Beer – #431 – Garage Project – Beer

It’s called simply “Beer”. In a can.

Brewed by Garage Project this one in the style that is Pale Lager and they are in Wellington, New Zealand

330ml can, 4.8% ABV and 1.25 standard drink units in NZ. around 140 calories in this.

Garage Project - BeerIt couldn’t be simpler.

Pilsner malt, Saaz hops and Czech yeast. That’s it.

Sometimes simple is exactly what you want.

Why bother dressing it up?

It is what it is.


Garage Project are good at the edges and not so flash in the middle, so not a lot of hope  in this, but I’m sure it’ll be passable.

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Beer – #430 – Pelican – Imperial Pelican Ale

I stopped by a new (to me) place Brothers Beer in town today and brought me some “Pelican Imperial Pelican Ale” that was in tap to take home in a growler.

“Huge Cascade hop aroma, the subtle malty sweetness, and the spicy, citrusy flavor of this robust, gold colored ale.”

This is brewed by Pelican Pub & Brewery in that well travelled style that is India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in Pacific CityOregon USA

I have to drink this evening a beer that is at 8% ABV, and that is of  85 IBU things (which is low end for a dIPA, but high for an IPA), this has 240 calories a serve, or about 850 in the bottle I have, and works out to be that I brought 7.89  standard drink units worth in the 1250 ml growler I brought  (42 fl oz).

 Our mascot, Phil the Pelican, has recreated the flavor of the British Empire with his own

Imperial Pelican Ale - which is an Indian Pale Ale, why quibble..

Imperial Pelican Ale – which is an Indian Pale Ale, why quibble..

American twist. Enjoy the huge Cascade and Centennial hop aroma, the subtle malty sweetness, and the floral, citrusy flavor of this robust, gold colored ale. This brew began life as a seasonal beer during our first year and was so popular while we had it, and so frequently requested when it was gone, that we turned it into our fifth regular beer style our second year.

or… .

Our mascot, Phil the Pelican, got this Imperial IPA recipe from his long-lost Indian cousin, and has recreated the flavor of the British Empire with his own American twist. Enjoy the huge Cascade hop aroma, the subtle malty sweetness, and the spicy, citrusy flavor of this robust, gold colored ale.

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Beer – #429 – Thornbridge – Saint Petersburg

I’ve had a Thornbridge Saint Petersburg in the fridge for a while, and tonight seems a good night to get to drinking it.

Brewed by Thornbridge done in the style that is of Imperial Stout and they are in Bakewell, England

“Saint Petersburg is a fabulously full bodied – chocolatey, malt flavours with coffee finish combine to produce a great Imperial Stout.”

Selfie - in which I look incredibly old and squinty

Selfie – in which I look incredibly old and squinty

500ml bottle, with a great label art, 7.4% ABV, 2.92 standard drinks that would be in NZ, and as it’s bottle conditioned may have yeast, This pops in at 222 calories a serve.

Rich and dark with smoke, subtle peatiness and the power of the dark malts. Molasses and liquorice and chocolate goodness all wrapped up in a smooth, warming liquid.

Finishes with a distinct humming bitterness carried well by the hop and malt combo.

So something dark, a bit sweet and enjoyable by the way it reads.

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Beer – #428 – Garage Project – Pils ‘n’ Thrills

This is a more mainstream beer from Garage Project, and usually that means a bit ‘meh’ , but hey ho – Garage Project – Pils ‘n’ Thrills it is, for my sins, of which that are but two, everything I say, everything I do.

Brewed by possibly the brewer with the most beers I’ve drunk so far  Garage Project and they’re having a crack at the style that is  Pilsener and no surprises they are in Wellington, New Zealand

Garage Project - Pils 'n' ThrillsA standard for them 650 ml bottle (22 fl oz) of a beer that should be 5.5% aBV and 3.1 Standard Drink Units in NZ,  and that would be 165 calories a serve in this beer. Important to know these things.

An American hopped pilsener, with a bright golden colour and a crisp, clean, bitter citrus character. Like all Garage beers it is also vegan and unfiltered.

Pils’N’Thrills is the Garage’s irreverent take on a classic European Pilsner, given extra kick with high-citrus American hops.

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Beer – #427 – Speakeasy – Scarlett Red Rye

About to be drinking a Speakeasy beer – this one is the  Scarlett Red Rye

The is Brewed by Speakeasy Ales and Lagers and take you pick of a style that is : Specialty Grain or  Amber Ale and they are in San FranciscoCalifornia USA

Scarlett Red Rye Ale captivates with an act that ranges from sweet hop highs to spicy rye tones. Sacrlett hits the notes that will set your heart on fire.

330ml bottle that is 5.5% ABV and 38 IBU on the scale,  165 calories a serve, and this is 1.43 standard drink units in NZ.

Scarlett Red RyeWith a creamy body and rich roasty flavors, Scarlett is the perfect complement to the cooler months of Fall & Winter. This rye ale pours a deep red with a sticky off-white layer of foam and medium levels of carbonation. Note the aromas of fresh rye bread, caramel malt and earthy hops. Sweet malts are accented by subtle flavors of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Notes of toasted grain, leather, and a mild peppery spice lead to a medium-dry finish.

The Hops in this are  – Columbus, Cascade, Chinook

SRRI’m not sure that “Amber Ale” is the best of beers though.

I’m always open though. To be honest it was the “Limited Release” that got my attention.

Stand by….

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Beer – #426 – Ballast Point – Indra Kunindra

I’ve had strange beers in the past, notably the Rogue Donut ones, but this Ballast Point- Indra Kunindra might set a new mark.

Brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company in the style that is described either as a Foreign Stout or you might see it as Spice/Herb/Vegetable and they are in the lovely San DiegoCalifornia USA

“Brewed with madras curry, caynne pepper, cumin, toasted coconut, and kaffir lime leaf, Indra Kunindra is a 9% ABV stout brewed in collaboration with homebrewer Alex Tweet. It was brewed for Holiday Wine Cellar’s 46th Anniversary Homebrewers Competition. First batch at 9%, others at 7%.”

This is a 650 ml bottle (22 fl oz) of a beer that is 50IBU things, and 7% ABV. Also calories in this beer are 210 a serve size.  oh this is 3.5 standard drink units in NZ.

Indra KunindraOur India-style Export Stout is a unique collaboration with award-winning homebrewer Alex Tweet. Released in limited quantities, this explosion of South Asian flavors is reason enough to kneel down and thank the heavens. It’s further proof of San Diego’s status as a brewer’s playground, and a beer lover’s utopia.

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4:05 am and the clock goes tick-tick-tick Musings

Having, sort of, got my head around the speed of light thing, but perhaps not, the next part is the travelling to a new planet or star, somehow.

These are the current questions I muse on as I meditate myself to sleep.

How many of you are there on this journey?

If speed of light travel, or near to s-o-l travel is  possible that would still mean that something 2 light years away would take 2 years to get to? Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf about 4.24 light-years from the Sun, that’s a 9 year round trip?

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Beer – #425 – Mike’s – Vanilla Coffee Porter

Mike’s Vanilla Coffee Porter – from the tap - I last drank a version of this in a bottle in November 2012 – and loved it then, I wonder if I still love it now. This is the non-Organic version.

Brewed by Mike’s Brewery in the style that is of a  Porter and they are Taranaki, New Zealand

Flavour Initial sweetness gives way to fresh roasted coffee with low bitterness and  an After Taste  of Espresso coffee desert

At 8% ABV a litre (33fl Oz)  would be 6.31 standard drink units in NZ, and this bottle would be somewhere around 640 calories worth.



When VCP arrived on the scene, marrying the satisfying hit of a freshly roasted morning coffee with the creamy full taste of a rich dark porter, Mike’s couldn’t help but feel that this son was close to perfection. It’s good morning and good night all at once, a double shot of endlessly satisfying seer rich flours and subtle coffee bitterness that’s smoother than your local barista.

VCP, quite possibly. Very Close to Perfection.

I guess the proof will be in the drinking.

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Beer – #424 – Townshend – Divine Intervention

Townshend Divine Intervention – a collaboration beer (with Southstar Brewing). Calm down. Also A Belgium IPA\Belgium ale

Brewed by Townshend Brewery as their take on the  Belgian Ale style and they are in Upper Moutere, New Zealand.

Brewers note on their website has this though as a Pale Ale, despite the label saying otherwise. One of those things. 

All that but a 500ml bottle, (16 fl oz>, of beer that is 7.8% ABV, making it 3.1 standard drinks in NZ,  and 234 calories a serve.

Townshend Divine InterventionA strong and heavily New Zealand hopped Belgian Pale Ale. This is a collaboration series beer with Kieran Haslett Moores’ brewing arm Southstar Brewing Co. The beer is named in loving memory of Jeff Hennaman from Slayer who died last year. (We are both huge Slayer fans.)

Don’t expect a Slayer video clip either.

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Beer – #423 – Celt Experience – Ogham ‘Oak’ Exotic Belgium Tripel

It’s all on with this then, a Welsh Beer in the Belgium Abbey style – Celt Ogham ‘Oak’ Exotic Belgium Tripel

Brewed by Celt Experience in their take on the style that is : Abbey Tripel and they are in the place that has a cheese named for them, Caerphilly, Wales

This is a 330ml bottle of crafted beer which carries 8.5% ABV, 255 calories, 35 IBU, which would be English Bitter or Stout kind of bitter, and 2.21 standard drink units in NZ

“Exotic Triple brewed with Belgium Yeast with Orange and Cinnamon flavours’s”

Celt Experience - Ogham ‘Oak’ Exotic Belgium TripelEach batch is brewed with fresh ‘tripel’ yeast borrowed from a secret location in Flanders. The beer has a complex flavour combining resinous bite from the American hops, spicy esters from the belgium yeast and fruit and cinnomon twists from the belgium fruits and spices. All finished with supreme British malt and candy sugar…

Belgium Yeast, Orange Peel and Cinnamon – check their video piece 

I am looking forward to this.

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