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Cantillon Quintessence 2016

Cantillon Quintessence 2016, Brussels

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 ...

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Beer Geek Supper Club with The Drunken Butcher

Beer Geek Supper Club With The Drunken Butcher

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 ...

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Iberica Spinningfields

Food Pairing Dinner With Casimiro At Ibérica, Spinningfields

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 ...

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The Marble Arch Inn, Manchester

The Marble Arch Inn, Manchester & The Best Cheeseboard In Town

The Marble Arch Inn is a special place. Situated on Rochdale Road, a short walk from Victoria Station in what’s now known as ‘The Green Quarter’ it’s one of the oldest pubs in the city, dating back to 1888. The beautiful Grade II listed building retains much of its original Victorian fittings; mosaic floor, exposed metal and tiled ceilings. From the moment ...

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Solita Beavertown & Andy Annat Takeover

Beavertown & Andy Annat Restaurant Takeover @ Solita Didsbury

It’s hard not to get excited when one of your favourite UK breweries teams up with a BBQ champion to host a one off event at one of your favourite restaurants. It happened in March when Solita held a kitchen takeover to launch the sale of Beavertown beers in their restaurants. I’d have been up for it anyway had they ...

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Grub Winter Beer Festival 2015

Grub ‘Winter Beer Festival’ 2015, Green Quarter, Manchester

A freezing cold railway arch at the end of January might not seem like the ideal time and place to hold a beer festival. I thought the same myself before attending all three days of Grub’s ‘Winter Beer Festival’. But it turned out to be a fantastic event with great beer and even better food. Read about it here: http://foodgeekblog.co.uk/2015/02/grub-winter-beer-fest-2015-green-quarter-manchester/

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Christmas Food & Beer @ Great Ale

Christmas Food, Beer & Festive Cheer @ Great Ale, Bolton Market

After running a successful food and beer pairing event at the newly opened Wigan Central, I brought my ‘Christmas Food, Beer & Festive Cheer’ to one of my favourite places two days later; Great Ale in Bolton Market’s Lifestyle Hall. Despite tickets being cheaper, the Bolton event proved to be even better than the original in Wigan. Mostly thanks to the ...

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Taps Manchester

Beer & Food Pairing @ Taps, Manchester

  Taps was the scene of my worst ever experience as a food blogger back in 2012. I genuinely thought I’d never return but last year I went back after being tempted by their new ‘Beer & Food Pairing Menu’. It couldn’t possibly be as bad as last time. Could it? Find out here: http://foodgeekblog.co.uk/2014/11/taps-manchester-beer-food-pairing/

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Cane & Grain - Meet The Brewer

Kona/Red Hook ‘Meet The Brewer’ @ Cane & Grain, Manchester

Hawaiian brewery Kona seem to be everywhere in Manchester these days with American Red Hook not far behind with their popular Long Hammer IPA. I attended a ‘Meet The Brewer’ event at Cane & Grain in Manchester’s Northern Quarter where I got to learn about the breweries and sample many of their beers, paired with Cane & Grain food. Read about it here: ...

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Great Ale - Burger & Beer Pairing

Burgers & Beer @ Great Ale, Bolton Market

After the success of my first event with Great Ale in Bolton Market’s Lifestyle Hall (Beer & Cheese Pairing) we couldn’t wait to put on another. We’d had many requests to repeat the cheese event – something I’d love to do in the future – but I was keen to do something completely different first. This time I wanted to not only ...

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Cheese & Beer Pairing @ Bolton Market

Beer & Cheese Pairing @ Great Ale, Bolton Market

As a lover of craft beer I was delighted when micro-bar Great Ale opened in Bolton Market’s new ‘Lifestyle Hall’ in January. Spending more time (and money) there than I probably should I got to know the owners quite well. When they found out about this blog and my passion for good food as well as beer they were keen for me ...

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