BrewDog Punk IPA

02:00, 30,000 feet. What beer do you have? BrewDog Punk IPA or Heineken . How much is it? In Euros? Wince. Backtrack. 07:00, up, coffee. Out to the recycling centre. Two weeks worth of food waste. Tasty. Head back, past the supermarket, closed. Kerb the front right alloy. Hire…

Sullerica Fosca

Tired, the hike catching up. Too much beer in the fridge, still. The slow realisation that I can’t drink it all tonight. Maybe I can stuff a few bottles into the suitcase, maybe. Into the fridge, out comes a porter. A-ha, it’s got flor de taronger , orange blossom. A beer from…

Sullerica Bombón

The last night of the holiday, too much beer in the fridge. Still thoughts of terroir, of orange blossom and olives . Wanting more. Into the fridge, out comes a special edition sweet stout . Nowt much terroir about that. It’s fine, as far as sweet stouts go. Roasted, creamy…

Sullerica 1561

Heading up the the Barranc de Biniaraix to climb Es Cornadors . A hike through the olive terraces, through the art of nature . A hike to make the heart sing. Head down, legs pounding. Stop, take in the view. Head down, legs pounding. Stop, take in the view. Head down, legs…

Sullerica Original

Up early, coffee, out the door. Floor the hire car to Sóller, time for a hike. Up the the Barranc de Biniaraix to climb Es Cornadors . A hike to make the heart sing. Near the top, lots of alpines. Lots of little wind swept and interesting dwarf rosemary. Scratch and sniff, rub…

Galilea Red Ale

Come on everyone, get a shuffle on. Out the door, floor the hire car. Twisty turny roads, a tail back. A fallen tree, floor the car. More twisty turny roads, the wife getting nervous. Even twistier turnier roads, 270° degree bends. Slow cars, over taking cars, idiots. Twisty…

Estrella Damm

Wondering back from town to the villa. Let’s stop at that place in the little plaça that we always walk past. Cerveza artesanal por favor? All gone sorry, Estrella? Bollocks. It could be worse. It’s clean, easy drinking. I can see why people like it. It could do with a few more…

Alhambra Reserva Roja

Back into the sun after lunch. Stay out too long, skin slowly crisping. Feeling like a well done rasher. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. A meander into town for some postprandial beverages. Shall we try somewhere new…? Cerveza artesanal por favor . Estrella o Alhambra…

La Clásica de Mahou

Up, slowly. Knackered, but into the fitness gear, I’ve been slack. Coffee and water, lots of water. Out into the garden to witness some fitness. The kids still sleeping, guess we’re not going to the beach then. One appears, looking tired. Time for some sun, before the inevitable…

Gastronómica La Socarrada

Alarm. Shake the sleepy heads awake. Coffee. Pack the rucsac. Out the door, floor the hire car. Sóller, a fast walk to the train station. Ensaïmada for the family. Find an empty carriage. Palma, just waking up. Wander aimlessly in the direction of the cathedral. A short queue…

Balearis Estiu

Up, out into the garden, witness some fitness. Sweaty. Bag some lunch, some kids and head off into the heat. A beach, a rock, jump, repeat. Too many people to leave the bag unattended. I sit, slowly melting. Another beach, even busier. Still can’t leave the bags. Hunt for a…

La Sagra Blanca de Trigo

Exploding Kittens , after dinner games. After dinner drinks. A smart looking bottle, I looked twice in the supermarket, is it craft or is it crafty ? It’s not memorable whatever it is. The glass is finished. I explode, unable to defuse. The kids in bed, more Wee Free Men…

La Sagra Burro de Sancho

Dinnertime, that curry . It’s not very curry like, not enough spice. No heat. Turns out the yoghurt had sugar in it. A beer to drink with dinner? Let’s try the BrewDog wannabe. Full on old skool BrewDog branding. No shame. Another idiot donkey on the label. What is it with…

Tyris Original

Curry for dinner, shame there’s no curry paste. Half remembered Spice Tailor recipes, what’s in the fridge? Cauliflower, squash, lentils, is there anything else? The hob is so slow, I could grow a beard. Come on! Halogen crap, once you have induction, everything else is rubbish…

La Gardènia Carmen White IPA

In Lidl getting supplies, wondering how people manage to shop with this kind of nonsensical layout. Cheap Pilsner Urquell , a few go in the trolley. A different aisle, different beer, cerveza artesanal , one of each will do. Is it Mallorquin? Does it matter? Another day, a…

La Terca Negra

Back into the ice cream shop. La Terca Negra por favor . Outside the drums have awoken, dark, brooding, tribal. The Dimonis march off to elsewhere, breathing room. A dark beer for white clad demons. A touch thin, for all that treacle. At home, it would be a fire and baffies…

La Terca Rubia

The main plaça, bangers going off left, right and centre. Small ones, big ones, huge ones, nerves fraying, children crying. Into the ice cream shop, they sell local craft beer . Two bottles of the blue one with the donkey , London murky in Mallorca. One doesn’t taste right…

Sullerica Blanca

A slow start to a hot day. Port de Sóller really isn’t than nice, heat radiating from all the concrete. Fleeced on the tourist tram, was it worth it for the kids? Possibly. Cala Deià , that restaurant from The Night Manager , salty sea, scorching sun. The Cami des Ribassos…

How Not To Build A Brewery

I last brewed in August 2015 which seems like an awfully long time ago. Things didn’t quite go to plan and the element in my main boiler burnt out, welding the plug into the socket. As I ran a three vessel setup, I just switched to using my HLT as the boiler and the brew…