Whether you’re new to imported beer or a big fan, you’ll enjoy Roger’s take on this London brew.
Which beer are you picking?
Theakston Old Peculier
How does it taste?
Old Ales are all about the malt profile. This one bursts with the flavors of toffee and molasses, and is accented by notes of dates, figs and plums. It finishes with an extremely subtle lactic tartness which helps keep the sweetness in balance.
On a scale from 1-5, how would you rate it and why?
Five. This is the quintessential English Old Ale. After a long hiatus it’s finally back in the US! It’s what the style should be and is an excellent value.
Is there a particular food you’d pair it with?
A rich blue cheese like Rogue Creamery’s Crater Lake Blue.
How’d you start your career with Binny’s?
I wanted to build my knowledge of beer, wine and spirits and Binny’s was/is unsurpassed when it comes to selection and knowledgeable staff.
How has your experience been with Binny’s? What interests you the most in this industry?
Binny’s is a fun place to work. I’ve made some great friends from the people I work with and I get to share my passion for beer and spirits with customers on a daily basis. While I tend to focus on beer and spirits more than wine, I am very passionate about dessert wines. Madeira is one of the most underrated items we carry.
Hypothetical question: you’re stranded on an island and you can only drink one beer, which is it?
Duvel. This classic Belgian ale has literally defined a style. While often imitated, no one has conquered the original. It’s deceptively drinkable ale considering its strength and is truly a Belgian masterpiece.
What would you consider to be a perk of working in the industry?
Meeting the producers. Brewing is a mix of art and science and I love meeting the people who create the products I enjoy.
Any favorite producer you’ve visited?
Shorts, Founders & Greenbush.
What is the most underrated beer on the shelves of Binny’s?
Boulevard’s The Sixth Glass. Belgian Quadrupels are one of my favorite beer styles. Their complexity is hard to surpass. The Sixth Glass is a tremendous value. I think it’s the best American interpretation of the style and it’s every bit as good as many of its Belgian counterparts. Plus the story behind its name is pretty awesome. Give The Watchman of the Tower by Hans Christian Andersen a read.
Can you recommend a beer cocktail?
Dunkelweizen and cola. This combo is often referred to as a Diesel because it resembles diesel fuel. My favorite is Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel and RC.
Any special talents?
I love to cook Cajun and creole cuisine for family and friends.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
The manager of a hotel in Hawaii. It only made sense because I watched a lot of Magnum P.I.
Special thanks to Roger for picking the Binny’s New Brew this week! Which London beers do you enjoy the most? Share with us on Twitter.