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Island life

One of the reasons that there hasn’t been much happening on this web site for a while is that we’ve just been on holiday to Cyprus. It was the first time we have been there, and overall, it is a very pleasant place – sunny and warm, very friendly people, most of whom speak English, […]

Good Old Uncle Sam

I can’t believe that a brewery as well-known as Samuel Smith’s doesn’t have its own website, but I couldn’t track it down, even using the combined might of Google and Wikipedia. I did manage to find some useful information on a Tadcaster local website, but the fact that the banner says “Happy New Year” makes […]

Ashes to Ashes

Well we actually beat the Aussies in the Ashes last Sunday, so it might be too late to write about Marston’s Ashes Ale (4.1%) – I’m sure there will be a few bottles of it around for a while, though, and I’d recommend you to try it. Marston’s have been supporters of the England cricket […]

At the third stroke…

Needless to say (I assume) the name Meantime relates to the fact that this brewery is based in Greenwich. The Greenwich Brewery, home of the Meantime Brewing Company, is located a mere 0° 2′ 12″ East of the Greenwich Meridian. Their London Pale Ale (4.3%) is the first of Meantime’s beers I have tried, but […]


Saturday before last, Sarah and I had a trip around the Hook Norton Brewery in Oxfordshire. This was an event organised through the CAMRA Hook Norton Complimentary Club – there are a number of these clubs within CAMRA – generally signing up means that you get sent information, and occasionally special offers. The event – […]

Beer to dine for

“The Beer To Dine For” was the former name of Greene King Hop (5%). It was launched in March 2007, but I’ve only just come across it – and because I like hoppy beers, I thought I’d give it a go. There is no mention of this beer on the Greene King website – but […]

X marks the spot

Perhaps “XB hits the spot” might be better. This is Theakston XB (4.5%). It’s a ruby coloured beer, quite a rich and full-bodied. A very hoppy smell, and a bitter, slightly caramel taste – very nice.

A couple of interesting points about this beer – the first concerns the beer’s name. Apparently, at the time […]

Real Ale and …rain

As predicted, Friday night was a bit damp, though to be fair, the rain did stop, and it did give the opportunity for people to venture outside the marquee later on. It was still a bit cold though, and having found a table with some friends (and being naturalised southern softies), we decided to stay […]

Marston’s Pedigree – you either love it or you hate it

Well, what’s not to love about Marston’s Pedigree? It’s a lovely beer. No, I’m referring to the special limited-edition Marmite made from the yeast from the Marston’s Pedigree brewing process. There are 500,000 of these jars, styled to look like a cricket ball, to coincide with The Ashes cricket between England and Australia. Marston’s […]

Top Gunn

For some reason the start of this post seems to have been corrupted – so I’ll try to remember what I originally wrote.

Many thanks to Nicky Hall-Thompson at R&R Teamwork for sending me a couple of samples from Innis & Gunn. Canadian Cask (7.1%) – I’m afraid that this is only available in Canada, […]