I’m working late, so I treated myself to this small plate:
- Parmesan (Italian)
- Manchego (Spanish)
- Saint Agur (French)
- Wensleydale with cranberries (English)
- Parma ham (Italian)
- Chorizo (Spanish)
And of course the wine: Rioja, from Spain.
I love good beer. Really love it. Ales mostly — nearly all the Fuller’s beers, Brains, Ruddles, almost any IPA, and lots of local brews including our own Gold Miner, by the Freeminer brewery in Cinderford — which I have just, as I am writing this article, discovered is 2.4 miles away from my house.
I’m pretty serious about beer: I am not exaggerating when I say that I have more than once had a religious experience mediated through beer: it makes me profoundly thankful to live in this world.