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…

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…

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 Few Drinks in … Sheffield

Sheffield! Home of the Arctic Monkeys, Jessica Ennis, and Pulp. Home of two football teams, two universities, and no one sensible way of navigating the city centre. Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to spend time travelling with me will know I will avoid taxis as if they have live, hungry, cheetahs in the back…

A Few Beers in Australia : Part 4 : The Gold Coast

For the last part of my Australian adventure we were heading away from the snow and towards the subtropical Queensland coast, which has honest to goodness rainforests and temperatures in the twenties in the middle of winter. The Gold Coast is a city rather than a name for a locale and has quite a few…

A Few Drinks in Australia : Part 3 : Gerringong and Jindabyne

Our journey through the South East coast of Australia continued into the coast and the snow. Gerringong is a town of fewer than 4000 people on the coast of New South Wales but has  six wineries and two breweries within about 25 kilometres of it. One of the breweries, Hopdog, has a tap room attached…

A Few Drinks in Australia : Part 2 : Canberra

This statement has raised a few eyebrows on both sides of the world, but of all the places I visited in Australia, Canberra was my favourite. Maybe it’s just my contrary nature, as everyone I spoke to about Canberra seemed to apologise for its very existence, but on my last day in Australia, looking out…

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…

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…

Brewdog Liverpool : All Aboard!

Bold Street has gone to shit hasn’t it? It used to be the drinker’s first choice for independent bars with unpronounceable foreign beers and narky staff with interesting facial hair who will tell you that Gluggensteiner is the shit in Berlin this winter so that will be five pounds please. Now though, Bold Street is…