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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…