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October, 2009 Archives

Some friends and I have started a new Homebrew club in Rochester, the HoRs. We met on Tuesday and one of our members was kind enough to bring a bottle of Rock Art Brewery's Vermonster. You know, the beer that Monster Energy Drinks tried to get banned? It's a very tasty beer. this is the aftermath of our meeting. Empty growlers, water for rinsing and the Vermonster.

Some friends and I have started a new Homebrew club in Rochester, the Homebrewers of Rochester (HoRs). We met on Tuesday and one of our members was kind enough to bring a bottle of Rock Art Brewery's Vermonster. You know it as the beer that Monster Energy Drinks tried to get banned. A very tasty beer indeed. This is the aftermath of our meeting. Empty growlers, water for rinsing and the Vermonster.

Brains beer lineup at Terra Nova in Cardiff Bay, Wales. These are some of the best beers out there in my opinion. I especially love the Brains Dark.

Brains beer lineup at Terra Nova in Cardiff Bay, Wales. These are some of the best beers out there in my opinion. I especially love the Brains Dark.

The White Horse on Parsons Green in London. What a beautiful bar, look at all that woodwork! Great draft and bottle selection as well. Highly recommend a stop here if you are in London.

The White Horse on Parsons Green in London. What a beautiful bar, look at all that woodwork! Great draft and bottle selection as well. Highly recommend a stop here if you are in London.

Glass of Tripel Karmeliet enjoyed by my blogging partner Rob at The Dovetail in London. Lovely beer, lovely glass. More from my UK trip to come.

Glass of Tripel Karmeliet (which was voted the World's Best Ale at the World Beer Awards in 2008) enjoyed by my blogging partner Rob at The Dovetail in London. Lovely beer, lovely glass. More from my UK trip to come.

This small pub in the Bavarian-themed town of Helen in northern Georgia had a huge selection of steins and a pretty good beer selection.

This small pub in the Bavarian-themed town of Helen in northern Georgia had a huge selection of steins and a pretty good beer selection.

Earl's Court, the location of the Great British Beer Festival. This year was the first time that I had visited and I tried my hardest to work through their 450 real ales.

Earl's Court in London, the location of the Great British Beer Festival. This year was the first time that I had visited and I tried my hardest to work through their 450 real ales.

A giant banner at the Fuller's stand at the 2009 Great British Beer Festival. Some of my favourite beers are brewed by Fuller's (e.g. 1845, Golden Pride, Vintage).

A giant banner at the Fuller's stand at the 2009 Great British Beer Festival. Some of my favourite beers are brewed by Fuller's (e.g. 1845, Golden Pride, Vintage).

Bottles of Lambic beer at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Bottles of Lambic beer at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

I spent a pretty penny at this expensive bar at Atlanta Airport whilst waiting for a flight to London.

I spent a pretty penny at this expensive bar at Atlanta Airport whilst waiting for a flight to London.

The Old Doctor Butler's Head is a traditional English pub in the heart of the City of London. Originally established in 1610 the present building dates from after the Great Fire of 1666. Dr Butler was a specialist in nervous disorders whose 'miracle cures' included holding consultation on London Bridge during which the unfortunate client would be dropped through a trapdoor into the torrent below. For epilepsy he would fire a brace of pistols near his unsuspecting patient, to scare the epilepsy from them, or in cases of the plague, plunge the poor soul into cold water. So highly was he thus considered, despite his lack of qualifications that he was appointed court physician to King James 1. He also developed a medicinal ale for gastric ailments, which was available only from taverns which displayed Dr. Butler's head on their signs, this led to his acquiring a number of ale houses. Of these, the Old Dr. Butler's Head is the last remaining.

The Old Doctor Butler's Head is a traditional English pub in the heart of the City of London. Originally established in 1610 the present building dates from after the Great Fire of 1666. Dr Butler was a specialist in nervous disorders whose 'miracle cures' included holding consultation on London Bridge during which the unfortunate client would be dropped through a trapdoor into the torrent below. For epilepsy he would fire a brace of pistols near his unsuspecting patient, to scare the epilepsy from them, or in cases of the plague, plunge the poor soul into cold water. So highly was he thus considered, despite his lack of qualifications that he was appointed court physician to King James 1. He also developed a medicinal ale for gastric ailments, which was available only from taverns which displayed Dr. Butler's head on their signs, this led to his acquiring a number of ale houses. Of these, the Old Dr. Butler's Head is the last remaining.