June 17, 2021 at 8:29 pm #208848
A brilliant gesture by two of the highest paid players in the game, and UEFA threatens to fine them if they continue.
Disgusting from a professional organisation apparently dedicated to sport, health and fitness (or rather raking in as much as possible from their partners, no matter how unhealthy their brands).June 17, 2021 at 8:36 pm #208849
Great minds, and all that Gurney.
I posted earlier under “More UEFA Nonsense”.
Alcy turned it into a “store’s own brand pop gives you cancer” thread!June 17, 2021 at 9:54 pm #208859
Ah, missed it – had the been goggles on (San Miguel).June 17, 2021 at 9:59 pm #208863
Not Heineken then?June 17, 2021 at 10:37 pm #208870June 18, 2021 at 9:17 am #208877FerriteParticipantOffline
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I found it slightly odd that the bottle Pogba moved was alcohol-free beer.
It’s fine for Ronaldo to take against Coca-Cola but I notice he also endorses some gambling companies which are arguably much more harmful.June 18, 2021 at 6:26 pm #208923
Aye, ‘beer’ not ‘bean’ or ‘been’, and a Saint Michael, not Heineken…
Had Heineken abroad and it was quite pleasant, hoppy and some body to it, but it usually tastes thin and metallic here. Bottled SM I think is ok, refreshing without the metal or the harshness of so many lagers.
Now, what is this trend in pubs towards offering only cold, thin, fizzy ‘beer’? Bitter, especially from a cask is increasingly hard to find. Mild has pretty much disappeared. Anything that’s not lager seems to be like a chilled light ale, homogenised, pasteurised stuff.
Once upon a time, beer was a living product and there was life in a glass, but now it’s just bubbles.
I was recently in the Blind Beggar in London’s east end. Historic pub with its own wiki article, legendary for its gangland connections. But, useless staff that didn’t know what bitters they had, and one who even asked her colleague in all seriousness ‘what’s bitter?’ I think she was Spanish. Good job the Krays weren’t around.
At £8.45 for a pint and a shandy, it was a personal best (or worst). I needed a drink to recover, and the chilled fizz kept me up all night. But, is this trend really customer led, or is it just a cheap way to get drinks to the pubs in a condition which needs no care, expertise or special conditions?June 18, 2021 at 6:46 pm #208926
Disagree to an extent Gurney. There are some fine ales around. You don’t have to settle for bubbles!
Was down at the Firebrick Brewery in Blaydon earlier this week getting some in.
Blonde beers, Amber Ales, IPAs, session bitters, porters, milds, stouts and continental style pilsners.
At the nearby Great Northeastern Brewing Co all their beers are gluten free and unpasteurised.
Got a couple of new local “tap” micro pubs that always have 4/5 real ales and 6/7 craft beers on at any one time.
Good time to be a beer drinker.June 18, 2021 at 6:49 pm #208927
Gurny whilst in the Blind Beggar did you see Jack the Hat sat in the corner asking where his missing eye was? Nasty bunch those Kray boys.June 18, 2021 at 7:02 pm #208928alcazarParticipantOffline
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Nearly as bad as Dougie and Dinsdale Piranha.
UK lager tends to be very disappointing.
Years ago I developed a taste for bottled 1664 in France.
When we got home my wife found some in Tesco, bought it me.
I treated myself to one that night.
Thin and acidic, turned out to be 4.6%.June 18, 2021 at 7:14 pm #208929
Memories of ” Spiny Norman ” alcy? Dinsdales nemisis. 😂June 18, 2021 at 7:34 pm #208930alcazarParticipantOffline
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Died in a nuclear attack on Luton aerodrome.June 19, 2021 at 8:40 am #208944
Without local knowledge or the GBG or whatever I find it’s difficult to get a decent draught bitter or mild. Maybe I just need to get out more. And as mentioned above, beer brewed abroad is often lower quality (tasteless and weaker) for GB, so you can’t rely on getting the same thing you had on your holidays in the local supermarket or pub.
Does anyone brew their own these days?
Jack ‘the hat’? Aye eye, East End gangster legends…. Too right about forgetting the romance of good old fahhhmly men and working-class heroes that beat the system, the reality is they were all pretty nasty to the last.June 19, 2021 at 11:27 am #208956
Picked up a couple of bottles of Sam Smith’s unpasteurised pale ale the other day.
Nowt decent in the Taddy pubs round you?June 20, 2021 at 10:12 am #208983
Funny you should mention that, NI. A different sesh in the smoke took in the Rising Sun in EC1, an acclaimed Sam Smiths pub, but bitter (a SS one, I forget which) was chilled and tasted like something was wrong with it. V. disappointing, and central London prices inevitably provoke gasps and exclamations of disbelief. Timothy Spall was in the bar (as himself). Don’t know what he made of it.
Oh well, staying at home with some decent Rioja reminds me of what I’m not missing!June 20, 2021 at 12:04 pm #208989
Rioja is always decent in my experience.June 20, 2021 at 9:11 pm #209009
Aye – young unaged Rioja – best drink it slightly chilled with something light like tortilla/chorizo/chicken/salmon, or by itself. Crianza/Reserva/Gran Reserva – the names can be confusing but basically just mean more aging. All go best with roast red meat. The wood (of the barrel in the aging) gives it body which cuts through the oil and grease, so you still get flavour. No need to chill, room temp is best. White and Rose are both good too. Aged white is ace if you can find it. Not many bodegas do it now. Pricey mind.
And which Rioja would sir like to order?June 20, 2021 at 10:36 pm #209011
Well if you have some of those mentioned round your place Gurny I’ll just drop by and sample some for free if that’s ok 😂. I can bring a bottle of malt whisky as part recompense if you like.June 21, 2021 at 8:20 am #209013
Of course, sir. Will the 1970 Gran Reserva from Lopez Heredia be acceptable? And what would sir like with his Rioja? It does go well with an all day breakfast (seriously!).
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