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  • Vegan beers — what to look out for

    It has been four years since I last wrote about vegan beer and things have changed, so I’ve decided to revisit the subject. I will answer some of the questions you might…

  • Don’t buy fear and ignorance

    I received a sample of Drinkwell IPA over the weekend. It came in a very smelly box — really stinky ink — but that’s not why I want to write about it.…

  • So you want to get better at describing beer

    There’s no getting round it, if you want to become a better beer taster you need to learn how to describe the stuff clearly and accurately. Flavour is wrapped up in language, and you need to identify and understand what you’re tasting.

  • Getting the skinny on low calorie beers

    This article was first published in issue 38 of Ferment Magazine in April 2019. The best thing about a workout is the feeling afterwards: the warm glow in your muscles, the sense…

  • ZeroWater: let’s get this clear

    Do ZeroWater filters work? Does the water taste better? Does it make better tea, better coffee, better ice? And what happens when you filter beer for a laugh?

  • On the importance of not drinking sometimes

    The important point is to put a break to unthinking drinking. Regular drink-free days are a good way of achieving this with little effort. And if you add recording your drink-free days somewhere into the mix it helps make the habit stick.

  • What is ‘mixed ferm’ beer?

    I’m rather annoyed with myself. In a recent newsletter I lazily referred to saisons as being ‘mixed ferm’. That was wrong. They are not. Or, at least, they don’t have to be.…

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    Best Booze Books, 2020 edition

    Right, it’s pretty clear what the deal is here so minimal waffle and let’s just get on with it, right? Right. No affiliate links or anything. Just recommendations because I think these…

  • How to write memorable beer tasting notes

    Learning to write useful and memorable tasting notes will improve your ability to read beer reviews. You can use this knowledge to buy and enjoy better beer.

  • What are the best beer glasses?

    Your glass does more than just hold your beer, it affects how it tastes. Read on to find out how, and get advice on the best glasses to buy for your beer at home.