Plenty to look forward at Falmouth Beer Festival

Plenty to look forward at Falmouth Beer Festival

This may sound daft for a fella that writes about beer, but I’m not the biggest fan of beer festivals. Give me a beer that’s been properly looked after, in a cellar until it’s perfect to serve, any day. For some festivals, however, I’m prepared to go out of my way....
Beer Talk: January 5, 2019

Beer Talk: January 5, 2019

• This article was written for, but has not appeared in, the Western Morning News’s West Magazine on January 5   There’s a long association of brewers supporting good causes, whether through fundraising beer festivals or fundraising brews. 2018, for...
What’s brewing in Ponsanooth?

What’s brewing in Ponsanooth?

  There are just two days left to invest in Treen’s Brewery, based in Ponsanooth, Cornwall, via its crowdfunding campaign. And, on Saturday, there will be a party to celebrate the closing of the fundraiser, whether the target has been hit or not.  ...

Getting a handle on the perfect beer temperature

In an experiment that could be said to have revealed the bleedin’ obvious, it has been discovered that a pint beer glass with a handle will keep beer cooler than one without a handle. Brewlab carried out the experiment on behalf of catering equipment supplier,...
Spain offers alternative for hop buyers

Spain offers alternative for hop buyers

Chinook, Columbus, Summit, Cascade. We all know where these hop varieties come from. You can picture now the sweeping acres of bines in the Yakima and Columbus valleys of Washington state in the USA. Well, that’s what I thought, too, until I received three bottles of...
Apples and beers as pub of the year presentation is made

Apples and beers as pub of the year presentation is made

Cornwall CAMRA chairman, Bob Bunce, presents the award for county pub of the year to Matt Reay, manager of The Front, Falmouth   It’s a spring Saturday afternoon and I’m drinking a 5.6% ABV Joe’s Cider, from the Purbeck Cider Company, at the...
The Cloudwater experience comes to Falmouth

The Cloudwater experience comes to Falmouth

I am sitting in the HAND Bar, in Falmouth, an Aladdin’s cave of keg beer, with a gang of brewers from local Verdant and visiting Cloudwater. They have been working on a collaboration during the day and I’ve asked what it is, to be given the answer:...
The number of The Beast

The number of The Beast

On the first proper spring day, and in a lovely beer garden in just a t-shirt (well, not just a t-shirt — that wouldn’t be great for anybody), it seems counter-intuitive of me to be enjoying a 6.66% ABV beer that rich, roasty and black as night. But Exmoor Beast...

A look around the Beer Merchants Tap, Hackney Wick

It was only October 26 last year when I ran the story revealing the plan to open the Beer Merchants Tap, in Hackney Wick, London. Fewer than four months later, the project has been crowdfunded and the venue is open. And no, it doesn’t look hurried. In fact, it...
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...

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