Monthly Archives: August 2012

Burgher Burger #7

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Last night was my first experience of Burgher Burger. I’ve mentioned this is a earlier post but for those of you that don’t know Burgher Burger is a guerilla dining experience where several different chefs produce a menu (including a burger, obvi) and host an evening at ‘greasy spoon’ cafes around Edinburgh, oh and the menu is matched with beer.

This is the third time we’ve tried to get tickets for the event as the tickets sell out in under a minute, the current venue only holds about 35 people so trying to get a ticket is pretty competitive! The evening was brilliant, the food perfect and the atmosphere buzzing, the beer was pretty gorgeous too (supplied by Harviestoun Brewery). Here is the menu, along with tasty, tasty photos.

Starter: Sweet corn, mussel and coriander chowder served with Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted

The starter was lovely and flavoursome, the peppery mussels and fresh coriander tasted great alongside the battered sweet corn rosti that was served on the side. It also went great with the citrusy Bitter and Twisted.

Main: Buffalo burger & mozzarella with marinated tomatoes, pesto, sweet potato chips and leaves served with Harviestoun Wild Hop IPA

Oh my gosh, this was amazing! The burger was perfectly rare, the chips were crispy and salty and the buffalo mozzarella was to die for. It doesn’t sound like the most exciting burger on paper but it definitely works, especially with the Wild Hop IPA which was fruity and fizzy!

Dessert: Edinburgh Mess served with Harviestoun Mr Sno’Balls

Plums, cream, nuts, milk – you can’t really go wrong here and served with one of my favourite dark winter beers. They did really well serving this dish as it wasn’t a huge portion and complemented the rest of the meal perfectly.

All in all my boyfriend and I had a really great evening and would definitely do it again, soon if possible! The food, service and atmosphere were all enough to make the evening a success! Thanks for a great night Burgher Burger!

I’ve got my Anorak on, have you?

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I know, I know the blog has been severely neglected over the past couple of months and my only excuse is that I’ve been extremely busy with weddings, family dos, doggy-sitting and work.

Truth be told, I’ve had a bit of writer’s block lately and as I’ve got to do so much writing in my day job sometimes I don’t have the energy to come home and write even more. I promise I’ll be better though.

To celebrate a long, healthy working week I decided to treat myself by spending some of my payday money on some nice beers I haven’t tried before. I’ve found a new beer shop down the road from my flat that has a great selection of yummy-looking beers.

I was in a hoppy mood so I picked a couple of my favourite hoppy beers and a couple I hadn’t tried before. Anorak, one of the beers I chose, promises to be a thirst quenching summer wheat beer, naturally cloudy and was exactly what I was after on that particularly stuffy and humid day.

Well what can I say about Anorak? It was everything I expected in a good way, and had a lovely full palate with a mouthful of citrus, tangerine and grassy goodness. It also had some lovely notes of wheat and yeast without feeling too heavy. The best thing about Anorak is the mix of juicy flavours combined with a gorgeous clean, crisp finish. This beer was so tasty that boyfriend even had a sip and he’s not a fan of hoppy beers at all. Anorak actually tasted slightly lager like, fizzy and refreshing.

Whilst I was supping on my tasty beer I had a little look at the label and discovered that Anorak is part of the Natural Selection Brewing project. The project has been set up by some Heriot-Watt MSc students at the International Centre of Brewing and Distilling. The project is designed for the students to produce, brand and market a beer that will ultimately be sold in and around Edinburgh. How cool is that!?

Anorak was produced at Stewarts Brewery and launched in July at the Stockbridge Tap. They also released a one off cask of ‘snozberry’ Anorak, don’t ask me what it would taste like but the Anorak guys assure us that:

This cask has been packed full of fresh snozberries which Willy Wonka has assured us will complement the refreshing characteristics of Anorak with a delicious fruity flavour and aroma, never before seen in a Scottish beer. Anorak website

The beer is made using several different hops and is dry-hopped to produce and extra hoppy beer (wow that’s a lot of hops in one sentance). You’ve got to love it, a tasty wheat beer made by beer geeks and produced in my own home, Edinburgh. Very impressed with this beer, well done guys!

Anybody else tried Anorak, what did you think? If you’ve got any recommendations for nice hoppy beers I might not have tried please let me know!