Beer & Food on TV last night.

Saw a Beeb2 show last night - 'Full On Food', it had quite a bit on beer with food; in a pub & gourmet high-class restaurant setting (Fqalkland's Arms, Chipping Norton; Aubergine restaurant, London).
Some high points - the Greene King brewer getting really p***ed-off when the slightly bluff Irish presenter said his 'BeerToDineFor' tasted like a lager (erm, I think it's brewed with lager malt & tettnang hops, so why wouldn't it taste a bit lagery?).
Some low points - a "product test of high street ales, beers & lager" revealed that StPeter's Organic was the best; but the website seems to reveal that they only tried Lowenbrau, Kronenbourg1664 & Budvar.
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Not perfect, and a real lack of an independent, intelligent voice, but interesting & generally positive. cheers MikeMcG
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MikeMcG
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Saw the programme and noted that the chef/presenter also commented that it tasted better when it had warmed up a few degrees. I conclude from that comment that the brewer/brewery staff had been dim enough to chill the beer to the point where it was hard to taste anything specific. But then GK seem to have a talent for presenting the beers they produce in an inappropriate state - like squirting beers that are supposed to have a decent hop character through tight pinhole devices...
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Steven Pampling

Strange how there were no independent beers there. At least two are available nationally as BCB, not to mention the wide selection of beers now available as mail order!
P£oduct P£acement? Surely not?
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<freeminer
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My first comment (to the delicate flower sitting across the room) was "pardon? they start looking for decent 'real ale' and dash off to Greene King? What's up was every small brewer on holiday and not available?"
I mean, they were talking about beers that match nicely with food types and yet they didn't bother talking to the organisation that has been promoting the concept they finally woke up to or any of the brewers that have produced the classic offerings that the aforesaid organisation recommends.
The one element of (possible) reality in the programme was bringing in "Minty Marchmont" to burst a bubble or two.
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Steven Pampling
Straying slightly, I discovered from friends that there'd been an interview with North London CAMRA on TV last night, and I somehow featured. I think the footage was filmed at London Drinker in March 2001, doesn't sound like the kind of re-run that should be shown...
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Simon Cooper

My comments were referring to the "Traditional Beers" on offer, St Peters while very interesting and undoubtably having carved a niche for itself (and a brewer I respect) is a unique product.
Given that the program was aimed at [possibly] getting a few of the wine snobs out there to try beer and food, it would be wrong , and pandering to the likes of Rick "anyone who drinks beer when there is expensive wine on offer is a pleb" Stein to suggest the {GK excepted in their view} beers which will go with food are the ones which have been flavoured or altered away from being good beer.
Whether some on this NG would consider GK to be beer, well, that is another debate, and one which, as a commercial brewer myself, I will not comment on.
Anyone wondering what I have against RStein, I refer to the folowing extract from 7 July 2005 Western Morning News: "Of all the fine wines on offer, including a 1985 Chateau Latour costing about £150 a bottle, Mr Chirac astonished the company gathered at his 69th birthday celebration by opting for a German beer. "He drank German beer all night - my lovely lobster washed down with a lager," said Mr Stein."
Well, "Pescadus" restaurant (100yds away from the Stein establishment, Padstow),is cheaper, sells sea food to the same standard and hosts beer and food matching evenings, found that Warsteiner made an excellent accompanyment to Lobster, and at a much better price per glass. At Under £2 per bottle, I think that craft brewed beers can be every bit an equal, and in some cases superior match for food, I love beer and wine (and whisky, gin etc) but how can Stein say that he is behind the "Best of British" then rave about a £150 bottle of foriegn wine instead of beer?
While I would rather Chirac was drinking a good English beer (I can suggest a few if RS wants some pointers ;-) ) Stein would never have thought of doing it, and I must say that Jack C has gone up in my estimation, he wanted beer so he had beer, even if RS is so far up himself that he hasn't realised what home grown gems are produced on these shores.
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GK have been pursuing this marketing angle for some time especially for their bottled beers. I imagine the programme researcher had received a GK press release about beer with food and just phoned up their press office.
When was the last time you saw a foodie TV programme (or radio for that matter) where the production team had the slightest knowledge of, or interest in, beer? :-(
Best regards, Paul -- Paul Sherwin Consulting
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