Monthly Archives: October 2014

THE PACIFIC BEER EXPO 2014 – SNAPSHOT #1

The sun was out for a most enjoyable Pacific Beer Expo (PBE) in Wellington, New Zealand. A good crowd was in attendance supping on a great range of beers. A highlight of the day was a tasting session of three brews by Bryan Baird of Baird Brewing, in Japan. There will be more from The Thirstyboys on the PBE in the coming days. Pictured below is Matutu Mai (5.0%) – a lager from the from the Cook Islands, brewed with German Pilsner malt and four hops. 10247210_10202889444380721_3257256491181358481_n

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BEER HAIKU #95 Young Henry’s Hop Ale IPA

The Great Australian Beer Marooning of 2014 may have adversely impacted on this year’s Beervana but that apparent debacle (the Marooning; not Beervana) has had some positive consequence. After last week’s Western Australian Imperial Brown Ale, Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar has now brought us an English-style IPA from the suburbs of Sydney. Good effort, Rabbitohs!

Young Henry’s Hop Ale IPA (6.0% ABV)

Musty share-house* brew

Spring has sprung in 2042

Grassy, burnt sugar

Food match: Pie floater (a culinarily dubious Australian pastry), Morton Bay Bugs with moray sauce

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: Drinking with men of reason

* Australian for the kind of domicile we normally call a flat

image: Hashigozake tap label

image: Hashigozake tap label

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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BEER HAIKU # 94 Nail Brewing HUGhE Dunn Imperial Brown Ale

Anyone remember Jimmy Nail? Never mind; doesn’t matter. That Nail was a comedy Geordie in an 80s TV show. This Nail is a Perth-based brewer that recently won a prize for their/this Imperial Brown Ale in the Porter category of the Australian Cryer Malt Awards*. Courtesy of Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar, we have a sneak preview of the calibre of beer we can expect come Labour weekend at this year’s Pacific Beer Expo.

Nail Brewing HUGhE Dunn Imperial Brown Ale (8.0% ABV)

Hints of vanilla,

Pineapple lumps and leather

Clocks change, beer saves day

Food match: spare ribs, steamed samphire with butter and chipotle salt

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: when you have delusions of grandeur

* This is an example of Australian science under the Abbott administration.

image: Hashigozake tap label

image: Hashigozake tap label

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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BEER HAIKU #93 Adroit Theory God Is An American Double IPA

The last time we encountered Adroit Theory they were being very Metal. The Thirsty Music Police are not persuaded that a reference to a mid-nineties Bowie single can be remotely construed as Metal. That said, Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar are doing God’s work by providing Wellington’s thirsty hordes a solid by providing access to the output of Virginia’s hardest rocking brewery.

Adroit Theory God Is An American Double IPA (9.6% ABV)

Caramel cloys

Vodka barrel infusion

More liked than Dotcom

Food match: Check AT’s web page for the comprehensive version

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: The elections don’t go your way.

GIAA (click to visit adroit theory) Image:adroit-theory

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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A Drinking Man’s Diet

Words and barber recommendations by Greasylightbulb

Like some of the Thirsty Boys, our reader(s) may have found a hobby of beer appreciation and mediocre poetry can conflict with an attempt to lead a vaguely healthy lifestyle. It’s not that it has to be an inherent problem for a drinker of moderation to fight the battle between a bulging waist line and those oh-so-beautiful little beery calories; it’s just that in a busy modern lifestyle the time to add some yin to that yan can be hard to find. Luckily there’s a whole bunch of diets out there that could be applied instead. You know, if you actually wanted to. Well now we’ve got one that allows you to have “two martinis or bourbon, scotch or rye before lunch, and thick steak generously spread with Sauce Bearnaise“….  so stick that in your Paleo/Atkins/HCG/etc pipe and smoke it, where do I sign?

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The Drinking Man’s Diet

Now I’m not about to start drinking before lunchtime in order to lose the impressive sounding 15-20 pounds a month (7-9 kg), but I am interested in how it would work. Perhaps those bourbons get you so tiddly you forget to order lunch? Or maybe after repeatedly turning up at the office smelling of Scotch and Martini a period of unemployment leads to an inability to buy fatty food? The principle gives away that actually it is a version of the Atkins Nutritional Approach. Legend tells that this Drinking Man’s Diet started with William the Conqueror when he became too heavy to be carried by horseback. In response he stopped eating but “took up” drinking, and the pounds flew off. The more modern version understands that we sometimes need to eat, possibly at an important work lunch in order to seal that big business deal or secure the Blahblah account, so altered the ration of food:alcohol to be less extreme. It features meals that include Chateau Lafitte and Champagne, so no wonder it sold over two million copies.  In case we were in doubt, there were testimonials too:

Daisy T., showgirl”: “Believe me, it was no fun being taken out to a swell place and all you could eat was some celery and yogurt. Now I order double lamb chops.”

Although the diet’s popularity was short lived due to famous nutritionalist Frederick Stare calling it “mass murder”, it’s author Robert Cameron made a fortune & lived into his nineties. So there. Sadly despite the fact I’d happily pay $1.00 to find out the details, we may be too late for that particular deal as this ad was seen in a 1960’s vintage copy of Man Magazine…… It is however available on Amazon for just $3.30, inflation be damned.

Well groomed Wellington gents who frequent Lance & Michael at Courtenay Barbers may have stumbled across their copies of Man recently. This wee gem of political incorrectness from a bygone age is a Mad Men-esque publication featuring articles on manly hobbies such as golf and embracing alcoholism; short fiction in which the female characters are pretty much just punctuation; and tips like how to adapt your wife’s favorite recipes into something you could seduce your lover with. Of course there are a few photo shoots of naked young ladies too, just in case the reader never got to find out what they actually looked like.

Man Magazine

More about Man magazine here, it really is a hilarious read.

The Drinking Man’s Diet has it’s own Facebook page! …..Won’t somebody think of the children etc and so on

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