A few drinks in Australia : Part 1 : Sydney

Greetings readers, I apologise for no posts in a while but I have been on my travels on the other side of the world to bring you tales of Australian beers, pub culture, how much champagne you can drink in Business Class, and how hard it is to find a bottle opener which doesn’t feature…

Meet the Brewer : Runcorn’s Buccaneer Brewery

A few months ago I was in one of my Runcorn haunts, The Grapes, and spotted a pump clip with a menacing skull on it. The beer was Startled Octopus, a grapefruity session pale ale which was utterly delightful. When I asked the landlord which brewery this was, he pointed vaguely to his right and…

Best Real Ales and Beers at Glastonbury Festival

Drinking beer at a festival can mean unrivalled misery, with lager companies enjoying a monopoly on the beer tents and pumping out plastic pints of unsatisfying suds at about a five a go. Glastonbury is no ordinary festival though, so if it’s your first time get onto this guide of which beers you can enjoy…

A few beers in… London

I always avoid writing about London pubs, simply because there are so many that trying to recommend or cover them at all is akin to writing an article called Top Ten Leicester Square Pigeons. However, I get so many (three) requests for London recs that I thought I’d better put in some effort, seeing as London…

Beers To Drink At Easter

Easter is the best ; the possibility of four days off, and none of the shopping and stress which usually accompanies a British festivity. Plus, with a Bank Holiday Monday in the mix there’s room for a few beers, but which ones? Easter is an eating festival, and so there are multiple flavour combinations on…

Stouts and Porters to try this St Patrick’s Day

I remember a bygone day before Responsible Drinking was a thing, where at kicking out time every St Patrick’s Day you’d be greeted by a wobbly carnival of (mostly) blokes all wearing novelty Guinness hats, which you needed to drink seven pints of the black stuff to receive, making its way through the town towards taxi…

A few drinks in… Hull : European City of Culture

Hull eh? European Capital of Culture 2017 and also hosting Radio One’s Big Weekend – who would ever have though it? Let’s face it, when you’re idly wondering where to spend a weekend, Hull was probably on the list between ‘Grimsby’ and ‘Let’s just stay at home’’. However, I like Hull. It has nice buildings,…

A few drinks in…Beverley, East Yorkshire

Beverley is what Americans who have never visited Britain presume it’s like – quaint, windy streets, a busy market square, cosy pubs with fires-a-blazing and a big, grand old church, in Beverley’s case, their stunning Minster. I went there in search of some Victorian pubs which may conceivably have once been Beer Houses, dating back…

What do we know about Runcorn’s next pub?

If you’re of a certain age you might remember that the fairground would sometimes rock up on a patch of ground next to the ‘curly bridge’ on the canal bank opposite Runcorn’s Brindley Theatre. You might even recall when that patch of land was the Crosville bus depot, though that has been gone for quite some…

Mad Hatter’s Mini Christmas Bash

Organising a piss up in a brewery puts you at risk of all sorts of ridicule, so it’s a brave company that attempts it, and it’s almost inevitable that something will go wrong. When I arrived at Mad Hatter’s new site on Lightbody Street, Liverpool, the power had gone out. The blame was placed on the…

Christmas Gifts for Beer Lovers

Being the self-centred aesthetic-driven Generation Y-er that I am I was going to make a whole post about a bauble that I bought for my Christmas tree when I visited Dublin on a research trip back in June. I stopped myself just in time and instead I have compiled a few of my favourite beer related…

IMBC 2016 – Got the cash, lost the soul?

Indyman Beer Con took place last week, over four days in the lovely surroundings of Victoria Baths. I was back for my third time, but this year the atmosphere was marred by the spectre of the almighty Pound, and the question of whether chasing the cash was leading to IMBC pricing out its most loyal…