Do not delay! Drink me now!

Yesterday, James very nicely left me with two beers. He said he was hopeful that I liked beer because he thought I’d like to try them. I opened the fridge as he was saying this and he realised any concern about my love of beer was comletely unecessary.

For the last little while, I’ve been enjoying various different IPA brews. One of the beers James gave me was a blood orange IPA from Beavertown.

He thought I may have heard of them but I hadn’t. I was expecting a lot of citrus to come through given the name but, apart from barley, there’s nothing else in it. Even so, it was very refreshing with a lovely sharp bite.

For more information about the Beavertown brand, their website is here: .

I’m not sure I’d call it a beer I would have regularly but the occasional Bloody Hell would not go down that badly. Of course, I was not that happy with it being in a can. I think it’s the first can of beer I’ve had in…I don’t remember but it has to be measured in decades.

My problem with cans comes from two things. Firstly the fact that the top of every can in the UK has a lot of rat urine on it and, secondly, the fact that I grew up during a time when beer cans were used as ashtrays.

The former reason is obvious but the second stems from the fact that quite often one would put a can down to do something and, before you realised what was happening, someone had dropped a fag end in it. You then take a swig and…well, it is definitely vomit inducing.

Not that either of these beers induced anything vomit like at all. In fact, they were both very tasty.

The second beer was called Table Beer and was from The Kernal Brewery, in London. It is only 2.9% so a proper session beer. It also has sediment in the bottle so pouring carefully is pretty important.

Of the two, I preferred the Table Beer. I could imagine drinking this all day at the cricket or all day at a barbecue or all day at the beach. Basically, I could drink this all day. I like the fact that the Kernel Brewery was created in order to make good beer. That works for me.

Their website is here:

That was just about it for today. We had been due to pay Scott, Corrie and the boys a visit for lunch but people in the house were not feeling well (not plague related) so it was postponed. Next time then.

Today, this happened

On October 11, 1811, the Juliana began operating. She was the first steam powered ferry in New York harbour.

She was invented by the amazing John Stevens, the man largely responsible for US Patent Law. He was born in New York, the son of John Stevens jnr which, I guess, made him John Stevens Jnr Jnr. It is believed that he became enthralled by the idea of steam power by meeting John Fitch, who I have written about before on this blog.

John didn’t just invent steam powered ferries either. He was also a lawyer and an engineer. He had a big hand in steam locomotives as well as boats. But, back to Juliana.

The 32′ ferry was named after John’s daughter. He and his poor wife had 13 children, so I’m not sure how he chose which one. Historically she has been called Little Juliana though she did fit 100 passengers which, in 1811, I reckon is pretty big.

I’ve not been able to find out what happened to Little Juliana. This is surprising given the amount of maritime books I have in my library. Though the engine ended up in the Smithsonian Institute.

In 2014, the Stevens Institute of Technology (created from money left by John’s son, Edwin) announced it was going to attempt to build a replica. They succeeded and it was completed and displayed in 2015. Sadly I haven’t been able to find anything else about that one, either.

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