About Me

Well here goes…

The Bulls Head – Titanic Brewery Tap

My name’s Phil and I love beer, there I’ve said it!  I also love wine, speciality spirits and food too, basically anything tasty and interesting to consume.

So why have I decided to blog about it to the world and his dog?

Well I blame the wife. It all started on Christmas Day 2010 when she bought me the fantastic little book called “100 Belgian Beers To Try Before You Die” (by Tim Webb & Joris Pattyn). No time like the present I thought as after all who knows when the end will come, so I started in earnest then.

As I went along merrily searching out and tasting them I was posting pictures on my profile, this led to one friend in particular suggesting that I should create a blog to share to a wider audience some of the wonderful new beers I was finding.

So here we are, the blog is born..

Please be mindful that this is completely new to me, be gentle with me when things go wrong, be kind and spread the word when they get better, hopefully it will be worth the read.

If you want to contact me to share ideas, contribute, critique, post a link to your blog or anything relevant really, please email below.

filrd@me.com

Cheers

Phil

Recent Posts

Blog…

So, a quiet day at Otter’s Tears (I’m assuming after everyone’s wallets and livers took a battering over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend) allows me at last a chance to recap on what has happened, or at least some of the things I’ve learned and or observed since opening the shop back in December.

So, without further ado, here’s a random selection of thoughts and observations in no particular order..

  • British beer is fabulous. Much as I love beers from Belgium, Holland, Europe and beyond, I could fill my shelves twice over again and still not get everything in that I think deserves stocking.
  • There are not enough varieties of the word Gueuze, Geuze, we need more, preferably on bottles, with examples of said style contained within. (Lambic too)
  • I know more about beer than I ever thought was possible, my problem is knowing when to shut up…
  • That said, I could just be talking a load of bollies…which is more than likely.
  • I still have more to learn than perhaps my beer-fuddled brain can absorb, however I am trying to make room.
  • I love kegs but they can also be complete and utter bastards..
  • I have some fabulous friends who have, and still help me far more than they know. Big LOVE to you all!
  • Friends do not a business make, their funds are finite and they have lives too. (No criticism meant there by the way, see earlier comment, just facing facts)
  • Five tables with four chairs each does not make seating for twenty-five.
  • Accountants will not come and count cellar seating.
  • The Juffage Christmas Mix-Tape refuses to be deleted, be prepared for it to resurface forever once installed.
  • I judge people far too easily on first appearance and am very often proved completely wrong.
  • Beer people ARE good people, apart from the dodgy feckers…
  • Some people will never ever stop being miserable buggers. (Me included, I’ll say it before anyone else does) 😉
  • Banks are robbing bastards.
  • Working in beer is great, but do not for a second think that it is easy or glamorous, very often it is more worry, dirty, sweaty, hard graft and sometimes even being bored shitless. Only the beer bit is the good bit.
  • My wife deserves a medal, she is ace…
  • Traffic Wardens hunt in packs….
  • I wish my dog (Maggie JR) didn’t bark at customers, ferocious beast that she isn’t..
  • I miss weekends off and going to any event I fancied, priorities often have to be different these days. #realitycheck
  • I do have some willpower and can resist drinking the stock despite the plethora of delicious smells I have to inhale as I open beers for customers.
  • However, taking beer home for extensive research is very much a legitimate business activity and should be raucously applauded. I’m doing it for you right?
  • Some beer smells baaaad and will be banished..
  • A glass-washer “can” be your friend.
  • Some people REALLY mistrust cans, regardless of how pretty they look
  • I do actually have some patience after all.
  • Beer served from a yak herdsman’s codpiece, even if as the brewer intended, is probably not a great idea.
  • Joking (in relation to beer made using beard yeast) about beer being potentially made from nether region yeast I thought was actually only a joke…
  • John Guest fittings are the work of an evil genius…with emphasis on the evil.
  • Not all beer is great…(but you knew that right)
  • The very latest bit of information was brought to light only last night, from a new customer, a local chap on his very first visit to the shop. It wasn’t beer related but is nonetheless topical. It was that many years before the internet age, his father, a vicar, had his own polite word for a dog poo… “A Blog”
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