Star Bright: Big Hop Delivery

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Once in a while a bright star of a beer flashes over my desk and lands in a tulip glass ready for tasting. Such a beer is Life Sentence IIIPA Southern Hemisphere, 10 percent abv, brewed in collaboration with the Great Lakes Brewery and the Amsterdam Brewery, both of Toronto.

 It has a purported 100+ IBUs from a hand selected 150 kilogram bale of Pacifica hops grown in Nelson, New Zealand, specifically bale # 47-4214.

 

This wondrous beer pours a soft veiled amber colour, while releasing intoxicating aromas of fresh green hops and alcohol on the nose. On the palate, juicy malt is relieved of its quantum load of hop bearing inner goodness as the mouth happily succumbs to a defining hop bitterness.

 

Still, while the hops are big and brassy and very much in charge, unrelenting in nature even, this wonderful and playful ale has enough malt backbone to keep it all in check. It’s a revelation in big beer delivery without killing the happy recipient’s joy of beer drinking!

Budapest: Breathtaking Beauty

Budapest, Hungary, is a stunning city under the light of day or the sparkling lights cast from its regal buildings at night and reflected on the River Danube, which slides through the two halves of Buda and Pest. (Part 1)

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Buda looking toward Pest

It is a very walk-able city with plenty of sights and sites to view along the way, be they churches or cafes on a square with sprawling pavement seating. (Part 1)

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Hungarian Parliament at night

The food, especially the duck and fish, is splendidly prepared and presented. But finding a quality beer here can be a bit of a challenge but with research and determination it can be done. (Part 2)

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When the beer offerings were at a low ebb, I switched to Hungarian red wine, which was plentiful and of good quality, hitting the right notes of fruit forward with a nice peppery finish. (Part 2)

Broadway, Worcestershire, England: Golden Gem

I’ve been to the beautiful village of Broadway many times. Here are a few images that suggest why I like to return so much!

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Looking up the curve of the High Street as evening settles on the village.

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The Old Stables on the High Street is resplendent in its golden stone.

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An inviting courtyard off the High Street begs the question of what might lie beyond?

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St. Michael and All Angels Church, circa 1840, the other side of which lies my favourite pub, The Crown and Trumpet.

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Impressive buds of garlic showcased at the Broadway Deli. Fine meats and vegetables are found here. Tea and coffee, breakfast and light lunches are also served.