Month: August 2011

Pubs go 3D TV!

Pubs embrace 3D TVLast year in 2010 The Publicans Morning Advertiser reported how 20 pubs under ownership of the Town and City Pub Company (owners of Yates, Slug and Lettuce and Hogshead)  were to receive Sky 3D TV packages so that pub patrons could enjoy ‘the beautiful game’ with an extra third dimension. Initial reactions were promising, punters noting how close-up shots proved how good the depth of field is with the new technology.  The only grievances from pub goers seemed to be that pubs need bigger screens to take full control of the medium, and that after 90 minutes of 3D TV your eyes could be a little sore.

3D throughout 2011 has truly begun to invade cinematography, computer-gaming and is now even affordable and available for homes, it seems to be less and less of a gimmick and possibly the new format for visual entertainment moving forward through this decade.  Earlier this year (June 2011) The Publicans Morning Advertiser  also reported an increase to some 2000 pubs offering the 3d experience.  Punch Taverns managed brands ‘Original Pub Company’ and ‘John Barras’ are among the first to embrace the new way of watching TV by installing the Cinema 3D Pub Pack from LG Electronics, reporting rises in sales during sports matches shown in 3D.

With the Barclays Premiereship 2011 season officially starting on Saturday 13th August, the iron is hot for pubs to embrace this new unparalleled technology.   Have any BITE users watched 3D TV in the local pubs? What are your thoughts on the new way of watching TV, does the third dimension add that extra spark? Or does it make it easy to spill your pint?  If you’ve any comments feel free to leave them in our comments section bel0w, or join in the conversation on our Facebook page.

In a conflict of interests though it is quite important to mention that last year in 2010 Samsung the electronics giant  released a press statement warning against the dangers of watching 3D TV whilst under the influence of alcohol, you can read the full story here on CBS News website.

You can use the Sky website to search for pubs that have Sky 3D TV. Cheers!

BITE review of the 2011 Great British Beer Festival

BITE had a great time at the 2011 Great British Beer Festival, it’s fantastic value for money and the perfect day out for any beer lover, with a lot of beer drunk, some wild boar curry, a few pork scratchings on board and a lovely smile from Mrs Kebabs (Mr Kebabs supposed wife)  – here’s our round up review of this years event organised by CAMRA.

Great British Beer Festival 2011
London was in a state of blistering humidity on Wednesday, refreshment was one thing on every persons mind.  What better way to stay refreshed than drinking some beer in the cool climate of Earls Court, a sanctuary from the heat of the day and with more than 700 real ales available under one roof BITE headed into the Great British Beer Festival, the biggest pub in the world.

2011 Great British Beer Festival - Harvey Bar
We first approached the Lister bar for some Dark Star – Hophead, a nice light pale ale with a low ABV (3.8%) to get the day started, the plan was to wander once round the outside getting a taste for our next beer of choice, but all good plans go to waste, we ended up at the Harvey bar gravitating towards the curious Chocolate Orange Stout they had on offer. Even though this was only the second beer of the day, the Abbeydale brewery Chocolate Orange Stout, with it’s dark chocolatey taste, hints of coffee and bitter orange this became the most memorable beer of the day in terms of taste, the concoction really deserved the top spot in our top “top 10 beers of the festival“.

2011 Great British Beer Festival - Jenner Bar

We found ourselves next at the Jenner bar, maybe it was the beautiful nurses pulling pints that made us stop, and here we got stuck into some Flying Elephants (Ulverston brewery) a really nice low ABV (3.7%) pale beer, with a clean, crisp taste – said to have been brewed to commemorate one of Cumbria’s great exports, Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame.  This being the third pint of the day, we certainly started to smile like Stan, “we certainly did Ollie”.

2011 Great British Beer Festival - Black Bar

At the Black bar we were going to sample some Commando Hoofing (Cotleigh brewery) but being ex-Glastonbury goers, whenever we see the word “Glastonbury” we’re always reminded of English Summers, shorts and wellies, poorly played acoustic guitars round smoky camp fires, and a certain nostalgia builds up inside us.  We opted instead to to try the Glastonbury Hedgemonkey, and it was a good choice, this bitter was strong, powerful stuff, but quite flowery aromatic at the same time, we only wish we could have tasted it at the Glastonbury festival itself.

2011 Great British Beer Festival - Bombadier Bus
After a quick stop at the Bombardier bus to drink to Rik Mayalls aggressive humorous streak we moved on through the swelling crowds to the Hastings Bar, this was ultimately where we seemed to make a faux-camp for the rest of the day, all going off and doing different things but coming back to this one meeting point.

2011 Great British Beer Festival - Hastings Bar

Being camped right beside it, it was the Hastings bar then that took most of our money as we quashed some pints of Ghost Ship, Broadside, Moonshine and Gorlovka, Adnams – Ghost Ship being the favourite another half pint each went round so we were all in agreement, but by now we’re starting to get sea legs, and thinking of weighing anchor and finding some food.

2011 Great British Beer Festival - Mr Kebabs
Mr Kebabs really earned his name, the lamb-shish was perfect, but notable culinary skills have to go to the Wild Boar Curry we tried,  where the wild boar was sourced from we neglected to ask, but we’ve got it on good authority that the boar in question was indeed ‘wild’, perhaps too much emphasis on the fact that it could have been a party animal before becoming a curry ingredient…

2011 Great British Beer Festival - Oktoberfest London

After a quick chat to Lara (yes there were lots of beautiful women at the festival) from Oktoberfest London we ended up back at our point of entry at the Lister bar for some Ramblers Ruin (Griffin Inn) we certainly felt like we’d been rambling for a while now and were in need of some refreshment, Ramblers Ruin was a dark hoppy bitter with a really nice biscuit after taste.

2011 Great British Beer Festival - Nightingale Bar
On a scorching hot day, it was time to cool things down with some Ice Maiden (Hart brewery) from the Nightingale bar, and some Moorhouses Black Cat, … ok and some Newbury Wyke White Squall. Feeling tanked up again, we wandered around the various pub games going on, a fine display of skittle skills was being shown off, as well a some archery like marksmanship on the dart board.

2011 Great British Beer Festival - Gray Bar
It was then we wound up at the Gray bar, for some halves of Oakleaf – Some Are Drinking a very clean gold pale ale.  And some Grainstore – Rutland Panther, a nice low ABV ale to finish the day off.
2011 Great British Beer Festival - Homeward bound
Edging north into the countryside on the train home, we watched the last minute of the sun creep behind the hills, reflecting on the day we all have to say, what great value for money a day out to the Great British Beer Festival really is, we met some really wonderful people and the Earls Court venue is not just accessible for any traveller, it’s got the right amount of facilities i.e. toilets to cater for such a large crowd of drinkers, service at each bar was swift we never waited more than 30 seconds to be served.  We also mentioned how hot it was today, but inside Earls Court the temperature was nice and cool, the atmosphere laid back and friendly, and we loved the English custom of; if anyone drops their glass and it breaks the whole crowd lets out a “hooray!” So here’s looking forward to the Great British Beer Festival 2012!

If you’ve any comments feel free to leave them in our comments section below, or join in the conversation on our Facebook page. Cheers!

BITEs Top 10 beers at the 2011 Great British Beer Festival

Of all the beers we sampled at the 2011 Great British Beer Festival, we drew a short list together of the top 10 we recommend, in reverse order, drum roll…

Acorn Gorlovka
10. Acorn – Golovka, (Stout) 6.0% ABV
[Purchased from the Hastings Bar]


Adnams Broadside
9. Adnams – Broadside, (Premium ale) 4.7% ABV
[Purchased from the Hastings Bar]


George Wright Pipe Dream
8. George Wright – Pipe Dream, (Bitter) 4.3% ABV
[Purchased from the Nightingale Bar]


Abbeydale Moonshine
7. Abbeydale – Moonshine, (Pale Ale) 4.3% ABV
[Purchased from the Hastings Bar]


Adnams Ghost Ship
6. Adnams – Ghost Ship, (Pale ale) 4.5% ABV
[Purchased from the Hastings Bar]


Hart of Preston Ice Maiden
5. Hart of Preston – Ice Maiden, (Bitter) 4.0% ABV
[Purchased from the Nightingale Bar]


Griffin Inn Ramblers Ruin
4. Griffin Inn – Ramblers Ruin, (Beer) 4.1% ABV
[Purchased from the Lister Bar]


We’re now getting to the top 3 beers of the festival as recommended by BITE, things are getting serious, this is thirsty work comparing these last 3, it’s going to be a close call for the top spot!

Ulverston Flying Elephants
3. Ulverston – Flying Elephants, (Pale Beer) 3.7% ABV
[Purchased from the Jenner Bar]


Glastonbury Hedgemonkey
2. Glastonbury – Hedgemonkey, (Bitter) 4.6% ABV
[Purchased from the Black Bar]


Amber Ales Chocolate Orange Stout
1. Amber Ales – Chocolate Orange Stout, (Stout) 4.0% ABV
[Purchased from the Harvey Bar]


Of course there were so many beers, stouts, bitters, ales, ciders, , wine on offer – as sensible drinkers even we could not sample everything, we apologise to any brewer who thinks their products have been overlooked. And… winner of the best t-shirt must go to this gentleman, huzzah!

Relax with an Otter

We’ll be back tomorrow with a round up of our road trip to the Great British Beer Festival 2011, if you’d like to leave a comment you can do so in our comments section below, or by joining in the conversation on our Facebook Page.

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The Great British Beer Festival 2011

The Great British Beer Festival 2011It’s only a day to go, just one more sleep until the Great British Beer Festival 2011 opens it’s doors, you can even view the live feed from the festival. BITE will be there, sampling beers, talking pubs, and trying not to wobble.

The Great British Beer Festival is the UK’s largest real-ale, cider, perry festival, organised by Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The festival is also home to the Champion Beer Of Britain award, the 2011 winner will be announced this Tuesday 2nd August. But, it’s not just about the beer, the festival is described as being the “biggest pub in the world” so expect nothing more from the atmosphere, there will be live music, pub games, plenty to eat… and of course drink.

BITE will be on a special look our for Birds Brewery – Black Widow Stout, Old Dairy Brewery – Gold Top, Redemption Brewery – Fellowship Porter.

Are any BITE users also making the pilgrimage to Earls Court for the GBBF 2011? If so, feel free to leave a comment in our comments section below, or join in the conversation on our Facebook page.

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