I have returned to Newcastle after a quick trip to Scotland. My first stop was in Edinburgh where I visited my old friend Jamie, explored the city’s crazy alleyways (called closes) and admired the spectacular views!
Today was a day during which it began to rain. So I went indoors. Later I drank some things that had booze in them, including a can of Murphy’s Irish Stout. They were of varying goodness.
I am extremely honoured to share with you Study Drunk’s review of my blog! Study Drunk, a journey to find cheap drinks and study spots, is a blog run by a university student in Texas. Most of his posts consist of recommendations for places where you can study and drink at the same time in Austin, Texas. Then there’s also his flattering review of my blog. Thank you, kind sir!
In keeping with the alcohol theme, I decided to review another blog that deals with alcohol. In the midst of my searches to find the blog that “felt right,” I found Stories From the Pub, a beer and spirits review site that sometimes tells of the adventures in finding new beers or spirits.
The blog is written by one gentleman who, after trying hundreds of different types of beers and spirits, rates alcohol in the fashion of The Beer Advocate. He is whisky and beer orientated but does not stop just there. With over 100 posts, you can find great descriptions of most types of beers, whiskeys and other types of spirits.
He uses a scale starting at zero to “fucking excellent.” He differentiates the scales depending on whether it is whisky (1-100 scale) or other spirits or beers (1-6 scale).
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Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!
There, now that I’ve got my fake Irish pretensions out of the way, let’s get on to the real business. (I am one eighth Irish, don’t ya know.) St. Patrick’s Day, one of my favourite holidays; Guinness Stout, one of my favourite beers! Who knew that the Irish were actually good at a few things? Not several hundred years worth of English pigs it would seem!
A Mail Art St. Patrick’s Day/Springtime/Birthday card from my sister.
Gordon Graham’s Black Bottle from Burn Stewart is a relatively recent addition to the liquor stores of British Columbia. When I first noticed it my curiosity was piqued, but having no prior knowledge of it, and no knowledge of the brand in general, I viewed it with a blank slate of opinion. That is, until a Scotch loving young friend of mine recommended it as a good bargain buy.