So despite already having two beery advent calendars I couldn’t resist ordering a third. After talking myself out of the Mikkeller calendar I decided I’d like one that wasn’t tied to a single brewery. My favourite Manchester bottle shop, Beermoth, were doing one for £100, which I just knew would be fantastic. But I was swayed by the allure of ...Read More »
I know these posts are supposed to be published before the end of the year but I was too busy, well,...
Imagine paying £200 for a ticket to a beer festival and not wanting to go. Okay, I’m exaggerat...
I’ve been to a lot of breweries over the last few years. Most are on big out of town industria...
I like to eat out, a lot. Usually, in restaurants but a few years ago I started attending supper clu...
I really loved my To Ølekalender last year. So despite already having another two beer advenet calendars (BrewDog here, third is coming soon) I couldn’t resist getting it again. Here’s what I thought of the 2016 version… Well, we didn’t get off to a great start to be honest. Gone are the lovely brightly coloured, individually wrapped bottles of last ...Read More »
Remember how last year I couldn’t choose between Mikkeller and To Øl advent calendars? So I ended up with both? Well, it happened again. In fact, this year I was even more undecided. There were five that I wanted. Yes, five! Including both of the above. In the In the end I managed to talk myself out of the Mikkeller ...Read More »
I know, Christmas is long forgotten. And good bloggers published their ’12 Beers Of Christmas’ post well before the decorations came down. Well, not me. I was too busy having fun and enjoying drinking the beers to write about them. At least I remembered to post them daily on Twitter and Instagram this year! As well as Untappd of course. Better late ...Read More »
I know these posts are supposed to be published before the end of the year but I was too busy, well, drinking beer. And to be honest, they also took me far longer than I expected. It turns out I drank a hell of a lot of beer in 2016 (according to Untappd: 2347 total, 1391 unique!) And the vast ...Read More »
The highlight of Manchester’s beer calendar is undoubtedly the Independent Manchester Beer Convention, or Indy Man Beer Con as we like to call it. Returning for its fifth year and seemingly going from strength to strength. Tickets to the peak time sessions sold out in record time. Although I enjoyed 2015’s event I felt it wasn’t quite as good as previous years. ...Read More »
You can tell it’s nearly winter as you read down this list. Nine of the 13 beers I’ve selected are dark, many big winter warmers. I don’t only drink dark beers in winter, of course, and there are some amazing hoppy and sour beers on the list too. But there’s just something about a dark malty beer whilst sat in front of a ...Read More »
My love for Cantillon knows no bounds. Their Quintessence event in May remains one of my highlights of the year. Another huge occasion on the Cantillon calendar is Zwanze Day. An annual event where the legendary Belgian brewery releases a specially produced new beer in only a handful of venues around the world. I’d only ever tried 2012’s offering, a rhubarb lambic which was a recreation ...Read More »
My two favourite styles of beer are DIPAs, for everyday drinking, and barleywines for cold winter nights and special occasions. While four of my top five beers (according to Untappd) have ABVs over 10%. I definitely have a taste for the strong stuff. Both in ABV but more importantly in flavour. I also like to drink and buy a lot of ...Read More »
Stoptober was originally a campaign to encourage people to quit smoking during October. In recent years though – this one in particular – it seems to be trying to stop people drinking as well. I can’t say I was tempted. Instead I visited Indy Man Beer Fest (on three of its four days), tried 26 out of the 27 collaborations at BrewDog’s ‘CollabFest’, ...Read More »
The fourth annual Rainbow Project was held in September. An event where seven of the UK’s best breweries design a beer inspired by a colour of the rainbow. 2014 saw the breweries collaborate with European friends. It’s where the now infamous Buxton/Omnipollo partnership was first established. While in 2015 the British breweries were joined by American counterparts. This year it ...Read More »
Summer may be over now but it definitely wasn’t in September. Even in Scotland! Last months best beers mostly came from visits to Leeds Beer Festival, the 2016 Rainbow Project launch at Magic Rock Tap and a week in Scotland (Edinburgh and Aberdeen). All three trips featured amazing super sunny weather to match the beers. Almanac Beer Company – Farmer’s Reserve Citrus ...Read More »
I love Leeds. The people, the city, the bars. And despite some stiff competition, Leeds International Beer Festival was my 2015 ‘Beer Festival of the Year’ too. Naturally I couldn’t wait to return this year. So much so that I booked two sessions instead of one. Just like last year it was another warm and bright September day. Yorkshire was looking ...Read More »
I don’t know if I was tired for the whole of August, but I seem to have drank a lot of coffee beers. And five of them have made this list of best beers I drank last month. They’re all very different though, you’d never even guess one of them tasted of coffee by looking at it. There’s a couple of choices that ...Read More »
Browsing this months shortlist you’d think I didn’t go out much in July. That wasn’t the case though. There were big trips to Liverpool and London as well as plenty of nights in Manchester. It just so happens that I drank some amazing beers at home and at a bottle share with friends. Omnipollo – Bianca Raspberry Lassi Gose (3.5% ...Read More »