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Fatherhood: Review – Hassle the Hof(meister)

November 19, 2017 at 9:49 am

As I occasionally mention when starting off my better reviews, the novelty of having a brand asking whether they can send me their product to try still hasn’t worn off, 6 years in. And when that brand happens to make beer, this is especially true. Who doesn’t want to try beer?!

But when the email mentioned Hofmeister as the beer in question, I must admit to being more than a little dubious. You see, I’m very familiar with the product – or at least I was.

Just under 20 years ago (god, now I feel old) when I was starting University, Hofmeister was quite a popular beer. Well, I say popular – perhaps well-known is a better description.

If I tell you that my personal nickname for the beer was “Trough-meister”, you might get a feeling for why. Don’t get me wrong – it wasn’t a terrible beer. But the fact that it was often sold to students on “£1 a pint” deals probably tells you what you need to know – we’re not talking fancy drinking here.

So when the nice lady from the PR agency mentioned Hofmeister, the memories came flooding back. To add to the nostalgia, here’s a picture of what I looked like in those days – I may well even be drinking a pint of Hofmeister, who’s to know…

Thankfully, I needn’t have worried – it turns out the Hofmeister of 2017 is a completely different beer to the one of my youth. And I’m pleased to tell you: it tastes lovely.

I can tell you this with some certainty, because I got sent a crate of beer last week, and I’ve already drunk them all… oops! My only excuse is that they were extremely drinkable and I’ve had a very long week!

Curious about the resurrection, I did a bit of Googling. Turns out the original version of Hofmeister was axed in 2003 (not long after I finished uni… coincidence?!). 14 years later, it has been resurrected by a completely different brewery, in a completely new style.

The new beer is a Bavarian Helles lager – similar to your classic Pilsners, but not the same. It’s slow-brewed which means it takes longer to make than other lagers, which is usually a good sign.

It’s a nice sensible 5% ABV, and is apparently best served with a decent head on.

I tried pouring the head correctly a number of times, but I think I might still need more practise. Better head out to buy some more – just in the name of practise, you understand…!

If you want to try a case for yourself, head over to http://bit.ly/buyhofmeister – You can get a case of 12 for £19.99 or a case of 24 for £39.99 and, for a limited time, you can also get free delivery if you enter the code FTBHOF17 at checkout.

Want to win a crate for yourself?

Whilst I know I’m no beer connoisseur, my review may well have left you itching to try a crate for yourself – and luckily, I have one to give away!

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning one is complete the competition form below – it’s fairly self explanatory, and I’ll leave it open for a week.

All entrants must be over 18 years of age, and based in the United Kingdom. By entering you are agreeing to these conditions.

Good luck!

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Fatherhood: A Tyre for All Seasons? Maybe I Can Help!

October 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm

Or: 14 things I learned at the Goodyear All-season tyre event in Luxembourg

I was recently lucky enough to be invited along to join an event Goodyear Tyres were running in Luxembourg, to showcase their “All season” tyre range.

Along with a contingent of other, much more successful bloggers than myself (including a few British dad bloggers that you might recognise!) we took a 2 day trip to Luxembourg, where we got to test-out their tyres first hand.

Fatherhood: Bugs and Slugs and Toads, Oh My!

October 6, 2017 at 10:23 am

Last weekend we were up in Hereford, spending my birthday weekend with our extended family. It’s almost an annual tradition in our house, and one of my favourite weekends of the year – and not just because of the obvious birthday timing!

My cousin and his wife live deep in the Hereford countryside, in a house which is paradise for a small child (as well as a slightly bigger one like myself) – acres of fields and woodland to explore, a lot of fun sporting equipment to try out and a tonne of family around them to keep them occupied.

Needless to say we had a fun time – so I thought I’d share some pictures.

Fatherhood: Review – YourDesign custom merchandise

September 15, 2017 at 11:24 am

Over the past year, I’ve become a huge fan of a particular item of clothing: namely, the obscure reference t-shirt. You might not know an obscure reference when you see it – that is, after all, kinda the point – but I’m sure you’ve seen a few in the wild.

I have a number in my collection, mostly purchased via very well-targeted (i.e. I’m a sucker) Facebook ads which appear in my feed. I’ve got a Flight of the Conchords t-shirt, a Hot Fuzz/Shaun of the Dead t-shirt, a few Marvel ones.

Fatherhood: Where is your Happy Place?

September 15, 2017 at 10:13 am

Tresco in the Isles of Scilly

With Summer now rapidly disappearing in the rear-view mirror of 2017, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little bit sad about the approaching colder months. Whilst I personally LOVE the Autumn and Winter months (as I’ve written about a number of times) I appreciate that not everybody is in the same boat.

Unlike the last few years, where work has been so busy that we’ve not had time to take a break, we managed to squeeze a great summer holiday in this year – I’m sure I’ll write about it at some point.

Fatherhood: 7 tips for finding coupons, online discounts and promo codes like a total pro

August 23, 2017 at 7:47 am

We’ve all been there: you’re doing a big shop online, you’ve spent half an hour browsing and gathering the products you want, and then you get to the checkout page. Suddenly you spot a little text box that you’d not seen until now. It says “Enter promo code here” – and you get excited!

So off you go to Google, typing in the website and “promo codes”, only to be met with a raft of discount websites and blogs professing to offer you a dozen different promo codes for said site. Only trouble is: none of the buggers actually work. Arse.

Fatherhood: Review – Disney Store & Cars 3

July 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm

I don’t know about your house, but the Cars films have been an entertainment staple in ours for the past 5 or 6 years now. We saw both of the first two films at the cinema (the second being Freddie’s first ever trip to the cinema) and we’ve got more Cars toys than you can shake a stick at.

So when the nice people at the Disney Store asked if we’d help them to spread the word about their fantastic range of Cars 3 toys, my boys jumped at the chance. Even better, we were tasked with building a racing track for the toys to zoom around – something the kids do on a regular basis anyway!

Fatherhood: Review – Saltrock Clothing

July 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm

I don’t often get asked to review clothing here on the blog, and when I do it’s rarely clothing that I’d actually choose myself.

So when the folks at Saltrock asked if We wanted to test out some of their children’s range, I decided I should put away my presumptions and give them a shot.

As a rule, we don’t usually buy the kids clothing from cool brands or labels. Aside from wanting to avoid getting them “into fashion” too early (because who can afford that?!) we usually just stick to what the supermarkets and high street kids clothing shops sell.

Fatherhood: Review – A glowing review of Glowsticks.co.uk (plus discount code!)

June 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm

I recently got in touch with the folk over at Glowsticks.co.uk with the cheeky request of a discount code to offer on the site. After all, I’ve been a customer of their site for years and years, and I thought it was about time I shared my love of Glowsticks with the world.

Luckily for you, they were more than happy to offer a discount code – just in time for those summer holiday parties and festivals! As well as the discount code, they kindly sent me a few products to review too – so I thought I’d give you a run-down of some of my favourite products they sell.

Fatherhood: Even more camping tips for families

June 22, 2017 at 12:48 pm

A few years ago I put together what some useful tips for taking your family camping – it was at the end of our first full year as a camping family, and summarised a few of the things we learnt. You can take a read here: Fatherhood²: 7 Lessons I’ve Learnt After Our First Summer of Camping

Since then, it’s fair to say we’ve done a heck of a lot of camping as a family – and have even roped some friends into it too. Each spring and summer (and occasionally Autumn!) we take a number of long weekends at various spots around the UK – we even went to France with 4 other families and camped in Carnac, Brittany.