A brewdogging in Sheffield

A few months ago, my beer wife Karen sent me a link and asked “Would this be something you’d be interested in?” It seemed to be an event in Sheffield involving beer and dogs and so I said “Absolutely!” and booked a train. I didn’t find out until the day before that what I was…

1D Hometown Challenge : Bradford

Regular readers will be painfully aware of my obsession with One Direction, and I’ll be honest, it’s not easy to shoehorn them into every area of my life. However, I am not a quitter, and when I realised I would making a trip to Hebden Bridge, and would be staying in Bradford, a series was…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

The Pub At Christmas

It’s a Family Affair In a sitcom Christmas special,  in an effort to shake things up a bit the writers often bring in a hitherto unseen character; someone’s dad, grandma, or Uncle Knobhead who shows up usually played by a respected theatre actor and steals the show. So it goes at Christmas, when suddenly the…