A Pint of Plain is Your Only Man!

A New Barróg Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Well, I promised you a new Beastie today, and here he is – another Barróg (that’s the Irish word for “hug”, if you haven’t seen it before) Beastie, proudly holding a pint of the very finest felt porter!

Some of you might be thinking, “Big deal! We’ve seen Pint Beasties before!”… But let’s take a closer look at that pint, shall we?
Pint Barróg Beastie by CrawCrafts BeastiesHere at Beastie Towers, we’re always on the lookout for new ways to make some of the Beasties’ favourite accessories! So I decided to put my recent obsession with needle felting to good use, and rework my existing pint design. You can see one of the old-style ones in this photo…
Groom Beastie's Pint - CrawCrafts Beasties
The stitched head on the pint has a tendency to pop up a little bit once everything is sewn together – fine for Eastern European lagers or some Belgian-style ales, but if your pint of Guinness looks like that when it’s served, you should probably send it back. Being something of a perfectionist/masochist/certifiable basket case, especially when it comes to the accurate portrayal of fine ales, I’ve been working on seeking out the perfect Beastie-sized pint. And that’s where the needle felting came in.
Pint Collage - CrawCrafts Beasties
Behold! Smoother sides! A flatter top! And a texture that more closely resembles the creamy surface of a freshly-poured pint of the black stuff!

All that adds up to a better pint – and a happier Barróg Beastie! Cheers!
I'll drink to that! Happy Barróg Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
In fact, he’s so delighted that he’d like to share one of his favourite books with you… Now you’ll see where we got the title of this post from!
Pint Beastie Meets Flann OBrien - CrawCrafts Beasties
As for me, I’m looking forward to brewing some more reworked Beastie pints soon – I might try a nice red ale next, or perhaps a summery Weissbier. Any requests? Let me know in the comments!


30 thoughts on “A Pint of Plain is Your Only Man!

  1. Wow that is a really realistic “head” to the perfect pint Your technique level is increasing more and more!
    I have often heard of Flann O’Brien, but never essayed one of his books, this post made me curious, which one would you advice?



    1. Grazie mille! I’m sure Antonello Beastie’s mouth was watering when he saw this post 😀 As for Flann O’Brien, “At Swim-Two-Birds” is the only one of his books I’ve read, and it’s a tricky one! The plot is pretty crazy, and it’s packed with colloquial Irish language that would make it challenging to anyone who isn’t from here. I’m glad I read it, but there were times when I was wondering what on earth was going on! I might reread it one of these days though, I did enjoy flicking through it looking for the page I showed in one of the photos. If you do read it yourself, please let me know what you think! We could start an international Beastie Book Club 😀

    1. You know, I was surprised how easy it is to get the hang of the basics of needle felting! And be ye warned… it’s REALLY addictive! Good luck with your project, and thanks for your comment 😀

  2. That is a mighty fine looking pint of the black stuff. And who wouldn’t want a beer that was nearly half your own height! I think the Beasties would enjoy a “research trip” to the Northwest to investigate our many flavors of hoppy goodness :))

    1. “Research trip”, eh? That sounds tax-deductible! And very, very tasty… the Beasties and I are always keen to sample the latest in hop-centric deliciousness! Quick, to the airport! 😀 🍻

        1. Ah, I found some bits of it quite funny. They got my attention with their catchy song about Portland being a place where the spirit of the 90s lives on… absolute catnip for someone like me, who wants to believe it’s still 1996.

  3. It looks fantastic… I can attest that needle felting is very addictive, but therapeutic. Have you tried doing it while listening to music you like???

    1. Yes, and while out and about on Dublin’s public transport too! Felting in public is the new knitting in public 😀 And can there be anything better to help you unwind after a tough day at work?

  4. Awesome work, no wonder Barróg Beastie has a smile on his face, it looks brilliant! I have never tried needle felting before…thanks for bringing to to my attention, that’s another thing to add to my ever-growing list of things to try one day!

    1. Thank you! And I know what you mean about the ever-growing crafting to-do list… I’m always spotting something new I want to try! Needle felting is kinda slow, but I’m yet to find a better way to relax after a long day at Other Work 😀

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