Halifax and Calderdale Beer Festival 2018

In the cut and thrust of Beer Twitter, where sanity goes to die, sometimes you can forget that not every bar, brewery or beer festival is a depraved, sexist, racist Hellsphere which needs urgent remedial action to prevent the fall of civilisation as we know it. Sometimes, good people just do good things, and are…

Runcorn Victorian Pub Crawl 2018

Goodness, has it been a year already? Last time round many people were dismayed to have missed out on Runcorn’s premier pub crawl, so as you can imagine the 2nd annual jaunt was a hot ticket. We not only doubled our numbers, we doubled them and added one! This time next year we’re going to…

Do we still need Brewdog?

Relationships are tricky at the best of times. In the early days it’s all fun and fresh and exciting, and you can’t wait to extol the virtues of this new love. Then, the honeymoon period ends and before you know it you’re ten years down the line, wake up in the morning and think when…

Holiday Pubs : Of Chimps and Skittles

One of my finest school moments came in the first week of 2nd year juniors when we were asked to do a project entitled ‘My Summer Holidays’. As we did this every September while teacher’s blood alcohol level returned to normal, I had planned diligently and spent my summer holiday in Palma Nova collecting things…

A few drinks in : Northampton

A couple of years ago when I first met my beer friend Peter in the Euston Tap, I convinced him to come up to Runcorn, assuring him of its fine beers and even finer people. In the event many of the pubs he came up to visit were in fact, closed, and he had a…

Chester Beer and Wine Festival 2018

During the last beer festival I attended in Chester I had my arm strapped up due to my broken wrist, so blogging about it was a long and drawn out process which I didn’t attempt. However the photos are annoyingly sitting on my Google drive so here’s a quick run down before we launch into…

A few drinks on : the Isle of Man, part two

Startlingly halfway through my entire 2018 Summer Holiday, it was time to board an actual steam train and head for Port Erin. The original plan had been to go shark spotting but first the inclement weather meant that the trips were cancelled, then they were uncancelled and sold out immediately. But I went to Port…

A Few Drinks on : the Isle of Man, part one

A week or so ago, when I was angrily tweeting about the change in the weather threatening my shark spotting trip on the Isle of Man, Matthew Lawrenson suggested that there might be a post on ‘the OTHER hobbies of beer bloggers’. My trip to the Isle of Man was part pub exploring, part shark spotting,…

Trying to watch England on a Steamboat from 1903

Forgive the unwieldy headline but sometimes you just have to call a post what it is. My grandad, George ‘Crazy George’ Baines, was 90 in April, and one of his birthday presents was a trip on a recently restored steam tug from 1903, called the Daniel Adamson. Me being the wonderful granddaughter I am undertook…

California Love In with Craft Beer Residency

Believe it or not, there wasn’t much of a flourishing craft scene in Runcorn in the 2000s. Now of course we have our wonderful Society Taproom, four breweries, and a beer festival to look forward to, but my introduction to Craft came a bit further from home, in California. Beer flights, brewpubs, tasting sessions, meet…

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…