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A Bite Out…Harringtons Bar and Cafe


Older photo as one of the letters is missing.

For those regular readers of my drivel the name Harringtons will be familiar – there hasn’t been too many of their beers I haven’t “sampled” (picture one of those upper-class toffs spitting into a vessel after swishing it around to savour the tastes and aromatics – that ain’t me!) and raved about.

But unfortunately on this occasion the food wasn’t to the same standard. Came as a shame as I had snacked there before and thought it to be better than reasonable, but today it wasn’t what I would consider decent fare. I feel bad as while it wasn’t great, it wasn’t entirely shit – the kids loved their Nuggets/Fish n Chips – the value made it half-pie-decent. Read more…


Friday Drinks…Harrington’s Saddler

I was intending to review another beer today, in fact the same that I had shoved to the side last week when Harrington’s Anvil stormed into my life. Well, Harrington’s have rudely stepped in again and shoved the other brew to the dark recesses of time, maybe never to be seen again…wooooooo…

A bird in the hand is worth a few down the gullet!

Anyways, wandering into the Belfast bottly I felt like getting me a dozen of the Anvil, however was told by my friend on the seas that it isn’t yet available in bottles, still only in draught. I didn’t feel like a pub pet, but wandered aimlessly in the cold store looking for new prey. It seems I have ‘sampled’ and reviewed most of them here. But then fate dealt its hand again. The ex-sailor offered a sample from the tap of two lagers – a 5% called Finest Lager and a 4% Saddler (watch out for DB!!). Now if my senses were awoken last week with Anvil, they were damn near shooting out of my orifices with this puppy!

Going down easier than a two-dollar whore on base, this drop has probably shot its way into the top ten beers I have ever had. And like its subtle taste, it will subtly get you pissed, so be wary; I downed 9 that night, and being of European lineage, the following morning as sweet as a sweet thing in the sweet shop.

Like any sane person, I cannot drink from cans (not like those heathens of Lion Red, Lion Brown and Double Brown), but will do if my drinking sanity relies on it. Bottles are by far better for beer, but there is a distinct chasm even between bottled beer and straight from the tap, and this beer very much typifies that, but not so bad a taste as between bottle and tin.

This beer MUST be well chilled to best appreciate, and would be at its startling performance on a hot day round the BBQ…bring on the summer I say!!

What they say; Saddler Lager 4% – Whole Malt Lager
A whole malt lager with no additives. It’s a light bodied brew with a toffee flavour that is evenly balanced with a hopped edge. Very crisp and very clean makes this lager very popular. Voted 4.33 out of 5 by its followers.

And being my last day at work (so still looking if anyone’s interested – probably shouldn’t ask in the middle of a beer review!), I will be popping in to purchase another box to celebrate my new-found freedom. Buy Red n Black!

Friday Drinks – Harrington’s Anvil

Please excuse me on this one, as we shut down the printing press to bring you this breaking story as a last-minute change to the normal schedule. And there is not much to say about it…why? I can’t bloody remember.

And that is why you must get out and buy this beer; the latest bolter from the Harrington’s stable.

My bestie was down from Hamilton (although we don’t admit that in public) and thankfully he had read my last review and took heed of the warning. So on the way home we stopped in at Harrington’s, well-known to Dazza, and he bought a dozen Rogue Hop (up until this fateful night, my favourite amber liquid from this locality). The man who served us, an ex-merchantman who I have spoken to on previous times of custom recommended we try this newbie which was on tap, not yet in bottle form. It was appropriately named Anvil, as in it felt like you had been hit between the eyes with one after drinking it!

On the Richter-Scale for beer I vaguely remember him saying 6 point something, as my senses were suddenly awash by a taste more hoppy than a Bugs Bunny omnibus, and the smile never left my face for the rest of the night. Me and Dazza unfortunately only had the foresight to buy one pub-pet of this Belfast Gold, and I can safely say that he would not mind me telling that when he caught his flight back the following evening, he still wasn’t really feeling okely-dokely.

Don’t know the price, don’t know the percentage, don’t know anything else…all I know is that this is a stunner that cannot be ignored. BUY LOCAL CHCH!! You won’t be disappointed!

Friday Drinks…South Island Draught & Heritage Draught

>Both of these draughts are from the Harringtons’ stable, the former also known and labelled as SID.

SID; at time of writing, this draught was selling at $14.50/doz, and I have to admit I wasn’t expecting much, however this is actually a very pleasant and easy to drink draught. While draughts have a bit more of a darker taste to them, this one is actually quite light to drink, although the first stubbie tends to bite somewhat. But subsequent bottles go down nicely. And as an odd twist, it accompanies sweet meals well…I happened to have an early Hot Cross Bun, and SID washing it down was very pleasant. Word from the brewer;
A commercial style draught light in mouth feel, sweet overtones accompanied with a biscuit and like flavour and lightly hopped.

Heritage Draught; at time of writing a dozen of these went for $15.50. Very much like SID, this is an easy to drink draught with a biting first bottle and then easier as each follows, however is nice to have to wash down red meats.
The Heritage Range is a series of beer brewed  traditionally, our in-house special, only available from our Christchurch bottlestores.
Heritage Draught is a smooth and clean drinking draught. Distinctive and traditionally styled.

Buy Red & Black

Have a Drink On Me…

>Normally I reserve this for my blog Friday Drinks, but in light of the CHCH earthquake, I present some liquid refreshment for those here in Canterbury.

This is two-fold; people will gather, share stories and have a drink, and the two I present here are local beers, all the more poignant as it helps a local industry and provides an escape, a moment, and a time to reflect in the best way we know how.

Last week I critiqued Harrington’s Rogue Hop, a beaut of a Pilsner I had recently has in their bar in Belfast. In popping into the bottle store next door, the Pils was $25/doz, and yet I saw the Heritage ‘series’ at less than $20/doz. I asked the guy what it was “really like”, and he said it was a nice easy brew. So I bought it, and here are my thoughts…

There are generally two types of beer lover – those who love strong malty tastes, and those who don’t. I fit more into the second group, and this lager is definitely one to fit my pallet. This is a silky smooth drop, similar to export Steinlagers, and some imported beers. If you like your Steinlagers and Heinekins, this might not be your cup of tea.

A lot of beer makers try to make themselves more sophisticated in copying wineries in advising the right drink for the right meal…I find it a load of bullocks personally; I love my food, especially strong, spicy and savoury types, and as most beers have a strong malty taste I don’t drink while I eat as it tends to immediately overpower the food taste, this lager is ideal for me as it does not do this. this will not be relevant to a lot of you, but it is also an easy beer to have with a smoke. Some beers foul the taste of cigarettes, and some make the smell of smoke even stronger (Tui is a classic example for me with my Menthols). Not this beauty…

Disclaimer – this beer may not make
you a good singer…or fashion

From Harringtons;
Heritage Lager 4% – Malt Lager
The Heritage Range is a series of beer brewed  traditionally, our in-house special, only available from our Christchurch bottle stores.
Heritage Lager is a smooth and clean drinking lager.

At $15.50 for a 12 pack (at time of print) this is a very good value for money beer, more so than our ‘big boys’ DB and Lion…and being a local brewery it is all the more important that we support Harringtons as they will have been affected by the quakes, and we must support them to continue to operate through these tough times. Where the hell are Speights? Tui? Lion and DB???? Not a skerrick out of them. Support Canterbury, buy local.

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