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January 24, 2012

Q&A: Sid Boggle

This weeks Q&A brings us back to London to speak to Egomaniac and exposer of Spoogebeerians, Mr Sid Boggle.

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Your blurb…

Londoner who moved seamlessly from lager lout in late teens to lover of good beer by middle age. Nowadays, a retrosexual scruffy bastard who is thankful London re-joined the world of beer at just the right time, or I’d have a lot less to blog about.

Beer epiphany…

Ooo, good one. Went to work in Germany in 1989 as a Guinness drinker, came back two years later with a love of German beer and desire to learn more about our native ales. I can still be transported with a few sips of altbier. The next bit of foundation-shaking happened on the first US trip in 2002, when I drank my first American IPA. I woke up dreaming hops for months after.

Best beer find of the last year…

In a broad sense, Brodie’s. I didn’t know them at all before the 2010 London Brewers Showcase, but this year I’ve tried loads of their beers and enjoyed pretty much all of them. They’ll win this year’s Boggle Award. For a one-off beer, and this will give ammunition to those people who think I’m an extreme beer fanboy, but Oakham Untouchable Double IPA was fantastic.

What sounds are to be heard while blogging…

Flatulence, BBC News Channel, occasionally I listen to music, usually something electronic or industrial. Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle are favourites.

What brought you to blogging…

Egomania. And to warn the world about spoogebeerians.

What have you taken from blogging…

Some nice comments from friends, the occasional compliment, a few knocks, and of course a month as Number One Beer Blogger thanks to my musical idol Frank Sidebottom.

Are beer bloggers frustrated brewers…

Well, since blogging seems to provoke invites to brew, there might be something to that. Personally, when I have time then I mean to eventually homebrew. That’d probably do for me.

Which brewers would you hold up as the way it should be done…

Controversial. I’m not sure whether I’d say one brewer was an exemplar over another. I remember visitng Cantillon a few years back. A couple of months before that I’d been at Victory Brewing in Pennsylvania. One was a virtually a working museum, the other a brand new shiny brewhouse with computer control and heat recovery systems. But as brewers, how far apart would they be in attitude? I suppose if you mean setting the bar high for quality, then Kernel. I also really like their ‘non-brand’

Pub heaven…

No bloody kids.

Pub hell…

Bloody kids.

Favourite local pub…

Zeitgeist in Black Prince Road.

Favourite non local pub…

Tricky. I love The Rake, The Harp, Cask… London’s doing really well for good pubs so choosing places to go is a happy problem.

What advice would you give any aspiring blogger…

Pick a distinctive name that is easy to remember so you come top in a Google search.

What’s on the horizon…

The Shard. It’s nearly finished, you know…

Finally, can you tell us a joke about beer…

Beer isn’t funny. However, Johnny Depp did this one on the telly the other week. Skeleton walks into a bar, says to the barman, I’ll have a beer and a mop.

January 1, 2012

2011: A Quick Salute

I can’t resist the temptation of wheeling out the old Blogger cliche of a roundup of the year. A quick salute to the great and the good of 2011.

I realised when cobbling this roll call together there is so much that i’ve done this year that hasn’t made it to these pages yet. Hopefully something that will be put right soon. These are my highlights, but I’d like to know yours. You know where the comments box is!

Best Pub… All roads lead to Leather Lane.  Craft Beer Co., has this one hands down. It’s the place I most eagerly anticipated visiting and to date have not been disappointed with. The ready availability of Mikkeller pushes it out front.

Best Beer (oh hell and Brewery)… Anything by Mikkeller. It was a close one. In another mood it would have been anything by The Kernel Brewery, but the Dane just pips this one.

Best Sunday LunchThe Cross Keys, in Leeds. I’d had a spate of mediocre London lunches which had left me underwhelmed. It took a trip North to restore my faith. If Craft Beer Co or Mikkeller did a Sunday lunch they’d have possibly bagged this one as well.

 

Best Bar SnackThe Pearsons Arms in Whitstable. Long strips of deep fried Pigs Ears. What more can I say?

Best BloggerBoggle About Beer. I’ll admit without shame that this is due to Boggle’s specific recommendations for San Francisco. More from Boggle in coming weeks with the return of the Pub Diaries Q&A.

Best Tweeter@HERMANOPRIMERO the Mild loving half of Dos Hermanos. Says it as he sees it. If you find pleasure in curmudgeonly outbursts, this is for you.

Best Barfly… well there were too many in 2011, to pin the title on one… more about theses characters in upcoming posts.

So that was my 2011… how about yours?

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