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Movies, Craft Beer and Geek Stuff

Brewery: Buxton Brewery
Style: Berliner Weisse
ABV: 4.9%

I’m quite new to the world of the Berliner Weisse. I’ve had four of the BrewDog Blitz range, which are fruit infused twists on a Berliner Weisse and I’ve also had London Sour by The Kernel. One thing that I have found is that, as a style, they seem to be consistently good. Maybe it’s that I’ve been very fortunate and have only had good ones or if it’s that I just love sour things so much that I even like bad ones. Who knows. Either way, I was really eager to try this dry hopped twist on the style.

Buxton Far Skyline

Beer in the glass is very light with a small amount of haze. Very small amount of pure white head which disappears into nothing  after about 30 seconds.

The aroma is pretty standard and typical of the style with some lemon juice notes, and a bit of a bready, yeasty note. Other than that, not a lot going on other than maybe a very slight grainy note. If you know beers, you’ll know what I mean when I say it smells very German.

On the palette it is definitely different to any Berliner Weisse I’ve ever had. There is definitely a hoppy presence which brings with it notes of grapefruit and lemon rind and ever such a small amount of bitterness. It definitely has a lot more body than something like London Sour which comes from the higher ABV (at 4.9% it’s definitely the strongest I’ve had of this style). It’s also quite a lot less sour than all of the others I’ve had which makes it massively more drinkable. It is a little bit on the gassy side but nothing too offensive.

Great beer, very moreish and maybe a little too easy to just chug down.

Verdict:  4/5

Brewery: Buxton Brewery
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.8%

The first beer from my little Eebria / Buxton Brewery haul is something of a special little number. Axe Edge is the brewery’s flagship IPA and this version is loaded with additional Sorachi Ace hops giving it a totally new and unique aroma and flavour. This bottle was fresh, only three weeks old. I had Axe Edge for the first time a few months ago and it was my first Buxton beer. To say I was impressed was an understatement. The fact that a brewery only about 30 minutes from my house is producing beer of this calibre is amazing. It goes without saying, when I heard about Ace Edge, I just had to give it a try.

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Still from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Directed by: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis (MoCap), Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman
IMDB

Ten Years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes mankind, plagued by the man made simian flu virus, is on the brink of extinction. Meanwhile, having escaped to the woods surrounding San Francisco, Caesar and the group of genetically enhanced apes have built a home and a community and number in the thousands. When a small community of humans, unaware of the apes’ existence, venture into the woods to re-activate an abandoned dam to restore power to the city, the two groups meet and seeds of fear and distrust are sown, setting them on a path to war.

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Craft beer, as a concept, is nothing new to the UK. For decades pubs have been priding themselves on their selections of “real ales” which typically means ale from small, often local breweries served cellar temperature, hand pulled from a cask. These beers *are* craft beers in the sense that they are not mass produced, they use top quality ingredients, and have limited distribution. This hasn’t just existed for longer than the US craft beer scene has existed, it’s existed for longer than the US itself has existed.

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Yesterday I placed my first order from Buxton Brewery’s online shop which is operated by drinks distribution outfit Eebria. Eebria basically drop-ship direct from manufacturers which means not only is your beer the freshest it can be, having not sat around in their warehouse for ages, it offers the cheapest delivery I’ve seen for an online beer seller at £5.99. The only downside; you have to pay one delivery charge per manufacturer. That didn’t apply in this case however because I only bought from Buxton Brewery.

I didn’t order a massive haul, just four bottles to see how they were in terms of service because I’ve had some not so great experiences from ordering through other online beer shops in the past. The results were astonishing.

bux-eebria

Sure enough, I tracked my order this morning and it’s out for delivery. Any issues now will be down to the Courier (they use Parcel Force in case you wondered) but having seen how awesome both parties are I have no doubt they’d do anything in their power to sort those problems out too. Colour me impressed.

So all in all, I can’t speak highly enough of how well Eebria and Buxton Brewery are handling online orders. It really makes me confident in buying from them again knowing that they both operate very active social media channels.

As for the beer I ordered one of each of the following:

  • Far Skyline – A dry hopped Berliner Weisse
  • Wild Boar – IPA
  • Ace Edge – IPA hopped with Sorachi Ace
  • Wyoming Sheep Ranch – Double IPA

Reviews of those beers to follow. I’ve never had any of them before so I’m looking forward to trying them.

When you talk about craft beer in the UK you can’t do it without mentioning BrewDog. Formed in ’07 in Scotland, BrewDog have made it their mission to cultivate a craft beer scene in the UK that is more akin to the edgy, adventurous US scene and less about warm, bland, flat “real ale”. And they’ve done it well. Seven short years later their beer is available in most supermarkets, online beer stores and, most prominently, BrewDog’s own bars which seem to be popping up all over the world like a freakin’ zombie hopocalypse (see what I did there?) Throughout those seven years the brewery’s branding has remained much the same across the bottles, bars, online and print material but this year that is all changing. This month James Watt (founder and MD) revealed the new branding on the company blog and it was met with, shall we say, mixed feelings.

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Musings

Renewed

I used to write here all the time. I loved seeing a new movie and writing a review here or reeling off a bunch of movie recommendations for you. I even loved having a good old rant and exercising my bitter demons. But some time a coupe of years back I stopped. I’m not sure whether it was apathy or a lack of what I deemed to be worthy content or a bit of both, but the desire to blog just faded away.

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Directed/Written by: Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

In a semi-dystopian future, time travel is controlled by mob syndicates. They use it to carry out untraceable murders by sending the victim back 30 years to be killed by specialised assassins called Loopers. When a Looper is to be retired the mob “close the loop” by sending his older self back as the target. When a shadowy figure in the future, known only as The Rainmaker, begins closing all the mob’s loops at once Joe (Levitt), faced with his future self, must not only ensure the loop is cosed but also determine the identity of The Rainmaker in the present and stop a destructive 30 year circle of violence.

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Movies, Reviews

Review: Super 8

Directed by: JJ Abrams
Starring: Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths

Soon after witnessing a catastrophic train crash, a group of friends begin to notice strange phenomenon in their small home town. Eager to somehow incorporate the events into their own movie, the group dig deeper into the events surrounding the crash only to discover something a lot more sinister is at hand. J. J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg invite us to remember how movies used to be.

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Directed by: André Øvredal
Starring: Hans Morten Hansen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Johanna Mørck

I first heard of this by way of a trailer on iTunes a few weeks ago and it sort of caught my eye. As rubbish as they usually are, I really love it when movies come out that deal with an established myth or folklore story in a new way (that said, I have no interest whatsoever in seeing Red Riding Hood). Trollhunter is a Blair Witch style mockumentary set in rural Norway. A group of filmmakers on the trail of a bear poacher, instead end up tagging along with a bizarre government employee, the only one in Norway, who’s job it is to track down and kill trolls to protect the public while also working to keep them a secret. Sounds pretty bonkers, but check out the trailer to see why it caught my eye:

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