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By becksie

Here are 10 ways Becksie’s drinking world has changed since June 2nd 2010:

1. Grindsmith is alas no more, it remains but a very short and treacly memory.  I’m sure we’ll see them back in some shape or form; the coffee was too good for a return not to happen.

2.  There’s a new kid in town, namely, North Tea Power on Tib Street, serving loose tea, espresso tea, green tea latte, tea pigs . . .  tea in every essence you can imagine and the coffee selection is expansive too.  On my first visit I was a little shocked when I ordered Americano only to find it was Tea Americano, so do say if you want coffee.  I had to laugh with my dad, who I took there recently, as he was terribly confused by the bits floating in the percolator.  He thought his tea had been infested with flies, we have both learnt from our mistakes.

3.  The world of supermarket beer is evermore expanding with Morrisons now stocking 3 Brewdogs.  I grabbed a few 5am Saints and Trashy Blondes from the local one in Cheadle last week, £1.59 a bottle.  They also stock Punk IPA, but Tesco and Sainsburys are better for this at £1.37 each.

4.  Tesco have their own Double American style IPA brewed by Brewdog, it clocks up 9.2% and is a denser style than their own Hardcore, but it’s good and when I managed to grab them they were on 3 for £4, so excellent value.  Tesco are also doing a ginger beer that’s really good for this time of year, brewed by the William Brothers it’s got a fiery ginger kick, not like with Crabbies, its full hearted wintry and only 3.8%.  Sainsburys have also got an impeccably good ginger beer, though the front cover designs a bit naff. It’s brewed with the Freeminer’s brewery and it is lovely, bizarrely warming when chilled with a slice of lemon.

5.  My favourite beer for this time of year has to be Dark Star Espresso beer, combining my 2 adorations beer and coffee, it’s the perfect combination.  I picked up a bottle from the newly expanded microbar in the Arndale, their beer selection is really good and keeps growing.  I also picked up 312, goose islands urban take on a wheat beer, and looked longingly at Brewdogs AB04.

6.  Weatherspoons Real Ale festival is running till 14th Nov, and they’ve done a really good job.  You can get three 1/3 glasses for £1.69 and the selection is impressive.  Last week in our local Didsbury branch, we had the Brewdog Edge, woo hoo such a plumy mild 3.2%, a biscuity White Horse Sniveller’s Corner 4.7%, and American Rye Humour beer 4.5%.  Look at the revolving selection they have on here:

7.  I’ve discovered a new coconut water, I think it’s called cocofino, £1.49 from Holland and Barrett. I’ve been getting 2 as its buy one get one half price at the moment.  It’s really nice and comes in a can: toasted coconut you are what my taste buds like.

8.  I dropped off the bus the other week in Rushholme and with a chill in the air I wondered what on earth to drink.  I bobbed into an over enthused sweet delight emporium, although the board sent me dizzy and the array of sick colouring made my hangover swell, I ended up walking out a happy bunny with a tea massala with soy milk in.  Lovely and spicy, but in a soothing way, I went on my merry way to moomin land. (I actually did. I love discovering new drinks.)

9.  Mulled wine season is upon us, and by God does this make me happy.  I stretch it out more than anyone I know, from now until February.  As I’m going to Berlin in December it will be my on call drink to warm up my hands and my cheeks.

10. Coffee Frescato – had a bad experience in Costa recently and so wrote a dedicated email of complaint, demonstrating my dismay at being given a Frescato of watery consistency with globs of powder and no friggin coffee beans.  If you’ve ever had one you’ll know the new recipe requires grinding the beans, and then you get a little nibble as well as a drink.  They are a slight nuisance when they get in your teeth, as you can’t shift them, but yummy they are.  Anyway they responded and gave me a £10 voucher for their coffee.  As I’d be crazy to go down the ice route at this time of year, though I had one last Saturday, I’m now resigned to sticking with the newish flat white, drink of the season for the time being.


Back to Blog and how the world has changed

Last post Nov 8th 2009, Ten Americanos later.  Here are 10 ways Becksie’s world have changed since then :

  1. I have discovered the Contact theatre’s amazingly thick coffee that actually makes me shake and grindsmith for coffee brewed in a siphon, which is awesomely refreshing
  2. I live in Northenden
  3. I haven’t been to any more gigs at the cathedral since Grizzly Bear, but I have seen the Tim and Sam band and The Antlers at St Phillips church.  I am going to St Trinity tonight for Ben Frost, so the culture for church gigging is expanding
  4. Future Everything happened, needless to say I was the only one with a nokia 3210
  5. Still reading Raymond Carver, his book of shorts Elephant, I am on to Elephant now
  6. I am back on Facebook, I missed out on parties and being nosey
  7. I’ve discovered a new Crabbies, namely Franks ginger beer ashamedly made by kopperberg
  8. I sold the Victorian breast pump and acquired 317 issues of Punch magazine
  9. The world now has a Maximillion, a Herbert and an Elliot in it
  10. Coconut water was £1.29 Aug 1st 2009, now it’s up to £1.79, thanks Madonna!  bizarrely Grace coconut water with pulp and sugar in is down to 27p in Tesco Baguley

gnomes, unicorns, vampires and see through japanese dresses

Had an interesting evening with the writers of Didsbury and marginally further afield, I don’t like the fact that I go bright pink when I read, no matter how much positive self talk I try to give myself, I even got sweaty arm pits.

  • A little advice from the methodist church, Plan ahead, it wasn’t raining when Noah built the arch


I am confused about national blog month that takes place every month so I am writing my daily blog on the confusion I am feeling

I thought I was a member of the blogroll on nablomopo, but then I realised that I mustn’t be as I hadn’t emailed this

This annoyed me because I had to write it out as I couldn’t edit the paste version

 this took me 4 and a half minutes

I am confused about some things to do with blogging and some things that aren’t

What are html badges?I keep envisaging denim jackets

I am glad I don’t live in another country, all the queries I have come across to do with time zones has made me want to return to commodore 64 days

I am watching Lost and Found a short DVD from Kingbee records, the old age pensioners in Shanghai apparently are in the park intoxicated with either liquor or happiness

oh sorry just happiness

This is a nice short Red Lantern House

Red Lantern lady is going to think of the camera woman everyday in return for a DVD player


Saturday mornings sipping ginger tea

I love three gingers tea by Pukka, it is a god send with warming turmeric and takes the night before out of your mouth.

I’m not hungover this morning, but sipping my tea made me think about good old rescues if you feel hungover or just a little sick.

Top 5 cures for feeling nauseous

1. Frappucino, Frescatos, Freezers, Ice blended coffee – whatever they’re called they do the trick, so long as you are not suffering from too much caffeine, in that case stick to banana based ones for sure.

2. Coconut water –  if your flush Holland and Barratt £1.29 for the pure, if your not Tesco for coconut with pulp and sugar 42p a can, I sometimes get this from Adele’s worldwide foods too.

 3. Chicken – it helps, I convinced myself that eating chicken liver would increase my ability to process alcohol, this did not.

4. Yeasayer – my saving grace on the way back from ATP

5. A shower – no matter how much effort it seems, freshness is good.

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