|A London bus and a shiny new bar.|
Being in Mark Dredge's stomping ground I naturally asked him if he was going along, but he couldn't make it. I was however offered a visit to the brewery he works at, one I naturally couldn't refuse and I'll write about that later this week.
So back to the Brewdog bar then. Much has already been said about the success of this Scottish company; so I'll not bore everyone by regurgitating same and instead talk about the new bar.
|Rees and Milly try the Scotch Ale|
Waiting for us downstairs was James Watt, MD who led us on a tasting of three core beers Punk IPA, 5AM Saint and Hardcore IPA, interspersed with humorous anecdotes of the trials and tribulations of setting up the brewery.
What came next was an interesting concept; beer, music and food pairing. 2010 Masterchef winner Tim Anderson designed the Brewdog food menu to complement the beers and served them to us himself! I really enjoyed the breaded aubergine, mushroom and basil vegetarian creation, a sweet and savoury blend of textures that went well with the new prototype Scotch Ale. I had tried this bottled and found it a bit lacking in body, but served properly on draft new flavours were coaxed out, tangerine and brandy in the nose with tobacco and rasins in the body, alongside the big toffee and robust malt the style is known for. The music? Hardcore Punk, naturally.
|Tim hands out free pizza!|
|James introduces the beer|
|Hands outstretched for the surprise!|
|Mr Drinkneat was there too|
|John & Charlie, new converts!|
|Johnny advises on beers.|
Gone 11pm and with a 6am start it was time to head to my hotel, plans to visit the Euston cider Tap and CASK pub and kitchen thrown out of the window! A great evening, superb bar and lovely company.