Whilst the more domesticated Thirsties were confined to barracks as a result of school holiday programmes and ante-natal tomfoolery, a dedicated few (well two actually) took advantage of the first genuinely spring-like weather to descend into the dark recesses of Hashigo Zake Cult Beer to sample two new releases from Garage Project.

The first, Egypt Beer, purports to be based on a recipe of ancient provenance and inspired the ensuing doggerel:

Festive fruit crumble,
Garibaldi biscuits or
Fig rolls. Make your choice.

Food match: Baba ganouj, falafel, and things of that nature.

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: picnicking in the green belt, barbecuing at the beach.

Egyptian bread and beer making…back in the day. (

On the other hand, the Flanders Red falls comfortably into the emerging and increasingly popular class of sour ales.

Adult cherry coke
A tonic for the trenches
As the poppies bloom

Food match: Tempeh steak, a really nice ragu with fresh pasta

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: missing your comrades.

Flanders, Belgium (

hai·ku (hk)

n. pl. haiku also hai·kus

1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.

2. A poem written in this form.

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