as a relative newcomer to the wider world of blogging, I note that patterns and trends abound. Themes reverberate, topics are addressed, readdressed, shared and dissected, favourites emerge across multiple posts and authors, buzz words come and go, soundbites ebb and flow and sometimes, it seems, at some point during the year any blogger worth his salt must post about one of a set menu of gold standard subjects.
Well, finally, I am pleased to announce that I have now reached the nirvana of writing experience in the world of beer. I am writing a post about having tried a Brodies beer in a pub.
Brodie Marvellous (pun no.3 of 79 that you could make up yourself if required)
The best thing of all is, not only have I tasted a beer produced by one of the "most improved new breweries" (can't remember where I read this, perhaps Boak and Bailey?) for the first time, but its one of their best; flavoured with rave reviews, Google tags and beer writer's barely concealed love.
I have tried their Citra.
Funnily enough, despite the tone of my piece suggesting there may be little more than bombast and hyperbole keeping the reputation of the beer going, its nothing of the sort. It is, in fact, truly a fantastic beer. And I don't even require the caveat "for its strength" because although it may be nearer the duty rebate than HSBD, its a cracking all round hoppy beer with oodles of delicious refreshing Citra hop at its centre. I reckon at a blind tasting it would more than match its rivals at 4 - 4.5%. It was my first beer of the day earlier on, and almost the very best beer of 2012 (the eulogistic nature of this post is alas somewhat undermined by their being an even more amazing beer on sale, ironically from a similarly legendary new "buzz" brewery, Red Willow).
But I digress. The main cause for celebration is that I have now tried a beer that almost everyone who has ever typed a word on a blog about beer has written about. Not only does that provide a great sense of relief, its also an appropriate situation for Brodies Citra to find itself in.
To the King William 1V in that London!