As we come to the end of a few days in which I was able to relax and come to terms with England and Belgium’s terrific World Cup runs thus far, it’s time to take a look back at some of the other drinks that I have consumed during this World Cup. Some of them excellent, some of them bad.
The pirate vibes that Cuba kept giving me built up a crazy excitement for this beer simply because it was called Bucanero and had a pirate on the can. Boy was I being misled.
This wraps up my series of reviews on Newfoundland beers, brought to me by James in June 2015. He brought over a couple bottles of the British IPA, one of which my Dad and I drank when it was fresh, and one of which I foolishly “cellared” until November 2016. They tasted about the same though. If anything, the aged version tasted slightly better.
One thing that you cannot do when you’re alone on an island, is to wander into the local liquor store on a Friday afternoon and pick up a six-pack of beer. Instead you have to make do with what you brought ahead of time. And since a few beers wouldn’t have lasted very long, I opted to bring a box of wine instead. It’s all about longevity after opening, and space constraints.
Khiran and I got the great idea to write tasting notes for bad tasting beers. Because beer blogs need more reviews on Budweiser and PBR. Or so that was the theory. With the help of Khiran’s roommate Will, we succeeded in buying lots of bad beer. While picking out our beers at the government liquor store, we scoffed at the sign above the 8 packs of PBR that read “Try something new!” We bought some anyways. Then we began to drink.
Along with the previously reviewed Iceberg Lager, James also left me with the intriguing Bennett Dominion Ale. To be honest, I was not expecting much before I opened the bottle, but the label was too beautifully nostalgic to allow for this beer to be drunk without any sort of an observation.
When my Newfie friend James came to visit me, he brought with him a suitcase full of mediocre Newfoundland beer. Now he knew that most of the brews were inferior, but he also knew that they would be a novelty for us out here in BC, and so he brought them to show us a sample of what is brewed on the rock.
During his stay with me, my soccer team had a game, and so James kept himself busy on the sideline with some Granville Island brews, a novelty for him. When I injured myself during the first half, I got to spend the rest of the game drinking with James.