‘Hello! How are you?’ These are that questions you should say to every beer you drink.
If it doesn’t answer you back (in a manner of speaking), you’re not having Brew Dog.
Luckily, the six beers I tasted at BrewDog’s new bar in Camden were full of words. They wouldn’t shut up, to be honest. Considering, I’m not the biggest beer drinker, this was a good thing. However, I still brought along the boyfriend (nicknamed DQ for the purposes of this blog) to give his expert one-line, beer-loving opinion along with my totally amateur one.
Me: This is the first beer I tasted, and it actually wasn’t part of the event, meaning that I had a half pint of an 18.5% beer that that tasted like a chocolate-covered cherry. Trust me, that gets a 5’3” girl tipsy in about 3 sips.
DQ: A beer that tastes port. Yes.
- Punk IPA
Me: A bit strong, sort of citrusy. If you don’t like beer a whole lot, I would skip it
DQ: Nice, tastes a bit weird, but I like it (Editor’s note: we were back at Brew Dog two nights later, and he had two pints, so I think ‘like it’ is a bit of an understatement)
- 5am Saint
Me: Almost like a bitter honeycomb. We’ve been told it’s been boiled for 90 minutes and hops are added after fermentation, sort of like brewing tea.
DQ: I like this. Full of flavour.
- Scotch Ale
Me: It’s dark like the Tokyo, and I’m immediately disappointed that it’s not.
DQ: It’s like coffee and beer had a love child (Editor’s note: can you tell we were a bit far gone by this point?)
- Hard Core IPA
Me: Yes, hardcore. Way too hardcore for me.
DQ: Very hoppy, slightly acidic, overall pleasant
Me: I can’t really taste anything at this point.
DQ: Smells like a farmyard, but in a good way. It’s a combination of hay and manure, but tastes like coffee and honey
Beer isn’t the only thing at Brew Dog, though – and that’s where I come in. There is a very small menu devised by Masterchef winner Tim Anderson, which features a rolling menu of burgers, pizza and cheese plates.
During the tasting, we tried the Santa Ana pizza – a hot little tamale of corn, onions, chilli, spicy salami and crème fresh. If you’re sensitive to spice, it’s not for you. I loved it, though.
Later on and still hungry, we bought the Milwaukee burger (£6.95), and absolutely perfect blend of pork, sauerkraut and a sauce I can’t quite remember, that is surely a contender for best burger in London. It was amazing.
Actually, the whole place was so amazing that DQ and I found ourselves back there two nights later. I’ll be honest, I’m not the hugest fan of Camden, but Brew Dog is enough to sway me. I’ll be back in a heartbeat.