I didn’t have a decent picture for the feature image so here’s a picture of what we can look forward to for the next few months.
Anyway, as of this moment I have tried 448 different beers this year. That’s 448 different beers in 325 days, or 1.78 beers per day – feel free to see the list to see what they are. Of them, 18 have been good enough to fight a bear for and 4 have been good enough to go out of my way to fight a bear for!
It is also perfectly clear at this point that I will not have time to write everything up before the end of the year. So in that case, I’ve decided to leave the beer-off until February (where I will retry some of the best beers in order to find the best beer) and focus on tidying up the write-ups over December and January.
No. 439 – Tsingtao, or how not to pour beer
I can sometimes be fussy about pouring beers. This has been the case more so this year as I have had to take pictures of each different beer. I had two bottles of Tsingtao at a Japanese restaurant a few evenings ago as I was curious to taste it again. The last time I had it, I believe, was with breakfast after a massive drinking session in Manchester (the English one) and I don’t remember much about. I asked the waitress if I could pour it myself but she insisted on pouring it. I watched on in horror. I tried to resist the urge to tell her to tip the bottle up a bit more or to move the glass to less of an angle as it was clear that no head would appear otherwise. I restricted myself to a single gesture – hinting that quickly tipping what remained in the bottle would save this poor beer’s dignity. Alas, no. As the picture suggests, the beer had no head, even though it still possessed some life.
The beer itself was a reasonably smooth lager, but was nothing special, I’ve had better recently. The experience of watching it being poured may have influenced my overall experience and the score as it’s only getting 3/11 and I don’t think I’ll ever drink it again.
I feel better having written that down – free online therapy!