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What I’ve been drinking this week…










Once again I ask myself “What have I been drinking this week?”.

Monday saw me venture into Bradford for “Mama Beers” a Italian food and beer matching event put on by The Sparrow [1] and neighboring restaurant Mama Mia’s [2].

The evening unfolded with a waistband expanding seven courses and accompanying beers. My pick of the bunch were Birra Del Borgo ReAle Extra [3] and Brewfist / Prairie Spaghetti Western [4] (aged in Grappa barrels). I have fond memories of ReAle Extra from drinking halves at Open Baladin in Rome. A near on perfect IPA with lots of juicy orange and punchy grapefruit. The Grappa aged Spaghetti Western is a imperial stout with coffee, chocolate and made with pasta water. It’s a truly immense beer displaying all the flavours that it promised and worked beautifully with the Tiramisu.


Last night I paid a visit to my new local beer bar, Cap & Collar [5] in Shipley (full review coming soon) and enjoyed a cracking half of Brass Castle Bad Kitty [6]. I recently appeared on the Beer O Clock Show Podcast [7]and this was the beer we were drinking. The bottles we drank were not the freshest but nonetheless were very nice but this cask offering was full of lovely sweet and silky vanilla, a real joy.