It’s a great place with a fantastic range of beers on offer, along with probably the best pork pies on the planet.
The staff are knowledgable, friendly and if you ask nicely, will happily shower themselves in Kernel IPA purely for your entertainment.. (Sorry Tom) 😉
Joking aside, this post isn’t really about CraftBeerCo although they do play their part for selling me the beer that spawned the idea for the post.
What a beer!
Impressive in name, even more so in the glass. Close your eyes, breathe in that aroma and be instantly transported to a Michelin starred restaurant and prepare to tuck in.
Been in a punch up and got your jaws wired together ? This for you, a liquid black Crème Brûlée you can suck up through a straw minus all the crunchy bits, it is truly awesome and I do not use that word lightly.
All that said it’s not going to be to ever ones taste. I remember tweeting away excitedly as I sat and drank it in CBC, nobody doubted it’s quality, some agreed, some said “too sweet”, “too sickly”, “I couldn’t drink more than one” etc and I wouldn’t disagree with any of those sentiments.
But I also remember thinking to myself as I left Craft and walked through the bustling market “Phil, why have you got a massive Cheshire cat grin on your face?” I probably looked a proper berk, walking along, all alone grinning from ear to ear but I didn’t care, I was happy and it was because of the pure self-indulgent enjoyment of drinking that beer.
For me though that’s the great thing about a really good beer that sets it apart from any other alcoholic beverage, it has such an enormous depth. A skilled brewer has at his/her fingertips a diverse range of smells and flavours that can be brought to life with a little vision and the will to experiment.
Keep an eye out for this one, it is a perfect example of those brewing skills in action.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year, have a great weekend, see you in 2012!