MBCF 19 – Beer And Biscuits

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2019, Manchester Central, Jan 23rd-26th People can be sniffy about food pairing but we do it all the time. You might fancy a chocolate covered peanut, but you would never have chocolate cake and pesto, despite them both containing cocoa and nuts. The aim of this tasting was to launch…

Stouts and Porters to try this St Patrick’s Day

I remember a bygone day before Responsible Drinking was a thing, where at kicking out time¬†every St Patrick’s Day you’d be greeted by a wobbly carnival of (mostly) blokes all wearing novelty Guinness hats, which you needed to drink seven pints of the black stuff to receive, making its way through the town towards taxi…

IMBC 2016 – Got the cash, lost the soul?

Indyman Beer Con took place last week, over four days in the lovely surroundings of Victoria Baths. I was back for my third time, but this year the atmosphere was marred by the spectre of the almighty Pound, and the question of whether chasing the cash was leading to IMBC pricing out its most loyal…

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….