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Quite a rarity for 7am

It’s 7 in the morning. It’s  the middle of December and it wont be daylight for another hour. Not that that matters to me because I am working nights all the way to Christmas this year. ^Horray^. I am just about to go to sleep but before I do I thought I’d share this rather lovely beer I’m drinking.

It is Morland’s Hen’s Tooth. I know its not going to set the world of craft beer alight any time soon but it is bloody nice and well worth a mention.

So just quickly then, it is a bottle conditioned, 6.5%, light amber coloured ale. Being Morland’s brand it is actually a Greene King beer, for those of you who have been living under a rock for the last 16 years. And it was bought in Tesco Blackpool under a 4 bottles for £6 offer. 

The important part. It isn’t the most intense beer in the world to start, infact on the nose there is very little at all. You can tell that its beer but nothing really stands out flavour wise. A first sip gives a malty, burnt caramel flavour with a well rounded moth feel. All the action lingers towards the end with a strong alcohol kick and a dry, at times ever so slightly acidic aftertaste with a christmas pudding punch thrown in right at the end leaving you wanting more.

As my Dad would put it “my doctor said I should have 10 of these a day”. Probably not sound medical advice but I’d go along with it. My mind does wonder how well it do if they  were to make a cask version. I could quite easily spend a long evening in a nice pub with a few friends drinking this. Hopefully  it would be even better, given that I am drinking out of one of those red plastic cups that all American house parties seem to have but beggars can’t be choosers, it is better than no beer at all.

To everyone in Staffordshire, please take the time to real the article below and then get in touch with the Flag Institute and ask them to think again before including the Staffordshire county council coat of arms design to their register of county flags.

I know what you are thinking, “Holy crap, this blog has been dormant for so long I thought you were dead!”. Well no, I’m just a crap blogger. I often can’t think of anything useful or interesting to write and when I can think of something, well… I’m just too lazy to turn the laptop on (I tried using the app on my phone and its so tedious).

I originally set up this blog to by my dumping ground for my thoughts on everything from music to food, drink and anything else I can think of. Yeah, nice idea but I just ended up prattling on about beer and not much else. If anyone has looked through the archives the last time I wrote anything about music was in 2012, and that was half way through a series of posts I was supposed to be doing about the Great Escape festival that year. As it stands there are two posts out of what should have been a total of six. Since then I’ve been to the Camden Crawl twice, twice more to the Great Escape, as well as Reading, Glastonbury, Latitude and the Secret Garden Party. And that lot is just the festivals, yet alone the gigs to see individual bands.

I am going to try and make more of an effort to actually write my thoughts down, starting off with this years great escape festival. I don’t think it’s worth trying to recall what happened at any of the other festivals between the last music post and this because it was too long ago and some of the details will have been lost to the drink addled fugg of human memory, and in any case, the camera the camera packed up last year replacing every image on the memory card with one blurry shot of a flag where I was trying to be all arty. Fail. Stay tuned for a round up of this years piss up round Brighton in way too much detail about a bunch of bands that you’re not that interested in. If you have this blog in your Feedly, Google Reader, newsBlur or any other RSS reader because you are part of the beerosphere, you probably won’t be too bothered with what I’ve got to say, for the next few posts at least. Sorry about that.

“But Looke, you haven’t posted anything at all! It was February since you posted anything at all” I hear you cry. Cry? not cry, perhaps mumble sarcastically under your breath, if you have actually read this far. Well that is true. I haven’t been walking much lately so I haven’t really had anything to post there and if I’m being honest there hasn’t been much to say about beer. I’ve been kicking around the same town, with the same pubs and the same supermarket which always stocks the same beer (I take that back they have started stocking one or two new things which have been priced so high that my fiscal situation would have to change rapidly to contemplate a 6 pack of Irish ale for £9, especially when rateBeer only gives it a 44!). Hopefully I’ll be back in the game with June’s session blog, this month being hosted by Boak and Bailey.

Feel free to badger me on Twitter and the rest if I go quiet again. I go that way out of laziness and the idea that probably no one is reading anyway.