This approach to life is frowned upon by many, sure you might get away with the sneaky lunchtime brew on a weekend, maybe even on a Friday, but is it right to sneak in a brew in the middle of your working Wednesday?
I say yes, I say sometimes you just need a little treat mid way through your day. And this day was one of those days. There was a lot going on at work, and it was cold, very cold outside. The only remedy for this was to head to one of our favourite cafes – Stove Monkey.
Here you could get a nice Pumpkin soup (in Jord’s case), or pork belly sandwich (in my case), or whatever it was that Frewy was eating.
What I like about the Stove Monkey kids is that they have a impressive range of beers (something like 10 to 12 which is a bit weird for a café that seats maybe 15 people, at best) As it was cold it felt like a Dark Ale sort of day – Coopers Dark ale to be specific.
Packaging: The standard Coopers look – but with a brown colours, because this is a dark ale – The label design department of Coopers must be an exciting place to work.
Appearance: It’s a dark brown beer, amber at the bottom which makes some sense given this is a dark ale not a stout or a porter. It has basically no head, but plenty of tiny bubbles coursing through it. Being a Coopers there is yeast floating around in it too.
Taste: It a balanced beer, nutty and roasted flavours are in the front of the sip, not too sweet, but also not particularly hoppy. Refreshing, and a nice alternative for a winter’s day.
In conclusion: I quite liked this. Although I have to relay a story I heard from someone (with reasonably good beer tastebuds) a couple of days later when they told me they tried this brew on tap and thought it was ‘The worst beer I’ve ever had bland and tastes like water.’
Ranking: Let’s have a Schooner
6 Degrees of Norm:
- I had this beer at Stove Monkey
- And monkeys feature in a number of films.
- Like ‘Dunstan Checks In’
- Which starred (sadly) Jason Alexander
- Who was also in A Christmas Carol with Kelsey Grammer
- Who played Frasier in Cheers, who often drunk with Norm.