Imagine paying £200 for a ticket to a beer festival and not wanting to go. Okay, I’m exaggerating slightly. But I did have to force myself to get out of bed for the first session of this years Copenhagen Beer Celebration. To be honest, I was never massively looking forward to the morning sessions. As much as I love beer, usually ...Read More »
I like to eat out, a lot. Usually, in restaurants but a few years ago I started attending supper clu...
It doesn’t feel like a year since the last BrewDog AGM, that’s because it wasn’t. ...
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I try not to drink too heavily during the week; it does nothing for my productivity the next day. Bu...
After the madness of the previous few months June was actually fairly sensible. Well, by recent standards anyway. There were still lots of great beers drunk, of course. Most either at home or out in Manchester and a trip to Huddersfield. Here’s the pick of them… Great Divide Brewing Company – Old Ruffian (10.27% / Bottle @ BrewDog, Manchester) It seems like ...Read More »
I’ve been to a lot of breweries over the last few years. Most are on big out of town industrial estates or previously disused arches under railways tracks. But not Cantillon. Their brewery is on a normal street, in a normal part of Brussels. Which is odd really, as the beer they brew is far from normal. Inside is a ...Read More »
I know I say this every month but never has it been truer. This post was almost impossible to write. May was just crazy for beer. I drank several hundred, many simply world class. The majority came from Cantillon’s legendary Quintessence event in Brussels. Where amongst other things I was drinking 20-year-old gueuze. And then the best four days of ...Read More »
I like to eat out, a lot. Usually, in restaurants but a few years ago I started attending supper clubs too. I love them because most are BYOB (bring your own booze). People generally go with a bottle of wine or two but I like to take a variety of beers to pair with each course. Some of the best supper clubs in Manchester are undoubtedly ...Read More »
You might have noticed the ‘Homebrewing‘ tab in the menu bar up there? Well, if you’ve ever clicked it you’ll have seen its said ‘Coming soon.’ for the entire lifetime of this blog. I fully intended to start brewing a couple of years ago you see. I still do, in fact. I have half the equipment ready and waiting in my ...Read More »
Partly because I had so many beers to sort through. April was a particularly hectic month and involved a lot of amazing beer. My birthday weekend, Magic Rock’s Un-Human Cannonball launch event and trips to London and Aberdeen for BrewDog’s AGM. But also because I’ve been busy so drinking even more beer in May. First at Cantillon in Belgium and then CBC in Copenhagen, but more ...Read More »
It doesn’t feel like a year since the last BrewDog AGM, that’s because it wasn’t. I did have to check, though, just in case I’d been having too much fun over the past 12 months. Last year’s ‘meeting’ was held in June while this time it was brought forward to April, presumably to gain maximum exposure before their share offering ...Read More »
Another month, another struggle to reduce 100’s of quality beers down to a concise list. Next month promises to be an even bigger challenge with my birthday weekend, Magic Rock’s UnHuman Cannonball launch, BrewDog’s annual AGM and a boozy trip to London on the cards. But that’s for next time, here are the best beers I drank in March. Buxton ...Read More »
There are a few key beers I can pinpoint as important turning points in my craft education. Founders Brewing Co’s ‘All Day IPA’ and later ‘Centennial IPA’ are right up there amongst them. Since then I’ve sampled many more of their range and enjoyed most of them, with some real highlights. The American craft brewing legends were in Manchester recently ...Read More »
I hosted a supper club in February where I matched beers to a seven-course tasting menu. Most of the beers were pretty special (click here to see them all) and could’ve easily dominated this list. But as I’m going to be writing the event up separately I decided not to include most of them here. There were a couple I ...Read More »
I started this blog to avoid writing about beer over on my food blog. But every now and again I attend an event and can’t decide where best to put it. As happened recently when I was invited to a ‘Food Pairing Dinner’ at Ibérica, Spinningfields. I’ve covered Ibérica a couple of time over there but since this event was hosted by ...Read More »
If you blink in Manchester these days there’s every chance you’ll miss a new restaurant or bar pop up. Though most recent openings have been so boring you might be doing yourself a favour. One that I was eagerly anticipating for much of last year, however, was Cafe Beermoth. The long rumoured bar from the guys behind Northern Quarter bottleshop ...Read More »
I decided to take a short break from blogging last month so didn’t add to this ongoing series. Most of the ‘Best Beers I Drank In DECEMBER 2015‘ were covered in these three posts though: Mikkeller Julepakkekalender 2015 (Advent Calendar), To Øl – To Ølekalender 2015 (Advent Calendar), The Twelve Beers Of Christmas (#12BeersofXmas). I haven’t gone in for any ...Read More »
For my first Christmas as a beer blogger,q I wanted to showcase some of the special beers that I’d saved for the festive period. After spending ages thinking about how to go about it, I realised that just like when I found out that ‘Golden Pints’ already exist, there’s also an established format in the beer blogging community. ‘Twelve Beers ...Read More »