There are truly crap days that, and I know this makes me sound like the lush I am, can only be solved by having a damn good beer at the end of them.
There's something really very soothing about being able to sit on your own couch, when the other half has gone out to watch the footy, and have a quiet beer.
And this evening I tried, I must admit with a little bit of trepidation, the bottle of Spaten I got sent recently by Wychwood and I have to say it's really very pleasant.
Now, it's never going to set the world alight because it's not outstandingly different from many decent German lagers but there's nothing like finding a cold beer in the fridge that you forgot you had and being able to crack it open when you thought you were going to have go out in the pissing rain (in August!!) just to get one poxy pint.
It's got lovely warm malt flavours and just the right amount of - I'm going to guess here - Saaz hops to balance it out. And at 5.2% has managed to take the edge off it all.
Thanks to the guys at Wychwood, you've just made my day a little less... well, crap really!