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…

Drinking With A Broken Wrist

When people saw me sporting a beige arm splint they naturally assumed I had broken my wrist whilst drunk. Not true. We all know that when you’re drunk your body takes on a natural floppiness not unlike that of a five day old tulip stem, and that if you fall when drunk, most of the…

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…