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,…

Christmas Gifts for Beer Lovers

Being the self-centred aesthetic-driven Generation Y-er that I am I was going to make a whole post about a bauble that I bought for my Christmas tree when I visited Dublin on a research trip back in June. I stopped myself just in time and instead I have compiled a few of my favourite beer related…

Left Bank Beer Festival : Manchester

In June this year I pulled my first ever pint. It was at the Guinness Storehouse and I just about managed it under the watchful eye of a trained tour guide. I had to pull on the electric pump twice and tilt the glass, and I got a certificate. This vast experience of the pub…

Tasting Notes : Beers to drink to the Cribs

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen the Cribs now but it’s over twenty-five I’m pretty sure. This weekend they played what they have described as their ‘best ever’ gig in Leeds’ Millennium Square, so let’s dive into the beer fridge and have a look at which brews perfectly compliment their six albums….

Southport : Inn Beer Shop

It took me three years to be convinced that I should watch Game of Thrones and now I’m obsessed with it, I feel this is a suitable metaphor for my relationship with the Inn Beer Shop as despite having been recommended this wonderful place for over a year I have never tried it. Now I’m…