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Re: Beverages

Postby Sakkarin » Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:23 am

Non-alcoholic I'm afraid, but just posting this for the oddity of one of the beverages (when they still called them beverages!), Virol with Milk! And cheaper by the cup...

I don't know if it is a wartime menu, but if you didn't like cheese and egg, you were in trouble.

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EDIT: "Serviette 1d". Must have been wartime if you were forced to eat the tableware...

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Re: Beverages

Postby Gillthepainter » Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:53 am

What's Virol please?


There was a time I'd have the Horlicks! Now way could I drink it, now.

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Re: Beverages

Postby scullion » Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:07 pm

wasn't virol like bovril?

no, it seems it was a malt extract type of thing.

i haven't had malt extract for years - i fancy some now!

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Re: Beverages

Postby Sakkarin » Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:29 pm

The way we were administered it as a kid, by the spoonful from the bottle (colour and consistency of tar), I always considered it a medicine...

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Re: Beverages

Postby Badger's Mate » Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:23 pm

I enjoyed many a pint of Doombar when I was over there a couple of years back. Maybe it doesn´t travel well from Cornwall!


It's everywhere now. With ubiquity, there are a couple of emergent properties. It's much easier to find a duff or mediocre pint of the stuff, and let's just say, familiarity breeds contempt. :D

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Re: Beverages

Postby scullion » Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:27 pm

coors took over the sharps brewery, who produce doombar, some years ago.
it hasn't really been the same since.

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Re: Beverages

Postby PatsyMFagan » Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:40 pm

scullion wrote:wasn't virol like bovril?

no, it seems it was a malt extract type of thing.

i haven't had malt extract for years - i fancy some now!


I love malt extract, but was never fond of virol ..

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Re: Beverages

Postby karadekoolaid » Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:19 am

coors took over the sharps brewery, who produce doombar, some years ago.


If I´d known that, I´d never have touched it. Coors probably make one of the worst beers in the world.
Along with Miller´s, Budweiser, Corona, Carlsberg and Heineken!

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Re: Beverages

Postby smitch » Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:17 am

Sadly a lot of breweries are now owned by ‘big beer’ and their products are a shadow of their former selves. Here is an interesting infographic on the subject showing just how complex it is https://www.themadfermentationist.com/2019/12/tracking-brewery-purchases-crafty-beer.html
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Re: Beverages

Postby Badger's Mate » Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:20 am

That link didn't work for me, Smitch.

They still make DB at Rock, at least the cask stuff. Bottled beer production has 'gone for a Burton' to the Bass Worthington part of the organisation. The group's brands therefore also include White Shield and Aspall's.

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Re: Beverages

Postby Badger's Mate » Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:34 am

If I´d known that, I´d never have touched it.


You drank it and enjoyed it - why worry?

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Re: Beverages

Postby smitch » Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:42 am

I’ve edited to correct the link, BM.

I think ownership does matter. The big companies are buying up breweries and then changing recipes and ingredients to cut costs. It is a race to the bottom for cask, particularly with chains like Wetherspoon paying a pittance for beer. Consumers then believe cask from an independent producer should be priced at similar levels. It is a tough industry with some dodgy operators.

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Re: Beverages

Postby herbidacious » Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:45 pm

You'd have to drink an awful lot of 0.5% for it to get to the equivalent of a 'normal' bottle, and you'd have to be super thirsty to do that :) I couldn't drink more than a couple of any of these drinks. They are not that delicious, and if I were that thirsty, I'd have water!

But I suppose if you are being tested you need to have 0%.

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Re: Beverages

Postby Pepper Pig » Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:59 pm

Do people still make their own beer? It seems to me there are so many different varieties on offer at the supermarkets these days it can barely be worth the effort.

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Re: Beverages

Postby smitch » Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:03 pm

Yes, plenty of home brewers around. One of my favourite brewers started out this way and there are regular meet ups (pre COVID) for people to share and critique their brews.

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Re: Beverages

Postby patpoyntz » Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:03 pm

herbidacious wrote:You'd have to drink an awful lot of 0.5% for it to get to the equivalent of a 'normal' bottle, and you'd have to be super thirsty to do that :) I couldn't drink more than a couple of any of these drinks. They are not that delicious, and if I were that thirsty, I'd have water!

But I suppose if you are being tested you need to have 0%.


Yes, my son, quite rightly, is very careful and doesn’t drink anything with any alcohol in it at all when he is on duty, or within days of being on duty, but other times, high days and holidays, will treat himself with a 0.5 drink....he doesn’t drink anything other than that at any time.

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Re: Beverages

Postby Busybee » Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:07 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:Do people still make their own beer? It seems to me there are so many different varieties on offer at the supermarkets these days it can barely be worth the effort.


My son makes his own beer, I think it’s quite a friendly community of home brewers out there.

I have to say it’s very drinkable compared to the stuff that got home brewed in the 70/80’s. He always makes a couple of batches up if we are having a party or bbq. Him and the neighbour are having a go at cider this year, we are surrounded by apple trees and they have gone halves on an apple press.

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Re: Beverages

Postby Pepper Pig » Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:54 pm


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Re: Beverages

Postby herbidacious » Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:15 pm

This just came into my inbox. Is it worth trying iwthout the gin?

https://smittenkitchen.com/2020/08/kachumber-cooler/

2 1/2-inch slices of cucumber, plus a couple thinner slices for garnish
2 1/4-inch slices of a mild-to-medium chile, such as jalapeño)
8 fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup
1 3/4 ounces (3 1/2 tablespoons) gin

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Re: Beverages

Postby smitch » Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:08 pm

I think it would be nice with sparkling water.

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