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Madness launch Gladness

Another celebrity beer hits the pubs. But this one is actually tasty!!! I met some of the boys from Madness tonight in London. The band name says it all: the boys are nuts. And they launched their new beer, ‘Gladness’ with the kind of madcap humour you’d expect. The Q&A session hosted by Pete Brown started the evening off like a scene out of a Laurel & Hardy movie. The beer is brewed by Growler Brewery in Essex. Gladness is 4.2%, brewed like an ale but with Tettnang & Saaz hops which are traditionally the fave hops of lager producers. I got a subtle blueberry aroma and flavour in the beer, it was also beautifully sweet and ludicrously drinkable. Available now in bottle and cask in all Nicholson’s pubs FROM FRIDAY 14th JUNE. Though it’s at The Walrus & Carpenter at Monument NOW! Check out my video from the night, including Suggs whose voice was dampened by the noisy pub! (I might add subtitles next week!)

Krušovice Beer Launch [VIDEO]

I had a big surprise tonight: I got a invite to the UK launch of two beers from a Czech brewery called Krušovice (pron: Croo-sho-veetcha). By the time I reached the lovely Draft House Tower Bridge Tasting Rooms I was soggy and boiling hot from the muggy weather outside, so gasping for a drink. I was handed a golden glass of 5.0% ABV Imperial lager, cold and dripping with tantalising condensation. And after one sip, I couldn’t stop. And though another beer – the 3.8% ABV dark lager – was also being launched (the beers are available in Scotland already) Imperial won the afternoon for me and made a big impression.

Pilsner Urquell Brewery celebrates 170th birthday

You should know Pilsner Urquell and I have history! So it was a thrill to see the team again after 7 months. And what better way than when they hosted a party to close the European Beer Bloggers conference in Leeds and celebrate the 170th since Josef Groll brewed the first batch of PU back in 1842. Brewed on October 5th, tapped on 11th November.

So the Brand Team treated us all to dinner and the most wonderful unpasteurised, unfiltered PU flown in that day from their brewery in Pilsen, and our host was the head brewer himself Vaclav! Mouth-watering pics alert: onion soup, salmon, and beef goulash are on their way!