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  • The Dean Swift, London SE1

    The Dean Swift, Bermondsey

    The Dean Swift feels like a secret to gloat over. There’s so much right about this pub, yet none of these things alone quite explain why I like it so much.

  • My Top 5 Beers of 2018

    Let’s be honest: it’s December and I need content. So of course it’s time for a best beers list. Putting last year’s list together was pretty good fun too, so here I…

  • Brew By Numbers, Cranberry Witbier

    Brew By Numbers, 07 Witbier – Cranberry

    Brew By Numbers // 07 Witbier – Cranberry // 5.0% ABV // IBU unavailable // 440ml can This would have been 07|10 under the old labelling regime. And perhaps, somewhere deep in…

  • Unpacking beery advent calendars

    So here we are in early December, the run-up to Christmas firmly in our sights. Perhaps you’ve started working your way through a beer advent calendar. A seasonal selection of 12 or more…

  • Goose Island, Bourbon County Stout

    Goose Island Bourbon County Stout: the beer that laid the golden egg

    Black Friday isn’t a thing in the UK. It’s an American import that, like Oreos, is gaining popularity despite the fact that it adds very little of cultural value to the already…

  • Why I stopped using Untappd

    Why I stopped using Untappd

    For those who don’t know, Untappd is an app that allows you to track and rate the beers that you drink. It also helps you discover what beers are available nearby or…

  • In praise of beer in cans

    In Praise of Beer in Cans

    Ditch any idea that beer in cans is cheap and nasty. Cans are the ideal way to keep your beer tasting fresh and delicious. Read up on why.

  • The Dove Hammersmith

    Drinking in The Dove at Hammersmith

    Time moves differently down by the river. The Thames, tidal here, slips slowly by. Quiet and contemplative, I bask in the sun’s warmth. Its light is doubled, its twin reflected back at…

  • A visit to Mills Brewing

    I visited Mills Brewing in Gloucestershire, set up to produce beer with ‘minimum modern intervention’. I was also lucky to taste a preview of their first spontaneously fermented beer.

  • From Leeds With Love, Hoppy Dortmunder Lager

    North Brewing Co, From Leeds With Love

    The Dortmunder style sits somewhere between a helles and a pilsner, but is a touch stronger than both. A more muscular lager, if you will. This one looks the part, all deep…