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…

Why ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ isn’t as creepy as it seems

It’s that time of year again when even the most reserved retail outlets have given in and slammed on the Best Christmas in the World..Ever! CD. They’re all there – Noddy Holder screaming that it’s Christmas, Midge Ure bringing everyone down by talking about famine, and two crooners (or two Welsh people) playing out a…

A Few Beers In…York

When I announced that work was sending me on trip to York I was assailed with recommendations – my cousin even gave me their local CAMRA magazine and some flyers he had picked up about local beer tours and breweries on a recent trip. Unfortunately for me there was a significant portion of work to…

Witch Craft : How the church kicked women out of brewing

Back in September I was scrolling through Facebook when I noticed I’d been tagged in a post by a beer writer looking for ‘women who drink beer’. I went to the post with the intention of helping out, but when I saw the questions, and how unwittingly patronising they were, it upset me for reasons…

5 Weirdly Sexist Beer Descriptions On Untappd

The debate about sexist imagery on pump clips rages, (and I’ve had a go myself at the bottom of this article). The vast majority of breweries, when confronted, will explain patiently that it’s just a bit of a laugh, just a saucy picture to make the beer look more attractive to men who couldn’t possibly…

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…

Why Ladies Drink Beer, By Me, A Lady

Greetings gentle reader, my name is Ms Walker (spinster), and I am a lady. Now if, as I assume, you are of the gentlemanly persuasion and are reading this on the train on the way to your job as a coal miner or astronaut, you may be already quite perturbed by the idea of a…

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…

Best Real Ales and Beers at Glastonbury Festival

Drinking beer at a festival can mean unrivalled misery, with lager companies enjoying a monopoly on the beer tents and pumping out plastic pints of unsatisfying suds at about a five a go. Glastonbury is no ordinary festival though, so if it’s your first time get onto this guide of which beers you can enjoy…

A few drinks in… Hull : European City of Culture

Hull eh? European Capital of Culture 2017 and also hosting Radio One’s Big Weekend – who would ever have though it? Let’s face it, when you’re idly wondering where to spend a weekend, Hull was probably on the list between ‘Grimsby’ and ‘Let’s just stay at home’’. However, I like Hull. It has nice buildings,…