Pistonhead Flat Tire Lager

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This week’s brew review looks at a Swedish dry-hopped lager called Pistonhead Flat Tire. I picked this up recently in Morrison’s supermarket along with a selection of other beers I’ve not yet tried.

Brewed by Spendrups brewery in Sweden, Flat Tire is a light bodied lager with a cloudy, gold appearance. The mouthfeel is very smooth, crisp and clean and it is moderately carbonated.

This beer is certainly pleasant to the palate. The flavour is unmistakably zesty, grassy and hoppy with notes of tropical fruits such as lemon and lime. It has an aroma to match with a strong floral/tropical whiff. The aftertaste is mildly bitter and spicy. All in all, I found this to be a great summer beer and certainly one I’d have again. I’ve not come across it yet on tap; only in cans. The brewery has a number of other beers which I’m also keen to give a go.

Pictured below next to my Aston DB5……

Flat tire lager (SMALL)

Pistonhead Flat Tire lager

Disclaimer: fintansbrewbook.com does not encourage drink-driving……

Brews in Brum!

I recently started a new job which entails regular travel to Birmingham. I must admit to having been mostly unfamiliar with Britain’s second largest city until I started coming here and to a great extent, I still am.

On a recent trip ‘up north’ however, I decided to go for a bit of a wander one evening in search of somewhere to eat and I discovered ‘The Stable’.

Situated on John Bright Street, a stone’s throw from Birmingham New Street Station, one of the city’s biggest transport hubs, The Stable has a lively, but relaxed atmosphere with tasteful decor and friendly, knowledgeable staff.

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As the front facade would suggest, the bar specialises more in cider than in beer. Nevertheless, they do sport a decent selection of beers if cider isn’t your thing; in truth it isn’t mine.

I decided to try one of the bar’s sourdough pizzas, because, as everyone knows, beer and pizza were made to go together! Each pizza on the menu has been given a quirky name such as The Blazing Saddle or The James Brindley. I tried The ‘Nduja like it? and I wasn’t disappointed…… see below!

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Nduja Like It?

 

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The Stable, Birmingham

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Veltins Pilsner

Cheers!

F

One more beer lover….

I’ve loved beer for as long as I can remember. OK, that’s obviously not entirely true. I’ve loved beer since I’ve been old enough to drink beer, or to be more precise, old enough to afford to drink good beer. I first however developed a real appreciation for good beer back at the turn of the decade, when I moved to the brewing centre of the known universe, Belgium.
Faced with a bleak economy and few job prospects and having just completed a master’s degree in International Relations, I decided to pack my bags and head for Brussels to do an unpaid internship. I didn’t speak a word of French, but luckily for me, through quirk of linguistic evolution, the French translation for beer, ‘biere‘ sounds exactly the same to the naked ear as its English counterpart. Things were looking up. Next in my quest to expand my linguistic armory was ‘Je voudrai‘, which means ‘I would like‘. An extremely useful verb, which, when coupled with ‘biere‘, conveniently enables one to express ones desire for a beer.

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Over the course of four years living in a land famed for not only beer but also chocolate, French Fries (yet another passion of mine) and some very peculiar urinating statues, my love of beer grew only deeper and more exquisite.

I now live in London and my passion for beer is as strong as ever. After many years exploring hoppy delights and posting the odd photo on Twitter or Instagram, I’ve decided to put digital pen to paper. I am not the first person to commit to the digital domain my thoughts about the wonderful world of beer and brewing and I’ll certainly not be the last. I do hope however that there is room enough in the beer blogging community for one more!

Fintan