Friday, August 21, 2009

First Beer Tasting ...

... and it might be the last one. One of the blogs I follow up regularly is the Beer Nut - a blog dedicated to - and here you might be surprised - BEER. Anyhow, the beer nut recommended an American beer that my dad might like. So, I thought I treat my dad a bit and get him some more unusual beer. Off I went to the Abbot' Ale House which praises itself to have the biggest collection on different beers in Cork if not Ireland. But silly me forgot the list with the names the beer nut recommended -so there I was - all alone in the shop with a huge guy who looked at me with this knowing look - he knew I was a fake, that I had no idea what I was looking for. So I thought, be truthful and tell him that you want to treat your dad to some beer. Told him that daddy loves his German beer and that he hates beer that is sweet. So, what did the 'expert' recommend:

Tyskie - Poland
Baltijos - Lithuania

Gaffel Kolsch - Germany

Asahi - Japan

Pere Jaques 2009 - US (Chicago)

I wasn't so sure about the Japanese one - although Bubble Brothers are selling IKI Beer from Japan - but thought that the German beer might do it at least. And how did daddy rate the beer (we used 1 - 5 with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest - logically):

Tyskie - 0.5
Baltijos - 1.5
(he compared it to Budweiser which he hates)
Gaffel Kolsch - 3 (nothing compared with other German beers)
Asahi - 3 (he was actually surprised that it wasn't too bad)
Pere Jaques 2009 - -100 (he actually had to brush his teeth after the beer as the taste was so sweet that he thought even hours later that he still got it in his mouth).

He was actually asking me if I am trying to kill him off gently as the beer was really bad for his taste. I will not be giving up - he will get more beer but next time I will take the list of the beer nut with me to make sure that I have someone to blame if dad hates it again :-)


Lorna Hartnett said...


I am a researcher for the RTÉ programme The Restaurant. We are currently selecting diners to join us on our upcoming series.
Perhaps you would kind enough to forward the below message to your members so that any interested "foodies" could get in touch?
Should you have any queries or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at this email address or either of the numbers listed below.

Thank you.

Kind regards,

Lorna Hartnett
The Restaurant
+353 85 77 080 52
+353 1864 1444

Do you want to dine in RTÉ's "The Restaurant"?

Are you a foodie who loves to eat out?

Do you know your chilli from your cayenne?

Then we want you!

We would like to invite any interested members of the Dine and Wine Club (Cork) to apply to be a diner on our upcoming series.

The Restaurant is back for its seventh series on RTÉ One. In each
episode a 'celebrity' head chef will take on the culinary challenge to
produce a top class, three course meal with two value-for-money wines.
The celebrities who become chefs for a night will be people who have a
passion for food and dining. The programme will give the "chef" the
opportunity to "go pro" for one night and serve up a real restaurant
meal. The resident critics are Tom Doorley and Paolo Tullio, with one
other special guest critic each week. The identity of the "mystery
chef" will remain secret to all in "The Restaurant" until after the
meal. Before the chef leaves the kitchen the critics will decide
whether the meal is worth a star rating of between one and five. When
the celebrity chef's identity is revealed they sit down with critics
to find out how they fared.

Dining at 'The Restaurant' involves becoming a 'critic' for the
evening. We need YOU, as our diners, to get involved in the experience
and to voice your opinions on the food and wine being served to you.

Vision Independent Productions are looking for diners for the series
which will be filming on location in The Wineport Lodge in Athlone
this September, so if you think you're up to the challenge of
critiquing the menu the mystery "chef" whips up in the kitchen, we
want to hear from you.

For more information or to get involved please contact:

Telephone - 01 864 1444
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Don't forget to include your contact details - Name, address, phone
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and dining.

Elke said...

Hi Lorna,

Thanks so much for this info. I bet some of the guys will be delighted to come and dine in THE RESTAURANT. As it happens, we are having a dinner tonight and I will pass it on.


Kevin said...

Hey Elke,

Your Dad must be one tough customer. You know what they say "If at 1st you don't succeed, try and try again."

Here some fav's of mine;
Polish - Zwyeic
Czech Rep - Pilsner Urquell.

john said...

Tyskie - yea it is not the best beer ;)) if you know what I mean ;))) But suprisingly it has been sold to submiller by Kulczyk Holding

Elke said...

Hi John,

yeah this beer seems to be quite bad but a lot of people seem to drink it.Anyhow, still have to get the 2nd beer tasting of the ground :-)

Watch this space