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The Best Beers I Drank In… MARCH 2017

The Best Beer I Drank In...

Oh my. Is it really almost July? How did I get so behind with these posts? I better get a move on as there was a LOT of good beer drunk in April, May and June. Watch this space. But here are the best beers I drank in March. I actually thought I’d struggle with this list as I took ...

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BrewDog – AGM 2017, Aberdeen #PunkAGM2017

BrewDog AGM2017

Another year, another BrewDog AGM. This write up will be slightly less detailed than usual. Initially, I was going to pretend it’s because I’ve covered the previous two AGMs in depth here and here and they are fairly similar. This is true. But the real reason is that I seem to have slipped out of good blogger mode recently. I ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… FEBRUARY 2017

The Best Beer I Drank In...

After taking a break in December and January this regular series is back for a new year – albeit a couple of months late. March’s selection will follow shortly like a London bus. And it won’t be too long before April’s makes an appearance too! But for now here are the best beers I drank in February 2017… Cloudwater Brew Co. – ...

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BoxBeers Advent Calendar 2016 + Which Was Best? [3/3]

BoxBeers Advent Calendar

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 ...

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To Øl – To Ølekalender 2016 (Advent Calendar) [2/3]

To Øl Advent Calendar

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 ...

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BrewDog Advent Calendar 2016 [1/3]

BrewDog Advent Calendar

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 ...

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The Twelve Beers Of Christmas 2016 (#12BeersofXmas)

12 Beers Of Xmas 2016

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 ...

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Golden Pint Awards 2016

Golden Pints Awards 2016

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 ...

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The Independent Manchester Beer Convention 2016 (IMBC 2016)

Indy Man Beer Con 2016

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. ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… NOVEMBER 2016

The Best Beer I Drank In...

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 ...

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Cantillon Zwanze Day 2016 @ North Bar, Leeds

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2016 @ North Bar Leeds

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 ...

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Imperial Beer Club Review

Imperial Beer Club

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 ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… OCTOBER 2016

The Best Beer I Drank In...

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’, ...

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International Rainbow Project 2016 @ Magic Rock Tap, Huddersfield

International Rainbow Project 2016 @ Magic Rock Tap

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 ...

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