The new Guinness Bright

Yup, Guinness has a new product out. It’s exclusive to the Malaysian market and called Bright.

It’s a stout with coffee, ginger, and lemongrass extracts. (Am not kidding.)

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Tried it cold, from the bottle. Definitely not a typical nor a traditional stout. In fact it’s quite fruity in the mouth, with little to no bitterness. I thought it tasted like a fruit beer or a cider, with the additives not really overpowering. Carbonation is light and pleasant.

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Al fresco drinking..

It’s an easy-drinking stout, and it can go down quick. ABV is low at 4.5%.

Guinness Bright is available in 325ml bottles and 320ml cans. However i have yet to see it out there.
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Some of the brewery folk

It will complement the existing lineup of Guinness Draught and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, and will be a permanent addition to the range of brews on offer in Malaysia.

 Curious drinkers can who are in Trec can get a complimentary sample of the new brew at The Quad. Samples are limited to one per customer, from 9pm tonight (Fri).


This ale was developed in a partnership between brewers at Heineken Malaysia Berhad and Guinness’ Brewery in Dublin, and is not available anywhere else in the world. The RRP off-trade is RM8.80 / 9.50 per can / bottle.

Next up is mixing it up with some traditional Banting toddy then! Might go well together.

Sumtin like dat...

Sumtin like dat…


Brain damage: 7/10


GAB’s Oktoberfest

A full-on party went down at Tujo (formerly known as 789) at Ascott last week, when GAB launched their Oktoberfest, season 2013. Complete with a prince.

We tried to get the prince drunk, but he wasn’t a great drinker.

We all kinda know what Oktoberfest is. It’s drinking season.

Coz Prince Ludwig got married centuries ago. He showed up at Tujo though, looking all undead. With Princess Therese. Who’s hotter than him.

The royal procession strolls in

The royal procession strolls in

The party was lotsa fun, with mug-holding challenges too. The one-litre ceramic mugs for this season look good, and weigh a kilo. So if you hold three filled with beer, that’s six kilos per hand. Tough.



Food was good, and so was the band. Tried to get them drunk too.

Lotsa Paulaner Okotberfest Bier to go round.

Paulie tried to make a move..

Paulie tried to make a move..


..but backed off when he realized he was up against Superman

..but backed off when he realized he was up against arm-wrestling Superman

There’s gonna be a series of 14 historically-themed parties nationwide. Score your own mug till Nov 3 – the first refill is free! Definitely the best mug they’ve produced so far.

Mad Sally in action

Mad Sally in action

The next party is @ Souled Out on Oct 10. That’s tonight! To know of the other parties, you can check out the FB page here.

I was gonna end with Prost!, but i think there’s been enough prosting here.



New Rogues @ Craft Brew

Several new beers from Rogue are available at Craft Brew.

One of ’em is John John Hazelnut Ale. Named after two Johns.

When i last checked out the range of Rogue beers, the Hazelnut Brown Nectar, the base for John John, was one of my faves.

This brew spends six months in barrels that were used to age rum. Tried it recently, it’s quite yummy, a lil sweetish with nutty hints. ABV is 5.6%.

The Double Choc. O yea, there's also bingo Friday nights. Cash prize

Another addition is the Double Chocolate Stout, flavoured with bittersweet chocolate. This one’s in your face, full and robust. There are sweetish, cocoa aromas. In the mouth, it’s creamy with a long bitter finish.

Morimoto Black Obi Soba sounds like some Jap lizard dish, but it’s a beer with specialty malts & hops, making it full and crisp.

Tastes better than it sounds

The McRogue Scotch Ale was also tested. This comes in a little bottle, and is malty, hearty Scotch ale.

There’re various food options that can be paired with the beers there, and the staff can give recommendations. I usually sink my face into pork ribs. Always works.

This crazy-lookin rogue is found on many bottles


Brain damage: 7.5/10



New beer, new bottles

A new beer was launched here Wednesday, Kronenbourg 1664, at The Hill. It’s a French beer with a 350-year history from Strasbourg, and is currently under the Carlsberg Group.

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France is not very well-known for its beers, but the 1664 is the top-selling premium brand there. Its reasonably popular in Europe, n i’ve had it in UK once.

Its a crisp, lager-category beer. Kinda easy on the malt and hops, making it light-tasting. ABV is normal (5%), and it won Gold Medal at the International Brewing Awards twice (2004 & 2005).


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The hop used is Strisselspalt, nicknamed “the caviar of hops”. Haha

Its being placed as a premium beer, and is available from now on-trade, at selected F&B outlets. Kronenbourg 1664 is also on tap.

Good news – now you can enjoy Kilkenny ale & Strongbow cider at home, at the beach or in the car, coz they come in bottles! However, this Kilkenny will only be available on-trade and not at supermarts. It’s being brewed & bottled locally, available since Dec 1. The RRP is $8.50 at restaurants and $15.50 at bars.

I kinda like this Irish brew, and its more than just the super-cool colour. Its smooth, light-tasting and easy to enjoy anytime of the day, and with any meal, breakfast too of course. The bottled version tastes very similar to the draught.

Looks like a root beer bottle

It was first-brewed in Ireland’s oldest brewery at the St Frances Abbey (in 1710) in the town of Kilkenny. Am assuming tourists to Kilkenny will be stabbed if they order Tetley’s.

Would luv to check out Kilkenny!

Strongbow, the world’s best-selling cider (aka fermented apple juice), was spotted last week in a supermart in bottle form, as opposed to draught. Available at Cold Storage, its abv is 5.3%, higher than the tap one (which is 4.5%), and was being retailed at about 9 bucks off-trade, and a RRP of $16 on-trade. Dont know why the bottle is only 275ml, as opposed to the normal size of 330ml.


Have yet to try the bottled one. (Then again, i got shitloads of homemade cider at home.)

Several new products in a matter of coupla weeks. Looks like the competition between Guinness Anchor Bhd and Carlsberg is going well!

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