Friyay

Work is really intense at the moment so I’m cherishing my down time, which is something that this challenge is really helping with. On Friday though, we were left in the office without any management so decided to let our hair down slightly and have some office bevs.

Pint No. 47

What? – Kronenbourg

Where? – My Office, Putney

When? – Friday 16th February 2018

Sadly, all that was available was Kronenbourg or Thatcher’s Gold, and since I’ve already done Gold, I went with the Kroney. It’s not a good beer at all though. Passable when cold, as soon as it’s left to rest it goes flat and sour and really nasty to drink. I think it’s one of the worst mass-produced lagers on the market and really not a pleasant drinking experience. If it weren’t for the novelty of having a bev at my desk I wouldn’t have enjoyed the experience at all.

Overall Score – 0/5

 

Once work was over, I met Esther in a pub in Putney that often has a great selection on tap. When we got to The Jolly Gardeners, I noticed that Thornbridge Brewery had taken over the majority of pumps as they were doing a residency in the pub. This filled me with some trepidation because of my poor experience of Thornbridge Tzara in East Putney Tavern a couple of weeks previously. My opinion of the brewery has thoroughly changed now though.

Pint No. 48

What? – Thornbridge, ENA

Where? – The Jolly Gardeners, Putney

When? – Friday 16th February 2018

Thornbridge ENA is probably the best new pint I’ve had in a very long time. It was being advertised as a challenger to Guiness in the pub and I was very impressed. It’s a milk stout and is quite sweet but very malty. It had a great big creamy head and was very rich and dark and at 4.6% is very, very drinkable.

Overall Score: 4.5/5

 

Pint No. 49

What? – Thornbridge, Hubble

Where? – The Jolly Gardeners, Putney

When? – Friday 16th February 2018

Riding a wave of new-found love for Thornbridge, I decided to give Hubble, their APA a shot. As you can see from the above photo, this came with a head almost as big as mine. It’s a juicy drop with lots of fruit flavours but wasn’t quite as good as I was hoping post-ENA. I’m definitely intrigued by the Thornbridge range though as it seems that they produce a lot of different beers.

Overall Score: 2.5/5

 

Pint No. 50

What? – Kingfisher

Where? – Kashmir, Putney

When? – Friday 16th February 2018

We then had a bit of change of pace, going from interesting craft beers to a straight down the line, bonafide lager. We’d decided to go for a curry so I knew that my options would basically be limited to Cobra, Singha or Kingfisher, depending on the establishment. As it happens, the draft of choice in Kashmir, Putney is Kingfisher, so that’s what was paired with my curry. It’s not a great pint, but to be honest, I didn’t particularly want anything complex with my curry due to all the tastes going on in my mouth anyway. A classic Indian lager is always the way to go when you’re doing a Ruby Murray, so it did the job.

Overall Score: 2/5

 

Pint No. 51

What? – Camden, Hells

Where? – The Spotted Horse, Putney

When? – Friday 16th February 2018

Feeling very bloated but not quite ready to go home, we decided to go the Spotted Horse for one last drink. I was tempted to move onto shorts to try and save my tummy from more heavy shit to digest. Brain ended up telling Tummy to shut it’s twat mouth and ordered a pint of Camden Hells though. In the circumstances, this is probably the least I’ve ever enjoyed a pint of Hells which is a shame because it’s a pretty safe, nice bev normally. On top of 4 other pints and a gert Indian though, it was an error.

Overall Score: 1/5. Score of Hells under normal circumstances: 3/5

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