Brewdog, Camden, June 2018 #2

Back again. As far as venues go for watching the World Cup, this makes a pretty good one. As they don’t sell bland macro lagers (although they do keep offering up some bland things nowadays), you don’t get the type of football fan stereotypically associated with those brands. As they aren’t known for their football coverage, you don’t get many football fans in general. Which means that you get to appreciate the game and some beers in a much more pleasant environment.

Helpfully, there’s also food on offer, so you can have your dinner after day one of a five day training course, as well as a couple of pints to enjoy with the football. On to the drinks first.

OverWorks are the new Brewdog spin off who are concentrating on creating sour/saison beers that offer something a bit different to the more hop-led core Brewdog range. Tonight I sampled Pinyin and Mariangela.

Pinyin is a Brettanomyces Saison fermented with Jasmin and Ooloing teas, aged in barrels. Very floral, a hint of smokiness from the Oolong, very drinkable, nicely tart and a lingering finish.

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Mariangela is another Brettanomyces Saison, this time fermented with Sicilian blush oranges and Scottish strawberries, aged in amphora (neolithic clay pot). It makes for a refreshing saison but the strawberry has added only colour, not even a hint of flavour. Sour citrus note, but easy drinking.

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Food was next, the tasty Patriot burger, a 7oz beef brisket patty (seems smaller), a sesame and poppy seeded brioche bun, smoked bacon, cheddar, pickles, onion, baby gem & bbq sauce. A decent enough burger.

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Next up Sonic Boom V2 an “experimental hop IPA” with full of floral and citrus bitterness. Best IPA from Brewdog for a while. The less said about the fanzine English IPA the better 🙂

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Finally an Eddie Murky from Brewheadz, an NEIPA, which is evidenced by the latest in a line of “murk” puns to describe the cloudy nature of many New England style IPAs. Plenty hoppiness, low bitterness and it won’t be Another 48 Hours before I might have another.

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The football was not the greatest in the world, Portugal progressed to the World Cup knockout stage after drawing with Iran in a game full of VAR controversy. Ronaldo missed a penalty for Portugal and was shown a yellow card after a lengthy VAR review for a possible red card. Iran scored a late penalty after another lenghty VAR session, but there was no way that it was a deliberate handball. They almost snatched a winner in stoppage time, and if they had topped the group it would have been madness.

I suspect I’ll be back for more beer and football later in the week…

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