The Diary: Saturday, January 6, 2018

James Beeson’s blog piece, An Ode to the Great British Pub, is not, as he says, “a weepy-eyed, rose-tinted spectacled elegy to the public house”, but it does make a number of points about the institution with which it is hard not to disagree, least...
Dry January? No, get on board with Tryanuary

Dry January? No, get on board with Tryanuary

There’s a lovely cartoon I saw the other day where a fella is stood in his new commercial premises, explaining his business plan to his friend. He says: “I’m going to run it as a gym for the first two weeks of the year, then turn it into a...
Guest blog: Pray silence for Trappist beer

Guest blog: Pray silence for Trappist beer

XT Brewing, of Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, held a Trappist beer tasting in its brewery tap last week. The brewery’s Russ Taylor says the event was a great success, and here offers his guide to the monks behind the beers, and the brews themselves… The...

Round two of a Sardinian collaboration

Guest blog by Russ Taylor, XT Brewing Co Carl Fitzpatrick, of BBBirra, checks his hops   Last summer at XT we brewed a Belgian wit beer, the Animal Donkey, with innovative and eccentric Italian Brewery BBBirra, from Bosa. The beer was made with wheat and loads of...

The Barrel at Bude launches bespoke beer range

Sunday in Bude – glorious autumn sun, rolling waves, but it’s a different sort of barrel I’m here for. It’s the middle of the afternoon and the Barrel at Bude micropub is filled to capacity. Acoustic singer guitarist Michael Guild is captivating the drinkers, but the...

Grey day, Green Hop

It was a stormy Saturday afternoon. Storm Brian was coming in and, as it happens, would not have too much impact on our part of west Cornwall, but the prospect was enough to deter me from a second visit to the excellent Falmouth Beer Festival, where I had enjoyed...

Treen’s Brewery: the full line-up in Falmouth

To The Front, in Falmouth, where brewer Simon Treen and his wife, Sarah, are revealing the new line-up of Treen’s Brewery beers after the initial launch of the Cuckoo and Cloud Cuckoo brews in 2016. It was busy. By ‘eck it was busy. But then Treen’s...

£400,000 extension opened at Dartmoor Brewery

Photography: Portia Crossley   A sunny spring evening is perfect for driving from Plymouth up to Princetown to visit the Dartmoor Brewery, and the journey across the moor is breathtaking. I’d only done it once before and that was in the dark. Now the full sweep...

A walk on the mild side in Falmouth

It took less than an hour for one perennial question to rear its head as Cornwall CAMRA members enjoyed a tour of mild-serving pubs in Falmouth. “It’s not very dark for a mild, is it?” Oh, if I had a pound for every time. The beer in question: Rye Ruby Red (5% ABV),...