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 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 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…

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…

Golden Pints Golden Pubs 2017

Golden Pubs Nellie’s (The White Horse Inn), Beverley, West Yorkshire A pub you will never forget once you’ve experienced it. A warren of older rooms lit only by candles, but with additional more modern facilities making it commercially viable as well as a quirky olde worlde destination. The Old Coffee House, Soho, London Pleasingly odd…

Pub Crawl : The X30 Challenge

Challengers clockwise from back : Mark, James, Eileen, Valerie, Kirsty, John, Darren, Carl. There are a number of schools of thought on pub crawls – some like them to be regimented and therefore achievable, some just want to attempt them and have a few laughs on the way, and some seem to have a genuine…

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…