The Anonymous Widower

The Lucky Seven

Why the Lucky Seven?

Because i’m drinking them! Does that make us the Lucky Eight?

The seven were the last on display in Marks and Spencer on Finsbury Pavement.

The City is a good hunting ground for this excellent beer!

April 16, 2019 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

Over Four Units Of Beer

This picture shows nineteen bottles of Marks and Spencer’s Southwold Pale Ale, which is only 0.5% alcohol.

But it is brewed by Adnams in Suffolk.

I have been drinking adnams beer for over fifty years.

It should be said that you’d need to drink sixteen bottles to get to the four unit of alcohol limit for males.

I couldn’t manage eight litres of water.

I shall keep raiding Marks and Spencer in Finsbury Pavement to make sure I have enough for Christmas.

November 24, 2018 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts On Alcoholism

In the last month or so, I’ve done something that I’ve never done before in my life.

I’ve drunk perhaps half a bottle of beer when I’ve got up. Admittedly, I’d left the bottle half finished by my computer.

It was good.

In the 1960s, I could drink a lot of beer. I just seemed to need it.

About that time, I decided I needed to drink large amounts of fluids and swapped to tea and Coke.

My doctor understands my needs for fluids and the practice nurse has the same problem. The nurse puts it down to leaky skin, which he has.

I actually love walking in the rain, so that might help explain it. We all live by the laws of physics.

My father warned me off alcohol in a practical way, by giving me halves of Adnams down at Felixstowe Conservative Club, whilst we played snooker, when I was about fourteen.

My father drank a lot of fluids, but I never saw him drunk and most doctors would say he was a sensible drinker. Like me, he also drank a lot of tea!

He had a reason to control his drinking! His father had died from complications of being an alcoholic at 40, when my father was about twenty.

My grandfather had lived just around the corner from where I live now and my father had once told me, he had drunk large amounts of beer and had moved on to whisky.

Around 1900, there was very little to drink except beer, so did my grandfather’s need for fluids mean that he turned to what was available?

Now I like a good beer and know of its properties to slake a thirst when you’re dry. I’ve worked in foundries in the 1960s and beer was always available.

So is there a type of person, who needs a lot of fluids and if beer is available they turn to it. In some cases does this lead to alcoholism.

As to myself, I must have gluten-free beer and because I’m on Warfarin, I must keep my alcohol consumption down.

So I now drink a gluten-free beer, that is just 0.25 of a unit and tastes like real beer from Marks and Spencer.

But then it is real beer, as it is brewed in Southwold by Adnams.

My life has come full circle.

 

 

March 18, 2018 Posted by | Food, World | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Sainsbury’s Now Sell Celias!

I took this picture in the Angel branch of Sainsbury’s.

I only buy the odd bottle these days, as the Adnams Southwold Pale Ale 0.5%, which is available in Marks and Spencer is more to my taste.

 

February 8, 2018 Posted by | Food, Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Chilled Marks and Spencer’s 0.5% Southwold Pale Ale

I took this picture of Marks and Spencer’s 0.5% Southwold Pale Ale in the fridge of their store on Finsbury Pavement in the City of London.

Not that it needed to be cooled today, as it was real bass monkey weather.

December 9, 2017 Posted by | Food | , , , | Leave a comment

Two Units Of Adnams Beer

This picture shows eight bottles of Marks and Spencer’s 0.5% Southwold Pale Ale, which is brewed by Adnams.

Astonishingly, there are just 2 units of alcohol, which cost just £12.80 in total.

But even more astonishingly, the beer has a good taste for a low-alcohol beer.

November 27, 2017 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

The Finest Low-Alcohol Gluten-Free Beer In The World

In some ways this is an open letter to Archie Norman and Jonathan Adnams, who are respectively chairman of Marks and Spencer and Adnams Brewery.

Adnams brew Southwold Pale Ale 0.5% for Marks and Spencer.

I have three medical conditions.

  • I am coeliac, which means I must avoid gluten.
  • I’ve had a stroke and am on Warfarin, which means I can’t drink too much alcohol.
  • I have a need to drink lots of fluids and I find beer is best.

So I need a low-alcohol and gluten-free beer, that has all the thirst-quenching properties of beer.

I should say that my grandfather had the same need to drink a lot and he eventually turned into a serious alcoholic and died at the age of just forty.

I am now seventy and started drinking halves of Adnams at fourteen in Felixstowe Conservative Club, whilst playing snooker with my father.  Since a stroke seven years ago, I’ve probably never drunk more than ten units of alcohol in a week.

The Southwold Pale Ale 0.5% satisfies my need for a low-alcohol beer and it has a quality taste, that I very much like.

When I was diagnosed  as a coeliac twenty years ago, one of the problems was finding a decent gluten-free beer. So I had a discussion with a brewer at Adnams and he said that their beers could be gluten-free.

But I never tried one!

However, after testing a few bottles of Southwold Pale Ale 0.5% , I was convinced that the beer was low enough in gluten not to have any ill-effects on my body.

But then surely, a low-alcohol beer must be made with less barley to create the low-alcohol level!

I think Southwold Pale Ale 0.5% is a superb beer.

Don’t just take my word for it!

In the reviews on the Marks and Spencer web site, these are some of the titles.

  • Favourite Low Alcohol Option
  • Best Low Alc Beer I’ve Tried Yet
  • Excellent Low Alcohol Pale Ale

Two other reviewers complain about the availability of the product.

Research shows that as many as one-in-fifty of the population of the UK could be coeliac.

Conclusion

Improving the availability of this product could be good for all concerned.

 

Then

November 19, 2017 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

A Low-Alcohol Beer With Flavour

I was buying my usual gluten-free IPA in Marks and Spencer in Islington, when I saw this beer next to it.

This beer is just 0.25 units for a half litre bottle.

It also has flavour, as it is brewed by Adnams.

But the amazing thing was I had no adverse to the beer despite being coeliac, although I’ve never claimed to be a serious one.

August 24, 2017 Posted by | Food | , , , | 1 Comment

You Don’t Say No to Suffolk

I don’t drink much spirit, but I do like the odd glass of whisky. So I was pleased that the new Adnams whisky is now available.

I first read about the availability of the whisky in this article in The Times. The article tells how it is illegal for spirit and beer to be made on the same site, due to a law dating from the 1700s.

What Adnams did is outlined in this paragraph from the article.

Although the law had never been repealed, Mr Adnams tested its validity by submitting an application to HM Revenue & Customs. “We got a reply in only three months saying yes,” he said.

No-one in his right mind, ever says no to an obviously sensible suggestion from supposedly sleepy Suffolk.

I’m looking forward to getting a bottle!

It may be a novelty to most of the world, but when I started drinking Adnams bitter, they only had thirteen pubs and supplied a few clubs in the local area.

The Scots will not be quaking in their boots yet, but then Watneys thought they could crush this then tiny brewery from Southwold, by buying many of East Anglian’s breweries, including all in Norfolk. Red doors are still associated with bad beer and service all over East Anglia.

December 22, 2013 Posted by | Food, World | , , , , | 1 Comment

Aspall Cyder in Greene King Pubs

My local pubs, which are Greene King, have now started serving Aspall Cyder on draught.  I’m not sure whether this is Greene King policy, but I suspect that as Aspall is a Suffolk brand and we tend to be parochial, you can’t sell Strongbow against a proper local cyder.  So I suspect that Greene King have had to allow their landlords to stock a rival product, as Aspall is distributed by Adnams.

If you haven’t tried it yet, draught Aspall Cyder has made me forget all about trying to find any decent gluten-free beer.

November 14, 2009 Posted by | Food, Health | , , , | Leave a comment