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Beer drinker and all round annoyance. Likes drinking, football, cricket and having a good time.

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Das Schwarze

Das Schwarze from Stuttgart

Das Schwarze

https://www.schwabenbraeu.de/

Brewed by Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu
Style: Schwarz bier 
Stuttgart, Germany

SchwabenBräu is a brewery based in Stuttgart and owned by Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu GmbH und Co. KG. The company owns the largest brewery in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, a state in the southwest of Germany bordering France and Switzerland, and the location of the Black Forest. 

Das SchwarzeIt was founded in 1878 by Robert Leicht. Leicht was a progressive entrepreneur, open to technical innovations, so much so that the brewery very soon had electric light, an artificial ice cooling machine, a cable car, an atomized bottling plant and much more, and in 1897 was the first German beer to be delivered motorized, with a truck from Gottlieb Daimler. At one stage the company had the largest bottling plant in the world!

In 1996, the competing breweries of Schwaben Bräu and Dinkelacker merged to form Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu AG, then after there was a brief flirtation with brewing giants, InBev, who took over in 2003, but the brewery regained independence again in 2007. Bought back by Wolfgang Dinkelacker, great-grandson of company founder Carl Dinkelacker. 

Schwaben Bräu produces a wide array of beers, from their Pils, a helles and a wheat beer, and the odd seasonal beer for Christmas and local festivals. 

Review: 0,5l black flip top bottle of Das Schwarze: ABV: 4.9% vol 

Das SchwarzeThe ‘Black Forest Dark beer’ coming in a nice enough dark bottle with a fiip top.

On pour looks great, a jet black colour, with a bit of a reddish hue, decent frothy white head which settled down to a thin layer, some lacing. Looks crisp and ready to devour. Not a bad looker.

The aroma is faint, very faint. Slightly beery, malty and grainy and some fruits but not much on the nose. 

Lovely mouthfuls at the start. Get a taste of the toffee.                                                                      Can really get a good feel for the beer, and nice creamy mouthfuls. Initially. 

Das SchwarzeSweet malty taste. Very smooth, but overall not a whole lot of flavours or tastes though.
It is a bit bland, but easy to drink. No kick, no substance to it and a tad bit disappointing.

Second bottle.
Do get the coffee and dark chocolate notes, it is slight though at the front end. smooth, easy to drink, and light but, as I said, it is a little disappointing as all the tastes are only fleeting on the palate. They really need to stick around that little longer!

I can’t taste the alcohol,  and it is a pretty weak beer.                                                                        These black lagers are kind of a waste of time to be honest, no kick, no standout tastes.
I think black beers are the one style I struggle with as I always find them too weak to enjoy and don’t really see the point in them to be honest, but I will keep trying them………………

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Zürich, Swiss football away days 5.

My next Swiss football trip brought me to the city of Zürich in the canton of Zürich…..

Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland with just over 400,000 people, is located in the centre of Switzerland on the northwestern shore of Lake Zürich. The city stretches on both sides of the River Limmat, which flows out from the Lake.

A German speaking city, Zürich was founded by the Romans in 15 BC. However, early settlements have been found dating back more than 6400 years ago. The Romans founded the city as a tax collecting point for goods trafficked on the Limmat river. 

Zurich is a city that always rates very highly in “Quality of Life Surveys” carried out here and there by various agencies. With its wealth, general safety, cleanliness, and a wide selection of interesting sights and places to visit, top class universities, fiscally attractive with a lowish tax base: yes it is certainly a lovely city to visit, and even to settle down in. 

Zürich, Swiss football away daysThe city also has a rich cultural tradition with many high-quality museums and art galleries, but for someone who is into more modern pursuits, the city holds one of the largest and most popular dance music festivals in the world, a techno “street parade” around August every year that attracts about a million ravers and the like dancing alongside the lake Zurich. 

Zürich is a major hub for railways, roads, and air traffic for Switzerland and for Europe. Both Zürich Airport and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country, and the city has an extensive local train, bus and city wide tram network. The network also includes boats on the lake and river, funicular railways and even a cable car between Adliswil and Felsenegg. Zürich train station is the world’s most frequently served railway station, with 2915 trains every day, and has high speed trains coming from France, Germany and Austria passing through, and it is also directly connected with Zürich Airport which is less than 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) away. 

I like Zürich, its a lovely city, looking very nice at night, people mulling about, a good atmosphere in the city air. The old town looks great, albeit a bit too posh and stylish for me but a nice city to walk around all the same.

Oh by the way, before I forget The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), otherwise known as the corrupt bastards running, our ruining, the beautiful game, have their headquarters in the city!

Pub watch 

Kennedy’s Irish Pub

Address: Freischuetzgasse 14, Zurich 8004

http://www.kennedys.ch/

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Zürich, Swiss football away daysA large Irish pub not too far off from the train station. Was my first stop of the day, and ventured in to the quiet bar with a small midday crowd. 

Have a good selection of Irish and English beers so went with my old favourite Smithwicks as I was curious to see how it travels. Friendly bar lady pulled a good pint that tasted perfectly fine. 

Zürich, Swiss football away daysWas in this bar before, so it can get very busy and lively on a weekend night. It is a fun place to be for sure, but the prices of the beers are something to behold. Not going to be doing a large drinking session in a bar like this unless you are very flush with the cash! But this is Zurich one of the most expensive cities in Europe so its par for the course here. 

Its a good place to meet mates for a few pints and to watch a game on the box, as they cater for the football barstoolers. Can also get good food here as they serve meals all day long, apparently they do a Guinness pie which sounds very interesting! They also on occasion have good live Irish music on show. So it ticks all the boxes for a decent Irish boozer…….

Whilst the exterior could look a bit better, its a little dull, the interior of the bar is inviting and in a traditional Irish style, all wooden floors with many knick knacks dotted around the place. It is very big inside, has a nice relaxed ambiance, and was not a bad place to have the first pint of the day. 

Strauss bar (Hürlimann) 

Address: Langstrasse 132
8004 Zurich

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Zürich, Swiss football away daysThe Strauss bar is a small dive bar located on the crossing of the Langstrasse. Looked like an interesting place so I ventured in. 

Had a few customers for what was still early in the day, in a nicely lit bar where probably not too many outsiders frequent.

Zürich, Swiss football away daysI ordered a pint of Hürlimann. I actually thought the bar was called Hürlimann since they had it in big lettering over the front of the bar’s entrance, but no it is in fact a local lager. The first thing I noticed was the huge price differential compared to the Smithwicks I had just up at Kennedy’s Irish Pub. The beer I ordered was virtually half the price!

Was a nice quiet bar to sit down and relax in, the service was friendly, and the pint was fine. I liked this bar, a bit rough and ready, not pretentious and looked like a place where the locals hang out.  Especially when you compare to some of the hipstery wanker pubs I had passed in the old town of Zurich, jeez!! This place was good. Recommended. 

 

Oliver Twist Pub (Mr. Pickwick Pub)

Address: Rindermarkt 6
8001 Zürich

https://www.pickwick.ch/en/our-pub/zuerich/home/index.php

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Zürich, Swiss football away daysFinal pub before I got the train home. Decided to head to this bar as I was told it is infact the oldest bar in the city. Located in the Old Town with its nice cobbled streets. 

A little disappointed to see it was another Mr. Pickwick pub, a chain here in Switzerland, as I was hoping for something a little more authentic, but to be fair Pickwick pubs are decent bars. 

Zürich, Swiss football away daysHas the usual look of the chain, wooden interior, nice and comfy setting, English beer on tap, British food on the menu, darts to play, the Premiership on the box, and an English style setting. 

There was a decent enough atmosphere in the bar. I was at the front bar which is a bit small, but they had more room out the back which seemed to be busy. 

I always get excited when I see Fullers on tap, so I ordered that. As I was at the bar I was a little worried at the way it was pulled, too fast and not with much care. So of course I got a pint with no head that tasted rotten. What a pity. The two bar workers who were there at the time both looked quite young as well, very young, they looked like they were on some job experience scheme. I do hope they learn how to pull a good pint in the future. Service fine and friendly but the beer was a downer. Sorry to say. 

 

FC Red Star Zürich 

Zürich, Swiss football away days

Arena/Stadium: Sportplatz Allmend Brunau

Location: Allmendstrasse 10, 8002 Zürich

Capacity: 2,000

Manager: Gargiulo, Giovanni

Founded: 1905

League: 1. Liga Classic 

Club home page 

info@redstar.ch

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Had the opportunity to do two games in Zurich, so when an opportunity presents itself like that you’d be a fool to pass it. Red Star sounded like a good team to see, and with kick off at 4, it gave me plenty of time to see Grasshoppers at 7 in the evening, a quick turnaround but nothing to worry as the transport in Switzerland is always reliable. 

Zürich, Swiss football away daysPlaying in green, white and red, Red Star are a small club based in Zurich, playing in the 1. Liga Classic, the fourth tier of the Swiss football league system. Founded in 1905 by Charles Seiler and Alfred Merk. The idea for the name they found in a newspaper article of that time, which reported on the steamship line “Red Star Line”, and nothing to do with communist ideology or socialist principles, they were in fact originally attached to the local Catholic youth club, later becoming an independent club. 

Although independent, they still keep some of their old catholic ethos, in that there is a clear view on developing youth football in the club. Over 300 young people play in various teams of all ages, who participate in regional and national championships with their teams. With over 20 top rate coaches, the technical and athletic education of all players are well looked after and fairness, camaraderie and teamwork are promoted. This has resulted in many youth trophies for the team.

As for the first team, there best achievement was reaching the last 4 of Switzerland, getting to the cup semi’s in the Swiss Cup in the season 1998/1999, going out to Grasshoppers 7-0!

To the game

FC Red Star Zürich 0 – 0 Mendrisio 

04.11.2017  • Sportplatz Allmend Brunau, Zürich

Attendance: 510

Zürich, Swiss football away daysEven though the game was nil all, it was pretty entertaining. Both teams had chances to score, and the level of quality on show wasn’t too bad. 

Decent sized crowd at the game, with Mendrisio bringing a few noisy supporters up for the game. 

Had a burger and a beer, and fuck me the burger was fantastic, one of the best I have had in a long, long time. Excellent. 

Grasshopper Club Zürich

Zürich, Swiss football away days

Arena/Stadium: Letzigrund

Location: Badenerstrasse 500, 8048 Zurich

Capacity: 26,104

Manager: Murat Yakin

Founded: 1886

League: Swiss Super League

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Grasshopper Club Zürich commonly referred to as simply GC, GCZ, or Grasshoppers is a football club based in Zürich.

It is the most successful club in Swiss football,  27 championship titles and 19 Swiss Cups. But they haven’t had much recent success as the last title was in the 2002–03 season, and the cup was last won in 2013. 

Zürich, Swiss football away daysGrasshoppers were founded on the 1st of September 1886 by Tom E. Griffith, an English student, who set up a team made up mostly of a group of students who were originally from Manchester and were studying in Zurich at the time.

Where they got that crazy name “Grasshoppers” is not exactly known but some have said it was due to early players crazy celebrations and there lightning speed on the field of play. 

By 1905 they had won the Swiss championships four times, their first in the 1897–98 season in the very first Swiss Championship. After withdrawing from the league for a number of years owing to not having a ground, their next championship title took a while to come, in 1921. But with top Hungarian manager Izidor “Dori” Kürschner, Grasshoppers won the championship three times (in 1927,1928 and 1931) and also the the Swiss Cup in 1926, 1927, 1932 and 1934.  

More success came, when Austrian coach Karl Rappan took over the team. Under his tutelage more Swiss Championships came, in 1937, 1939, 1942, 1943 and 1945.  They also won the Swiss Cup in 1937,1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 and 1946. This was the golden era for the team, with Rappen’s 12 titles and cups some achievement that probably will never be beaten by any manager in Switzerland, ever!

Zürich, Swiss football away daysIn the 1950’s they won two more league titles and two more cups, but the 1956 win in the Swiss Championship was to be their last silverware for quite a while, 15 years in fact, winning nothing in the ’60s. The long wait was over in 1971 when they beat FC Basel in the last game of the championship, in extra time, to clinch their 16th title.  The 17th came in 1978. 

The ’80s were good to the club. In the years 1982, 1983 and 1984, Grasshoppers won the championship three times in a row, and winning the cup in 1983, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Legendary German manager Ottmar Hitzfeld at the helm for those last two cup wins. A notable success in European competitions came in the 1980–81 season when in the UEFA Cup Grasshoppers reached the quarter-finals, but were eliminated narrowly by French side Sochaux.

As for other European competition success, they did memorably defeat the mighty Real Madrid 2-0 at home, and thus knocking them out of the European Cup in the 1978–79 season, and were eventually knocked out in the last eight by eventual winners Nottingham Forest . But their best European adventure was in the 1977–78 UEFA Cup where after overcoming four knockout rounds they reached the semi-final against French side Bastia. After a 3–2 win at home, they traveled to Corsica for the second leg but unluckily lost 0–1 and were thus eliminated on away goals. I doubt they will ever come so close to a European final again. 

Zürich, Swiss football away daysThe 90’s were good times too, winning the league five times in the decade which wasn’t a bad achievement, and the cup twice. But just the two titles the decade after, in the 2000/01 and 2002/03 season, 2003 proving to be their last Championship. Apart from a Cup win in 2013 , which ended a ten year trophy drought, the club has gone through a mostly barren period with little to show in many recent years of football.

The club play in blue and white, the city colours and, since September 2007, they have played all of their home matches in the Letzigrund stadium which is also the regular home ground of FC Zürich. From 1929 to 2007, Grasshoppers used to play in the Hardturm stadium, before it became surplus to requirements, with a new proposed stadium Stadion Zürich planned on the ashes of the old ground, but as of yet the project has been stalled (2021 the newest date of completion!), making Grasshoppers essentially homeless and ground sharing with their city rivals, not an ideal situation to be in for the club.  

Zürich, Swiss football away daysThe Letzigrund stadium is some stadium though, wide and expansive, at night with the floodlights on it is a sight to see. An athletics stadium first and foremost but owned by the city of Zurich (buying it off FC Zurich who were in debt at the time), with the popular IAAF Diamond League taking place here every year, it also has held some pretty big music concerts down through the years (both the old and updated version of the stadium) from U2, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Rihanna, Beyoncé, the Rolling Stones right up to today with Ed Sheeran playing booked to play this summer 2018. The current capacity is 25,000, for football events, 30,000, for athletics and 50,000, for concerts

Great managers that have managed the club include Ottmar Hitzfeld (as we have seen), ex England boss Roy Hodgson, managerial journeyman Leo BeenhakkerChristian Gross where his two Swiss titles got him his big move to Spurs, up to the present man in charge Murat Yakin.

To the game

Grasshopper 2 – 0 Lausanne Sport

04.11.2017  • Stadion Letzigrund, Zürich

J. Suárez 68′
M. Basic (Pen) 90’+3

Attendance: 5100

Even though the first half was nil nil, you definitely had the sense that Grasshoppers would win this game, since they made virtually all of the play, had a few chances and were much better on the ball. Lausanne were really not up to much and seemed to be at a lower level of class. 

Zürich, Swiss football away daysThat goal did eventually come, in the 68th minute when J. Suárez scored a nice goal, scoring from a loose ball just outside the box slotting it home with the goalkeeper no chance. A very well taken goal. By this stage Grasshoppers were piling on the pressure, and they got a second when M. Basic scored from a penalty after Pusic was taken down in the box. 

Grasshopper well deserved the win, as they played nice football and were always in control of the game. Their wingers, both sides, were causing all sorts of damage to the Lausanne defence who at times looked clueless. Nice game to watch, good atmosphere from the Grasshopper fans as well. 

Enjoyed my first time seeing Grasshoppers, and the Letzigrund is some stadium. Even though it has an athletics track around the pitch it still is a good place to watch football, as most seats are elevated and you can get a decent view of the pitch.  It was nowhere full, not even close, but then the Swiss football league is like that, but the Grasshopper fans that were there gave a good effort and were chanting throughout the game creating a decent atmosphere.  Beer and burger was good and I was happy with my time in the Letzigrund 

Goal of the game here.

Overall

Two games of football, a good few beers, some burgers, and a nice walk around the city at night, yeah I enjoyed my day out in Zurich. It isnt a bad old spot.

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Warteck Lager

Warteck Lager

Warteck Lager

http://www.warteck.ch/

Brewed by Feldschlösschen (Carlsberg)
Style: Pale Lager
Rheinfelden, Switzerland

A traditional Basel lager founded in 1856 directly opposite the old Badischer train station. Today their restaurant and bar Altes Warteck (Old Warteck) is a stones throw from the train station.

Warteck LagerAcquisition of the brewery by Bernhard Füglistaller-Sprenger. The Warteck beer quickly gained a good name and so shortly afterwards the first depot was opened in Bern and the first “Pilsener”  was brewed in Basel.

In 1989 the big boys come a calling with the sale of the brewery to Feldschlösschen, Switzerland’s beer giant. Feldschlösschen itself was bought out by Carlsberg in 2000. This a little controversial as Carlsberg like to use Feldschlösschen as a guinea pig for a lot of new products it has plans for, and also for non alcoholic beers it wants to try out.  It is tested out in Switzerland and then applied worldwide. This could be argued as a good thing as innovation and new techniques are good. It might be also good for some of the regional and smaller brands in the group, such as Warteck, as they will have a stronger support both in finance and in marketing, or at least that’s the plan. 

Review: 33cl bottle of Warteck Lager: ABV: 4.8% vol 

Warteck LagerBought it in a ten pack as I couldn’t get any singles in the shop. Clever marketing? 

Green bottle, screw top, simple but effective logo, I like it.

On appearance, it was a very fizzy beer, that produced a nice crystal clear golden yellow colour, but once it all settled down we are left with a very flat beer with no head at all. very flat, very disappointing considering the initial lively carbonation.  

The smell is nice enough of what you can get, a lagery kind of aroma but also a bit like a sweet perfume, must be the grains! Not much smell overall though.

Warteck LagerTaste is nice enough, the initial mouthful feels good. Nice maltiness there. 

A light lager taste that is fine.

It is an Ok beer, smooth and decent to drink but no great outstanding tastes that are going to set the world alight.

It is a very light tasting lager. Smooth, easy to drink, but boring and bland, even for a lager
Overall, I won’t be drinking again I don’t think!

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Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Original 

Schneider Weisse Tap 7

Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Original 

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Brewed by Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Style: Hefeweizen 
Kelheim, Germany.

G. Schneider & Sohn is a brewery in Bavaria, Germany. The brewery was founded in 1872 by Georg Schneider I and his son Georg Schneider II, after they acquired the Weisses Brauhaus in Munich which was the oldest wheat beer brewery in the city.

In the 17th Century, Wheat beers had got the royal approval of  “The Great” Maximilian I, a member of the House of Wittelsbach, and who ruled as Duke of Bavaria from 1597. As part of his royal inheritance he had the right to brew the stuff (as only nobility could back then), and sensing he was onto a good thing, started opening up breweries all over Bavaria for the common people, all making him some nice revenues, with the first one opening in 1607 in Kelheim.  It was the very same brewery that would be obtained by the Schneider family much later in 1928.

Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Original So wheat beer was well established in Bavaria, but it did go through a stage where it wasnt as popular as before. Bottom-fermented beers, such as lagers and “dark beers”, were proving very popular and wheat beers went so far out of fashion that many had thought it wasn’t worth even brewing anymore. Not so father and son combo, Georg I. Schneider and son Georg II. Schneider who set about revitalizing the once popular top fermented brew. They first needed to obtain the correct license with the Bavarian “Hofbräuamt” (the courtly administration for brewing) under King Ludwig II. of Bavaria (1856-1886), in order to obtain the “Weissbierregal“ , giving them the right to brew wheat beer, as the first commoners ever.

Together the two set about establishing their own company “G. Schneider & Sohn“ and production started in September 1872. “Schneider Weisse“ is born and with it an instant classic as their first wheat beer is found to be extremely popular, remaining even so to the present. But tragedy happened as in 1890 both father and son died. 

Under Georg Schneider III, who took over at the age of twenty, following the early death of his father, the brewery expanded and modernized, mainly down to the ever growing popularity of their beers. Business was doing well.  But unfortunately the Third George didn’t live long to see the fruits of his hard work as he also died at a very young age, at 35. 

As the next in line to the brewing dynasty was only six (the very young Georg IV), Mathilde, the wife of Georg Schneider III, acted as director until her young son was old enough to take control of the company.  One must greatly admire how the single mother ran a business in an era when male chauvinism was alive and well, and women simply were not expected to do anything but to cook and look after the family home. This explains why a lot of her management was done secretly so as not to cause any unwanted attention to the business. Under her management Schneider Weisse eventually rises to become the biggest wheat beer brewery in Southern Germany, which was some achievement when you take into account the damaging affect that World War One had on the whole of Germany.

Georg IV took over in the inter war period and used this time to buy up some brewing facilities in Munich and surrounding areas, off breweries that didn’t survive the war as well. This and the fact that wheat beers are making a small comeback, steadied the ship for the company through the difficult times of the Great Depression and the early years of Nazism.  But with the outbreak of WW2, food and water are in short supply, rationing is in place and many towns and cities are destroyed. 

Massive reinvestment is needed to get the brewery back up and running, and this is where Georg Schneider V comes in. Extensive construction to the brewery, but also new and more exciting wheat beer specialties, all resulting in newer markets in Europe and to the USA with output greatly increased. All the time still using the same traditional brewing methods and original yeast strain. 

In 2000 Georg Schneider VI, the sixth generation of the family, takes command of the brewery, further expanding the production range. Today, the brewery employs around 100 people and distributes its products across Germany and all around the world. The core product is TAP 7 Mein Original (formerly Schneider Weisse Original), which is brewed according to the original recipe of 1872. Georg Schneider VI renamed the Schneider Weisse product range in 2009, so as to draw attention to the fact that the brewery also produces the products TAP 1 to TAP 6, a bit of a gimmick but there you go. These taps include a Helles Weiss-bier, an alcohol free beer, an Hefeweizen Oktoberfest special (from a 1916 original recipe), a Weizen Doppel bock (Bavaria’s oldest), amongst others.

But it it without doubt that its Tap 7 is the marquee beer of the company, winning numerous awards at the Beer World Cup in 2008 and in 2012, and proving to the be a best seller in the Weiss bier world. 

Review: 0,5l bottle of Schneider Weisse Tap 7: ABV: 5.4% vol 

Crappy uninspiring logo, golden thingy on the bottle, but it is an iconic brand in the beer world so I guess it works!

“Mein Original“ is being brewed following the same recipe used in the original back in 1872, “TAP7“ is its modern name. 

Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Original Massive amount of carbonation, wow, too much as it all came bubbling out like a fountain. What remained in the glass was a dark orange coloured beer with a white head that was pretty small all things considering, and died a death later. Also a bit cloudy. That’s what a top bottle conditioned beer does for ya!

Overall looks horrible.

Got that typical weissbier smell,  was a strong smell, of the fruits, the cloves, the grains, barely and wheat. 

Taste was not bad with the first mouthful, full bodied and a nice clean and pleasant crispy taste.

Very nice, I like it, ok it looks shit but bloody hell it aint bad to taste. Quaffable and very tasty beer.

Typical weiss taste with the wheat, the malts, cloves and the fruits, but on a light level, and with a nice and smooth after taste. Very tasty and quite refreshing. 

The banana is quite strong in this beer I think, with some light creamy taste, to give a good balanced flavour. 

Very good, I like it, recommended. So easy to drink.  Can sup it and enjoy. Or devour it, up to yourself! 

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Boxer Old

Boxer Old

Boxer Old

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Brewed by Brasserie du Boxer
Style: Pale Lager 
Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

A Boxer, the experts say, is a lively dog, playful and fun when young but a dog which mellows in its old age. They make great loyal companions in their old age, but they dont tend to live too long. All that romping around as a youngster you see, it all catches up with you in the end. (sure dont i know!). They are a mans dog, masculine, rugged and tough, looks imposing, farts and slobbers a lot. Not much grooming here, requires a strong hand as they can be stubborn little fuckers at times. 

Boxer OldWell if you haven’t guessed by now, the company name and logo were inspired by the faithful pet boxer of brewery founder and first director Mr. A. Hauser, on April the 6th, 1960. The new business was to have the start qualities of honesty, loyalty, independence and resilience, traits that he found in his beloved dog, Aramis.

Based in Yverdon-les-Bains, the French speaking part of Switzerland, in the south west of the country.  The brewery has many different types of beer on offer but most interesting is a Hemp flavoured beer, Boxer Hacienda, popular amongst students no doubt. 

Review: 50cl. Can of Boxer Old: ABV: 5.2% vol 

Boxer OldGot it in a can, could not pass by and had to buy it what with the very eye catching logo of a Boxer dog on the can. Logo really is cool, love it, it really stands out. 

On pour get a nice clear light golden yellow beer, with a nice white frothy head.

Small carbonation. Head maintains, some slight lacing, not a bad looking beer. 

The aroma is faint but a piercing sweet grainy smell nonetheless, and of malts, the yeast and the hops. A typical lager smell.

On taste I get a slight creamy taste. Bit malty. Nice big mouthfuls. Grainy. All that in the initial taste!
Is a very tasty beer, a very smooth drinking beer, I like it. A lot in it to saviour.

Boxer OldA little bit hoppy but not overpowering, nicely balanced and pleasant. 

A lovely beer to saviour, and very refreshing on the taste buds. 

Very malty as well.

Recommended.  A good lager, simple and hits the spot.

I have had it served cool from a bottle at a bar and also found it quite refreshing, so I would definitely recommend this beer as a good lager to enjoy the night.

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Hacker-Pschorr

Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell

Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell

https://www.hacker-pschorr.com/

Brewed by Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH (Paulaner)
Style: Munich Helles Lager 
Munich, Germany

Hacker-Pschorr is a brewery in Munich, formed in 1972 out of the merger of two breweries, Hacker and Pschorr.

Hacker-PschorrHacker was founded way, way back in 1417, and the Pschorr bit comes from when Joseph Pschorr, in the late 18th century, bought the Hacker brewery from his father-in-law, Peter-Paul Hacker. He subsequently founded a separate brewery called Pschorr, who would have guessed, eh? His two sons, Georg Pschorr and Matthias Pschorr Sr., divided his estate by each taking control of one of the two separate breweries. 

As mentioned, it wasnt until 1972 that the breweries Hacker and Pschorr merged to form Hacker-Pschorr Bräu AG, and in 1993, the brewing plants were merged with those of the Paulaner brewery. Since 1998, the beer is only produced in the plants of the Paulaner brewery. Now that’s what you call a complete takeover! 

Hacker-PschorrIn Munich in 1810, the Crown Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria, decided he wanted the whole of Bavaria to join him in celebrating his wedding. He commissioned a collection of the top Munich brewers, including Josef Pschorr, then the brewmaster of the Hacker-Pschorr brewery, to develop special brews to commemorate this special occasion. Overtime this occasion has evolved into the world city of Munich’s Oktoberfest, which is attended by over six million people each year. By Munich law, only the six breweries within the city limits of Munich are invited to serve their beer at Oktoberfest. Hacker-Pschorr is one of the six and today’s event is held on land donated by Josef Pschorr, further highlighting the special relationship this brewery has with the city. 

Hacker-Pschorr produce up to 16 different beers, some of them are only seasonally available. Hacker-Pschorr Weisse is the most popular of the company’s beers.

Review: 0,33L Flip top Bottle of Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell: ABV: 5% vol 

The appearance is one of an amazingly clear beer, Jesus, I have to say it really was an impressive sight! A light crystal clear colour of golden yellow. Got a frothy white head that settled perfectly. 

Looks pretty inciting overall and nice to look at, even if the head dies a little death.

For the aroma I got a fairly faint and light beery yeasty smell, very faint and with some malts on the nose.

Hacker-PschorrOn taste, got some really lovely mouthfuls, a very good start, very refreshing. Beery and lagery but in a nice way, sweet with some fruits and not too off putting.

Very smooth, very drinkable. Very malty.

A little bite to it too, but not strong, small bit of a taste from the hops.

A light lager in flavour and taste. A bit creamy, light tough and easy to drink.

Not awash with flavours. But refreshing and nice to relax with.
Not bad, could have a bit more of a kick to it (lost it in the second bottle)
A bit plain. But good for a session. Not a bad beer. The initial taste, with its great big mouthful, is the highlight for me.

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A chat with Tom the Beer Whisperer

A chat with Tom the Beer Whisperer, take two! As explained at start of video this was the second effort at this chat, as the previous day we had too much of an echo in the video.

Also my first effort at Goggle Hangout so be kind!!

Thanks to Tom for his patience and for sharing his beer thoughts and experiences

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Brian from the supporters group, the Maroon Army

Interview

Short chat with Brian from the supporters group, the Maroon Army

My name is Brian and I am involved with the maroon army and we are around for the last couple of seasons now, basically we are just trying to improve the atmosphere at games, trying to have displays, but most of all its just try to get a better atmosphere at the games, and try, including away games as well, try to get more support going to away games and we have seen an increase in away games as well.Galway United, football away days, Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway city,

What would you say is the size of the group, is it getting bigger all the time?  

It’s getting bigger all the time, it depends on the home game, but for the last couple of games, at home and towards the end of last season there was certainly a big group I’d say maybe 150, 200 ,and it’s always increasing, especially for away games as well

What got you into supporting Galway united, because a lot of young fellas don’t think of the LOI?

Well I’m a supporter now for 15 odd years, or more, it was actually when I was at school the manager at the time Don O’Riordan came to the school and they were handing out free tickets for the next home game and I went along and I was hooked. And I supported a bit of English football as well but to be honest I had more affiliation with my home team and just more passion and because I am from Galway, and Galway city, it means just a lot more to me

I was going to ask what’s the best season in those years, but of course this is a new Galway team!!

It is a new Galway team but it still is for the majority of the supporters it still always been Galway United, we fought to keep it there, the name change, obviously they were gone for a few years, but we always treated it as Galway united, and the name was still there and eventually it just came back in. so to be honest for most supporters it’s always been there, and a lot of people have worked to keep the name there.

Did you get worried that those 1 or 2 or 3 years that it looked like there would be no team…

Yeah there was definitely a lot of concern, certainly there was a few local teams like Mervue and Salthill that participated in the LOi , but for a lot of people because they are just suburbs of Galway city , I am not from Mervue or Salthill so they have nothing to do with me really, so yeah there was definitely concern that they wouldn’t come back but there was a lot of hard work from people behind the scenes that kept it going.

So its good to be back

Oh it’s great to be back

In those years that you have been following, what has been the highlight for you?

Mm I mean…..

Not a lot of success…

There is not a lot of success, there certainly hasn’t been many trophies in my time. I just came onto the fold just after they won the league cup in 1997, which was our last trophy. We had a couple of good games like where we had relegation play offs, and things like that

I suppose one that lives in the memory was when we played away to UCd and we beat them 1-0 and it kept us up for the season

That’s online, the video

Online yeah, and Jeff Kenna was in charge, there was just a real good feel around the club at that time we had about 700 or 800 travel up from Galway for that game

 

Were you at that game?

I was

The atmosphere at that game looks amazing

Yeah it was really amazing, just around at that time things seemed like they were picking up but Jeff Kenna left then so….

He didn’t really go anywhere but that moment in time it certainly felt that there was a lot there to work on

But you are getting off to a good start this season

 Yeah we look very strong this season I have to say, strongest squad in a few years I think we will be top 5 or 6 this season I reckon, we look at lot stronger and fitter and he has brought in more players and more bodies

Overall there is a good squad there, and if we are missing a couple of players I don’t think we will be stuck, we have a good depth in the squad

And 1 or 2 players to look out for?

Yeah John Sullivan came from Bray, he looks very, very good, real strong holding midfielder, which I think we were missing last season, and

Bray miss him this season

Yeah Bray are missing him by the look of things as well,

Stephen Folan returns to Galway, he hasn’t played for Galway united before, but he is a good Galway city man, and he looks very, very strong at the back

There is a good spine to the team

And if you are looking for a younger player Pauric Cunningham, striker from Hedford, scored a hat trick there against Mayo League in the league cup during the week, and he looks like a guy with a lot of potential, I think he possibly could start today against Bohs, and I wouldn’t bet against him scoring against them either.

So what about today’s game then?

Galway United, football away days, Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway city, I think we will beat Bohs, I think it will be tough, Bohs have had a poor start, they won during the week, in the league cup though, so they probably have a little more confidence though, and they have couple of players back, I know Anto Murphy is back for them, he is a strong player for them, I think it will be tight but I think  Galway united will be good enough tonight

What’s your prediction for tonight?

I reckon 2-1

What would you consider rivals to Galway United?

Sligo Rovers would be the biggest rivals I suppose, I mean the Connaught derby for us is a big game, Athlone used to be, whenever we play them, it’s because they are, I think they probably are the nearest club, to us, nearer than Sligo or limerick

Even with Longford there is a bit of a rivalry there, even though they are a bit away

You have to say that, poor old Longford!

Who would you consider Cult hero?

For me Billy Cleary would be my cult hero, he is from the Claddagh, a good Galway man, he was a just gun-ho kind of solid defender, no one would get past him really, he had a bit of a reputation for been in refs ears and stuff like that but he was always a solid player

And if you had something to say to people that are in Galway who are not quite sure about hoping upto Terry land what would you say to them?

I’d say if you are anyway interested in football you should be making your way upto Eamon Deasy Park at the moment

So they changed the name?

Yes it used to be Terryland park, its Eamon Deasy Park now, because Eamonn Deasy I don’t know if you have heard of him would have been a Galway united legend, he played for Aston Villa, he passed away a couple of years ago, so they changed the name of the park a few years ago

They deserve their support, there is a good solid structure up there now, good team, good manager, and as well as that there is a good atmosphere, it’s a bit of banter even if you’re not enjoying the football, there is a bit of crack to be had,  you know Friday evenings what else would you be at you know!

It’s a good place to be, a good atmosphere and you get to know a lot of people from different backgrounds, with different politics ,different you know,  I think you go will go up there I think you will learn something more than anything

What will I learn today?

Today you will learn that Galway United could possible win the league this year, ha!

Really

You never know, you never know

Ok thanks Brian

 

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Thomas from the “Cobh Ramblers Supporters Trust”

Interview with Thomas from the “Cobh Ramblers Supporters Trust”

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Cobh Ramblers, Roy Keane, cobh, titanic, football away days, league of ireland, drogheda fc, corkSo my name is Thomas and I’m nineteen years of age and I’m a member of

Cobh Ramblers supporters trust, so they were set up the end of last season to help the club off the field and we all pitch in a tenner a month just to help out the club

So for the last 3 or 4 years I have been involved in the club, before that I was a fan since I was about 7 or 8 and so that’s basically it!

What got you into Cobh ramblers, why did you get into the LOI, cause a lot of people don’t really follow the LOI?

Yeah, I don’t know cause I always liked football, English football, or playing myself, I don’t know something just clicked. I liked the idea of representing Cobh on the national scale and it was something different, like not every town has a league of Ireland team and I thought its something you should be proud off

And you get involved with the people, there are very nice people involved with the LOI

There hasn’t been a lot of success for Cobh!

No it hasn’t been great the last couple of years, I mean there has been a few small things, like the under 19’s won the cup, the national cup, so things like that give you hope for the future that the club is going in the right direction, but I think this season will be different

(Two very curious young lads) What’s your name?

Jake

What’s your name?

Nathan

And why do you like Cobh Ramblers?

Because I have been following them since I was three

And what about you?

My dad used to be living in Cobh Ramblers (sic)

How do you think 2016 will go?

I think they will win the league

Really, are you sure?

I think they will win the league too!

Who is your favourite player?

Adam O ’Sullivan and Jimmy Griffin

Jimmy Giffin! (sic)

Why is he so good?

Because Jimmy Griffin is my dad’s friend and Adam O ’Sullivan is my favourite player for the summer camp

And he is so cool!

(Back to Thomas) And what about yourself then, 2016?

Yeah I definitely think it will be a good season. Based on the first game anyway, based on the Shels game. I wasn’t at it but I heard good things, and with the players signed they definitely can compete in the division this year I think

You got off to a good start against Shelbourne (won away, 0-1)

Yeah Shelbourne are a handy side now and to get a win against them its not an easy game, could be a good start.

And what about tonight’s game, what do you think, against Drogheda?

They only beat Waterford 2-1 last week and no disrespect to Waterford but they are not the best team around so they are there for the taking to be honest,

Even when Cobh were not having the best times, this place isn’t easy to get 3 points

Of course Cork City must be your rivals I guess

Yeah they would be, but we don’t really play them other than friendlies so there is not much of a rivalry there

So the First division then who would you consider…

Probably Waterford, now we have Limerick in the league this year, but Waterford would be more of a Derby

And for this season players to look out for

Eh, I think the two Galvin Twins that come over from England, Evan and Cory

Twins?

Yeah they are twins, they are very good so far, so I’d definitely keep an eye on them, they’d be moving on from here I’d say, going onto bigger things, the two of them, definitely.

And what would be considered a success this season?

I think play offs are a kind of a minimum and that’s what Hendo has set for the players, that’s his aim, Top 3, and if they get promotion that’s unbelievable. I think play offs are something steady to build on.

And what’s this Roy Keane, Cobh connection, explain that….

Actually he didn’t start his career here, he started his career with Rockmount up in the city and then, obviously he wanted to further his career, so he signed for Cobh to play league of Ireland

He was only down here a season, a season and a half, before he was spotted by Nottingham Forest

Yeah he still comes down, he was down here just a couple of weeks ago for one of the friendlies so he keeps in touch

Well who is a real legend of the team?

I suppose a lot of the 2007 team like of John Meade, Kevin Murray, Davon O’Neill, they are players that are fairly historic

And have you travelled to Dublin to support Cobh, have you travelled far and wide?

Oh I have been to Salthill, Waterford, Athlone, Dublin, yeah I have been all over the place, really

What was the best place you have been to?

Athlone was good, yeah Athlone back in 2013, a few weeks back into the season, it was brilliant, yeah

What can I expect tonight, my first experience to see Ramblers play?

It’s a good place, it’s a nice club, it’s a nice atmosphere, everyone gets on well

It’s a nice club, its great to be part of it and I think you will enjoy it

That’s great, thanks.

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