Signs of London, streets of London, quite an experience. Even when (or because) they beat everybody. After walking dozens of miles every day I can only confirm it, it’s all fully worthy the sore toes. You know what, Chuck Taylors are NOT made for walking - their nice looking rounded toe caps do not match at all my foot shape. Ouch and more ouch. Still, it was fun to check all those peculiar old and new streets and see what they have to tell you, be they Downing Street or Scotland Yard. And if you’re looking for a sign… you’ll find a beer at the Dean Swift, not far from the Tower Bridge. Friendly they are indeed, the staff there, but not all seasoned in beers and what a “wild beer” is… so just be stubborn, repeat your funny accented request (if you’re a foreigner like me) and you’ll get it at the end: a Madness IPA from the Brits of Wild Beer. Yeap, scorching citrus hops and solid malts it is, so just grab a plate of fish’n’chips with it, you know mashed peas and all that, and your pairing will be more than great. I checked in the pairing master book of Mr Dredge and because he doesn’t say anything about this you’ll have to trust my words: they work great together. Even if the fish lacked salt.

Like I recommend a basic working knowledge of the IPA so much. I used to only recommend it for multiple languages so you can see the same “foreign” sounds that your languages have in common, but actually it’s useful right from the beginning. I’ve been working with it more as a teacher this year, and though it was only in English, I had to use it to develop a more ‘standard’ British accent and then I’ve been using it to improve my French accent by paying specific attention to my actual mouth position with sounds I used to struggle with ( /ɔ̃/ for example) and honestly this kinda “mouth position awareness” has helped so much and I wouldn’t’ve had that without the IPA tbh

emerge-to-see-the-stars asked:

Any good resources for explaining what IPA is & getting started learning it? So glad I found this blog 💜

awhhh thanks <33 

I’m still learning IPA myself, but I do have a couple resources!

- here is a full IPA chart with audio for each symbol (link

- I’ve been using this memrise course for IPA (link)

- this is a pretty good overview of basic IPA and phonetics with a handful of practice exercises (link)

- this website converts the following languages into IPA transcription: Chinese, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Russian (link

If anyone has any other resources to add, feel free to do so!

Craft Beer Market, Jimbocho, Tokyo

There are a number of Craft Beer Market locations around Tokyo, but their pub in Jimbocho is the one I prefer. You’ll always find a fun crowd there, and the large, open layout spills onto the street, giving the place an airy, night market vibe…

I dropped in the other night to find that Isekadoya, a small Japanese craft brewer, had taken over 21 of their taps as part of a special event…

I only had time for a couple pops, so went with two of their fruit beers, the Meyer Lemon Honey Ale, on the left, and the Ume Plum Ale, on the right…

I much preferred the more tart plum ale as I found the honey component of the other brew too overpowering.

I was about to ask for my check when the waitress explained that I couldn’t leave without trying a glass of their limited edition Acoustic Breeze Pale Ale, a collaboration with Scottish brewer Fyne Ales, brewed specially for the 2015 Japan Craft Rock Festival. Who am I to argue with a cute girl trying to convince me to drink more beer?

A bit hoppy for my liking, but smooth enough that I had no trouble finishing it.

Not every night at CBM is a tap takeover, and if you’re every in Tokyo, I highly recommend checking out any of their locations to indulge in some of the incredible craft brews being produced all across Japan at the moment!


2- 11-15 Kanda-Jimbocho

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051




Beavertown / Boneyard Power of the Voodoo 10% abv

This Anglo-American collaboration triple IPA from Londoners, Beavertown, and Bend, Oregon’s, Boneyard has been causing quite a stir amongst the UK’s dedicated hop heads. I gotta say, I’d have bought it irrespective of its insta-rep, the name and can artwork alone being reason enough. So where did they come up with all that craziness? Well, after a few cocktails a certain someone at Beavertown sent an email to a certain designer that went something like this… 

“So, how about basing it on we both love skulls and I love the film Labrinyth and the best song on it is Magic Dance and the best line is: “Power of the Voodoo, who do? You do!"So some crazy dude banging skulls like drums with similar bones as drum sticks off the Boneyard logo with apocalyptic shit in the background?!? Flying saucers, 50ft women, Godzilla etc? And a Death Star.”

Obvious really. But is it as good as it’s supposed to be? Hell yeah! Sweet, super juicy, intensely concentrated mandarin and mango flavours flood my mouth on the first sip. And the second. Give it some attention and a riot of other delicious squidgy things join the party, lemon, passionfruit, guava, and lychee all get a good look in, with light floral notes peeking out from behind the colossal fruit burst. The touch of bitterness that develops is just about capable of countering the gummy bear-like sweetness, the finish is long and bone dry, the brew bright and fresh throughout. Gotta say, this exceeded my rather high expectations. Absolutely phenomenal stuff, and apparently if you rub it all over y’r self it even provides limited protection from the Bog of Eternal Stench. Awesome!


Lupulin Shift

On April 18th, 1975 Fritz Maytag released the first batch of Liberty Ale. It was revolutionary for it’s time – pale, hoppy, and intense. It was arguably the country’s first India Pale Ale – and it’s an argument you can watch unfold over on Anchor’s blog. Liberty Ale features Cascade hops both in the kettle and the fermenter as a dry hop. Liberty is well balanced. You can taste a healthy toasted malt backbone, notes of marmalade from the yeast, and a nice piney bitterness. But at only 47 IBUs, Liberty looks tame, if not downright docile, by today’s beer standards.

Enter Anchor IPA. First brewed in 2014, Anchor is more what you’d expect in a modern IPA – sticky hops, more alcohol, less balance. It’s six and a half percent alcohol with 65 IBUs. If Liberty Ale was once intense, Anchor IPA would have been nigh undrinkable. It’s slightly darker, a bit denser and sweeter, and much more dank. You can’t taste the yeast or malt as individual players, just an assault of flavor.

Which is better? Last night I would definitely say Liberty Ale. But I was in the mood for something a little lighter with more malt and a crisper finish. Anchor IPA felt too sticky, too heavy. Heavy beer has it’s place, too. In the fall, a beer with more body can help cut through the clouds. But in the summer it just feels icky.

Tangier (Southern Tier)

Brewery : Southern Tier
Beer : Tangier
Style : Session IPA / IPA
Variance : Brewed with Tangerine Peels

8.5 / 10

Frank Sinatra couldn’t have written a song for a more amazing fruit then Tangerine. Apparently Southern Tier also couldn’t help but use this delicious fruit in one of the best way possibles… beer! This is an interesting take on an IPA and Southern Tier once again hit it out of the park with this one. This brew starts with a sweet tangerine flavor quickly followed by a punishing hop piney bitterness that mixes with the sweetness to give a super refreshing aftertaste. I love that this beer has some sediment floating in it because honestly it makes me feel fancy as fuck like I’m sipping Goldschlager or something. This is one of the better IPAs currently out there and I’d recommend this beer to any hop heads or newbies to the style due to it’s great flavor and creativity. An overall really solid brew so get off your ass, pick up a 6, and enjoy!

Written by: Steve B.


Like an Onion, Layers

I always thought Simcoe hops were sort of onenote – dank, sure, but mostly piney. But, in the new Hopworks IPX anyway, Simcoe can be a lot of things. Floral, earthy, full of zesty citrus, and actually full of layered pine flavor. One moment it’s bitter and sticky; the next it’s light and woody. One moment: douglas fir; the next: cedar. This beer is quite complex for a single hop IPA.