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  • A pair of dark lagers

    As we teeter between winter and spring, this is a good moment for beers that tread the line between light and dark. Dark lagers are in season, particularly the Doppelbocks that would…

  • Heck’s Farmhouse Cider, Yarlington Mill Keeve

    I’m told Yarlington Mill is the king of the Somerset cider apples. Easy to believe when you’re drinking this stuff. It just dares you to take another gulp.

  • A can of Urbanaut Imperial Stout in front of a glass of the same beer

    Urbanaut Tropical Imperial Stout

    A small can big on flavour and contradiction: dark malts and light hops, big-hitting booze in a tiny package. There’s a lot to like here.

  • Little Pomona, Hard Rain Quince 2019

    Hard Rain Quince 2019, from Little Pomona, is the sort of mad, experimental, glorious drink that you’ll only get from independent producers. I like it even more because I helped to make it.

  • Tasting notes are boring

    What’s the point of a laundry list of hop flavours, when there’s no guarantee that anyone reading it will experience the beer in the same way?

  • Gueuze glass

    Who needs champagne when you have gueuze?

    Discover detailed expert tasting notes of 8 different gueuze beers, and an in-depth explanation of the style. Plus why it’s a great replacement for champagne.

  • Five Points, JUPA

    My review of JUPA by Five Points. The classic west-coast mishmash of tropical flavours – notably pineapple – and jammy stone fruit is followed up by a piney bitter kick that’s pronounced but still quite gentle.

  • 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, 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…

  • 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…