Loving the beer geek life: an update and future plans

I’m expecting quite a few new readers on the site today. If that’s you, welcome! I hope you like what you find here. Perhaps you’ve arrived here today after reading my piece for BeerBods on Unity Brewing Co’s Congregate Belgian pale ale. And perhaps you’re wondering “who is this dude, and why am I reading his stuff instead of Evil …

Jonny Garrett

First Beer Experiences – Jonny Garrett

As part of the series on first beer experiences I have been curating for Tryanuary, we’ve seen contributions from Daisy Turnell and Natalya Watson, among others. Now I’m extremely pleased to add the excellent Jonny Garrett to the list. Jonny is a writer and filmmaker. After an unsuccessful period of being a music journalist, and an even less successful stint …

Daisy Turnell

First Beer Experiences – Daisy Turnell

Daisy Turnell is the owner of Craft Beer Newcastle – a website dedicated to breweries, bars, bottle shops and events in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the North East region. She is also the Marketing Manager for The Head of Steam bars and Camerons Brewery’s Managed pub estate, having worked in the industry for 16 years. Currently studying to become a Beer Sommelier, …

Natalya Watson, Certified Cicerone®

First Beer Experiences – Natalya Watson

Throughout this month the Tryanuary team will be sharing stories about people’s first experiences with beer. Trying beer for the first time can be a daunting experience, and – let’s be honest – sometimes a difficult one. The bitterness found in beer can take some getting used to. But as you read the stories people have shared we hope you …

Sign up to BeerBods for Tryanuary and only pay half price!

You can’t go out every night during January. What if you want to take part in #tryanuary from your home? Well, here is some really great news for the beer curious wherever they may be, in South London or further away: BeerBods are offering a fantastic deal to anyone signing up for one of their subscription boxes during January. I’m a …

My top 5 beers of 2017

My Top 5 Beers of 2017

2017 is almost over, and like lots of you, no doubt, I find myself looking back over the year and thinking about some of the memories that stand out. This year saw lots of beery beginnings for me. 2017 was the year I began my training as a beer sommelier. It was the year I began home brewing, after a …

man lying among books

10 Best Books For Budding Beer Buffs

Do you know someone who loves beer so much that merely drinking it isn’t enough? Is he thirsty for every drop of knowledge he can find on the subject? Does she want to learn more about all the beer styles out there, and how to pair them with the perfect dish? Or perhaps that’s you I’ve just described? Either way, …