Not every beer has to be special : in defence of average pints

My local sells real ale. They have two pumps, one is perpetually Doom Bar and the other alternates between a number of Golden ales and IPAs from the Robinson’s brewery. At the moment they have on Hoppy Wan Kenobi which is packed with Cascade and Sovereign hops. Regular readers will know my feelings about American…

The Drinker’s World Cup Survival Guide

Hurray! Another World Cup! They’re only every four years and we’ve got a whole 14 days to enjoy (based on the hypothesis that we will draw our first game, win the second, and get battered by Belgium in the third, Tunisia having beaten both Panama and, against the run of play sneaked a win against…

A Few Drinks In : Stafford

A few years ago, London Midland trains ran a promotion where they sold a day ticket covering their whole train network for £15. It was a genius idea which was rinsed by me on several occasions. It was ideal for beer trips, and one of these I took to Stafford. And I was so impressed…

Drinking Outside in Liverpool

Bank Holidays! We need more of them, St George’s Day should be one, we have the fewest in Western Europe you know etc etc. This early May Bank Holiday crept up on me seeing as I have been mostly off work for the past two months in what was a string of bank holidays one…

Bibit Illa Cervisium : How do we get women to drink beer?

One of my favourite films is Calamity Jane. There’s a great musical number where Jane – who smells like a horse and wears a raccoon skin hat – is convinced by her friend Katie that maybe their shack would be improved slightly by brushing up some of the crap off the floor and hanging some…

Drinking With A Broken Wrist

When people saw me sporting a beige arm splint they naturally assumed I had broken my wrist whilst drunk. Not true. We all know that when you’re drunk your body takes on a natural floppiness not unlike that of a five day old tulip stem, and that if you fall when drunk, most of the…

A Few Drinks in : Chester

Every once in a while, and now twice in a row for the ‘A Few Drinks In’ series, which is sometimes called ‘A Few Beers In’ because I’m forgetful and lazy, my usual method of just rocking up to a place and wandering about aimlessly is disrupted by a proper beer ticking exercise. I mean…

A tiny CAMRA rebellion, in 23 pages

Is there any phrase more likely to induce an involuntary shoulder slump at the moment than ‘CAMRA Revitalisation Project’? Just when we thought the in-fighting in the beer community had reached critical tedium – what’s that coming over the hill? It’s a 23 page manifesto from Bradley Cummings which claims to be ‘the reset button’….

St Brigid – Patron Saint of Beer and Brewing

What a day February the first is. It starts LGBT History Month, it’s Harry Styles’ birthday, and it’s the feast day of St Brigid, the patron saint of beer and brewing. Triple celebration! Brigid was an Irish nun who ran an abbey in Kildare, amongst others. Along with beer and brewing she’s also the patron…

Try or Dry : Can’t we just be left alone?

January is a problem. You’ve spunked all your money on overpriced tat that you panic bought because even though the Mail would have you believe that Christmas starts in early September now, you somehow were still shopping on December the 24th. It’s cold and miserable outside and you have to go back to getting up…