Thursday, 30 December 2010

Further energy drink crisis averted

Team Grumpy is relieved to learn that despite the sad news that the Rochefort Abbey in Belgium has been badly damaged by a fire, production of energy drink by the Trappist monks there will be unaffected. 
To be accurate, at strengths of 7.5% to 11.3% ABV, the Rochefort brews are more of a recovery drink than an energy drink.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Grumpy Bob's Year in Cycling

Grumpy Bob has reviewed his cycling activities during 2010 over at flies&bikes (My year in cycling).  On the whole, a good year with performances at 10, 25 and 50 miles that topped his rides in the last five or six years.
Oh, and has anyone mentioned the Duo Normand?

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Team Grumpy in Tax Shock

Team Grumpy was shocked to read of Government proposals to increase tax on energy drinks (Tax on super strength beers and lagers set to increase | BBC News).  This news story began:
Duties on super-strength beers and lagers are to rise next year, the Treasury has announced.
In horror, Grumpy Bob read on, to discover what constituted 'super-strength'...would this include Team Grumpy official energy drink Leffe?  Would this mean a retreat to non-alcoholic energy drink?
Tax on beers and lager over 7.5% ABV (alcohol by volume) will increase from autumn 2011 although the exact amount will not be known until March's Budget.
Aha!  So that's OK, Leffe Blond is officially 6.6% (though the 9o, Radiuese and Tripel varieties enter high tax levels).

Onwards and upwards!