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 Posted:   Mar 21, 2020 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Had my afternoon village walk a little earlier than usual, but although my three locals were all closed, the Maison Du Biere was open! To explain, it's a world beer shop and bar in a local tourist attraction (Elsecar Heritage Centre). From today it's ALL shop. So we can go and buy beer as with any shop, and then sit outside and drink in the fresh air, at a safe distance from each other. They might have to limit folks in the shop, and the queue to the counter as many shops in my town of Hoyland has. But you know, it's a start.

As well as many bottles from all around the world it does draught which they will also put into plastic glasses ( and also takeout plastic takeout vessels for home). Ok, it's not ideal in the current UK weather, but they've got around the current crisis without flouting any rules. All the advice and rules are in place. Don't know how long this can happen, and for me it was too cold to have a second, so it was something of a one-off. But all drinking vessels were disposable so no washing and reusing.

And it was enough to get one landlord (of the Fitzwilliam Arms - all boarded up and forbidding) to look out of his upstairs window, as I was walking back home, and start trying to cook up something similar.

https://www.maisondubiere.com/

Obviously today folks were spread out more than they are in the sunny photos in better times. Better than nothing until things get even tighter. It's feasible that this isn't enough and police or army will start and patrol the streets.

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2020 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

The local liquor store I generally shop at changed to online only orders with either pick-up or delivery through a third party, such as door dash. I decided to place another order for beer while the selection is still good. I ordered a variety of IPAs ordered to be picked up later today. Is there such a thing as stocking up on too much beer?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2020 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   KeV-McG   (Member)

Do you ever fall for the soft sell?
Now, I'm not a wine drinker.
Hate the stuff. Too sour for my tastes. Most of it tastes like vinegar to me.
But I was in Aldi, or maybe it was Lidl, and they had a bottle in a box called Icewine Riesling, from Pillitteri Estates Winery, and after reading the story on the box it sounded so gorgeous, I just had to buy it to try it (Carole said if it's horrible she'll just throw it in a meat sauce).
The story mentions all that usual bollox, erm, beautifully descriptive prose about beautiful yet harsh winters of Canada and years old family traditions and the harvesting of grapes later and pressed immediately to help sweeten and enrich the taste.
The box said it's the Nectar of the Gods.
I'll let yers know in due course, even if it's more like the Piss from the Toilet wink

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2020 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   Mark   (Member)



I recommend that we all stock up on beer and sausages (the longer the better) after it is revealed that the German Coronovirus mortality rate is much much lower than other countries. Of the 10 countries most severely hit by the pandemic the German mortality rate is just 0.3% compared with 9% in Italy and 4.6% in the UK.

Experts are puzzled by this and have speculated that it may be that their figures are more accurate than other countries. However, this expert believes that it is their diet of cold beer, foot long sausages and sauerkraut that is 'protecting' them. The wurst case scenario if you implement this diet on these troubled times is that your BMI may slightly increase and you may develop an unusual walk. But this is a small risk to take.

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2020 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I don't know if it's been mentioned since it's a small expense, but beer and soda bottles/cans in USA have an added 5 cent deposit which is reimbursed when you return them for recycling. Some liquor stores have closed their return department, so your emptys pile up unless you recycle them elsewhere without pay back.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2020 - 7:35 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

The local liquor store I generally shop at changed to online only orders with either pick-up or delivery through a third party, such as door dash. I decided to place another order for beer while the selection is still good. I ordered a variety of IPAs ordered to be picked up later today. Is there such a thing as stocking up on too much beer?

Well, beer has limited shelf life compared to, say, hard licor. At some point, it will taste yeasty, even if you store it cool. But as long as you're able to drink it within a few weeks, you'll be OK. smile

Do you ever fall for the soft sell?
Now, I'm not a wine drinker.
Hate the stuff. Too sour for my tastes. Most of it tastes like vinegar to me.


I'm not really a wine drinker either, but I've found two brands I really, really like -- one for red and one for white. I've mentioned both several times in this thread -- the red is called Camp, the white is called Rosemount. Both of these are Australian. Sommeliers may not like them, as they're sweeter than usual, and low on tannins, but they're perfect for guys like me who don't normally prefer wine (plus I struggle with chronic estrophagal hernia, and sour wines will cause all kinds of reflux mayhem). Worth a shot if they sell them where you are.

I don't know if it's been mentioned since it's a small expense, but beer and soda bottles/cans in USA have an added 5 cent deposit which is reimbursed when you return them for recycling.

We call this 'pant' over here, and we've been doing since the beginning of the 1900s. Pant on bottles range between 2-4 kr (i.e. 20 to 40 cents). But there are some bottles, primarily wine bottles, that do not have pant. They'll have to be thrown in the recycle bin instead.

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2020 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

We call this 'pant' over here, and we've been doing since the beginning of the 1900s. Pant on bottles range between 2-4 kr (i.e. 20 to 40 cents). But there are some bottles, primarily wine bottles, that do not have pant. They'll have to be thrown in the recycle bin instead.

Yeah, wine and hard liquor bottles don't have a deposit here, and we've had soda bottle deposits for 100 years. The point is emptys (short for empty containers) are not being accepted although you can still buy beverages. They probably think the emptys are a breeding ground for all sorts of virus. Just a sign of the times, dunno if that's happening in your country.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2020 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yeah, wine and hard liquor bottles don't have a deposit here, and we've had soda bottle deposits for 100 years. The point is emptys (short for empty containers) are not being accepted although you can still buy beverages. They probably think the emptys are a breeding ground for all sorts of virus. Just a sign of the times, dunno if that's happening in your country.

No, we're still able to 'pant' (deposit?) here, thankfully (beers, juices, sodas, that kind of stuff). It's good for the environment.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Some may have seen the STUPID British crowds at the weekend carrying on as if nothing was wrong, altogether in one big heap at various touristy places. Must emphasize the bar in my last post was NOTHING like that. It was all done within the current guidelines. And the touristy place it's situated in itself was almost deserted.

Anyway, got myself some supplies today. Only regular stuff. Two lots of three-for-a-fiver pale ales. The Guinniess is still waiting for the right moment.

I do like wine though. Red wine really, like Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. But I'm happy to drink the Spanish fiz, Cava. Wife loves it so we have that sometimes. In fact we had it on Mother's Day with her mother. No, we weren't flouting the advice. It was glorious at lunchtime for a UK Sunday in March. So whilst wrapped up in much clothing, we sat at the other end of her big garden -MANY metres apart and did our best to celebrate.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 8:38 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Anyway, got myself some supplies today. Only regular stuff. Two lots of three-for-a-fiver pale ales. The Guinniess is still waiting for the right moment.

Wait, what? You can have SALE on alcohol? That is prohibited by law in Norway.

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Yeah, wine and hard liquor bottles don't have a deposit here, and we've had soda bottle deposits for 100 years. The point is emptys (short for empty containers) are not being accepted although you can still buy beverages. They probably think the emptys are a breeding ground for all sorts of virus. Just a sign of the times, dunno if that's happening in your country.

No, we're still able to 'pant' (deposit?) here, thankfully (beers, juices, sodas, that kind of stuff). It's good for the environment.


You're missing the point. They're halting returns specifically at liquor stores because of covid-19, not for lack of environmental concerns. They can still be recycled at garbage centers since they go into a dumpster and won't be handled, although you won't get any money back.
If it becomes the new normal, regardless of this particular virus situation, hopefully they'll stop charging the deposit.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yeah, no, I get the point. We usually 'pant' bottles in grocery stores here, not liquor stores (we don't really have liquor stores in the first place, not that kind of store, anyway). It's always confusing to talk about such matters, because each country does it in a different way.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Anyway, got myself some supplies today. Only regular stuff. Two lots of three-for-a-fiver pale ales. The Guinniess is still waiting for the right moment.

Wait, what? You can have SALE on alcohol? That is prohibited by law in Norway.


Oh yes, and it's common in pubs to see a hand pumped ale stickered up at half price or even £1 a pint if they're getting rid for some reason. Not always rubbish either. One only has to try a taster to see if it's still good.

Look, we even have a store called Bargain Booze!!

https://www.bargainbooze.co.uk/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irr3V9BZqjY The Lancashire Hotpots sing The Girl From Bargain Booze.

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Grocery stores here usually have a couple self-service machines to handle emptys, but they're closing those down because of covid19.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Oh yes, and it's common in pubs to see a hand pumped ale stickered up at half price or even £1 a pint if they're getting rid for some reason. Not always rubbish either. One only has to try a taster to see if it's still good.

Lucky bastards! Some pubs DO have 'happy hours' over here, but that's about as close as it gets. If you put beers on sale in grocery stores, you're put in jail. big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Oh yes, and it's common in pubs to see a hand pumped ale stickered up at half price or even £1 a pint if they're getting rid for some reason. Not always rubbish either. One only has to try a taster to see if it's still good.

Lucky bastards! Some pubs DO have 'happy hours' over here, but that's about as close as it gets. If you put beers on sale in grocery stores, you're put in jail. big grin


Ouch!

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Just in case this was missed by the rest of you lushes for being on another thread...

During this awful time, for the world at large, I'm drinking beer at home instead of in my natural habitat - the pub. One thing that tickled me today was the purchase of two lots of three-for-a-fiver bottled beers. One of the two was 'Inferno'. A lovely pale 'Blonde Ale' https://www.oakhamales.com/core-beers/inferno/.

Also many a Pertwee fan's favourite story from that classic Season 7, a unique season in all of Doctor Who.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inferno_(Doctor_Who)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Just in case this was missed by the rest of you lushes for being on another thread...

During this awful time, for the world at large, I'm drinking beer at home instead of in my natural habitat - the pub. One thing that tickled me today was the purchase of two lots of three-for-a-fiver bottled beers.


Stop talking about these beer sales, dammit! My head will explode!

That beer sounds delicious, btw, I've heard about it before. Vaguely. Or perhaps it's a different 'Inferno'.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Report on the news I just "watched" saying that beer is now the biggest seller in supermarkets. What did they think we used to do when the bars were open?

 
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