Downtime: 9-Day Weekend

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Sep 23rd, 2012
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GTG Downtime-Extra!
9-Day Weekend
The WDT European Tour 2012
living the dream
A Special Supplement from The Grey Town Gazette, Sunday 23rd September

Dutch Beer Pump

T minus zero

It’s that time!

The time for practice is’s time to pack your kit and start the European Tour 2012!

This year participants from six countries will be visiting Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium

As usual, to wet the appetite, we’ve prepared a special taster issue of GTG Downtime which we hope will provide inspiration and motivation to all the team!


WDT London Summer Beer Weekend 2012

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Aug 23rd, 2012
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Downtime Event Preview
World Drinking Tour London Summer Beer Weekend 2012
A Right Proper Warm-up
A 4-day wet-run for the WDT European Tour 2012: London Aug 23-26th 2012

Living The Dream

London Aug 23-26:

Only 30 days to go.. 30 days until the event of the year: the European Tour 2012 (Munich-Dusseldorf-Amsterdam-Brussels) and anybody taking part in that arduous mission knows it’s vital to be in peek form. That means dedication. Commitment. Above all, training!

So we decided it would be prudent to hold a warm up event. A practice run (but definitely not a dry run – Ed) to get our minds and bodies into condition for the main event.

And where better than London, with it’s new tradition of sporting success, efficient transportation (taxis), and dozens of world-class training facilities (bars)?


WDT London Spring Beer Weekend 2012

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Mar 7th, 2012
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Featured Beer for WDT London Spring Beer Weekend 2012
A Special Supplement from The Greytown Gazette
Kernel Brewery India Pale Ale (Columbus)
A Baseball Bat of Hops
This weekend, the World Drinking Tour is teaming up with The Grey Town Gazette for a London pub crawl/economic stimulus program.  Enjoy this taster note for one of the weekend’s featured beverages, which was originally published in the GTG.  Be sure click the “More” button for more from the GTG!

Man's Best Friend

Vital Statistics:

Creator: The Kernel Brewery, Bermondsey
Style: Strong IPA with Columbus Hops
Strength: 7.1% ABV
AI Value:* Initial results question the speed of light but final confirmation awaits peer review
Killer App: Strips the grease off fish and chips in 30 seconds flat
Medicinal Qualities: A no-nonsense Matron who slaps you in the face and tells you to stop being a sissy
Tasting notes: A shot of malty vanilla followed by a baseball bat of hops
Grey Scale Rating:** Platinum
Wt Relativity Index*** 9.1


Tripel + Dubbel = Trubbel

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Dec 29th, 2011
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Featured Beverage
A great drink to enjoy with friends
Tripel + Dubbel = Trubbel
Pimp my Dubbel : playing with perfection isn’t always wrong!

Article originally published in GTG Nov 2011

Applied Maths

Vital Statistics:

Creator: Cafe Trappisten Westmalle
Style: Whatever you want it to be
Strength: 7.5-8% ABV depending on mix
AI Value:* 8
Killer App: Causes spontaneous texting in tongues
Medicinal Qualities: Cures introversion
Tasting notes: 2 + 3 = 10
Grey Scale Rating:** Platinum
Wt Relativity Index*** 9.9


Brew Basics

Pimp my Dubbel: a beguiling mix of Westmalle Tripel and Dubbel, nominally in 50:50 proportions


As far as we know this ‘cocktail beer’ was created at the Cafe Trappisten Westmalle, the ‘official’ bar of the Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle, just across the road from the entrance to the Abbey itself (more…)

Lowlander Grand Cafe (a.k.a.’Lowlifer’)

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Sep 1st, 2011
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Watering Hole
Bar of the Month

Lowlander Grand Cafe (a.k.a.’Lowlifer’)

Special Report by Grey Town Downtime Reviews Editor Round A.Bout.
Originally published in the Grey Town Gazette April 2011 Edition. Reprinted with permission.

Comfort Zone

The only bar to evict us for not drinking enough

Conveniently located on this side of the channel, Lowlander offers a Belgian-Dutch drinking experience to London-based beer lovers. And by virtue of it’s Covent Garden address it offers the added bonus of being a perfect sanctuary for beer connoisseurs wishing to escape from a tedious musical, play or shopping expedition

The Beers

Lowlander’s well stocked cellar includes all the stalwart Belgian bottled beers – Westmalle, Duvel, Rochefort etc – and numerous draft brews which this reviewer confesses to rarely trying, but it’s also noteworthy for importing some more interesting lines from less well know brewers, such as ‘Hopus’ by Brasserie Lefebvre and the products of the Netherlander Texelse Bierbrouwerij. Be sure to check out their ‘Beers from the Cellar’ and ‘Hidden Treasures’ lists for other interesting things to try

Thankfully, Lowlander differs from actual Belgian and Dutch bars in one important respect: it serves a wide range of excellent meals and snacks

Lowlander is clearly run by people who know and love their beers and this extends to the helpful staff, all of whom are friendly and attentive, in particular the very knowledgeable Danish waitress from Preston


WDT 2011 Countdown #6 & 7

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Aug 27th, 2011
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Beam me up Scotty!

This is a reprint of a special daily supplement from the Greytown Gazette.

Seven Days: Seven Beers: Seven Reasons to Live

Beverages of the Day – Balkan 176 Vodka & Tequila/Spicy Tomato Combo


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