The course is progressing...I'm not sure in which direction but progress is being made. I am sure I'll morph into a social worker following this course and the secondment. I might then not be allowed to laugh at the unfortunates such as yer man above. Given that our pub has gone to the dark side and real ale is currently absent (a 'to let' side adorns it so fingers crossed), I popped along to Morrison's and bought a few beers in. The Green Hop was hoppy and a delight at 4.5 % abv: brewed by Titanic of Stoke-on-Trent. The second from which I am sipping now is an old favourite...sluuurp..mmmm....is Hop Back 'Summer Lightning'. What can I say: Gorgeous, wonderful, bitter and refreshing. Sluuuurp....
All this beer reminds me that I intend to homebrew again, having bumped into Wayne the other day and swapped ideas about brewing to beat the recession. I think I'll try a hoppy IPA style this time around and I will be daring. Real hops added to the wort to achieve the hoppiness I desire. This is part of my slowly evolving plan for when I "eventually retire" (given the recession I will still be working aged seventy!): brewing beer. Over the next few years I can practice at home and learn the craft / science of brewing beer. It's one amongst several ideas that have slowly evolved as I have gradually become disenchanted with the 'modern approaches' to nursing. Even if it does not move to the commercial level I can still enjoy the fruits of my labours. I'm even considering growing my own hops to experiment with, although given I have just bought in a variety of seeds ready for growing herbs, chillies, tomatoes and sweet peppers I may leave the hop growing to another time.
Time for another beer and some more Genesis....Belhaven 'Twisted Thistle IPA' at 5.3 %...greater bitterness than the first two. The bitterness lingers as well. I usually drink Marston's 'Old Empire' but this evening I thought I'd branch out. Difficult given the usual supermarket choices available and the closure of the beer shop in Cleethorpes. I have tried Brewdog's 'Punk IPA' which certainly pushed the boat out in terms of hops & bitterness for me. I gather there is an IPA hoppier than thou competition in the USA going on. Much as I do like IPA's, my preferences are to try a variety of beers, especially milds and ales.
Thankfully I am in college tomorrow because these three beers could leave me feeling a bit thick headed...no change there then.