Simon’s Picks… Scary Guard Dog and Belgian Ale

Well this week I don’t really have a website, blog or book to tell you about, but I just couldn’t help myself when I saw this:


This scary looking guard dog was protecting a consignment of beer being delivered to the 4bars/Bartender HQ in time for our 100th issue party to be held at Bayswater Brasserie on 20th April. I don’t know about you, but typically I’d expect a burly beer delivery truck driver to own a Rottweiler or Alsatian.

Given that this dog is protecting a more refined beer shipment of Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised that the breed is some sort of poodle-cross. They are considered amongst the most intelligent breeds don’t you know? And Belgian ales are the thinking man’s brew.

Another point to consider is that intelligent dogs have intelligent ways to intimdate you. Especially, poodles. I still have nightmares about an aged relative’s poodle that used to harass me every time my family was on a visit; the little curly haired thing used to come from a hidden room or the shadows (it was black) and bloody ambush me!


If I had known about poodles predelection for Belgian ales I might have saved myself some grief…

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