Pistonhead Kustom Lager is Kustom brewed with a double-clutch of Münchener and Pilsner malt injected with Spalter Select, Magnum and Perle hops that will leave a hint of bitterness on your lips, but never in your heart.
And for anyone that understands what the heck all that means, post it in the comments!
Brewed in Sweden for Brutal Brewing by Spendrups Bryggeri AB, Pistonhead Kustom Lager is a 4.8% Lager Beer.
Ah good old Lager! The drink from whence it all began, once considered the holy grail, but long replaced in my heart by IPA, APA & the rest of the craft cupboard.
It's not all bad, Lager treated me well when we were together, so perhaps I will always give it more kudos than it's due
Pouring a weak yellow with a flat slightly white head. It was weak on the nose, not really setting itself off on a good footing.
You really need a good old whiff, even risk getting the nose wet to see what's there, it's fruity when you find the scent.
Taste wise, its Lager, lager like it should & does taste! It's neither impressive nor offensive, but when thats your recipe & what people expect, then you can't really take flak for it.
If you are used to Budweiser & Coors then this will probably impress you. If you have already moved on to greater things, well, don't expect much
Definitely a beer to start the session on, working up to something with much more presence for the senses! Get it arse about face & you will probably spit it out, and well that's just rude.
Pistonhead brews are created by Brutal Brewing which was established in 2011. We are a serious about our brews, but not serious about much else—our simple mission is to create great drinks. Pistonhead supports artists of all types. We love creativity and individuality.
My local Home Bargains has been a home run for picking up discounted lagers of varied descriptions and it's where I found this Ale from Sadlers, named in honour of the Peaky Blinders from the excellent television series of the same name.
I only recently watched the first two seasons of the tv show and can only describe it as absolutely bloody brilliant! But then this post is about the Ale, so I'll leave it up to you to watch
Sadlers homeage to the Brunmie gang (Birmingham) is a 4.4% Black IPA - brewed with 5 different malts and 5 different hops.
Pouring dead of night countryside black with a thin off white head, Peaky Blinder is a strong toasted malt and coffee scent, it's a decent IPA with a strong deep long lasting aftertaste.
I wouldn't have liked to have spent much more in this, it's a decent beer if you can pick it up for the right price. It's good, but the tv show is better
I think I paid £1.50 for my bottle of Peaky Blinder in Home Bargains, Larne
The act or quality of being arrogant; haughty; undue assumption; overbearing conceit.
Way back in 1995, while Greg and Steve, the brains behind Stone Brewing were toiling to perfect the brewing process for their Stone Pale Ale, they made a glorious mistake which, far from being resigned to the bin of beer gone wrong, eventually fermented into Arrogant Brewing..
With an official release following 2 years later, the Arrogant bad boy found runaway success and officially split into his own brewery in 2015. With several variants on sale yearly the Bastards are bolstered by seasonal releases and a small batch series.
So with a brief family history in the bag, it's time to meet The Bastards, two brothers of differing size and strength. Like most families the eldest overpowers the youngest, which at 7.2% is a potent mix of classified hops!
It's a beer that's billed as one you shouldn't like, you won't like and in fact your not worthy of, as you my friend are more suited to the mass priced fizzy water that the zombie like population buy and drink on a weekly basis...
Well I for one saw the craft beer light a few years back and having been baptized into the world of Hoppy goodness think I'm ready for such a challenge.
Fast approaching his 20th Birthday, Arrogant Bastard Ale is brewed in the USA and Berlin by the European arm of its parent, Stone Brewing. Pouring a strong hazy mahogany this thick headed Bastard is very impressive in the glass. It's mighty strong both in flavour & ABV with a bitter taste and mouthfeel. I found it to be quite caramelly, with a whole lot of Arrogant thrown in
At 4.7% the little Bastard is a step down in strength but is it a Reduction in flavour? Brewed exclusively in Berlin (& on sale in only 7 European nations) at a lower ABV to satisfy the alcohol content rules of some EU nations, little bastard pours almost identical to its older brother. This is where the shared genetics stop! Of course it doesn't have the punch of Arrogant but it stands up on its own as a decent English strong Ale. It's a little lacking in flavour though, with a slight watery finish. Caramel is once again the present flavour.
I think the little guy suffers when enjoyed directly after the stronger sibling, but then with a reduction of 2.5% that's unavoidable. They may be family but to be enjoyed on their own merits you need to crack the smaller of the two and then work up to the big guy.
I picked up the Bastards in the Vineyard on Belfasts, Ormeau Road.
I may not be worthy, but I don't give a shit! I'll be back to drink more you Arrogant Bastard...
Welcome to Garrison Brothers, home of the first and oldest legal Whiskey distillery in Texas.
Ever since we stumbled upon the Garrison Brothers website and the abundance of 5 star reviews that pepper the Internet, we have been planning how to get a bottle in to the bar. It wasn't an easy job, as this stuff isn't readily available, in these parts anyway. But, we are serious about Booze and finally, when an opportunity to buy a bottle presented itself in September last year, we didn't let it pass. Operation Duty Free was born.
A trip for two to New York City is a romantic affair, especially if it is for your significant others birthday, a milestone Birthday at that. Of course Mrs LiquorJunky will always believe that the entire trip was for her. I for one, in the spirit of self preservation, wont be ruining that illusion.
So after a financial commitment of several hundred quid and a flight of a few thousand miles across the pond (which we reported on last September) We found that even in the Big Apple, Garrison Brothers is scarce. It is one of only three US States on the distribution list, (although a distribution map on their website, shows 15). A move that immediately makes this Bourbon a sought after Liquor. Well, as you may have guessed, after a rocky start and a few days on the Manhattan tourist trail, we made it to our happy ending and finally found our bottle a few blocks south of Central Park, paying close to $100 for the pleasure.
Dan Garrison set up the Distillery in Hye, Texas. A small community of around 110 people, which sits 58 miles West of Austin, Texas. The eleven year old operation has grown quickly, in both product line and popularity, yet it maintains its craft status by producing only a few hundred barrels each year, proudly boasting that each one comes with its own distinct personality. That personality, amongst other things, is Ballsy! You wont hear too many commercial ventures stating that there product isn't meant for every day drinking and the price is set to reflect that! The Brothers of Hye, Texas clearly love what they do and are rightfully proud of their product. Creating Bourbon better than the last barrel means more to these guys than letting supply outstrip demand
We let our bottle get comfortable and acclimatise to its new surrounding before taking the plunge and unwrapping the seal. Our bottle numbered 32126 was distilled and Barreled in 2011 before being released in April 2014. We poured a small ice free measure and let it coat the glass. The Initial scent is strong and oaky musk, after a long awaited sip the caramel in this really came through, which lingered on the long deep finish
The organic ingredients make it feel like you are drinking the best booze for your body, along with the price level and marketing stance of not drinking this everyday, enhance the experience before it even passes your lips. Although not available anywhere near this Island, Garrison Bros is allegedly more expensive per shot than any other whiskey. I will admit that 25% of this overall review gives a favourable slant from the fact it is so scarce in the UK. It travelled well from our cousins across the pond and once tasted it has made the top shelf in the Liquorjunky bar..
I knew it was morning when I felt the sunshine scratching at my eyelids. Without thinking I slowly peeled them open and squinted around the room, everything looked different from my angle on the floor! It took a second for the pain in my head to register with my brain, but when it did it was something I can only imagine a sledgehammer to the skull feels like.
Gingerly I lifted myself off the floor, my weight had doubled overnight and my wrists strained. I instantly regretted it! My arms gave way and my head thumped back down onto the carpet. I curled into the foetal position, shaking and shivering. Their I lay, motionless, wearing last nights clothes, with a dry tongue chomping on a mouth that felt like a sandpit! I began gently sobbing into the shag below me.
My date from the night before was long gone, not that I could have stomached her kiss anyway. Only her empty bottle lay on the floor. My Russian lady had shown me the time of my life and although my recollection was cloudy, she had left me with memories that I can't shake, even now. 17 years or so later, and I think I am ready to give Vodka another chance!
Being 18, with a legal ID, is an amazing thing! Being 18 and playing the big man is the part that lets it all down! Beer was like an elixir! Alco pops were a sugary buzz givers that kept the party going, but spirits were the big boys drink, the holy grail! And I, in hindsight should have left well alone! You see, most folk don't go out and buy a Ferrari the day they get their driving license! Yet, that's pretty much what I did.
Time heals & age brings wisdom! So now is the time to make peace with vodka. While researching another article in Mid 2015, I caught an ad for a new locally crafted premium Vodka. Billed as Irelands first Potato distilled vodka, well In Ireland we love Booze and we are known to be fond of a spud or two. Intrigued I tracked a bottle down.
Vodka is used in many drinks and cocktails, unfortunately I gave up after trying other brands of this spirit with only two mixers, Coke and Red Bull (both in the same night)! So as I wasn't sure how best to enjoy Ruby Blue, I had to seek some advice. Who better to consult than the Companies top Woman. How cool is it to get advice from the Boss of the company!! A brief twitter conversation with Barbara Hughes advised keeping it simple, lemonade and a slice of lime, unless I wanted to drink it the Russian way. "Take a sip and swirl it round your mouth to coat cheeks, you'll get the creaminess that comes from the potato distillation". The words of the top lady herself on how to drink her vodka straight!
Pouring a shot of vodka, filled me with dread. I put my nose to the glass expecting to recoil, but I didn't. Weighing in at 40% ABV (80 proof), it certainly had a strong presence but I wasn't put off. Jumping in I took a sip and followed the Bosses advice. It was just as she said. It filled my mouth with warmth and fire, the creamy finish was as they advertise. Smooth, very smooth! The heat lingered in my mouth as I let it sink down. Their was no flashback, no horror!
I was pleased initially, pleased with myself that is. I thought it was me, that I had matured. I was now a connoisseur of spirits, after almost 20 years, I had conquered Vodka and bettered my Russian Mistress. Of course, this Is Irish Vodka, maybe the problem was with the drink! I had sickened myself on cheap, or cheaper stuff back then. I had splashed out on Premium product and was reaping the rewards. I finished my shot and savoured it. The heat in my cheeks spreading to my extremities. While I couldn't quite mix with coke, I went with Lemonade and a slice of lime. 2 big Ice cubes and a quick stir! Incredible
RubyBlue Potato Vodka. Ireland’s First Potato Distilled Vodka, Smooth ultra Pure Vodka with subtle notes of vanilla and crisp apple. Buttery & well-rounded with just a little earthiness. Perfect for those that like to enjoy Vodka Neat but also an excellent base for cocktails! That's the official blurb from www.Rubybluevodka.com
Launched in the Summer of 2015, by Stuart and Barbara Hughes. This Lisburn based Craft Distillery (established in 2010) has wasted no time in becoming a much talked about local export. Stocked almost immediately by some giant retailers and present in a number of top restaurants, Ruby Blue Vodka joins an already established line of whole berry and Irish grin spirit liqueurs.
A limited run, 700 bottles, of Ruby Blue Cask Aged Vodka was released in late 2015. We managed to get bottle number 500 (thanks guys) This vodka was kept for four months in Bourbon barrels, giving it a unique colour. We gifted this bottle to a friend for Christmas, which was possibly overly generous. We are waiting for an invite to go taste some, patiently waiting..
Ruby Blue is immense. So good that it brought me back to Vodka! You get what you pay for, so the bottles of Smirnoff in the LiquorJunky bar will be kept for visitors and family! This one isn't for sharing, in fact I might try to source another bottle of Cask Finished and gift it to myself.