A list of beers I enjoyed in 2012

According to Untappd I’ve drunk 105 unique beers over the last 12 months and I would say on the most part they have been pretty good.

Here are my highlights:

  • G’Day Mate by Mikkeller.
  • Citra by Oakham Ales
  • Raid Beer by TO OI
  • Hot Rod Habanero by Mikkeller
  • Kashmir by Acorn Brewery
  • Dr Rudi by Arbor Ales
  • Smoked Black IPA by Tiny Rebel Brewing Co
  • Brewed Amakening by Cromarty Brewing Co
  • Kill Your Darlings by Thornbridge
  • Single Hop Sorachi Ace IPA by Mikkeller
  • Dalston Black IPA by Brodies
  • Milk Chocolate Stout by Dark Star

Mikkeller’s G’Day Mate was undoubtedly the best beer I had last year. An explosion of galaxy hops which literally refreshed the parts other beers couldn’t reach.

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Giving a little back, social style

Following on from my previous post about the desire for followers versus a desire to help, well, here is the ultimate helping tool, Cofacio.

Calling itself a help engine it is a more ‘concious’ version of say yahoo answers. You simply join Cofacio, either post a question, or search for a topic that you feel you can provide an answer for, it could be films, wine or skateboards. Every time you post a question or an answer, you earn points. You can then donate those points to a cause, which in turn is supported by the sponsors.

I’ve had a quick play around with it. I’ve not posted any questions yet but I have answered a few. Personally, I think it is one to watch.

My day to day tools and apps


I thought I would share both the online and offline tools I use that help me keep connected, informed and help make the day-to-day online experience just that little bit easier

General admin

Gmail – my email platform of choice

Google Reader – my daily news hit

Google Calendar – keeping track of everything

Social Media

LinkedIn – For connecting with people I have worked with, and probably my main social platform. At the moment it’s getting big props for its job board.

Twitter – I’m not great at it but I am trying. Essentially, I am using it as a news feed, and as a search engine.

Facebook – For connecting with people I know and see outside of an office life

Friendfeed – I don’t use it often enough

Delicious – I have found new love for this

Adium – Not really been using IM since being made redundant. However, Adium is the best IM app for the Mac.

WordPress – my blogging software. It was simple to set up; That’s why I used it.


flickr – Huge fan of this site for many years. I don’t use to host snapshots, rather this is where I put my “one day I will be able take this more seriously’ shots.

Lightroom – My photo editing software of choice. I don’t really need Photoshop, I need a simple photo centric workflow


Last.fm – been using the site for years. Don’t really maximise my profile, but it continues to scrobble my itunes content.

emusic – This is where I buy my drm free digital music, though amazon and 7 digital should get a shout for being competitive.