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  • Desert Island Beers #6: Adrian Tierney-Jones

    June 10th, 2011FletchtheMonkeyDesert Island Beers

    Adrian Tierney-Jones loves beers and pubs. So much so he has a job writing about them!

    As well as visiting the best inns and public houses of the UK for The Telegraph, Adrian is secretary of the British Guild of Beer Writers and has written extensively – from national newspapers to the Society of Independent Brewers South West’s Brewers Herald (say that after a few pints!)

    ATJ is a connoisseur of film and music as well being an expert beer and cider taster – but how will he fair on an island with no watering holes…?

    Adrian Tierney-Jones

    The Beers

    Adrian, which 5 beers would you want to have with you if you were stranded on a desert island, and why?

    Strictly speaking I always say that my favourite beer is the one in my hand right now, but these have been in my hand for a long time, though beers come and go.

    1. “Adnams Best Bitter, from the cask, fresh. To me this is one of the best expressions of best bitter, a complex and satisfying beer that reveals layers of flavour, but also reaches the parts that many other beers don’t. It would help me pretend that I was sitting in the Lord Nelson in Southwold.”
    2. “Orval — aged at least a year. Again this is a beer that reveals so many different levels of flavour; it’s a beer that I never tire of, I would chill bottles in the surf and drink it from a chalice like container fashioned from a coconut shell.”
    3. Augustiner Helles — “a fresh and frisky Helles from Munich that would also share cooling down time in the surf with Orval, but this would be a beer for breakfast, a beer that I would drink in the morning to see what it had to say to me. I would need regular shipments of the beer, as this is one that deserves to be drunk fresh.
    4. Otley 08 — “I don’t drink wine anymore but if I ever felt in need of something that was the beery equvalent of a glass of chardonnay in the afternoon, then this strong golden beer from Otley would be it. It’s reminiscent of a white wine chiming with grape character, almost Riesling like with its grapefruit and grape notes, and a banoffee-like thickness that gives weight to the whole beer. In the afternoon, I will take a glass of this as the sun starts to move across the sky.”
    5. “Some dark beer for the those dark moments: Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, luxurious, elegant, deep flavours, late at night watching the stars and the satellites progress across the sky, this is beer imagining itself as a Sambuca.”
    6. Saison Dupont — “flinty, lemony, sharp and refreshing, the ideal beer after a morning spent trying to build an escape raft.”

    And which beer (of those selected) do you regard most highly, and why?

    “The Adnams BB, because sometimes simple is best.”

    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

    The Meal

    You can also take one meal to go with your beers, what would it be and why? Is it a ‘last supper’ or a perfect pairing for one of the beers?

    “Last supper — seared scallops, frites, big old salad with garlic dressing.”

    The record

    You have a CD/mp3/long player but you can only take one album. Choose wisely!

    Anything by Vaughan Williams that would include Variations on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

    The Books

    You might be waiting a long time on your lonesome on the desert island, so we will automatically allow you a few books to keep your mind busy. You can pick between two beer books and two tomes: The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food’ by Garrett Oliver, or ‘Beer’ by Michael Jackson; plus The Bible, or another appropriate religious or philosophical work

    “Beer by Michael Jackson; Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Wittgenstein, might have a chance to read it now.”

    And the non-beery, non-philosophical book, something a little less taxing on the brain, what would that be?

    The Good Soldier Schweik

    The Luxury Item

    And finally, what luxury item would help make your stay on the island bearable?

    A mattress and duvet.

    A big thanks to Adrian for taking part and being our castaway for the week. You can follow him on twitter or visit his excellent ‘Called To The Bar’ blog. His books, Real Ale Record Book and 1001 Beers To Try Before You Die are widely available.


    Mark is better known as @fletchthemonkey and started writing about beer in 2009. When not content with spending all day on the internet working in digital for an multichannel retailer, Mark waxes lyrical at and types up match reports for Leeds Guide magazine.

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  • Some of my favourite beers in this list, I have a bottle of Orval ageing now amongst a few others, I’ve tried it before so am really interested in the results.

    Seared scallops too, hmmmm



    FletchtheMonkey Reply:

    Hard to beat aged Orval. Have had a few after 6 – 18 months, yet to decide when my optimum opening time is!



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