DrThad's Beer Universe Profile

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  • Favorite Beers:
  • Favorite Beer Type:
    Bitter
  • Favorite Beer:
    Generally, whatever is in my glass at that time!
  • Ratings Submitted:
    20
  • Reviews Contributed:
    14
  • Added:
    17 Beers, 5 Bars, 3 Breweries
  • Beers Owed:
    1
  • Beers Owed to Others:
    does not owe any beers.
  • Group Name:
    British Beer Lovers
Recent Beer Universe Reviews
  • Feb 1, 2010

    Turf Tavern
    3.6
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Selection
    • Trendiness
    • 5/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 2/5
    The best place for ale in Oxford! Hidden away down a small alley, this pub is the hardest to find in town but the rewards are great when you do! Serving a great variety of real ale and my favorite, Old Rosie Scrumpy, they have something for everyone. Line up at one of the two bars but if you are at the round bar and more than 5'11'', watch your head.

    The food here is better-than-average pub grub and Sunday Roast is worth a trip.

    Inside, the Turf is pretty small but it is surrounded by three beer gardens that are (mostly) covered and are heated during the winter. In the back, the coal braziers are great for roasting marshmellows.

    Also, for the history buffs, this place is full of it! It is where a former POTUS did NOT inhale and were a former Australian PM set a World Record for drinking a yard of ale.

    Search this place out and you will not be disappointed!
  • Feb 1, 2010

    Eagle & Child
    3.1
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Selection
    • Trendiness
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3/5
    • 2/5
    If you want one of the most traditional Oxford pubs around, then visit the Bird and Baby! Having been the drinking place of some of the English language's greatest writers, the world's greatest minds, and thousands of drunk students, everyone can find a place for themselves.

    The beers are always well-tended with three or four real ales on tap, including at least one locally-brewed pint.

    They do serve decent food, nothing special.

    Finally, if you are just in tourist mode, they do have a plaque to commemorate the Inklings. It is in the 'main' room near the fireplace.
  • Feb 1, 2010

    Rustico
    3.8
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Selection
    • Trendiness
    • 3/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    Located slightly north of Old Town Alexandria (but not quite in Del Ray), this is trendy beer bar and restaurant has a good selection on tap with something for everyone. The beers that I have had were good, they clearly know how to handle and care for their beer.

    Have not eaten here, but the food was recommended by a friend.
  • Jan 31, 2010

    Delirium Noël
    3.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3/5
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3.5/5
    My beer was poured from an 11.2oz speckled bottle into a tulip-shaped glass.

    A: This is a great looking beer in the glass - a great amber color with just a hint of red. Unfortunately, that is where this beer is the most impressive for me.

    S: It has a big nose - very yeasty and full of honeyed dried fruits.

    T: Robust, with no discernible hops. Fruit (think, raisins and apples) and yeast are the big players. Good carbonation - lots of little bubbles. Hit of alcohol to let you know that this beer will keep you warm.

    Overall, this is a wonderful beer but when it is compared to its Delirium stablemates, it fails to shine.
  • Jan 30, 2010

    Heineken
    3.6
    • Tour
    • Range of Sel
    • Quality
    • Availability
    • 4/5
    • 2/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 5/5
    As mentioned, this is not a tour of the current Heineken brewery because it has been moved to the outskirts of Amsterdam into a huge "beer factory" but this is a nice tour of the original brewery. It tells the history of the brand and of its changing character. Included with the tour is two drinks - one during the tour and one at the end - but the range is very limited (basically, you can have regular Heineken or regular Heineken)! Also, there are a lot of cool interactive displays throughout the tour ... including the one that me and my wife used to send back official news of our engagement.

    If you are in Amsterdam and are looking for something to do besides the Red Light District, I would suggest dropping by here ... at least to pick up some unique Heineken swag.
  • Jan 29, 2010

    Cantillon
    3.8
    • Tour
    • Range of Sel
    • Quality
    • Availability
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
    • 5/5
    • 1/5
    Cantillon is a brewer of some of the world's best lambic - the spontaneously fermented beer that is probably the oldest type of beer. This centrally-located (not far from the Eurostar terminal) Brussels brewery will never disappoint. From their one-of-a-kind tour to their brewing days, they offer a true glimpse into the history of brewing and how that tradition is kept alive today. Tastings are included with the price of the tour, and you can purchase the beer on the premises (at a very good price, too).

    This is definitely an unmissable stop for any beer drinking visiting Brussels.