Thanks to Steve Lamond for giving me these bottles the last time he was in Dublin. Sometimes Steve suffers from "too much beer" syndrome. A wonderful affliction to have, especially to the donor that receives the excess.
Fake lager, well at first I thought this was a pseudo lager, a blonde ale that is very much like a lager. I was wrong though, it's a real lager and it refers to all the other fake mass produced lagers of today. Brew Dog claims to be a real Bohemian Pilsner that's brewed the way Pilsner used to be brewed. Adjunct free and full of flavour. I wonder did they do a tradition triple decoction mash then? How is this real fake lager then? It's rather excellent believe it or not. among many craft beer fans, lager means tasteless yellow fizzy stuff. It doesn't need to be though. Some of the best beers I have ever tastes were lagers. They claim it's packed full of citrus and that's no lie. It's clean and crisp with a big citrus hit up front and a bitter finish. I was pleasantly surprised to find a little peach in there too. A lovely summery lager, perfect for a day like today with temperatures in the mid 20s in Dublin and not a cloud in the sky.
In contrast, Hello My Name Is Vladimir is fakery incarnate. It's named after a make believe character named Vladimir, a rainbow hating man who wrestles bears and for whom shirts are optional. I think they based the character on Matthew McConaughey. Wait... that can't be right, he's real? He's the president of one of the most powerful countries in the world? How did that happen? And twice for that matter? Moving on, how is the beer? It's delicious, that's what it is. I have had better double IPAs in my time, even from Brewdog. I recall I hardcore you being a little more interesting. This one is your typical DIPA but typical among the better ones out there. It has a big chewy body and a massive hop aroma and flavours. There's a fair bit of orange pith and enough bitterness to keep me happy. Apparently, there are limonnik berries berries in it which are said to be an aphrodisiac. I'm not sure I noticed any effect so perhaps I need to drink more of the beer.