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Thankyou Santa

Well, Santa came on Christmas Eve, and left me quite a lot of beer-related presents. A Wychwood T-shirt declaring “British Beer Needs You”, plus a voucher for a tour of the Wychwood Brewery, an Old Speckled Hen pack with a bottle plus a very nice pint glass, a selection of beers from Broughton Ales – […]

Man walks into a pub

That’s the opening to many jokes and stories – although maybe it resonates with us less these days as, by and large, our experiences of pubs are different from, and certainly fewer and further between than they were during the heyday of the club comedians with whom these jokes are associated. Anyway, that’s a topic […]

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. […]

Are you Experienced?

Do I like all beer? Well, most beers – there are one or two exceptions. Do I like ALL Beer? Well, yes actually. The ALL Beer Experience is an “interactive guide to beer” – the ALL element refers to the fact that the guide covers the 3 most common types of beer – Ale, Lager […]

County set

I’ve been a fan of Ruddles County for many years, but unfortunately I haven’t had much opportunity to indulge. It was traditionally brewed in Rutland, and although it was an occasional guest beer in a few pubs, I didn’t come across it too often. Ruddles is now a part of Greene King, and it seems […]

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 […]

Dicky Ticker

I wandered over to another beer blog (The Beer Diary – see my list of other worthwhile beer blogs in the right hand panel). Now, I’m a comparative novice in the area of beer blogging compared with Tim who runs that site – and I also have a lot less beer stamina as well (a […]

Rhubarb rhubarb

I saw this article in the Daily Telegraph last Saturday (luckily it’s online as well, so I can share it with you) about the author’s marathon beer tasting session, with beers specifically chosen to complement the food. The matching of beer with food is something that I’m particularly interested in, so I found this article […]

CAMRA shy?

I’ve always been a bit wary of becoming a member of CAMRA. I know they do an excellent job of promoting the cause of real beer, and without them there would probably be far fewer brewers brewing beer of lower quality, and there would be even fewer pubs around than there are now – especially […]

Get political to save the pub

We all know of pubs that have closed down because they couldn’t afford to continue in business. Well, it’s going to get worse unless somebody stands up for the protection of pubs and all they stand for. That’s where the Axe The Beer Tax campaign comes in. This is an association of companies and individuals […]