1. Jack`s S**T Pandemic Drinks - Strongbow So this is day one of lock down for Beercraft! With little access to good quality beers and a hankering for a drink in these trying times... I have taken it upon myself to try all the drinks I once loved years ago and to see how my Palate has been spoiled with the likes of verdant, northern monk and Deya. I will also be calling out some of the awful beers and ciders that are out there, that try to pass themselves off as premium brands and how they are ripping us all off with inferior ingredie...
  2. Jack`s S**T Pandemic Drinks - Black Sheep Pineapple Milkshake Days since beercraft lockdown: two With little access to good quality beers and a hankering for a drink in these trying times... I have taken it upon myself to try all the drinks I once loved years ago and to see how my Palate has been spoiled with the likes of verdant, northern monk and Deya. I will also be calling out some of the awful beers and ciders that are out there, that try to pass themselves off as premium brands and how they are ripping us all off with inferior ingredients, chemi...
  3. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Northern Monk's Patrons Project 18.03 Northern Monk - Patrons Project 18.03 // Sandy Kerr // North Sea Sessions // TDH Pale Ale *Delayed post, my grovelling apologies* Day that seemed long about an hour into it, but managed to get though it and home for a nice beer. Bit of good news for the missus made the day pretty damn good, even enough to makeup for another delay on good'ol GWR trains... The can is all about the fantastic surf pic by @lasurfpics of Sandy Kerr (@sandytynemouth) as port of the 'North Sea Sessions 3'...
  4. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Wander Beyond Brewing's Gulp Wander Beyond Brewing - Gulp *Obviously delayed post...* 2nd beer of the night, and it has to be noted, valentines day! I have to say that I thought I did pretty good...took the missus to Bradford-On-Avon for a wander in the sun, then a nice veggie tapas at Pablo's Bistro. In return I've got a delicious risotto in the belly and was involved in an impromtu wine tasting in the kitchen which is never a bad thing... Cool set of puffer gush being hunted down by an expert hop hunter in the ...
  5. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Left Handed Giant's Making Planets Left Handed Giant - Making PlanetsVery full day of work after galavanting off on a short break, so there was lots to catch up on and get back up to speed. Worked through lunch and stayed late, but hopefully put myself in good stead for the rest of the week. Anyway, a nice reward was coming back to Mexican Mondays with some delicious fajitas...although we've smashed through Brooklyn 99 on @netflixuk so are now in a certain quandary... Pink background with a turquoise like sea shows planets...
  6. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Tiny Rebel's Fizzy Bubbly Tiny Rebel - Fizzy Bubbly *Delayed post, my grovelling apologies* Non-stop day of picking and packing was interjected with the delivery of some canvases I've created for the business. Obviously, pretty proud, and presumably my cut of any sales will allow me to buy an expensive property in Bath very soon... Also, swung by the blood bank to hand over some of my quality O+ stuff, hope it helps!Can seems to show a green lime warrior surveying the rolling hills of battle with some baloons fill...
  7. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Siren Craft Brew's Pompelmocello Siren Craft Brew - PompelmocelloBusy picking and packing day at work, but overall an enjoyable start to the week and my own choice for a beer I was sure would be an interesting one.The can couldn't help but catch the eye with a paint splattered graffiti design of vivid pink and bright yellow. First smell is definitely tart and sour with a hoppy energy behind it. The following taste was just delicious, as a creamy smooth delivery of fruity flavours went straight in. There was a certain ful...
  8. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Northern Monk's Patrons Project 15.04 // Lucy Ketchin // Take Care Of Business // Lefthanded Giant Brewing // Sour Cherry IPA Northern Monk - Patrons Project 15.04 // Lucy Ketchin // Take Care Of Business // Lefthanded Giant Brewing // Sour Cherry IPA Bit of stress at home didn't help today, but a good day at work went towards making up for things, and a James recommendation of a drink I usually stay away from meant I had an intriguing train ride home. The can has a vivid baby pink background with a very colourfully clothed woman carrying the wears of her daily life...very different and eye catching. This ...
  9. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Gloucester Brewery's American Pale Ale Gloucester Brewery - American Pale AleNice day of Web stuff where I managed to freshen up a major part of the sight and get the warm fuzzy marketing feeling I used to get inside. Conversely, 85% of my lunch break was spent in a queue at the post office where about 30 people were in line to see 2 servers. We even got a mild "Jerry, Jerry!" moment where two woman exchanged whether or not you should have a go at the servers....if they'd had bigger handbags I think some shit might hav...
  10. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Polly's Brew Co's 'The Feels Vol. 2' Polly's Brew Co - 'The Feels Vol. 2'Jeez, that was a long one! Got in at 8 and back after 7 due to a very busy day at work and am unfortunate situation cancelling the trains in my area. Managed to use a bit of my below average brain power to break the back of the newsletter though, and got a few minutes to take some pretty pics of some beers in Bath which is never a bad thing. Have to also admit that I was tempted to buy some large cheesy chips at the end of the day, but held my n...
  11. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Neon Raptor's Ocean In The Way Neon Raptor - Ocean In The WayNice day at work today where I managed to do some really enjoyable nerdy web marketing work, while being pretty efficient with the standard stuff. More importantly I went on the search for my usual shower gel and saved myself some hard cash. I was getting charged standard price in one shop where I stopped my purchase at the last second, then found another place where it was half price! Right, when you've picked yourself off the floor from that life destroying...
  12. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Left Handed Giant's New Normal Left Handed Giant - New Normal 2nd beer of the night, and 2nd pale ale of the night....let's see how this one holds up. Been rummaging in then spareroom for some old minidv tapes (remember minidv's!) as I've just dug the old camera out, meaning I'm equally intrigued and scared to my core at what they'll show. Right, I've just finished some deliciously cooked pasta and chicken pieces cooked by my lovely girlfriend, so here's hoping the taste train continues with thi...
  13. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Overtone Brew Co's Big Joe Overtone Brew Co - Big JoeJust back from a fantastic break in @centerparcsuk with the fam for my aunts 60th! A great spa last night which was much needed to unwind the stress and pent up energy that coarses through my body. Back this evening after the obligatory aldi shop and ready for a few bevvies with my better half.Brown and gold embossed can that shouts luxury and basically begs you to grab it... First smell is a solid stout one of coffee with a sweet background. The following swig deli...
  14. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Electric Bear Brewing's A Ripple In Time Electric Bear Brewing - A Ripple In TimeThe @centerparcsuk swimming pool, a forest stroll and dominoes in the house was on the bill to start before the games of 'Killer' on the pool table started. A fantastic meal by my cousin came before with some nice white wine as well, so this beer had a bit of pressure on it.A yellow creamy and red can looking like a freshly made raspberry ripple.First smell is strong raspberry that surges up your nose and offers that potential tartness. The foll...
  15. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Overtone Brewing's New England IPA Vic Secret Overtone Brewing - New England IPA Vic SecretFirst evening at centre parcs with the fam after a long day at work. An amazing veggie lasagne was waiting for us cooked by my aunt, so what better way to finish it than with a quality ipa. Pool table next door, so hopefully the beer doesn't effect my natural billiard skills too muchCan is a purple with a pink hypnosis design on the front that sucks the eyes in.Thick and full creamy smell to start, popping with a tropical burst to start off. Th...
  16. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Northern Monk's Patrons Project 17.05 Northern Monk - Patrons Project 17.05 // Insa // Neale's Sour (Purple) Grapes // Five Fruit GoseNon-stop day where I was even foiled for a wander on my break by the damn rain, however I had a beer recommendation from @alex_gru_74 who says this is the best beer he's ever had!The can is a 440ml with a vibrant purple pattern that looks like a cross between a bunch of grapes and a few perching butterflies. However, this special edition is a call out to the 15th anniversary of graffiti art...
  17. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Northen Monk x Gypsy Hill Brew's Patrons Project 8.07 // Reece Yeung // Vague // Gipsy Hill // DDH New England Kolsch Northen Monk x Gypsy Hill Brew - Patrons Project 8.07 // Reece Yeung // Vague // Gipsy Hill // DDH New England KolschHard work lifting, picking and packing today while dealing with the man flu, so had this drink in the fridge to look forward too... Can is really eye catching, showing a skateboarder turning up a wire fence on the outside of a park. Being in collaboration with @vans and @thenationalskateboardco it isn't a surprise!First smell is a definite peachy one with a powerful hoppyne...
  18. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Wander Beyond Brewing's Cassiopeia Wander Beyond Brewing - CassiopeiaWell, the big news of the day was obviously having my first haircut in months. I've now moved from having a lego style haircut to one that other normal humans may have...positive steps! In other news it was a good end to the week at work with a nice bit of marketing on top of the beer sales.As weird as it sounds Cassiopeia is my favourite constellation, so this cracking can showing a starry night with beer related constellations over a vista scene that re...
  19. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Schlenkerla's Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier: Marzen Schlenkerla - Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier: Marzen Bit of a stressful day in me ol'noggin today, but work was good and managed to do a bit of marketing which I always love. This evenings choice was a Jack one, with the intriguing possibilities of smoky bacon and charcoal laying on my tastebuds!. Very old school brown bottle with a parchment effect label showing the beer details and a nice regal wax stamp to finish it off. So, I popped the cap off and boy was met with something I hadn't...
  20. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Tiny Rebels's Spinning Plates & Polly's Brew Co's 'Dream Like Sequence' Tiny Rebel x Magic Rock Brewing - Spinning Plates *Double whammy Christmas delayed reviews* Couple of cheeky beers on a chilled out evening...here we go!First smell is a creamy tropical one that bursts straight out the can, pure buzz! The following swig gave rise to that buzz with a big hoppy hit and tropical flavour that seemed to be heavy on the mango. Each blast was really nicely balanced with that smooth milkshake feel and pineapple drop every so often. Quality drink with a lot going on, ...
  21. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Siren Craft Brew's Going Out Stout Siren Craft Brew - Going Out Stout *Delayed post*Slightly quieter Friday, but still pretty hectic with picking & packing, a load of phone calls and in shop customers and a fair bit of marketing to squeeze in. Fajita Friday to look forward to though, so just had to think of a beer to accompany it... The can is mainly purple with very abstract lines and curves that reminds me of a curled up dragon off the hobbit actually!First smell is a very strong malty coffee one, with a sweet berry fini...
  22. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Tiny Rebels's Peaches & Cream Tiny Rebel - Peaches & Cream *Couple of days delayed post* Bad sleep and an early start meant that I had a knackering day ahead of me, but actually turned out ok. Solid day at work, then delicious tortillas cooked by the Mrs was a solid reason to crack this beer open.Cool vivid orange and white can with spray painted cartoons is a pretty cool design to pull you in.First smell is a feint peachy one (unsurprisingly) with a light hoppy buzz in the background. The following swig delivers a de...
  23. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Electric Bear & Beatnikz Republic's Udder Option Electric Bear & Beatnikz Republic - Udder OptionSunday evening beer after a relaxed day breathing in some January fresh chilly air and having a wonder round good'ol Lidl. Got some delicious soup and quesadillas for tea, so trying the can with a nifty dark design with what looks like urban street graffiti...I like it!First smell as I cracked open the can was a malted roast one with a light coffee push. The next sip gave more of those smells onto the tastebuds with a definite chocolate ...
  24. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Electric Bear's Mortis Vitis Electric Bear - Mortis Vitis *Delayed post* 2nd tipple of the Friday night after enjoying a delicious stir-fry-day night meal done by the missus. What better way to follow it up than a game of table fusbal and a nice bevvie.Classic black bottle with the name emblazoned in red on the label.First smell is definitely a thick and sticky coffee one with some malt bubbling underneath. Have to say the first taste didn't have the body that I was expecting, although that sweet pop from the raisins...
  25. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Pressure Drops' Behind Door Number 3 Pressure Drop Brewing - Behind Door Number 3Sunday evening watching Brooklyn 99 with the Mrs, so what better addition that having a cheeky DIPA! Very cool can using striking vivid colours...very artsy.First smell is an almost creamy tropical one that's full of energy. The following taste delivered dry hops bubbling with energy, before that fruity and tropical taste coated the mouth beautifully. Thick flavours without too much pineapple (which I like) and just beautifully balanced...really...
  26. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Northern Monk - Patrons Project 22.01 Good Measure // Independent North: Black Friday Northern Monk - Patrons Project 22.01 Good Measure // Independent North: Black FridayWell, not going to lie a shit evening yesterday followed by a shit day today had me counting down to getting home....but it wasn't fished yet. Unfortunately, (for reasons I won't explain here) I was locked out of my own flat, so this beer sampling came in my car on the side of a road with some large cheesy chips, some battered mushrooms and a podcast for company.... The can was a cream on black design...
  27. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Tiny Rebel x La Brasserie Du Mont Saleve's Mango Milkshake IPA Tiny Rebel x La Brasserie Du Mont Saleve - Mango Milkshake IPA *Delayed pre-Christmas tipple* Finished work for the next few days, so celebrated with this new one that was calling my attention to grab it from the shelf. Really vibrant yellows and red are sloped over the can with what looks like a car chase scene in front of a broad vista occupied with some fruity cartoon characters...pretty damn cool!First smell is that of a fruity pale ale with that bit of thickness behind it. The taste is w...
  28. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Moor's Return Of The Empire Moor - Return Of The Empire Another mad packing day at work without time to think, but some cracking flapjack at lunch from Christmas market definitely gave me a small lift.Haven't had this brewery before, so thought it was about time I did. Classic silver can with brown and black text showing off it's credentials.First smell is very powerful it has to be said, with hops and malt really bubbling away and a tropical scent at the end. The following taste was a real head rush with a stro...
  29. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Polly's Brew Co's Like In The Movies Polly's Brew Co - Like In The MoviesLittle Sunday evening tipple here as I was digging into some mince pies while getting my food prepped for work tomorrow....then I'm off for 6 days! The can is covered in succulent photographed blueberries which just look like they're begging to be tasted.First smell is that classic floral and feint tropical one, very light. The following swig had that nice fruity flavour on a very lightly hopped delivery, but I just didn't get that blueberry...
  30. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Vibrant Forest's Barbarella Vibrant Forest - BarbarellaIt's Christmas Day and we've made the trip down to see the fam in Plymouth, so I brought a selection of beers to tide me over. The first one for the afternoon had vibrant pink and blue colouring slapped over the can with a bright pink sticker giving some clear information about the history of this rhubarb IPA.First smell was a very light and soft fruit with a faint tart ending. The following swig had a bit of a hoppy hit that ended fast before going into a c...
  31. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Hammerton Brewery's Traume Hammerton Brewery - TraumeSaturday tipple here for me. Bit of a rough day, but got some bits and jobs done, and grabbed some clotted cream in town to have with my bargain mince pies!Fantastic looking can! We have a look into a dark and creepy forest through the trees with only the dim glow of the moon and the red eyes of the creatures being seen... Such a thick chocolate smell came out first if all, almost layering on the tongue with a touch of coffee. The taste test then comes out with cherr...
  32. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Pressure Drop Brewing's Pale Fire Pressure Drop Brewing - Pale Fire *Delayed pre-Christmas tipple* Nearing the end of my working week before the break, a hectic day of picking and packing, but relaxation and happiness was definitely in sight. The can showed a forest scene overlooking some spectacular mountains, not hugely grabbing, but pretty none the less.First smell is a tropical one that seem light and airy. The following swig delivers a definite hoppy hit which carries some fruity and tropical flavours. It's a very cl...
  33. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Moor Beer Company's Claudia Moor Beer Company - Claudia *Delayed Friday post* Got up a bit earlier so I could start the weekend earlier, and thought I'd have a beer to celebrate. Decent day at work with some packing, Web work and chocolate tasting....so it wasn't all bad!Went for this one as I was a bit tired, but still wanted to try something a bit different...classic Moor can, so you know what you get on the front.First smell is really light and zesty with a nice buzz of hops in the background. The next swig w...
  34. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Electric Bear's Cherry's Back Out Electric Bear - Cherry's Back OutDay started by having my sunflower umbrella inside out a few times on the way to work. However, I was listening to a funny podcast at the time, so my amused look probably hid my frustrated rage... Rest of the day was more picking and packing to catch up from a very busy weekend, but got the job done and even managed to finally think about Christmas presents.This can was kindly provided by our local brewery, so I was eager to see if it built on their decent...
  35. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Magic Rock Brewing's Bearded Lady Dessert Edition. Black Forest Gateau Magic Rock Brewing - Bearded Lady Dessert Edition. Black Forest GateauTrain delay, tipping it with rain & not a great morning wakeup wasn't the best omen, but a solid Friday at work with a bit of marketing chucked in made things ok.Some cracking stouts around at the mo, so decided to take a chance on this one as I'm a bit of a closet black forest gateau fan. Black can with dulled silver etching is hard to make out, but just catches the eye enough.First smell is a full and boozy on...
  36. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Amundsen Brewery's Dessert In A Can Amundsen Brewery - Dessert In A Can *Weekend tipple* Had to give this one a special place so the evening drink after tea went to this stout. Bit of a hectic day, so was hoping this would calm and settle me into the rest of the weekend. The can is a really cool drawn design showing what looks like chocolate, caramel and every delicious dessert you can think of spurting out of a food machine!First smell is thick, creamy with that mocha tang at the end....the anticipation is there! That full mou...
  37. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Wild Beer Co's Breakfast Of Champignons Wild Beer Co - Breakfast Of ChampignonsWhat looked like a potentially more relaxed day to concentrate on slightly more stimulating things ended up being a bit of a slog, but got through it ok. Also, received this new technology called 'wifi' at home, so it's a brave new world ahead!Had no idea what to go for, so went for what I though looked the most interesting taste wise...and this popped up. The classic brewery narrow brown bottle with deer on the front alongside some beige/bro...
  38. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Mad Squirrel Brewery's Shrub Life Mad Squirrel Brewery - Shrub LifeHad a bit of a lie in after needing the extra z's, so a busy day at work that I managed to get on top of. Also, managed to battle through the Christmas market crowds with a bit more savvy and adeptness which saved a bit of time... This Davin recommendation comes with one of his knowing smiles that I don't know whether to trust or be scared of, but I'll go for the former this time. Cool purple can with that starey squirrel giving me those full hypno...
  39. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Mad Squirrel Brewery's Bucks Fizz? Mad Squirrel Brewery - Bucks Fizz? *Delayed post from last week* Bad night sleep with a bloody cold walk to work wasn't the greatest start to my day, but a visit from my pops to Bath and a not bad meeting at work finished things off alot better.This one caught my eye after Davin's nice recommendation of another Mad Squirrel beer earlier in the week. With Christmas coming this seemed an apt choice, and how could I turn down those staring squirrel eyes on that vibrant orange background!...
  40. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Arbor Ales' Faked Alaska Arbor Ales - Faked AlaskaLegged it/hobbled to the train station only to find out I'd be standing and shivering in Chippenham for another 20 minutes than I expected, but the rest of the day was half decent actually. Had to be herded like cattle on to the return train, but at least I got a precious space... Heard alot of hype about this badboy, so hoping it lives up to the reputation. It's a classic Arbor can with the huge oak leaf on a vivid all matte colour background.First smell was ...
  41. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Amundsen Brewery's Everyday Hero Amundsen Brewery - Everyday HeroWhat seemed like a record volumetric size of picking and packing today was tapered by the guilt/relief that I didn't help lug it up the stairs for the courier pickup... Was running a bit late, so the hyper-vivid colours of this can did the job of enticing me to make a lunge for it. The beer toting everyday superhero on the skyscraper background was a work of art to be honest.First smell is a really light and citrusy with some clean hops just coming through....
  42. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Wild Beer Co's Pogo Wild Beer Co - PogoBusy Monday at work and busy Monday on the streets of Bath as the Christmas market is in full swing! Managed to have a productive day though that was finished with this vibrant can as my evening tipple. Classic brand black can with a high vivid orange colour setting of that 'wild beer' look.A light fizzy orange smell hits you first off before that tropical backing is revealed. The first swig carries on that tone with a hoppy orange taste hitting you mouth before tho...
  43. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Lervig's Toasted Maple Stout Lervig - Toasted Maple StoutApart from choking on my old man vitamin pills in the morning the day was busy but pretty uneventful. Had a couple of people in the shop recommend this one and Jack gave it a thumbs up as well, so only seemed right to give it a crack. It's a quirky can with orange, grey and black washes of colour that does catch the eye.First smell is a gorgeous roasted malt one with a touch of coffee and nutty vanilla in the background. The proceeding taste adds alot more to t...
  44. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Mount Saint Bernard Abbey's Tynt Meadow Mount Saint Bernard Abbey – Tynt Meadow Solid start to the week at work with it being busy, but still able to catch my breath and ease back after a nice weekend away. Saw this one on the shelf and had to try it as it was not what I'd usually choose...automatically tonight's tipsy-train tipple! My first monastery beer as far as I'm aware, and in keeping with that, the bottle is pretty non-descript with 'ye olde' writing on a plain and unimposing cream label. First smell was...
  45. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Tiny Rebel's Welcome To The Party Pal! Tiny Rebel - Welcome To The Party Pal! Short Friday for me today due to logging some extra ours in the week, and hoping for a smooth and enjoyable start to the weekend for my girlfriends birthday as well! So, we've a white tin vessel with the can name bursting through to reveal the sea blue of the ocean underneath. First smell is a really light zesty one with a hint of tropical sugars in the background. The taste is really interesting and has so much going on that it's almost a bit t...
  46. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Polly's Brew Co's A Passion For Fashion Polly's Brew Co - A Passion For Fashion Steady day at work with a bit of marketing chucked into the picking & packing mix. Even got lost on a nice bracing evening stroll around Bath which was pretty neat... So, the can is basically a photo of limes on limes on limes, which may give an insight into potential tastes! Smooth can opening on my slightly delayed train home released a zesty smell of freshly squeezed limes with an almost palpable salty followup. Now the taste...one of the mo...
  47. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Leffe's Winterbier Leffe - Winterbier Bit of a disjointed day, but got a lot of odds and ends sorted along with a bit of marketing stuff in my hands. A Davin recommendation tonight was this beer to get me in the holiday spirits a long time before any other sane person is. A nice brown bottle with shiny gold and christmas red labelling, does the job! So, first opening was smooth giving me a rich malty smell with a hoppy background. The next swig was more of the same with that full malt being delivered in an almo...
  48. The Tipsy-Train Beer Blog with Arbor Ales' The Devil Made Me Brew It Arbor Ales - The Devil Made Me Brew It Popped back into the shop to see the guys before leaving Bath after a long day of walking and other stuff... With the hammering rain and outside I decided to go for a nice stout with the approval of Jack and Alex to get the 'action' going again. Strong and vibrant 568ml purple can with the recognisable maple leaf couldn't not catch the eye. So, the first smell after a satisfyingly smooth can opening released a very light coffee scent into the...