Daily Archives: August 16, 2008

Offbeat News: English farmers trade apples for (not apples) beer

According to Money, out of the UK, the recent credit crunch has residents of one Norfolk village farmers trading produce for Pints.

Thanks to the resourcefulness of their local pub, ‘The Pigs’, they can now barter fresh produce in return for pints of beer.

The pub, in Edgefield near Holt, is one of the few to see business boom since the start of the credit crunch as it encourages locals to trade their home grown produce in return for alcohol.

I love the barter system. According to the article this pub doesn’t try to keep this a secret and even has a sign out front that reads:  “If you grow, breed, shoot or steal anything that may look at home on our menu, then bring it in and let’s do a deal.”

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Review: Blue Point Blueberry Ale

A Fruit Beer brewed by
Blue Point Brewing

Patchogue, New York USA

ABV: 4.6%

Best served in: A flute glass

I like one good blueberry beer a year. I hold the same rule true with pumpkin beers. This one made it about halfway there – not bad but not the one. A natural blueberry taste, not over processed as most tend to be. Dropped a few ‘real’ blueberries in there and it was very tasty. I’m sure you can imagine what the aroma and taste is like. A little light on texture on the palate – my one major complaint. It was not a hardy blueberry beer.

My ratebeer.com score: 2.9

Review: Bios Vlaamse Bourgogne (Monk’s Cafe)


A Sour Ale
 brewed by
Brouwerij Van Steenberge

Ertvelde, Belgium                                                                 

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased this one under the label Monk’s Cafe. Pours a dark ruby color with a nice head. Be sure to pour it into a snifter. It smells a bit like sulfur (ok, lactic) at first but as you settle in with it it gets a slight bit like really ripe fruit. Head stays in place at a decent level as you sip with some nice lacing. Tastes at first like a sweet vinegar. It is really, really refreshing but it kills your palate after a bit. It is nice and tart as a sour should be but perhaps not tart enough. I would have also liked to pull out the dark fruit flavors easier.

My ratebeer.com score: 3.5

(Editor’s note: I am going to start adding more information, or a link to more information, at the top of the review from now on. This may include ABV, sizes the beer is sold in or a number of other facts and stats. If you have anything to add post it in comments. Thanks)