Cafe Beermoth Manchester

Pub/Bar Focus: Cafe Beermoth, Manchester

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 ...

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The Best Beer I Drank In...

The Best Beers I Drank In… JANUARY 2016

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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12 Beers Of Xmas

The Twelve Beers Of Christmas 2015 (#12BeersofXmas)

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 Ølekalender 2015

To Øl – To Ølekalender 2015 (Advent Calendar)

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 Advent Calendar 2015

Mikkeller Julepakkekalender 2015 (Advent Calendar)

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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Good King Henry (Special Reserve)

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

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

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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Il Santo Bevitore, Venice

Il Santo Bevitore: Craft Beer Heaven In Venice

After a week of fairly average beer in Verona and around Lake Garda I couldn’t wait to get to Venice. I’d spent a reasonable amount of time researching the best craft beer spots in the city. It wasn’t as easy as I expected, but I came up with a pretty good list of places to visit. Unfortunately, a change in plans ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… OCTOBER 2015

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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Indy Man Beer Con 2015

The Independent Manchester Beer Convention 2015 (IMBC 2015)

Last year’s Indy Man Beer Con was probably my favourite weekend of 2014. It genuinely blew my mind, totally shattered my perception of beer festivals and left me feeling I’d never be able to enjoy another as much again.blo So in June when tickets went on sale for this years event I immediately snapped them up – for three different sessions – ...

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The Best Beers I Drank In… SEPTEMBER 2015

It was a particular challenge not to let this list be dominated by two fantastic events I attended in September: Leeds International Beer Festival and The Rainbow Project Northern Launch at Magic Rock Tap. They were both so good but I drank plenty of other great beer too, so I’ve limited them to just a few places each on this list. ...

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Rainbow Project Launch @ Magic Rock Tap, Huddersfield

The Rainbow Project 2015 – Northern Launch @ Magic Rock Tap, Huddersfield

The Rainbow Project began in 2013 when seven of the UK’s best breweries each brewed a beer inspired by a colour of the rainbow. In 2014 the UK breweries were paired with a European counterpart to create a collaboration rainbow beer, while this year saw them each paired with a top US brewery. I missed it completely the first time around ...

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Leeds International Beer Festival

Leeds International Beer Festival 2015

I said that Indy Man Beer Fest had ruined all other beer festivals for me. I was wrong. That was before I knew about Leeds International Beer Festival. It was a warm and sunny early September day and I’d just come back from eight days in Northern Italy, where besides one amazing day in Venice I’d been stuck with fairly average ...

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Omnipollo Takeover at Buxton Brewery Tap House

Omnipollo Takeover @ Buxton Brewery Tap House

I try not to drink too heavily during the week; it does nothing for my productivity the next day. But when I heard about Swedish brewery Omnipollo taking over Buxton Brewery’s Tap House for the day I just had to be there, despite the fact it was a Thursday. I don’t have a single favourite brewery but Omnipollo are always around my top 5 ...

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