Saturday, 20 September 2014

Gold Hobgoblin (Wychwood)

Gold Hobgoblin (Wychwood)
Name: Gold Hobgoblin
Label: "A beer of character"
Brewery: Wychwood
ABV: 4.6%

Rating: "A golden treasure hidden within the Wych Wood has been unearthed... & it's no fool's gold. The combination of four hop varieties & and an infusion of Wheat & Malted barley results in a perfectly balanced golden beer - with a huge hop punch. Well what would you expect? To find out more about the guilt edged golden refreshment visit: www.wychwood.co.uk." Is there actually a Wych Wood in real life? If not there should be... and it should include rivers of beer. And witches.

Game: Can't sign in to Destiny tonight. Getting a "Cattle" error or something. I'm not a fan of co-op multiplayer in general but for next-gen I've been willing to give it a go. It's the future so I'm told. So to have a game that is online-only, they have to make sure it works online! Otherwise it's completely useless. £44 for a game that is completely unplayable because Bungie's servers are down. If it was still playable offline, then fine. But it's not playable offline.  At least I have beer. Thankfully that still works.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Ace Ale (Shepherd Neame)

Name: Ace Ale
Label: "With flavours of Strawberry & Vanilla"
Brewery: Shepherd Neame
ABV: 3.8%

Rating: "This golden ale has a full floral and strawberries and cream aroma evoking warm and wonderful, long summer days. The light balance of malt and East Kent goldings hops allows the fruit to shine through. Game, set and match a winning combination." Tennis isn't really my cup of tea. This beer is definitely my cup of tea though.

Game: Succumbed to the hype and got Destiny. It looks amazing.Thought there'd be more exploration and a more buffed up single player campaign but it seems a bit light-weight in this respect. It's like it may have missed some opportunities to really wow. An example, the landscape of the Moon looks incredible but the first thing you have to do is go into some building and then go underground and fight waves of identikit enemies. Odd. And then in the next mission you have to scan some cracks (Moon not bum) and then go underground and fight waves of identikit enemies. Another worry, the season pass costs as much as a full-priced game...

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Mr Trotter's Great British Chestnut Ale (Lancaster Brewery)

Mr Trotters Great British Chestnut Ale (Lancaster Brewery)
Name: Mr Trotter's Great British Chestnut Ale
Label: "Lovingly brewed for Mr Trotter by Lancaster Brewery Ltd"
Brewery: Lancaster Brewery
ABV: 4.0%

Rating: "Blending chestnuts with sweet Maris Otter barley has produced the hoppy harmony for which Mr Trotter was looking. The chestnuts give a nutty creaminess to the brew, a honied note to balance the alluring spiciness of the English Cascade and Bramling Cross Hops."

Game: In a thieving mood so back on Thief for a bit. Actually I was playing Dishonored on  Xbox 360 (rude not to as it was a free download) but the textures seemed so muddy and last-gen I thought I'd ditch it and play something on Xbox One.  Not sure if there were some huge texture pop-in delays or what. Thief is ace though, apart from the incredibly annoying-to-navigate city hub thing. Grrrr!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Boilermaker (Brains)

Boilermaker (Brains)
Name: Boilermaker
Label: "Drink less drink better - Welsh Whisky IPA - Collaboration brew with Thinking Drinkers"
Brewery: Brains
ABV: 6.5%

Rating: "Boilermaker is a copper-coloured IPA brewed with Ben and Tom from Thinking Drinkers. Brewed with Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade and Willamette hops and matured with Penderyn whisky infused oak chips in casks from the distillery, the arts of distillation and brewing combine to create an epic Welsh IPA adorned with a fragrant citrus aroma, a touch of spice with hints of vanilla and a warm whisky finish."

Game: There's been a summer drought this year... of games!!  Whilst waiting for "The Evil Within" I thought I'd give Outlast a whirl. The graphics are a bit ropey but I'm spending a lot of time in the pitch black anyway due to running out of batteries for the camera. It is rather scary to say the least! 8/10

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!