In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

Sweet taste for pudding

In The Drink - Wines

SPECIAL feasts feature multi-course menus when the wines change to match each one, including the dessert. ‘Pudding’ wines are sweet and generally fortified with added brandy to raise the alcoholic level above 14 per cent abv. The rule of thumb is the wine should be sweeter than the food it is served with. It is costly to make and pricey ...

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Time to get a Proper Job

In The Drink - All At Sea

If you are sailing back from Brittany, where I hope you will have tasted Ar-Men bottle-conditioned ale (All at Sea June) you may perhaps make landfall at Falmouth or Fowey for Falmouth Week 7-14 August. If you do, many local Cornish ales, which are also bottle-conditioned specialities, await you, seemingly indicating a revival of the genre over here. Plus real ...

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Cornish ales and Wight cocktails for Cowes

In The drink -- All At Sea

Cornish ales are great and gaining a following outside the county, led by Sharp’s Doom Bar. At Cowes Week Doom Bar will be strutting its promotional stuff in popular yachtie pubs. T-shirts and a competition to win a ride in the Doom Bar hot-air balloon will be among the attractions. But, of course, the main attraction is the beer itself. ...

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To Brittany to enjoy a real beer

In The Drink - All At Sea

‘BRETAGNE’, the home for French sailors, has many close links to our ‘Grande Bretagne’s’ west coast from Devon and Cornwall to the Hebrides – culturally, with a similar sea-oriented lifestyle, through language and harvesting the fruits of the sea. And it is famous for doing clever things with apples, like Calvados, and amazing ciders, like St Malo’s Cidre Fermier ‘Brut’, ...

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Drinks that set up the summer

In The Drink - All At Sea

Get ready to cast your clouts this month and start thinking of summer wines. Crisp whites, tasty rosés and why not a bit of fizz for the same price as still wines? New this year to the UK from South Australia is Tim Adams Pinot Gris, setting a bit of a top-shelf standard at £10.40 (Tesco). The winery was established ...

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Locally caught fish and Devonbrewed Otter ale

In The Drink - All At Sea

The historic Torbay town of Brixham is still one of England’s busiest fishing ports and a popular stopping-off place on West Country cruises. The marina is on the site of the old Uphams shipyard where many trawlers and ocean-going yachts and a replica of the Mayflower were built, and requisitioned by the Admiralty in World War II. Now the marina ...

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Raise another pint to Nelson

In The Drink - All At Sea

We last featured the Nelson Brewery at historic dockyard Chatham back in May ’05 for the excellent celebratory England Expects beer it brewed for the Battle of Trafalgar 200th anniversary. I am pleased to report that the brewery is still going strong. England Expects was an excellent bottle-conditioned ale but now most of its core products are draught beers. This ...

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A toast of toffee to the end of an era

In The Drink - All At Sea

Toffoc is the name of a new toffee-flavoured vodka from a small family enterprise in Anglesey, Wales. It is a version of the toffee-flavoured vodkas you may have come across skiing in the Alps and, as far as I could see, the only new thing in drink at this year’s Boat Show. Sweet and, at 27.5 abv a ‘liqueur’, not ...

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Dark ales to warm up dark winter days

In The Drink - All At Sea

One nice compensation for winter is the attraction of the dark beers to be found in our better pubs. There are always a few seasonally promoted ‘winter warmers’ from major brewers and the ever-inventive small independents, and excellent they are, too. But a beer for winter does not have to be so named. Some of the best are year-round darker ...

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Thought in a bottle

In The Drink - All At Sea

A bottle is a always a useful present, but make it different, something that requires a bit of sourcing effort, and it becomes more than just the bottle that counts. On our cruises we often come across enjoyable local drinks, never seen in shops at home because their production volumes are too low for serious exporting. However, you may just ...

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