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http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/img_0745.jpg?w=225&h=300 (http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/img_0745.jpg)Perhaps unsurprisingly*for someone who likes to waffle – especially when carried away with a subject I’m passionate about – I find getting to the point sometimes difficult. The phrase*‘Good things come to those who wait‘ may have been cleverly co-opted by the big stout men (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_things_come_to_those_who_wait_(Guinness)) few years ago but it’s a tenet I like to live by. I generally find it to work out, too.
I can signpost lots of events in my life through TV Shows – I’m as interesting in TV writing as I am books. The little box in the corner of the room needn’t be the devil – although that entirely depends on your viewing taste, I guess. I’ve my parents and grandmother to thank for my*affectation*towards Forteana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Fort), and I’ll watch most things with a hint of the supernatural about it, or stories wrapped in darkness. First came shows like *The Twilight Zone, Eerie Indiana and*Dr Who; later The X – Files, Millennium and the daddy of them all, Twin Peaks. TV shows – good ones – offer*slow-burn and involvement on a level that film can’t. Not better, per se – but different. You have to live your lives with these people; especially if you tune in week on week as opposed to binge-watching.
True Detective is my latest obsession. If you’ve not seen it, it centres around a murder case investigated by two Louisiana state*detectives in the Nineties*that has repercussions on their lives as they grow older. Carrying more than a whiff of the*occult*and and a fist-full*of menace throughout, it’s involving stuff and a show that improves if watched at night. It’s finished now, but I can’t recommend it enough. But it’s not a show that you can dive in and out of; you have to be present… be involved.
http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/img_0819.jpg?w=225&h=300 (http://goodfoodgoodbeer.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/img_0819.jpg)The same is true of two beers I purposefully chose to enjoy whilst watching it over the last few weeks. First up, a mutant brother to an old favorite; Big Job by St Austell (http://www.staustellbrewery.co.uk/).*Taking the already *potent Proper Job and throwing in even more hops and strength, Big Job is a beast; weighing in at 7.2% abv yet remains fairly light in touch. The aroma competes with any of the US-inspired IPA’s out there, all tropical fruit and soft red fruit but with that candied-peel sweetness that Proper Job has as a little reminder of its familial roots. The finish could be a little longer, granted – it does*make an exit*quite cleanly (which isn’t particularly desirable for an IPA), but the latent strength ripples underneath it all, waiting to catch you out.
Staying in the south, Adnam’s (http://adnams.co.uk/)*Jack Brand*Innovation *(6.7%abv) was a Silver award winner in*2013′s Stockholm Beer Festival.*Pouring burnished gold, the nose transports you to the countryside ; all meadows, wildflowers and malt floor. It’s the malt bill that leads the charge*here; a thick, generous body of ginger biscuit and gentle, warming spice. Add a little marmalade to that *- and a finish that’s only fleetingly sweet before drying right out with a resinous citrus – and you’ve got a beer you don’t want to rush, lest you miss some of its charms.
Much like the best television.

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