It’s lager time, and I’m in the company of experts

It was Zoom time again this week as I took part in a tasting of Lost and Grounded Brewers’ new Helles lager. And there was a chance to try some of their other beers, too, in the company of some of the country’s leading beer writers. It’s funny, Annie Clements,...

Dare we dream that the end is nigh?

A glimmer of hope this morning — the government has definitely commissioned a new series of Pubs, but no comfirmation of an airing date yet. What we do know, however, is that the requirement for a substantial meal will be a thing of the past, according to a report in...

Facing collapse: what’s the future for hospitality in 2021?

If we thought 2020 was a disaster for hospitality then, to paraphrase Messrs Bachman and Turner, it’s possible we ain’t seen nothing yet. UK Hospitality chief executive, Kate Nicholls, has tweeted that the sector is “facing collapse”. She highlighted particularly the...

A new front opens in the battle for Britain’s pubs

Remember the 12 days of Christmas? Not this year. Just the one. Now Boxing Day is here and we enter a new series of tiers for, well, who knows how long? Down here in Cornwall we have moved up from level 1 to 2, so that’s my part-time job in my beloved wet-led...

Interview: Conor Davies-Taylor, Ascot Brewing Co

Conor Davies-Taylor’s father, Chris, bought established Ascot Brewing Company almost three years ago. Conor has taken a role in not only developing that business, but also helping with the craft element, in the form of Disruption is Brewing. I caught up with him to...

Interview: Thomas Rooke, Fierce & Noble

Just over three years old, Fierce & Noble is based in the great brewing city of Bristol, producing predominatly canned and kegged beers, with session pales a speciality. Thomas Rooke heads sales and talked beer, Bristol, and the challenges of covid over a coffee...

We must keep fighting for our Great British pubs

I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I’m certainly not one of those who wants to rebel against the central drive of the coronavirus measures. I want to help stop the spread of transmission as much as most folk. But it’s hard to look at the government’s restrictions on the...

British hops: developing new varieties at Charles Faram

In the face of an invasion of West Coast IPAs and New England pales, it can be easy to neglect our home-grown hops. But, hey, they’re dull in comparison, aren’t they, and good old for traditional brown bitters, supped in an old fashioned pub, labrador at...

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