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  • Jeff Evans – Desert Island Beers #3

    January 30th, 2010FletchtheMonkeyDesert Island Beers
    Jeff Evans

    Jeff Evans

    Jeff Evans – beer writer

    Jeff Evans writes about beer and loves it. You can just tell. The author of more editions of Good Beer and Good Bottled Beer guides than I’ve had hot meals, he shares a passion for running and Hook Norton Double Stout, both which I could easily get excited about. And to top his achievements – Beer Writer of the Year 2001, author of new beer book ‘A Beer A Day’ and contributor to numerous off- and on-line publications – Jeff can proudly add ‘World Record Holder of the fastest compiled Desert Island Beers ever’ to his email signature (with a link to the post of course!).

    So, remember the rules? 3 beers, 1 meal, a record, a book, a luxury item. And one deserted desert island. To be fair our past two castaways have managed to bend the rules a little bit in their favour (ingenuity is vital for survival!) and once again we’ve succumbed to pressure. This time though their was no beating around the bush as Jeff simply asked for more beer!

    The beers

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, 5.6%
    “The classic American pale ale. It offers vibrant Cascade hop character but is not as demanding or overpowering as many US hoppy beers. This will be my everyday drinking beer.”

    Hook Norton Double Stout

    Hook Norton Double's brlllliant!

    Hook Norton Double Stout, 4.8%
    “Stout is probably my favourite style of beer and this is one of the best, especially now it is bottle conditioned, full of bitter dark chocolate flavours, some coffee and a little caramel.”

    Schneider Aventinus, 8%
    “When I get tired of ‘orthodox’ beer flavours, this will provide a perfect alternative with its mix of sweet marzipan, bananas, tart raisins and exotic spice.”

    Rochefort 10, 11.3%
    “There’s no point in settling for simple flavours in this situation, so I’ve gone for extreme complexity with this one. If the day is long and miserable, at least I can cap it off with this sweet, nourishing, warming, fruity Trappist creation.”

    Rodenbach Grand Cru, 6%
    “My palate is going to need a pick me up from time to time and there’s nothing better than Rodenbach, with its sharp, acetic bite to shock the tastebuds into action.”

    The meal

    “Nachos, refried beans and spicy salsa – and plenty of it. There will be no one around to suffer the consequences.”

    The Record

    “Forever Changes by Love. Psychedelic classic, riddled with acid-driven anxiety but soften by strings and mariachi horns. I never tire of hearing this album and can substitute beer for LSD.”

    The Book
    “Dante’s Divine Comedy. At last I will have the time to go back to this epic, which I studied at university. It won’t be an easy read but there are so many layers and levels to explore – spiritual, moral, historical, poetic, metaphysical – you can never exhaust it. Either this or anything by Katie Price.”

    Luxury Item
    “Pair of running shoes. Running will hopefully keep me sane and work off some of the beer and nachos (as well as build up a thirst).”

    A big thanks to Jeff. It’s Saturday morning but I’m craving a plate of nachos and a big glass of Rochefort 10.  Plus I’ve already kicked off an electro-fueled DIY session thanks to iTunes and Spotify. If anyone knows how to re-tile a bathroom be round in 20 minutes and I’ll pay you in Marble Decadence (the fruit ones!)

    For more of Jeff’s writing check out his online beer resource at there’s some great articles on beer and brewers!


    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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