Month: April 2018

The art of south-London’s bees

It is a rare occurrence to taste something that is wholly unique.  It is even rarer to taste something that’s wholly unique and tastes delicious.  Finding the latter to be astonishingly drinkable and something of an undiscovered marvel is almost unheard of. Today is that 

Don’t sleep a round, drink a round. Be Beermiscuous.

Don’t be promiscuous with beer, be Beermiscuous.  Don’t make any commitment without taking your beer on a test-drive first; don’t plunge into any relationship with a beer until you’ve cozied-up with a 4 oz pour for a brief liaison.  Don’t sleep a round, drink a 

A happy and hoppy NATIONAL BEER DAY…

  …if you’re in the USA, that is! April 7th, 1933.  Whilst not exactly celebrating the ratification of the 21st Amendment, and thus ending Prohibition — that was December 5th, 1933 — this day marked a final nail in the coffin for the ban on 

Getting to know: Briljant Brouwhuis

Haarlem is a historic beer city, and yet, irrespective of any historical context, perhaps the four main things beer-lovers who don’t live there know about the city are perhaps Rob Alphenaar, the Jopenkerk, Jopen, and the Uiltje Brewery — and they’re usually quoted in this 

Our Road to Cicerone – the Bootcamp

What do the following have in common: 24 internationals wishing to learn about beer, a handful of beer experts, a couple of beer legends, 5-days in a classroom in Chicago, and plenty of beer and beer/food pairings?  It is, of course, the Road to Cicerone 

Disruptive Weather Plan Thwarted in Sin City

The weather’s plan to disrupt this weekend’s Great Vegas Festival of Beer is thwarted. The weather deities are unfavourably watching proceedings in Sin City and have decided to unleash gale-force winds in order to disrupt this weekend’s Great Vegas Festival of Beer.  However, the organisers 

Getting to know: BE+ER

It’s very easy to have a love/hate relationship with BE+ER, but for a very positive reason in both cases.  It’s very easy to fall in love with the beers, which themselves are meticulously brewed with a deep love and passion; it’s also very easy to 

Getting to know: Bird Brewery

Self-confessed twitchers Ralph van Bemmel and Rik van den Berg swooped onto the Dutch beer scene a couple of years ago, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and with an exuberant enthusiasm and gusto that has allowed the goldcrest (Ralph) and the bearded reedling (Rik) to firmly established Bird 

Italian Grape Ale

  One of the nicest beers we have never tasted is perhaps an Italian Grape Ale, officially recognised as a beer style by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) a few years ago.  And much like the early days of many other well-known beer styles 

The Ultimate Beer Festival?

  Throughout its 131 years, London’s Olympia exhibition centre has seen many sporting, music and corporate events, and many legends (and dogs) have entertained the masses beneath the massive roof of glass and steel. Olympia has hosted the majority of CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festivals