Saturday, 2 August 2014

Signature (McEwan's)

Signature (McEwans)
Name: Signature
Label: "Rich & Subtly - Our Brewer's Favourite"
Brewery: McEwan's
ABV: 5.2%

Rating: "Our head brewer carefully blends the finest malts, hops and natural mineral water to produce this rich, full-bodied beer. Signature is a fruity, chestnut coloured classic ale he's justifiably proud of."  Great beer, even the purple label is pleasing.

Game: Done Wolfenstein: The New Order. Now THAT is how to do FPS. If anyone is making an FPS game, go and talk to Bethesda first please. They are the Besth at making FPS. The only downside to the whole experience: entered my code for the Doom beta and the website said to expect an email within five minutes to confirm the email address. No email. Now what? Just realised I've gone a whole sentence without saying FPS. FPS.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Buddy's Bourbon Flavoured Beer (Buddy's Brewhouse)

Buddys Bourbon Flavoured Beer (Buddys Brewhouse)
Name: Buddy's Bourbon Flavoured Beer
Label: "With a hint of honey - Best served with style - J.W. Buddy to the State or 'Buddy' to his pals, was told that nothing mixed with beer. He didn't listen."
Brewery: Buddy's Brewhouse
ABV: 5.1%

Rating: "We only know two things for sure about J.W. Buddy. First, whatever he did, he pushed the boundaries and thoroughly enjoyed doing so. Second, he rewrote the rulebook when he mixed bourbon, honey and beer, inspiring today's classic brew. The other rumors, we can only hope are true."

Game: I read the recent X-One magazine review that said Wolfenstein: The New Order contained no multiplayer and absolutely no co-op. As soon as I read that I was legging it down the shops to pick up a copy. THIS is proper gaming. Proper FPS. Über-violent Nazi slaying fun with massive guns. B.J. Blazkowicz is one of the greatest characters ever. I would also pay to see him dismantle Duke Nukem's face.

Fever Pitch (Marston's)

Fever Pitch (Marstons)
Name: Fever Pitch
Label: "2014 - English Pale Ale"
Brewery: Marston's
ABV: 4.2%

Rating: "As the temperature rises to fever pitch for football fans everywhere, this beer is a certain winner. Using East Kent Goldings hops to produce a balanced, crisp and hoppy beer Fever Pitch is guaranteed to go down easier than a continental dive in the box!"  The World Cup is finished for 2014, sad face. But I got Marston's ales, mega face! Had a bit of a falling out with Marston's recently regarding a rubbish meal I had at a Marston's run pub. We've amicably resolved our differences though.

Game: Got to the end of Murdered: Soul Suspect. Really enjoyed it, solving crimes and what not.  It's a bit lightweight with simple controls and gameplay but with a really enjoyable story. The novelty of being a ghost able to possess cats never seemed to wear off either. Lots of collectibles too so probably warrants a second play through. Other reviews are overly harsh. 7/10.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Piledriver (Wychwood Brewery)

Name: Piledriver
Label: "Classic English Ale - Rockin' All Over The World - From the makers of Status Quo"
Brewery: Wychwood
ABV: 4.3%

Rating: "Two legends collide to produce a beer for drinking all over the world. Inspired by the re-release of Piledriver, the first album they produced themselves, Quo have created their first beer with Wychwood Brewery. A traditional malty amber ale balanced with a bold fruity hop character."  Not a massive fan of Status Quo admittedly, but they're good at music... and now beer!

Game: I've played about 90 minutes of Murdered: Soul Suspect and it turns out I've not bought a pudding! It's a great game! It's quite creepy but there's a nice slow, relaxed pace about it as you explore the crime scenes and build up the story. Some reviews are moaning (in a ghostly way, obviously) about how you can't walk through everything or into every house. Stupid. Games have to have some boundaries and these are perfectly explained in the game. 7.5 / 10

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Golden Ale (St Peter's)

Golden Ale (St Peters)
Name: Golden Ale
Label: "Historical notes - The headquarters of St Peter's Brewery is situated in a medieval hall in a remote and beautiful corner of Suffolk. St. Peter's Hall, the centrepiece of the site, is a half-moated large house with the earliest part of the property dating back to c1280. It was extended in 1539 when the east wing was built using ecclesiastical salvage from the nearby Flixton Priory which had been closed by King Henry VIII at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries two years previously."
Brewery: St Peter's
ABV: 4.7%

Rating: "Traditional malts and English hops create a distinctive golden ale with a delicious, fresh, grainy after taste. We recommend that this ale is served chilled."  Oops I forgot to chill it! Oh well, it was great at room temperature anyway.

Game: After tonight there is no World Cup football until Friday!  To ease the pain I've ordered Murdered: Soul Suspect on Xbox One. Most of the reviews seem to be quite down on it. I'll find out for myself if I've bought a pudding when it arrives, hopefully tomorrow.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

4-4-2 (Shepherd Neame)

4-4-2 (Shepherd Neame)
Name: 4-4-2
Label: "The ale with a kick!"
Brewery: Shepherd Neame
ABV: 3.8%

Rating: "The brewing team at Shepherd Neame have scored a winner with this superb brew. The finest malts and hop varieties were carefully selected to produce this full bodied, fruity beer. 4-4-2 is a beer you will want to tackle and going into extra time will be pure pleasure. Action replays are anticipated." Great beer. Final score, 1 - 0 because foolishly I only bought one bottle.

Game: Not done much gaming recently because there's a World Cup on! An actual football World Cup. Get watching it, right now. There'll be plenty of time for gaming later!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Crafty Dan (Thwaites)

Crafty Dan (Thwaites)
Name: Crafty Dan
Label: "Crafted fruity pale ale - celebrating 1 year of Crafty Dan"
Brewery: Thwaites
ABV: 6.0%

Rating: "Introducing Crafty Dan, the name of our craft micro-brewery and this wonderful, fruity pale ale. Both are the offspring of a brewer with over 200 years' experience. Pacific Gem and Amarillo hops give this beer a complex, zesty flavour and, at 6% ABV, some depth and a memorable character. We hope you enjoy the craft that's gone into Crafty Dan." - I sure did!

Game: E3 time again, or as I like to call it EEE. There's been some amazing games on show so far this year. Particularly liking the look of The Division and Assassin's Creed Unity, although they seem a bit too co-opy?  Hopefully they'll have solid single player gameplay too.  Rise of the Tomb Raider by the way! Cannot wait. Some other exciting news: we'll be heading out to E3 today!! So keep checking back for updates over the next day or so (we wont really, we (I) will be sat at home drinking beer and playing Watch_Dogs and Mario Kart 8).

Saturday, 31 May 2014

India Pale Ale (Harbour)

India Pale Ale (Harbour)
Name: India Pale Ale
Label: "Harbour India Pale Ale is brewed with American hops offering citrus and spicy flavours, and robust yet balanced bitterness. - Brewed in North Cornwall"
Brewery: Harbour
ABV: 5.2%

Rating: Forget a rating (you already know it's great anyway) here's a story: "Trevose & The Giant Octopus - Close to Trevose Head, there once lived a giant octopus. On stormy nights, he would guide boats to safe harbour. Occasionally he feasted on sheep from a nearby farm, to the farmer's fury. One day, trading his cow for a stick of dynamite, the farmer crept out to the octopus' cave and blew off the roof. The octopus was slain and Trevose Head suffered 100 years of doom. The collapsed sea cave is now a dramatic landmark known as 'Round Hole'."

Game: Had Mario Kart 8 for a few days now. Wow. And WOW.  If you haven't got a Wii U, then why not? Honestly. How many times have I got to say, "GET A WII U"?? They're amazing. The games are amazing. Classic Nintendo, but with HD graphics running at 50000p, 69billion fps*

*resolutions and frame rates may not be wholly accurate at time of publishing (but Wii U is still amazing).

Monday, 26 May 2014

Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale (Wells)

Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale (Wells)
Name: Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale
Label: "Ale with toffee flavouring."
Brewery: Wells
ABV: 5.0%

Rating: "Based on the Great British pudding, full of rich sticky toffee-ness".  I don't know how they managed it but this is as good, if not better, than my fave ale of all time, Wells Banana Bread Beer. But they did it, they topped it. Top one!

Game: So yeah, I got my Watch Dogs review code (wanky way of saying 'it arrived early') and yeah the game is absolutely amazing.  It seems to be the best bits of several games rolled into one single awesome game. The best bits of GTA V without the horribly unlikeable characters, Far Cry 3 without the mither of killing animals, Assassin's Creed without the stabby stabby and daft aliens plot.  I look forward to sinking obscene amounts of hours into it. Rating: 10/10

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Dr. Thirsty's No. 4 Blonde (Wychwood)

Dr. Thirsty's No. 4 Blonde (Wychwood)
Name: Dr. Thirsty's No. 4 Blonde
Label: "Brewers of character"
Brewery: Wychwood
ABV: 4.1%

Rating: "Dr. Thirsty's has arrived in town & is ready to wreak havoc with his selection of shamanic brews. Fresh off his cart is No. 4. It's an unpasteurised, shimmering blonde concoction with an insanely fragrant aroma resulting in instant refreshment. No. 4 is the first of Dr. Thirsty's elixirs to emerge from his apothecary!"

Game: Yay Watch Dogs came early! Tried to do another Twitch session as I fumbled around the opening act of the game.  At one point I had one viewer!  I was thinking; this is it, my big break in becoming a Twitch star, I'm about to go viral! Then I realised I still had my channel open on my laptop and it was counting that as a viewer...