August 31st, 2009Continental Lager
Another quick post about my holiday (sorry!).
In an effort to do something more than laze in the sunshine in our small, quiet resort of Kriopigi in Halkidiki, we explored a little further around the Kassandra Peninsula on two evenings, once to the bustling resort of Hanioti, and the other a little less further, to the the last remaining plate smashing restaurant in our area.
Now, the whole evening was lots of fun, although the plate smashing was reserved mostly for the children. The waiters were crazy, everyone danced on the tables and we finished by drowning (literally!) in Metaxa from the largest bottle of spirits I’ve ever seen sprayed over grown adults (thanks to a very enthusiastic proprietor and a bottle of liquor with a tap on it!)
But it wasn’t the scariest large drink of the night, as I found myself trying to defeat a gigantic 2L glass of my favourite Greek tipple, Mythos. I’m not quite sure I’d read the menu probably because I was not expecting this!!!
I’ve had beers larger than a pint before, most notably the formidables of Lourdes in France (1L glasses) and once, when I was much younger and much, much more immature, a yard of ‘snakebite and black’ topped with gin and other ill-mannered liquids on a night out with some rugby lads (I’ve never ever played rugby!).
But I wasn’t quite prepared for the embarassment of been the only person in the restaurant to be sitting at his table with a whopping 4 pint glass that was about as wide as my torso! The embarrassment didn’t last long, as other, older and more mature fellows soon followed, and received considerably more abuse from their better halves than I did (in fact you’ll see Sarah had quite a sip herself!)
But as I was loosening my collar and slowly, very slowly, draining my gargantuam thirst quencher, and with the furore and fuss around BrewDog’s Tokyo still ringing in my ears, I wondered about responsible drinking. Read the rest of this entry »
June 7th, 2009Continental Lager
I picked up a bottle of Oranjeboom Premium Lager (5% abv) completely by chance from a local Aldi for 99p. I’d never tried this lager before and chose it because it was one of the few in Aldi’s range that I had actually heard of.
This is the first full ‘non-ale’ review to go onto the blog and was therefore a bit of a gamble, but, even if I do say so myself, I think it can ultimately be seen as a success. Hoppy and full flavoured this lager certainly sits in ‘real drinks’ category. It is neither one of the flatter, flavourless Corona/Brama type lagers and nor is it one of the gassy, bloating Fosters/Carlsberg type lagers, in fact it is frothy and lively without being at all gassy. Coupling this with the great price I have to say I wouldn’t be at all embarrassed to serve this up with pizza and pro evo when the boys come round.