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  • 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…

  • What have I achieved in the past year?

    After reading this post by Natalya Watson on what she’s achieved over three years working in beer, I was… Well I was slightly jealous and very impressed to be perfectly honest. Natalya is…

  • Cloudwater Brew Co - repeated recipes on the horizon?

    Cloudwater: repeat recipes on the horizon?

    Earlier this week I interviewed Paul Jones, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Cloudwater, for a magazine article. I ended up with much more material than I was able to use – including…

  • Tynt Meadow Ale, the UK's first Trappist beer

    Tasting Tynt Meadow, England’s First Trappist Beer

    I’m in my local bottle shop picking up an order. As the shopkeeper hands over the bottles, the look in the his eyes says it all. Here is something truly new and…

  • The Experiment requires that you continue

    Is The Experiment worth a go?

    This is not where I’m supposed to be. On a sweltering late afternoon, in the middle of the longest summer heatwave for a generation, I’ve crossed London in entirely the wrong direction…

  • Duff Gardens coming to North London

    It’s been a busy time for me recently. I qualified as a Beer Sommelier – which claims quite a bit of time and brainspace – plus I’ve been setting up a business.…

  • Skunked beer: how to avoid a drink that stinks

    Most of the time, for most people, enjoying a beer is a simple and uncomplicated pleasure. But sadly we don’t live in a perfect world – things can and do go wrong…

  • Brick Brewery, Cucumber and Strawberry Sour: crushable

    Brick Brewery, Cucumber and Strawberry Sour

    I like South-East London’s Brick Brewery, and I like their sour beers too. This is another totally crushable example: crisp, bursting with flavour, refreshing – everything I want from this type of…

  • Ales Tales - the UK's only Belgian Beer Festival

    Ales Tales 2018

    Ales Tales, the only beer festival in the UK entirely dedicated to Belgian beer, returned for its second year on the 1st and 2nd of June. Drinkers in Hackney’s Oval Space were…

  • Beer

    Palate, Palette, or Pallet

    Let’s just clear something up quickly. OK? Palate: the roof of your mouth. Also your sense of taste. This is the one you usually want if you’re talking about how a beer…