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…

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…