside some fairly major players in the craft scene. It out sold every other beer by at least 2 : 1

Make of that what you will…

Cats cats cats

Jymi’s Rating: 85%



Kitten County… it sounds like a utopia. Who wouldn’t like to visit Kitten County? But, alas, it’s not a real place. It doesn’t exist on a map.  Fear not though, it does exist in the beer world…

I’ve never smelt the insides of a kitten. Neither have I tasted one. Folks would find me strange if I did. But if I did, just try to imagine for a moment that it’s even possible, I can’t even begin to believe real kittens would be anything like Kitten County. You see, KC is so fresh on the nose it’s a delight. Sure, it’s fruity but it’s light and lemony. And the drinking is so crisp and citrusy it almost defies belief.

I want to say KC is like a lemon beer. But that’s just not doing it justice. The term lemon beer conjures up thoughts of a fruit beer that is awfully brewed with lemon syrup added to paper over all its flaws. What KC is, is a well conceived, well brewed and well delivered beer that culminates in a crescendo of beer lemon heaven.

KC might not be comparable to a kitten ladened utopia. Neither might it be anything like consuming any part of a kitten. But what it most definitely is, is a sublime example of citra beer.

Sammy’s Rating: 91%



MOB review next weekend: NZ PALE ALE by CASSELS

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BREWER: Labietis, Riga, Latvia

STYLE: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5%

VESSEL: 0.5l brown bottle 

TWITTER: @Alus_Labietis

INSTAGRAM: labietis

DATE OF POST: 27th February 2022



Simple can be effective. And so is the case with the label on Tris Indiani. So much so, that it deserves a special mention. It’s not groundbreaking. But it is definitely effective and plucks you in.

Enough waffle  (not the food – the meaningless rambling). Let’s crack her open…

I can’t understand the label on TI. But I do understand that it’s an APA (that part is in English). The nose certainly doesn’t hint at major hoppiness. In fact, while it’s not unpleasant, there’s hardly an odour of note.

And then the drinking – well, it’s ok. Quite sharp at front and then if you sit on it long enough without taking another pull TI gives some subtle floral notes. But nothing to write home about.

All in all, it’s pretty average. Nowt else to say!

Sammy’s Rating: 51%



Everybody should have a GO BAG. OK, maybe I’ve watched too many movies over the years, but everybody should have a GO BAG… Just in case. Just in case of what I’m not too sure, again maybe too many movies, but, just in case.

Of course everybody’s bag will be put together differently and the amount of filthy cash in there will vary depending on what you can afford but below is a guide to some fairly obvious essentials for any GB:


£10k cash.

Rolling tobacco.

Fake nose.

$10k cash.


Swimming trunks.




5k cash Brazilian Real.

Fold up brush.

Fake Passport.

Now, I’ll be honest, it’s the fake passport that links this waffle and beer review. See, the name on my fake passport is TRISTAN INDIANI, but my  friends call me Tris.


And so to the beer and a first from Latvia for the MOB crew!

First off, AWESOME looking bottle! So simple but fantastic.

Lid lifted and beer poured and the nose was the next thing to please. Again, much like the packaging of this beer, not complex but really delivering. Citrus zings just tempting you in.

Taste wise this brew isn’t gonna knock you off your chair with excitement but it is a really tasty drop. A good citrus vibe kicks around throughout the drinking from that initial sniff, to sip, to TI’s lovely aftertaste. I think for an APA I would like more hop content but all in all  Tris is crisp and crushable and I look forward to one day sipping one in the Riga sun.

Jymi’s Rating: 69%




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BREWER: Brew York, North Yorkshire, England

STYLE: Cyro Pop™ Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5%

VESSEL: 440ml tin

TWITTER: @brewyorkbeer

INSTAGRAM: brewyorkbeer

DATE OF POST: 20th February 2022



A beer named after a wrestler – who’d of thunk it?  Yet, here it is: Big Poppa Pump. It’s one of Brew York’s Survivor Series, Cryo Pop.

For a beer that’s named after a wrestler, it’s lighter than you might think, or hope for. BPP dances across the tongue rather than body slamming into it (sorry, couldn’t resist). And, although it’s decent enough, it’s not world beating.

The Cryo Hop technique applied here does give some hoppy notes. But you’d expect that it would pop more than it does. Somehow, it tastes manufactured. And that’s a shame because brewing a beer is a natural process.

I’m going to lay it out straight: I am not a fan of this beer. BPP doesn’t improve as you move down the glass. Actually, it gets less enjoyable.

This is not one for me. Despite my initial excitement about BPP I am left somewhat disappointed.

Oh well, it’s only a beer.

Sammy’s Rating: 54%



I was expecting a lot from this beer…

In Brew York I trust. In a hop developed by Yakima Chief Hops I trust (I suppose). In a brew named after wrestling legend Scott Steiner, I trust. And with can art this cool, I trust, though I know it can be foolish to do so.

However this beer has not lived up to expectation. I mean, it is drinkable and pleasant enough but nowhere near the level it should be considering who are involved here.

The hop level isn’t high or intense enough. The body isn’t full enough. The aftertaste dips out far too quickly though does return with a long and rather likeable linger.

All in all the name and tin are fantastic here but the beer itself I’m afraid to say is average. Which is surprising. And considering what you would likely pay for a tin of this (I know we don’t often mention value for money) I would urge potential consumers to look elsewhere.

Jymi’s Rating: 60%


MOB review next weekend: TRīS INDIĀNI by LABIETIS

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