The Beer Musketeers.

For a long while now, there has been a massive gap in the market for a proper bottle shop in Portsmouth. Yep, we have some pretty decent pubs and some rather great breweries, but why have we never had something like Southampton’s Aladdin’s cave of grog Bitter Virtue? OK, you may say that some of our pubs and bars offer a take out service, and whilst that is a nice touch, it never compares to taking the time to have a good browse, whilst chewing the fat with the owner. For this gap to be filled it took the closure of the much loved and well respected The Leopold, and from it’s ashes has risen The Beer Musketeers.

Situated on Albert Road, The Beer Musketeers is now Southsea’s premier purveyor of niche beers (and ciders). The owner, Stuart Ainsworth, has clearly transferred his beer knowledge and ethos directly from The Leopold in order to create a shop that is stocked with a wide variety of craft beers at competitive prices. Whether you are after the grapefruit and lychee tones of double IPAs to the chocolate and coffee tones of imperial stouts, The Beer Musketeers will have you well catered for. Beavertown, Darkstar, Staggeringly Good, Harbour, Mikkeler, Four Pure, Vibrant Forest; you name it, The Beer Musketeer stocks it. In addition to this a micro-pub will soon open at the rear of the premises, for those occasions when you can’t wait to get home in order to sample the wares.

A bottle shop in this city has been a long time coming, and whilst my wallet if fearful, I fully salute the opening of this establishment.

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Brick Lane Wandering.

Hungover, tired, cold but happy. Especially when a salt beef bagel is involved.

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Craft Beer Rising 2017.

OK, I’m going to make this pretty easy; Craft Beer Rising is an awesome beer festival. Don’t get me wrong, I’m equally as happy being at your more traditional beer fests: tasting notes, large bellies and beards. However CBR is something else. Set in the historic Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, CBR is a mecca for any contemporary beer connoisseur. Its big, modern, well organised and competitively priced. The latter being pretty important in my books. Any brewery who are out there doing something interesting have a stand, with beers from around the world. In addition to this is a great food section and a music stage (Don Lets and DJ Yoda this year, word). We went to CBR in the context of a stag do but I will definitively return as a regular punter; such a friendly atmosphere with genuine beer fans. If you are also a general fan of design, the beer world is where its at.

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Strong Lineup.

Decent surprise to come home to.

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Paris.

No better way to celebrate someone’s 30th by jumping on the Eurostar.

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Chickpeas And Chorizo.

For those occasion where you need to be out of the house sharpish, but still want to have a decent meal. As ripped from Vice:

Ingredients:
3 garlic cloves
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
chorizo
onion
1 beer
1 (439 grams) can chickpeas strained, liquid reserved
2 limes, zested and juiced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large egg

Method:
In a mortar and pestle, smash to garlic with a pinch of salt until it forms a paste, thin paste, then set it aside. In a cast-iron pan over medium-high, cook the chorizo until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chorizo to a bowl. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and lower the heat to medium. Cook, stirring, until soft, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add half of the beer (drink the rest), increase the heat to high, and reduce by half.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the reserved sausage, half of the chickpea liquid, and the chickpeas and cook until thick, about about 8 minutes. Stir in the lime zest and juice and season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium-high and cook the egg until lightly set, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter into the chickpeas and top with the fried egg.

Chef’s Note: Add one pickled jalapeƱo, greens, herbs, avocado, salsa verde, yogurt, cottage cheese…. almost anything.

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Belated Seasons Greetings From SFS.

Hope you all had bangers.

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