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 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 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 »
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 »
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 »