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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 […]


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 – […]

Simply The Best

Well, that’s what Morrisons claim anyway! Morrisons The Best bottle conditioned ale (6%) – unlike the Poacher’s Choice in the previous post, this is a beer that I could take to, even though it’s stronger than I would usually go for. It is brewed by the Freeminer Brewery, based in the Forest of Dean (west […]

Poacher reprieved – temporarily

A few weeks ago I wrote about Badger Poacher’s Choice (see Full sett). I wasn’t very keen on it at the time, but when Sarah ordered another couple of bottles with the Sainsburys shopping, it gave us the opportunity to give it another try. I’m afraid I’m still not very keen – far too sweet […]

A horse, a horse

Tried a couple of beers from the White Horse Brewery which is located in Stanford-in-the-Vale, which as you might have guessed is in the Vale of the White Horse in south Oxfordshire. This small brewery was started by a couple of former employees of the Wychwood Brewery (which is not far away) and has been […]

Missing the fun?

It’s the Reading Beer and Cider Festival this weekend – hundreds of beers and ciders available to try. Unfortunately, for various reasons, we are not going to be able to get there. But, do you know what? I’m not really bothered about missing it. I don’t find beer festivals to be the most conducive of […]

Star turn

I’ve been known to drink a few cans of Carling while watching football on television, and I’ve enjoyed the occasional bottle of European lager, such as San Miguel, but I wouldn’t call myself a lager aficionado – I tend to drink it because it’s cold and refreshing rather than for the enjoyment of the taste. […]

Which Wych?

In my previous post a couple of days ago I mentioned the Brewers of Character Collection from Wychwood – a selection of 4 of Wychwood’s beers. I’ve previously written about Hobgoblin and Circlemaster, so I thought I’d complete the set and mention the other two in the selection – Fiddler’s Elbow and Wychcraft.

Full sett

I’ve mentioned before that when we buy beer, we often buy the “selection packs” that are usually on offer from the supermarkets we buy from. Actually, although I say “we”, it’s my wife Sarah who does the shopping, and she is really good at finding some out-of-the-ordinary beers, as well as some of the old […]

A fourth of the same kind

I posted a few days ago (Three of a kind) about three beers that were all brewed at the Wychwood Brewery. I came across a fourth the other day – another supermarket own brand, but also proudly proclaiming that it was brewed by Wychwood (and why not?). This one is Morrisons Organic Golden Ale (5%). […]