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Which Wych?

Fortunately, although being busy at work makes it difficult to find the time to write about beer, I can usually find time to drink the stuff, so I’ve got a backlog (of writing, not beer) to catch up on. I was horrified to see that my last post was on December 30th, so I missed […]

While Shepherds watched

There’s been something of a Shepherd Neame theme to the past few days. We’ve been visiting Sarah’s parents in Bexhil, which is in East Sussex, but not far from the Kent border. One of the local pubs that we frequent, and that we visited for lunch on Monday, is The Bull Inn at St. Leonards-on-Sea, […]

Hoe, Hoe, Hoe

It’s been a busy time over the past few weeks, what with preparations for Christmas, shovelling snow off the driveway and also having to go to work, so I’m afraid I just haven’t had much time to devote to this website. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been “researching” material – that mainly involves […]

Take a Bath

I’ve sampled a few different beers from Bath Ales over the past month or two, and so I thought it was worth jotting down a few notes and thoughts about them. They have all been bottled versions of the beers, as unfortunately we don’t see the cask versions in our area – or at least […]

Not so green as cabbage tasting

I might have mentioned this beer before, so apologies if I’m repeating myself – it’s such a rarity that I come across a beer that I really don’t like, that it is worth remarking on. Adnams East Green Carbon Neutral (4.3%) is one such beer. In fact, the first time I drank it, I really […]

Many happy returns?

It’s JD Wetherspoon’s 30th birthday, and to celebrate they are having a real ale and cider festival – it started on October 28th, and runs until 15th November, so you’ve still got a few days to sample a few good beers. Their bars will be offering a range of guest beers, and some beers specially […]

Beer behaving badly

Don’t you just wish that some people would stick to their day job? Neil Morrissey, of “Men Behaving Badly” fame, has teamed up with Richard Fox (of no fame whatsoever as far as I’m aware), not only to buy a pub (Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn in Marton cum Grafton, near York) but also to […]

Drinking by numbers

A couple of beers with no other connection except they are named after the year in which their brewing companies were founded.

Fuller’s 1845 (6.3%), first brewed in 1995 to celebrate 150 years of the Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership. This is a bottle-conditioned beer, and it is conditioned for at least 100 days before […]

The Yanks are coming

Those nice people at R&R Teamwork have sent me some more beer samples (thanks, Anna Jane) – this time of some American beers that are now being imported into this country and are available in mainstream beer outlets. One was from Brooklyn Brewery and the other two were from Flying Dog Brewery. I have to […]

Weedy beer

There seems to be a spate of beers around that have been “flavoured” with unusual ingredients, and Badger (Hall & Woodhouse) is getting in on the act. The other day I wrote about their Lemony Cricket seasonal bitter (see It’s still Cricket season) which is flavoured with lemon grass – and actually tastes really nice. […]