Sunday, 28 July 2013

Horse-racing and garden gigging

Quick post today. Its been a busy weekend. Friday night we were off to the races at Downroyal. Stopped in at Gowdy's first for a pint and was pleased to find they had bottles of Hilden's Twisted Hop, Barney's Brew, and Headless Dog. They also had Whitewater's HoppelHammer (which as you can see I like a lot!) and Belfast Lager. Options nowhere near as good in at race course and I ended up with a couple of bottles of Heineken. A couple of winners kept the day interesting but I'm sill back to work on Monday...

Saturday took us to the “Gig in the Garden” at Minnowburn. Another great day out, and best of all the Hilden teepee was running the beer tent so I got another tasty pint of Twisted Hop on draft. Great to have a child friendly event, that has good food, drink and music in Belfast – if it's on again next year we'll be back!

All this activity meant only one beer got ticked off the list but I was a good one.

From “1001 Beers...”

Number 159
  • De Koninck Amber. Style: Amber, ABV: 5%.

    Description: Poured amber, almost brown into my Leffe challis. Nice amber head, but his went very quickly. Biscuity malt sweet smells and that refreshing aroma from Belgian yeast. Malt tastes, a little sweetness, and a slightly sour finish.
    Conclusion: Really refreshing beer, that really nice taste and small that goes with Belgian beer – presumably for the yeast and malt. Well worth a try and I would have again.
    Score: 7.5
  • Twisted Hop. Style: IPA, ABV: 4.7%.

    Description: A nice floral, citrus hop hit. Nice fizz.
    Conclusion: This Hilden beer recently won best beer at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup. I can see why. Really nice on a summer's day. Refreshing.
    Score: 7


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