ʽʽHi, I’m Benjamin Nunn – critic, gourmand and author of Ben Viveur. I like to eat and drink. And cook. And write.

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I deal with real food and drink in the real world, aiming to create recipes that taste awesome, but which can be created by mere mortals without the need for tons of specialist equipment and a doctorate in food science. Likewise, I tend to review relaxed establishments that you might visit on a whim without having to sell your first-born, rather than hugely expensive restaurants and style bars in the middle of nowhere with a velvet rope barrier, a stringent dress code and a six-month waiting list!

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Tanked up? Fuck off!

So, having got through all the ales I needed at the White Horse's American beer festival last night, I decided to try the new 'Tankovna' version of Pilsner Urquell.

Now, my view on Pilsner Urquell is very simple:

Firstly, the normal keg version is just typical fizzy Eurorubbish.

But from a wooden cask - as sampled at this same pub last year- it is very nice indeed. Completely different stuff, and I considered it worth blogging about, which I'd rarely do for a single beer.

By all accounts, the 'fresh tank beer' version should be somewhere in between the two. Might it even be better than the cask version? I've heard people raving about it of late.

Well, in my view there is no contest: Tank is gimmicky rubbish.

It's absolutely nothing at all like the gorgeous cask Urquell and rather a lot like the keg version. Indeed I think I'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two... I'd almost be tempted to posit that the two giant chrome tanks in the pub were just there for show, and that this beer was plain old keg Urquell, just served in a nice glass.

The only redeeming feature is that it was a fairly cool pint on a hot day, and some of the American cask beers had been way too warm for my liking.

Seriously, I'm worried that respected beer writers are gushing about this stuff. Am I missing something? Was I really not drinking the tank version of the beer?

I drank it during Andy Murray's semi-final match. He was recieving service at two sets and 5-3 up.

Bloke behind me remarked - in that way that people often do during events like Wimbledon when they want to come across all knowledgable - that he hoped he'd get the double break.

Err... he's 5-3 up. If he double breaks, he's won the match you fucking cockspanner.

The man was also drinking Pilsner Urquell. From the tank. In a nice glass.

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