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The Best Beers I Drank In… JUNE 2016

The Best Beer I Drank In...

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 ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… MAY 2016

The Best Beer I Drank In...

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 ...

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BrewBarrel – Customised, Quick & Easy ‘Home Brewing’

BrewBarrel

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 ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… APRIL 2016

The Best Beer I Drank In...

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 ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… MARCH 2016

The Best Beer I Drank In...

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 ...

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Founders Brewing Talk @ Cafe Beermoth, Manchester

Cafe Beermoth - Founders Brewing Talk

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 ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… FEBRUARY 2016

The Best Beer I Drank In...

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 ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… JANUARY 2016

The Best Beer I Drank In...

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 ...

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The Twelve Beers Of Christmas 2015 (#12BeersofXmas)

12 Beers Of Xmas

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 ...

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Golden Pint Awards 2015

Golden Pint Awards 2015

When I started this beer blog a few months ago I intended my end of year post to follow the same format as the ‘Food Geek Awards’ over on my food blog. But that was before I know ‘Golden Pints’ were already a thing in the beer blogging community. I thought long and hard about whether to stick with my ...

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To Øl – To Ølekalender 2015 (Advent Calendar)

To Ølekalender 2015

Over the last couple of years To Øl, the gypsy brewer from Copenhagen have become my favourite international brewery. Replacing Mikkeller, with whom there are a lot of similarities in both the style of beers they produce and the way they produce them. It’s not surprising really since Tobias and Tore of To Øl and Mikkel of Mikkeller were friends ...

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Mikkeller Julepakkekalender 2015 (Advent Calendar)

Mikkeller Advent Calendar 2015

I decided I wanted a ‘beer advent calendar’ this year. But after being frustrated at the lack of quality in the UK options (a definite gap in the market), I looked further afield. As soon as I saw Mikkeller were doing one, a ‘Julepakkekalender’, I had to get it. It arrived in plenty of time but I was a little disappointed with ...

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Old Chimneys – Good King Henry Special Reserve (2013 Vintage)

Good King Henry (Special Reserve)

With all the beer related events, pub/bar reviews and my regular monthly ‘best of’ roundup, it’s been a while since there was an actual beer review around here. What better way to resolve that than with the UK’s #1 beer on Ratebeer.com and the only UK beer currently in the World Top 50. Beer: Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve (2013 Vintage) ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… NOVEMBER 2015

The Best Beer I Drank In...

After a ridiculous beer filled October I planned on taking it easy in November, expecting a quiet month before the Christmas madness began. But it didn’t quite turn out that way; with several visits to the likes of BrewDog, Port Street and Magic Rock Tap along with some stunning bottles, both at home and at a bottle share with a bunch ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… OCTOBER 2015

The Best Beer I Drank In...

I’ve not counted but I almost certainly drank more beers in October 2015 than any other month of my life. Mainly because it was festival season; the month started with three days at Indy Man Beer Con and ended with two days at Salford Independent Beer Festival. There was also Bolton beer festival in between along with BrewDog’s CollabFest, and somehow lots ...

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