So I am more than happy to see the back of January. Work has been tough, the weather has been lousy, and everything has felt damp and depressive! One of the few little rays of sunshine however has been the discovery of this tasty tipple, so I thought I’d bring it to your attention too. It’s a beer brewed in Alloa, and it’s pink, thanks to the addition of Tayberries. If you don’t know what they are, well they’re a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry, and were originally grown in the Tay valley around Dundee. I wanted to try something different when I was out last week as I’d had my fill of the usual suspects, and so the barman suggested I try this, and I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, it helps that it is pink, and that it’s made with a distinctive local berry, however it actually tastes quite nice too. It’s made by a micro-brewery and it’s not likely to appear on the shelves of big supermarket chains however their website gives you details of where you can buy it from so check it out here. I bought mine from Aitkens, which is the independent wine specialist to head to in this area, particularly if want to try something different.
On the bright side, tomorrow is the start of a new month and the days are definitely getting longer. I’m beginning to think about travels, and putting plans into action. 2013 is going to be the year of exploring the UK (unless the weather is truly awful and then I’ll be scraping together the pennies for a short, exotic break in autumn).
Top of the agenda are areas that I really don’t know such as Norfolk and Kent but we’ll see where else I can fit in. If anybody has tips of where to go in these areas, particulary vintage and craft related, then let me know.
In the meantime, and more immediately, I plan on spending the first night of February catching up with a good friend over Indian food, beers (pink of course) and a decent bottle of wine! What have got planned?