A few months back we took a trip to a local off license which stocks more than the usual lager and craft beer selections. We had staked out their website beforehand and knew what we wanted to get. So after splashing around £40 \ $56 on three bottles of sought after booze, we had acquired amongst other a bottle of Smoked Porter from The Alaskan Brewing Company.
Our bottle was labelled 2012 and according to the website, this beer is produced in limited vintages each year on November 1st. Just like a fine wine, this Porter can be aged in the bottle and this bottle is dated 18th September 2012. So as this piece is a live review, I am going to tell you just what its like 11 days away from its fourth birthday.
Lets start with the price. Online searches vary, but an average price of £10 - £11 per 650ml bottle seems to be the current norm. Bottled in Alaska at 6.5%, "rauchbier" as it is known in Germany, was virtually unknown in the US until Alaskan Smoked Porter was developed in 1988
"By signing up to be a Soberhero you are doing something amazing for people with cancer. All the money raised by those Going Sober this October will make sure that Macmillan can be there to help change lives, each and every day.
It will mean that we can be there right from the moment of diagnosis, through their treatment and beyond. It will mean we can be there to help give them the energy and support to take back control of their life.
So thank you for taking part in Go Sober, raising a glass (of water) and standing proudly beside people facing cancer"
Admittedly this may seem like an odd topic for an Alcohol website. In truth the title alone makes me feel a little uneasy. The problem, for want of a better word, is "Going Sober in October" is gaining more momentum every year! You see, its not just about ditching the booze for 31 days, personally I would have gone for February.. As the blurb above reads, its all about cancer. A disease that has affected almost all of us and something sadly we could be made to face personally anytime.
I think that's worth giving up the Liquor for a month, and to prove it I have signed up to the challenge. Even if I don't rise that much money as the old adage goes, its not the winning, its the taking part.
Now, obviously there are health benefits to everyone taking part, even if you do have a cheat day. Interestingly this is allowed, at a cost. £15 donation buys you a Golden Ticket, which allows you to have a day off the abstinence and a day on the drink. We do promote drinking in moderation and always boozing responsibly.
Will Power is key to this.
Check out the official website www.gosober.org.uk