It’s the first day of November; the days are now getting shorter, Go Sober has officially ended, Christmas decorations are now on the shelves in supermarkets and it’s the fifth edition of The Midweek Drink.
Before I start, I would like to congratulate those who participated in Go Sober. It is truly a great achievement for oneself to have the willpower to not drink a drop of alcohol for one whole month for a fantastic cause. To those who are choosing to carry on across November and beyond - keep going! Your doing your body and mind a great favour.
On this week’s The Midweek Drink, I shall be introducing a dry hopped lager that would have any mechanic jumping up for joy, and down, and up, and down, and up if they ever heard or saw the name.
So rev up those engines - or do a quick MOT to check that your vehicle is in fine tune - for Pistonhead Flat Tire 0.5%.
Now normally I do a “A Brief History Of…” section explaining the history behind the chosen beverage, but this time it will be very, very, brief as, unfortunately, there is not much information out there to go by with.
The brewery that produces Pistonhead Flat Tire, Brutal Brewing, was first established in Sweden, 2011. The brewery itself though is controlled and operated by employees on a “free time” basis who work for another brewery called Spendrups.
That was your history lesson, folks! I did warn you that it would be very brief.
Three senses and a beverage
The Swedish lager comes in a 330ml can with an alcohol content of 0.5% and contains three ingredients: Water, Barley Malt and Hops (This drink contains Gluten). The artwork on the can gives it that biker/rocker look to it (A flaming skull with an ace of spade on the forehead sitting inside a tyre).
The lager has a cloudy light-gold colour, thick white head which dissipates quickly and a constant flow of carbonation.
When you drink the lager it does feel like you are drinking a lager (minus the alcohol content) but, without a doubt, you will notice the sweet tropical fruit and citrus flavours. There is a malty texture and the aftertaste has a crisp, bitter taste that is very minimal. Bursting with a fruity and hoppy aroma, there is certainly a pinch of floral there too.
A 330ml can may sound small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for its rockin’ taste, aroma and artwork, as well.