MARTIN MILLERS

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 40%

KEY BOTANICAL: Citrus Peel

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Indian Tonic and Strawberry & Cracked Black Pepper Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fentimans Oriental Yuzu Tonic and Strawberry Garnish

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: The Bees Knees 

The Bees Knees Ingredients and method:

50ml Martin Millers Gin

25ml Lemon Juice

25ml Honey

Pour all ingredients into an iced cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 1 minute. Fine strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of Rosemary.

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SURF

BREWER: Jaw Brew, Lanarkshire

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 4.3%

VESSEL: 500ml bottle

TWITTER: @JawBrew

INSTAGRAM: jawbrew

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Type ‘Surf’ into the Cambridge Dictionary online and the first definition (ironically) is about visiting different websites on the internet. The second definition, unsurprisingly, relates to the sport of surfing. The third definition, and the one I was looking for, states that surf is “the tops of waves on the sea when they are near the coast or hit against rocks”. I can only assume that the team at Jaw Brew was thinking of the third definition when naming their beer Surf. Surf, in this sense, conjures up hard hitting images, rather than soft rolling tones…
However, it’s not the impression that you first get when opening up this brew. Although there are notes and hints of the exotic that one might expect on a sun drenched beach, they’re not big hitting like you want from your surf. Delve deeper and take your first sip, and the same theme continues. There are subtle pineapple and bitter-sweet flavours supported by a slight sour aftertaste. And the aftertaste is short lived, leaving a dry sensation in the mouth, that is a little underwhelming.
Sometimes subtlety is good. Sometimes it’s what you look for in a beer. But on this occasion it’s not quite where you might want to be. Jaw Brew state that this is a ‘snappy and stimulating brew’…which is ‘tantalisingly tangy’ and the reality is that Surf just isn’t that. It’s way too short in flavour to live up to this.
It may be Surf in name, but it’s not surf in nature.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 60%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

IF YOU HAVE NEVER WATCHED THE FILM POINT BREAK THEN THE FIRST TWO PARAGRAPHS OF THIS BLURB WILL NOT MAKE SENSE. HOWEVER IF YOU DON’T READ THEM THE REMAINING PARAGRAPHS WON’T MAKE SENSE EITHER, SO…. I’LL LEAVE IT WITH YOU.

As Johnny Utah strolled down to meet the ocean for the very first time everyone just knew he was a first timer, and booooy did he prove it both in detective and surfing skills. Old man, but certainly not past it Angelo looked like he had to swoop in to save the day, as well as keep him cool. Legend.

But Johnny’s perseverance with the surf (which unfortunately, though not totally linked to the ocean resulted in the passing of Angelo) eventually paid off. It was still pretty flippin’ obvious he was a police officer from the start, but somehow, somehow he infiltrated the EX PRESIDENTS!!

Now, where am going with this…

Externally, Surf the beer looks cool, but in a way that is trying to look cool, which sticks out like a sore Utah thumb.

If it’s trying to be surfer dude I think it’s failed… if it’s not then I have no idea.

HOWEVER, the name and addition of the word exotic to the ol’ PALE ALE in the description has to intrigue a dude or dudette so let us see what this kid has got… coz for me it looks like a pretender! And that would be a waste of time.

So what ya bringing us then Jaw Brew??

Well, it’s pretty good you know, not take down a major crime organisation good, just pretty good. My hand written notes included the ever informative words of good solid brew. But I cannot argue with those notes, mainly because I wrote them.

But it is, it’s a solid brew. There is nothing cleaver of fancy going on, it just goes about its business not trying to be something it’s not. Like a hardcore surfer dude I suppose (not Johnny Utah).

Surf Pale Ale starts off lovely and soft  and builds to a good dry pine and apple finish as the bottle told us it should and Jaw Brew delivered.

It’s by no means a 100 year storm this brew but it would be welcome enough around my table anytime…. Unlike Johnny Utah.

Jymi’s Rating: 68%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 64%

 

MOB review next weekend: GO TO IPA by STONE BREWING

GO TO IPA PRE

THE CURRENT RAIN IN BRITAIN WILL NOT STOP THIS SUMMER OF GIN!! IT WILL NOT!!

NEXT UP: MARTIN MILLERS

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T: @museonbooze

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BULLDOG

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 40%

KEY BOTANICAL: White Poppy, Dragon Eye and Lotus Leaf

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Tonic and Grapefruit Wedge & Lemon Peel Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: 1724 Tonic and Lemon Peel Garnish

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: French 75

French 75 ingredients and method:

37.5ml Bulldog Gin

12.5ml Lemon Juice

6.25ml Sugar Syrup

Champagne Brut 

Shake first three ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled Champagne flute. Top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon peel

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TABLE BEER

BREWER: The Kernel Brewery, South-East London

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 3%

VESSEL: 330ml bottle 

TWITTER: @kernelbrewery

INSTAGRAM: thekernelbrewery

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Hats off to The Kernel Brewery for naming a beer Table Beer. It really makes sense. I love the step away from ‘session’. To me, it’s innovative. Add to that, they have packaged it up it a neat way, which also works with the overall sense that this beer gives off.
The nose on Table Beer is faint and doesn’t offer too much insight into what might lie behind it. On first drinking, you understand why this is called Table Beer. It’s not clever or trying to be anything special. What it is, is exactly what it’s name says.
The Kernel Brewery have pulled no punches with this beer. It’s not gimmicky. It’s not the most exciting beer that you’ll ever drink. It doesn’t try to be something it’s not. What it is though, is a great Table Beer. I would hazard a guess that most people would really enjoy this beer without realising that they are enjoying it. It would sit in the background and do the job it set out to do.
I’d happily put it on my table.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 79%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Now, what we have here is a break from three pretty hefty moulds..

Name

Packaging

Percentage

So, how’s it worked out?

Well I have to say, pretty dang well!!

Going to start with the Percentage. 3% is crazy weak for a beer. The only other pup in this sphere that we have stumbled across so far in our beer adventure has been New England Session IPA and that for my part, was a disaster of a brew. However, this offering from Kernel (if I can quote mine and Sammy’s best pal from the other night) is a different beast. Don’t care what percentage this beer is, there is a truck load of flavour coming out of this south east London pale.

On to the Packaging. Who would have thought that brown paper probably purchased from Smiths coupled with some pretty poor printing would be such a positive talking point. Dare to be different. Dare to push the boundaries. Dare to flip that right on its head but for it to have the same effect. Wow. Just wow. Utter genius.

And the name. It’s just so flippin clever. A social beer to share with friends around the focal point of any smallish gathering… the humble table. The social centrepiece where beers get crushed, laughs do be had and memories are made and Kernel go and name a beer Table Beer. At risk of repeating myself, utter genius.

I should probably now talk about the taste and its subtle hints of whatever and faint touches of this n that, as well as it maybe lacking a touch in places due to the very low percentage. But I’m not going to. Just trust me that for what this beer was designed to be it’s a work of art and it really is as simple as that.

Jymi’s Rating: 88%

 

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 83.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: SURF by JAW BREW

SURF PRE

Well the Muse on Booze Summer of Gin has got off to the most splendid of starts with Dry Island and Hibernation!

Next up is BULLDOG

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HIBERNATION

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 45%

KEY BOTANICAL: Crab Apple & Blackberry 

THEY SAY SERVE: Neat

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fentimans Botanical Tonic and Lime Garnish 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Corpse Reviver No. 2

Corpse Reviver No. 2 ingredients and method:

40ml Hibernation Gin

40ml Dry Vermouth

40ml Cointreau

40ml Fresh Lemon Juice

Dash of Absinthe

Combine all ingredients into an iced cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Lemon Twist

 

NEXT UP: BULLDOG

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DRY ISLAND

SUMMER.

STARTS.

HERE.

SOG WELCOME TO THE SECOND MUSE ON BOOZE SUMMER OF GIN

LET’S GO!!

 

DRY ISLAND

 

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 42.8%

KEY BOTANICAL: Coriander Seed 

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Premium Tonic and Lemon & Thyme Garnish 

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fentimans Elderflower Tonic and Cucumber Garnish 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Breakfast Martini 

Breakfast Martini ingredients and method:

50ml Dry Island Gin

15ml Cointreau 

15ml Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Spoon Marmalade 

Add all ingredients to a Boston shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and fine strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with fresh Orange Peel

 

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DANCE LIKE EVERYONE IS WATCHING

BREWER: Cloudwater Brew Co., Greater Manchester

STYLE: Double Dry Hopped IPA

ABV: 6.5%

VESSEL: 440ml tin

TWITTER: @cloudwaterbrew

INSTAGRAM: cloudwaterbrew

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Very often, the word cloudy, especially on a summer’s day, can ruin one’s plans. Dance Like Everyone Is Watching is very cloudy. Quite clearly, it’s cloudiness is very different to the one that we experience in the sky. But what we have to establish, is whether or not it brings the same, aforementioned, feeling.

From the very first sip, it is plain to see that this beer can only bring joy. Drinking it is like the clouds lifting and feeling the heat shining on your face. It has fantastic sharp grapefruit flavours, which leave a pine like trail in your mouth.
However, it’s the mouthfeel that is out of this world and glues everything that is good about this beer together. It’s so smooth; it’s a triumph. There’s also bags of body, it’s almost like drinking a thick shake. And I mean that in a good way. I find Dance Like Everyone Is Watching a real pleasure to drink. All the way from the aroma through to the taste, then the swallowing and finishing with the aftertaste. It leaves the mouth feeling very cleansed and wanting more.
This is one cloudy experience that anyone should enjoy on a hot summer’s day!

 

Sammy’s Rating: 88%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Ok, let’s start with the negatives. Well, there are none.

On to the positives then..

This beer is SENSATIONAL!!

The joyous journey begins with the visual. The almost pearl like can design coupled with the look of this beer in the glass are just an absolute treat for the eyes. The tin itself though not necessarily the greatest design gives off this ‘you just know I’m going to be a refreshing crushable beer don’t you’ vibe and without doubt draws the the drinker to the well with eyes wide open.

On cracking this can the info on low carbonation becomes a reality as your first thought may well be ‘oh, my #DLEIW is flat’ because the is no pssst. But once you remember that this is a deliberately under carbonated brew then calmness can return.

The nose that comes off of Dance Like Everyone is Watching may not be for everyone but is certainly for MOBJymi. It’s one of pure Grapefruit juice and reminds me of holiday hotel breakfast times!! Again not nessesserarilly for everybody!

Now taste and texture wise we are talking high high end here… The low carbonation is an absolute masterstroke from Cloudwater as it gives the flavour room for being the best it can possibly be and I can confirm that it is an absolute belter!! It’s crazy intense upfront which my lead the odd drinker into a mild panic but it soon mellows out into a meandering wander of delight. The brewer mentions below it’s ever so clever logo that this beer is punchy and juicy… and it is. AND IT’S FANTASTIC. AND YOU BETTER GO FIND ONE.

Jymi’s Rating: 91%

 

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 89.5%

  

MOB review next weekend: TABLE BEER by THE KERNEL BREWING COMPANY

TABLE BEER PRE

 THE SECOND SUMMER OF GIN GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW WITH…

DRY ISLAND

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