Sorry it's been a bit longer than normal between episodes. As you know I've been in Valencia, enjoying some Spanish alcohol-free beers.
But did I use my 'free drink' pass with my paella? Find out by listening to this episode.
We took a trip out to East London to somewhere called The Blizard Institute. Some serious science happens there. There was talk of curing Hepatitis C while we were there. We met Dr Will Alazawi, a consultant Hepatologist (Liver guy) to ask him some serious (and some not so serious) questions about the health benefits of taking a year off alcohol.
His answers weren't what we were expecting.
Wow! What a place to celebrate our second episode. We've traded in the freezing cold beer garden at the Rose & Crown for a state of the art, BEAUTIFUL gin distillery.
We sat down with Miranda Hayman, great-great-granddaughter of James Hayman the creator of Hayman's Gin, to talk about Small Gin - their new product which, although 40% proof gin is served in 5ml 'thimble' measure, so a glass is only 0.2 units, or roughly 1% alcohol.
We had so many questions!
We hope you enjoy the episode - we recorded this in the bar, next to the working stills. If you get the chance to visit Hayman's, do! There's a link to their website below.
We've done it! We've recorded the first episode.
We held a planning meeting last night at The Rose & Crown - which is appropriate because it's the first pub we ever went to for a drink together. We talked about several possible locations to record the first episode of the podcast, but decided here, our spiritual home should be where we first hit record.
So we met at lunchtime today, and sat in the beer garden (The music was too loud inside, but it was FREEZING outside. You can actually hear us shivering at some points.) You can also hear the beer delivery, a freezer unit having a breakdown and our lunch arriving. Oh... and us chatting.
The rules for my non-drinking are now set:
1. Alcohol substitutes under 1.0% are allowed.
2. Toasting with alcohol is allowed, as long as I don't finish the drink.
3. I have an option of a single drink on holiday abroad... if I chose to take it.
4. February 29th IS included in the booze-free year.
... and it's okay to use mouthwash.
Enjoy the podcast - let us know what you think!
We'll be honest... that's all we know.
Come back soon and we might have some more news for you.
Until then, relax, have a drink (or don't have a drink) and make yourself at home.
Geoff & Matt.
Geoff & Matt
Geoff turned 40 recently, and decided to have a dry year*. Matt is worried that this will make Geoff a really boring friend.