A few beers in… London

I always avoid writing about London pubs, simply because there are so many that trying to recommend or cover them at all is akin to writing an article called Top Ten Leicester Square Pigeons. However, I get so many (three) requests for London recs that I thought I’d better put in some effort, seeing as London…

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,…

A few drinks in…Beverley, East Yorkshire

Beverley is what Americans who have never visited Britain presume it’s like – quaint, windy streets, a busy market square, cosy pubs with fires-a-blazing and a big, grand old church, in Beverley’s case, their stunning Minster. I went there in search of some Victorian pubs which may conceivably have once been Beer Houses, dating back…

What do we know about Runcorn’s next pub?

If you’re of a certain age you might remember that the fairground would sometimes rock up on a patch of ground next to the ‘curly bridge’ on the canal bank opposite Runcorn’s Brindley Theatre. You might even recall when that patch of land was the Crosville bus depot, though that has been gone for quite some…

Mad Hatter’s Mini Christmas Bash

Organising a piss up in a brewery puts you at risk of all sorts of ridicule, so it’s a brave company that attempts it, and it’s almost inevitable that something will go wrong. When I arrived at Mad Hatter’s new site on Lightbody Street, Liverpool, the power had gone out. The blame was placed on the…

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…