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Off to the GBBF tomorrow

Just because I haven’t been posting to this blog as regularly recently it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been “carrying out research” in the background (i.e. drinking lots of different beers). One of the best opportunities for this “research” is the annual Great British Beer Festival, organised by CAMRA, which is held at Earl’s Court […]

The Yanks are coming…..again

A few months ago I wrote a post about some American beers that I had been sent by the kind people at R&R Teamwork who handle their PR (see The Yanks are coming). I was very impressed by those beers, and I have been looking forward to trying some more beers from the same brewers, […]

Spoilt for choice

Well, the Great British Beer Festival was – great! Actually, it was a bit overwhelming – with over 400 beers to choose from, it was difficult to know where to start. We thought we would concentrate on beers that we weren’t familiar with, as this might be the only opportunity for a while to sample […]

Best of British

Just a quick reminder that the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival takes place at Earls Court in London from 4th to 8th August. Over 450 real ales, ciders and foreign beers from around the world – sounds a bit overwhelming, and I don’t think I’ll manage to try all of them! Actually, I’ll be lucky […]

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 […]

Jazz it up

This weekend is the Reading Real Ale and Jazz Festival, at Christchurch Meadows in Reading – and like many recent years, the weather forecast is for rain and wind. When the weather is nice, there is nothing better than sitting out on the grass with a pint of decent beer – but when it’s nasty […]