Fire and Passion by Northern Monk (Patrons Proect)

Saturday, 28 January 2017
Fire and Passion by Northern Monk (Patrons Proect)
Saturday, 28 January 2017

Beer Name: Patrons Project 1.03 - Fire and Passion

Brewer: Northern Monk Brew Co., Leeds, UK

Date Sampled:  28th January 2017

ABV: 7.4%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

The Northern Monk Patrons Project was set up by the brewery to encourage creative collaborations in the north of England.

This 1.03 Fire and Passion is one of three Coffee Porters created with photographer Tom Joy and North Star Coffee Roasters. The marketing information describes this brew as using Cerro de Jesus coffee as well as chocolate and orange juice.

It's worth noting that I'm drinking this can only two days before the best before date printed on the bottom, although my experience of porters and stouts is that these dates can be considered as a guide only.

Fire and Passion has a thick consistency which with a heavy pour produces a small caramel coloured head with no real lacing. It is very dark, almost black in colour, and doesn't let a lot of light through.

The nose is predominantly coffee but some delicate floral and citrus hints also come through.

Although the coffee does follow through from the nose, the citrus orange notes really come to the fore. That, along with the rich chocolate and a luxurious consistency that coats your tongue, reminds you off scoffing a chocolate orange.

It's actually got far more complex flavours than some of the coffee porters I've tried and I could imagine this one being a little divisive. However I think it all works very well together and it's another Northern Monk beer that I'd definitely drink again.
 


 

DIPA V11 by Cloudwater

Friday, 27 January 2017
DIPA V11 by Cloudwater
Friday, 27 January 2017

Beer Name: DIPA V11

Brewer: Cloudwater Brew Co., Manchester, England

Date Sampled:  27th January 2017

ABV: 9%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

I don't think amongst the UK craft beer scene there are many beers with the reputation of Cloudwater's double IPA, or DIPA as it is known. Cloudwater's first DIPA, or V1, was released on 7th November 2015 to commemorate a year in their brewery. The response to this hoppy masterpiece was overwhelming, with drinkers calling for more, so V2 to was created to celebrate their first full year of brewing. Again the beer was generally accepted to be truly special and before anyone knew what hit them, regular versions were flying out of the Cloudwater Brewery in Manchester.

One of the few DIPA's from this side of the Atlantic that is said to compare well with the East Coast American juice bombs, Cloudwater are onto V11 of what they now intend to be a monthly release.

This is only the second Cloudwater DIPA that I have tried, having previously sampled (and been very impressed) with V4 after finding a bottle in the Meat and Barrel in Southsea. I hadn't initially intended to order a bottle of V11 this time around, but after seeing the glowing reviews on instagram last night I was having serious DIPA envy. So you can imagine how excited I was when I popped into the Leopold Tavern today and saw six precious bottles sat in the fridge. I only grabbed one bottle (I didn't dare ask for two) but suffice to say I don't think they'll be there long!

So how good is it?

Well it's bloody brilliant!

In the glass is does look like an orange juice, with a thick opaque yellow haze that glows if you look at with a light behind it. It has a very small white head that hangs around nicely with subtle lacing.

The nose is an absolute fruit fest, with pineapple, mango and orange all dominating along with a slight citrus pithiness.

The extra oats that have been added to V11 gives this DIPA a beautifully smooth and satisfying mouth feel.

All the fruits follow through into the taste, along with some resinous pine which helps to remind you that this is a beer you're drinking, not a juice. It's chock full of hops and you can almost feel the saliva being sucked out of you taste buds at the back of your tongue, giving it a lovely lip smacking quality. Then there's just a hint of booze on the finish, as if to warn you that this beer that just screams to be drunk is actually 9% ABV.

As I've mentioned on previous blogs, it can be easy to covet the hoppy double IPAs that the breweries of East Coast USA are turning out, but this can't be at the risk of overlooking what the UK has to offer. I've drunk some amazing double IPAs in the past six months, especially Northern Monk's Double Heathen and Southsea Brewing's Heavy Artillery. Without a side by side tasting of those two alongside DIPA V11 I can't tell you which is best.

But what I can tell you is that Cloudwater's DIPA V11 is an outstanding beer, one of the best I've ever tasted and I'm really glad that I got the chance to try it.




Keller Pils by Lost and Grounded

Thursday, 26 January 2017
Keller Pils by Lost and Grounded
Thursday, 26 January 2017

Beer Name: Keller Pills

Brewer: Lost and Grounded Brewers, Bristol, England

Date Sampled:  26th January 2017

ABV: 4.8%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

For an area of the country renowned for it's excellent cider, the south west is fast becoming a hot bed for innovative beer brewing. If you look at a map of Breweries in and around the Bristol and Somerset area you'll find Moor Beer Company, Wild Beer and Bristol Beer Factory... and those are just the ones of the top of my head.

One of the latest to join the rural explosion is Lost and Grounded, who scommenced brewing in Bristol in July 2016. Founder and head brewer Alex Troncosco started his brewing career in Australia, followed by a stint at Camden Town Brewery in London before beginning his dream project in the west country. His blog posts are a fascinating insight in to his inspirations and passions, which are reflected in the Lost and Grounded's focus on German and Belgian brewing style.

To learn more about the brewery take a look at the below video from The Craft Beer Channel;



The first beer that I'm trying from Lost and Grounded is Keller Pils, a bottle that I recently had delivered from Hoptimism.

It certainly looks like a good pilsner, with a lovely, almost completely clear amber colour. It has a small white head but this doesn't hang around long.

The nose is enticing, with grassy hops dominating.

I chilled it for an hour prior to drinking, which along with the smooth carbonation, meant it had a lovely refreshing mouth feel.

It tastes great; the fresh cut grass hoppiness coming through with a lovely crisp bitter finish.

They may not be the most fashionable style of beer in the 'craft' world, but I can definitely appreciate a good pilsner. Crisp by the American Sixpoint Brewery is a great example. For me the biggest difference between the new breed of lagers when compared to the 'traditional' offerings loved up and down the UK is not that they offer some new complexity of flavours. Rather that they rely on top quality ingredients and brewing to produce something enjoyable and very natural tasting.

Lost and Grounded have done just that; Keller Pils demonstrates how good a pilsner can be. It's crisp, refreshing and is a great reminder that there is still life in lagers yet.






Kick-Start by Vibrant Forest

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Kick-Start by Vibrant Forest
Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Beer Name: Kick-Start

 Brewer: Vibrant Forest Brewery, Lymington, Hampshire, England

Date Sampled:  25th January 2017

ABV: 5.7%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

When you consider that I've called myself South Coast Barbell and Beers and that I'm based in Hampshire, I'm actually a little embarrassed that this is the first Vibrant Forest brew that I've reviewed.

Based in Lymington on the edge of the New Forest, they are a micro brewery that have already gained quite a reputation nationwide and beyond. Kick-Start is an oat and coffee stout from their core range and this bottle was part of my recent delivery from Hoptimism.

Kick-Start pours a very dark brown in the glass and with it's almost mill pond stillness it looks like a strong Americano.

There is clear coffee in the nose, along with a hint of liquorice.

The taste is dominated by coffee, in a very good way. The initial hit is espresso strong before drifting into the bitter dark mocha finish, with the liquorice still there in the background holding it all together.

Unlike some coffee stouts I've had in the last six months there's no big boozy finish, so with the help of the smooth but unctuous body, the coffee flavour is able to remain for some time.

Kick-Start isn't as jam packed with mind blowing flavours or even as 'in your face' as some darker beers on the market right now, but it is a great example of a very good coffee stout, is incredibly easy drinking and definitely one I can see myself having again.





Caramel Fudge Stout by Brouwerij Kees

Monday, 23 January 2017
Caramel Fudge Stout by Brouwerij Kees
Monday, 23 January 2017

Beer Name: Caramel Fudge Stout

Brewer: Brouwerij Kees, Middelburg, Netherlands

Date Sampled:  23rd January 2017

ABV: 11.5%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

So it looks like tonight I'll be having pudding before my main course. I've had this bottle of stout in my stash for just over a month now, for no other reason than I had lots of other beers that I needed to drink.

Formerly the master brewer at Emelisse in Antwerp, Kees Buberman started Brouwerij Kees in 2014 and creates what he now thinks are the finest beers in the Netherlands.

This Caramel Fudge Stout is one that I've seen a few times online so when I saw it in Bitter Virtue last month, and knowing how much I love a good stout, I snapped it up.

It doesn't pour as thick as I'd expect from an imperial stout of 11.5% and the pale brown head does not hang around long. But the rich dark brown is very enticing.

The nose is stunning, with vanilla, cocoa and caramel all present. Then despite the lack of body on pouring, the first sip coats your tongue with a creamy viscosity.

The taste is as good as the nose, with the caramel having a cinder toffee depth to it, which works wonderfully with the smooth natural vanilla and bitter cocoa, before a strong boozy finish.

I haven't tasted enough Dutch beer to say whether Kees has delivered on his claims to be the main man in the Netherlands, but this Caramel Fudge Stout is very good. If it's indicative of his brewing, then he may just be right.



7th Church of the Apocalyptic Lawnmower by Weird Beard/A&H

Sunday, 22 January 2017
7th Church of the Apocalyptic Lawnmower by Weird Beard/A&H
Sunday, 22 January 2017


Beer Name: 7th Church of the Apocalyptic Lawnmower

Brewer: Weird Beard Brew Co. and Anspach & Hobday, both London, England

Date Sampled:  22nd January 2017

ABV: 6.5%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

I'll be honest, I wasn't even sure what sort of beer I was buying when I picked this off the shelf, I just got swayed by the name! That and the fact that everything I'd had by Weird Beard so far had been very good.

7th Church (as I'll call it for the rest of this review) was brewed in collaboration by Weird Beard and Anspach & Hopbday, after the latter's brewery was out of action for a short period. Weird Beard have done a great job of explaining the creative process, describing this as a tweaked version of A&H's cream ale. I loved the name when I first read it, but when I read that Braindead, Peter Jackson's early low budget horror film, was part inspiration I liked it even more. The final name itself is borrowed from a track by Lawnmower Deth, a band who apparently do very loud shouty music.

Anyway, on to the beer!

Even though it's labelled as a dark cream ale, I guess I was expecting a rich brown colour. What I got was something almost black with a small pale head which offers very little lacing.

The nose was a surprise, with resinous pine being the obvious aroma, with hints of dark toffee.

In the mouth it was more heavily carbonated than it appeared, but after chilling lightly as directed it felt lovely.

On tasting the resinous pine came through, with the hints of dark toffee having more of a caramel feel to them as the flavour developed. There was almost a slight smokiness that I guess comes from the toasted malts (here my beer knowledge may be lacking!) but no overpowering bitterness to the finish.

7th Church reminded me a lot of some of the black IPAs that I've tried this year, with it's smooth mouth feel and hoppy characteristics. It's a lot more refreshing than I expected and it's a great bit of collaborative and inventive brewing.




Xocoveza by Stone

Saturday, 21 January 2017
Xocoveza by Stone
Saturday, 21 January 2017

Beer Name: Xocoveza

Brewer: Stone Brewing, Berlin, Germany

Date Sampled:  21st January 2017

ABV: 8.1%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

It may be very cold outside but it definitely still feels like I'm drinking this beer around four weeks too late. Xocoverza, brewed by Stone in their European facility in Berlin, is advertised as a winter mocha stout 'for the holidays & into the new year.' This can was picked up online from Hoptimism in Loughborough.

It pours almost jet black with a creamy brown, almost latte coloured head. The aroma suggests caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and a hint of chilli.

In the mouth it isn't as luxurious as I'd hope for in a 8.1% stout, but it has a medium body and light carbonation, which gives it a smooth feel.

Xocoveza is packed full of flavour; the cinnamon and nutmeg follow through from the nose but are very well balanced, along with coffee and dark cocoa. There is then a clear warmth from the chilli before a satisfying boozy end.

Stone have done a great job cramming so many festive flavours into one beer whilst creating something very smooth and easy drinking. This is a cracking winter stout and I'll make sure I have a can or two of this for sipping under the Christmas tree later this year.





Oneida by Modern Times

Friday, 20 January 2017
Oneida by Modern Times
Friday, 20 January 2017

Beer Name: Oneida

Brewer: Modern Times Beer, San Diego, California, USA

Date Sampled:  20th January 2017

ABV: 5.8%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

This is only my second experience of a Modern Times beer and once again it's a great bit of brewing. Described on the can as a hoppy sessionable pale ale, Oneida weighs in at 5.8% ABV and comes in Modern Times' usual 1 pint cans.

It looks beautiful in the glass, with a slightly hazy, light golden colour and a crisp white head.

The nose has a hint of lemon but resinous pine is the stronger aroma.

It has a decent amount of carbonation and a light body so when chilled, as this can was, it has a mouth feel that screams drink me.

It tastes brilliant; the citrus and pine follow through before a snappy but refreshing bitter finish. It reminded me a little of Sixpoint's Resin double IPA, although nowhere near as beefy.

Oneida is a great session ale which manages to taste lighter than it's 5.8 ABV would suggest whilst still packing in plenty of flavour.






Millionaire by Wild Beer

Thursday, 12 January 2017
Millionaire by Wild Beer
Thursday, 12 January 2017

Beer Name: Millionaire

Brewer: The Wild Beer Co, Somerset, England

Date Sampled:  12th November 2017

ABV: 4.7%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

Just a short snappy review tonight as I'm very sleepy and just want to lounge on the sofa and enjoy this awesome beer.

I've reviewed a number of offerings from Somerset based Wild Beer and have been very impressed so far.

Millionaire is described by Wild Beer as a Salted Caramel and Chocolate Milk Stout. At only 4.7% its a far cry from some of the beefy imperial stouts and porters I've enjoyed this winter, but with the snowy weather sweeping across the UK it still felt like the right kind of beer for this evening.

It pours a deep brown, almost black, with a small butterscotch coloured head that fades quickly.

Millionaire has a wonderful nose, with hints of the salted caramel mixed in with vanilla giving it the aroma of a decadent dessert, a feeling which is only enhanced by the silky smooth mouth feel.

On tasting it does start sweet, with the caramel following through strongly from the nose. Then cacao bitterness cuts through before a noticeable but very pleasant sprinkle of salt on the finish.

Having drunk so many imperial stouts and porters recently, with ABVs in the 9 to 11% region, I was almost half expecting a boozy hit at the end. But it didn't come. Now how that makes me feel probably depends on how I'm drinking it. With this being the only beer I'll drink on this cold wintry night I sort of missed that unashamedly boozy hit that something like Ten Fidy leaves you with. But what Wild Beer have created here is a hugely tasty stout that would probably be very sessionable. I think it's great and I'm a little sad I haven't got another bottle to crack open right now.




Ice Cream Series: Texas Pecan by Buxton & Omnipollo

Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Ice Cream Series: Texas Pecan by Buxton & Omnipollo
Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Beer Name: Original Texas Pecan Ice Cream

Brewer: Buxton Brewery, Derbyshire, UK in collaboration with Omnipollo, Stockholm, Sweden

Date Sampled:  11th January 2017

ABV: 10%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

Well after three out of the four beers in this Buxton/Omipollo really impressed me I guess it was too much to ask that this last one would be a belter too?

Nope! If anything, this is the best of the lot!

Texas Pecan is another imperial stout and like Rocky Road, this one clearly has a little bit of Yellow Belly in it's heart.

Out of the bottle it's a little thicker than Rocky Road and with a heavy pour produces a lovely mocha coloured head.

The nose is unreal... with nuttiness, vanilla and toffee all evident, it's like sticking your face in a warm bowl of pecan pie and custard.

It's thick and unctuous, which along with the lack of carbonation, gives it a very luxurious mouth feel.

The taste is amazing. It reminded me of the slightly burnt homemade toffee you get when you boil a can of condensed milk. There's also some dark chocolate bitterness before a boozy finish.

I've enjoyed some great dark beers over the last six months and this is right up there with the best of them.

This Buxton/Omnipollo Ice Cream series has delivered everything I could have hoped for; it's a partnership that produces magic and I hope they continue their alchemy!

Ice Cream Series: Lemon Meringue Pie by Buxton & Omnipollo

Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Ice Cream Series: Lemon Meringue Pie by Buxton & Omnipollo
Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Beer Name: Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Pie

Brewer: Buxton Brewery, Derbyshire, UK in collaboration with Omnipollo, Stockholm, Sweden

Date Sampled:  10th January 2017

ABV: 6%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

Part three of the Buxton and Omnipollo Ice Cream Series Collaboration and in the words of Monty Python, now for something completely different.

The Lemon Meringue Pie looks almost like a traditional farmhouse cider when poured; hazy orange with a little visible carbonation and no head to speak of.

It's aroma is dominated by the citrusy lemon fragrance, although you can still pick up the hops in there. The nose reminds me a little of the Beavertown Bloody Notorious Blood Orange DIPA.

It has an almost champagne mouth feel, with little bubbles covering your tongue with every sip.

On tasting, the sharp citrus gives you a right old smack in the face, like crunching down on a sherbert lemon. There is then a hint of resinous pine hops before that disappears behind a jaw tightening sour finish.

Sour beers are still a relatively new concept to me but this is a top beer (if you can really call it that!) and I'd definitely buy it again.




Ice Cream Series: Rocky Road by Buxton & Omnipollo

Monday, 9 January 2017
Ice Cream Series: Rocky Road by Buxton & Omnipollo
Monday, 9 January 2017

Beer Name: Rocky Road Imperial Porter

Brewer: Buxton Brewery, Derbyshire, UK in collaboration with Omnipollo, Stockholm, Sweden

Date Sampled:  8th January 2017

ABV: 10%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

Wow; Buxton and Omnipollo have done it again! Rocky Road is an Imperial Porter absolutely bursting with greatness.

The similarities between this and Yellow Belly are striking, but as both are born of the same collaboration that is not surprising.

In the glass, Rocky Road is thick, dark and still, with very little carbonation tickling the surface.

The aroma is intense, with marshmallow sweetness, brown sugar and biscuit swirling around, with a hint of booziness giving you a hint of what is to follow.

Although not as thick as some dark beers I've had recently, the lactose and lack of carbonation means that Rocky Road still has a lovely luxurious mouth feel.

The taste is amazing; the marshmallow carries through, along with malty biscuit, and the boozy finish, whilst not as punchy as the nose threatens, is very satisfying.

The only marshmallow beer I've tried previous to this was Tiny Rebel's Stay Puft, which I didn't enjoy a great deal (I think it's the only beer from Tiny Rebel that I haven't loved!). Rocky Road has a far more natural and balanced flavour, not something I thought I'd ever say about a marshmallow porter.

I'd be interested to do a side by side taste test of this with Yellow Belly; both are superb and clearly share a lot of DNA and without having both in front of me it's impossible to pick a favourite.

Buxton and Omnipollo are the collaboration that just keep on giving!

Ice Cream Series: Original Ice Cream Pale Ale by Buxton & Omnipollo

Sunday, 8 January 2017
Ice Cream Series: Original Ice Cream Pale Ale by Buxton & Omnipollo
Sunday, 8 January 2017

Beer Name: Ice Cream Pale Ale

Brewer: Buxton Brewery, Derbyshire, UK in collaboration with Omnipollo, Stockholm, Sweden

Date Sampled:  8th January 2017

ABV: 5.6%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

I may be a little late to the party but I'm finally getting around to reviewing the Buxton and Omnipollo 'Ice Cream' series of collaborations.

First up is the Original Ice Cream Pale Ale.

When I first poured the beer it looked like it was going to be pretty clear however a haze did begin to form, even with any sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. That, along with the frothy head, did give the appearance of an ice cream float.

The nose was not what I expected, with citrus and tropical fruits being the dominant aromas, with slight hints of vanilla just below the surface.

It has a light carbonation, which along with the lactose and oats, gives it a very smooth mouth feel.

This Ice Cream pale ale is actually very refreshing, with the citrus from the nose following through before a bitter finish.

With the tropical and citrus flavours married with the smooth mouth feel this reminded me a little of Siren's Oatmeal Pale Ale, Undercurrent. Like Undercurrent, Buxton and Ominpollo's offering took me a little by surprise with how refreshing it is and I think it's a cracking pale ale.

Gonzo by Flying Dog

Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Gonzo by Flying Dog
Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Beer Name: Gonzo Imperial Porter

Brewer: Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, Maryland, USA

Date Sampled: 3rd January 2017

ABV: 9.2%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

I had a few beers in mind when planning what to drink tonight for my first review of 2017; my box of bottles and cans is full of offerings! But when I ventured out this morning and had to clear a heavy frost from my car there was no doubt that today was a stout day.

Flying Dog are a brewery that have gained some traction in the UK recently, probably in no small part due to their Snake Dog IPA being readily available in Wetherspoons pubs throughout the UK.

I have featured two of their beers in reviews on this blog; Kujo, a coffee stout, was a stand out in my Halloween special and The Gourd was the only pumpkin beer out of the three I reviewed this year that I'd buy again.

Gonzo is an imperial porter that I purchased just before Christmas from Bitter Virtue in Southampton.

It pours a dark brown, almost black colour, with a an impressive caramel coloured head although this did not last long. One thing that I did not expect was the large amount of sediment and if I had it again I'd try and leave that in the bottle.

The nose is very bold, with malts, coffee and a slight floral hoppy element being the stand aromas.

It has less body than some imperial porters that I've had recently but the low carbonation still ensures that it has a smooth pleasing mouth feel.

The taste is as powerful as you'd hope from an Imperial Porter of 9.2%; the malts carry through but the dominating flavour is one of thick gooey black treacle, followed by a booming boozy finish.

Gonzo is another cracking brew from Flying Dog and I'll definitely look to try some more of their beers whenever I get the chance.



Creating balance in 2017

Sunday, 1 January 2017
Creating balance in 2017
Sunday, 1 January 2017

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony."
                                                                                                                               Thomas Merton

As the sun rises on a new year it is almost impossible not to get caught up in the traditional soul searching and regret over missed opportunities.

There is nothing wrong with self reflection, in fact an element of review is essential for personal development. But at this time of year it is all too easy to slip into harsh self criticism and gloomy pessimism.

Whilst on a global level 2016 was certainly testing, personally I'd class it as a triumph; in work I have enhanced my knowledge and experience, leading to a successful promotion; I have a family who despite very trying times has pulled together and demonstrated unbelievable levels of resilience, support and love; I have multiple circles of friends who do nothing but enhance by life; I have discovered blogging as a hobby and  I am lucky enough to be in a loving relationship with a fiancée who shares, encourages and nurtures my creativity.

Not bad eh?

But was it perfect? Not by a long way. I have made mistakes, errors of judgement and lapses in will power.

During 2016 I lost a significant amount of weight... and put it all back on again.

I had a goal to enter a powerlifting competition... a combination of injury and change of heart scuppered that one.

Two bicycles (one road bike, one mountain bike) continued to gather dust in the spare room despite my best intentions when I purchased them.

I started this blog, South Coast Barbells and Beer, to chart my two hobbies... but a quick review shows that I drank far more beers than I lifted barbells!

But none of this matters now, as long as I continue to learn, reflect and strive to make improvements.

So that's what I'm going to do in 2017. I'm going to make improvements to enable me to enhance the things that are going well, change the things that need to be changed and drop the things that just don't matter.

In terms of my work life, that doesn't need any drastic changes from me as to a certain degree that is now being taken out of my hand. Due to my successful promotion, at some point in 2017 I will almost certainly have to move teams and location. When that happens I will have to assess what if any effect that will have on my personal life, whilst establishing myself in my new role. This is a challenge I am relishing.

On a personal level, continuing to cherish and cultivate my relationships (fiancée, family and friends) must and will be a priority. That is not negotiable.

The final area, and the one that was probably most skewed in the last twelve months, was my two great loves... drinking beer and lifting weights.

And because they were so out of balance, my success in losing fat was reversed, causing a certain level of frustration.

I know there are some that will doubt the feasibility of losing weight and pursuing aesthetic and athletic goals whilst enjoying beer, but I know it can be done. As long as I create balance.

This balance will be achieved by taking control of my diet and committing to my training. I'm even going to start doing some cardio! And then when I have a beer, boy will I make sure that I enjoy it.

So I don't know about you, but I am facing the new year full of determination, optimism and confidence. 2016 was good but 2017 is the year I create balance, and it's going to rock.



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