BrewDog releases anti-Olympics beer

BrewDog’s latest marketing stunt is designed as an attack on the sponsorship of the Olympic Games by inappropriate corporate sponsors. The limited-release beer supposedly contains a number of ‘performance-enhancing’ substances banned to Olympic athletes.

Beer tasting experience in London, for two

Beer tasting in London

This is a fantastic beer tasting experience in the West End of London, with a chance to taste up to 15 real ales, craft beers and craft lagers, with a range of snacks to go with them! Tasting notes for each beer, and beer experts on hand to answer all your questions, mean that you’ll really be able to learn about what you’re drinking.

An outline of the brewing process

The process of brewing your favourite ale is part art, part science, and although the basic ingredients are simply barley, water, hops and yeast, the number of different styles of beer that can be produced is huge!  Here is a brief explanation of the process that an average beer goes through in order to produce […]

The Cyclops Scheme explained

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The Cyclops scheme is designed to take the mystery out of describing beer, and to provide a standard method of categorising ales in terms of sweetness, bitterness etc. in a way that is easy to understand for the average beer drinker. Developed by a group of industry bodies including CAMRA, Cask Marque, the Society of […]

A beginner’s guide to brewing equipment

Brewing your own beer is more than just an affordable way to enjoy one of mankind’s favourite beverages – it’s a fun hobby as well. In fact, a lot of expert homebrewers enjoy the process of brewing beer more than they enjoy drinking their finished product!  Brewing ale doesn’t even require the type of high-tech […]

Grow your own beer hops

Grow beer hops

You’ve heard of brewing your own beer, but how about taking it a step further and actually growing your own hops? This is a great little starter kit for anyone that enjoys beer, or just fancies a rather unusual hobby. Everything you need to get started is included in this kit: a packet of beer […]

Personalised wheat beer and engraved glass gift set

Wheat beer personalised gift

Here’s a rather different gift for the beer drinker in your life!  A 500 ml bottle of premium wheat beer with personalised label, together with an engraved glass, beautifully presented in a silk-lined box. Simply enter the messages that you would like printed on the bottle label, and engraved on the glass, and this will […]

Overnight beer tasting break for two

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Here’s a brewery visit with a difference – tour the award-winning Cropton Brewery situated on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, and then relax over a fabulous home-cooked three course dinner followed by an overnight stay with breakfast at the family-run New Inn nearby.

Three great value beers for the weekend

Aldi beers

Always on the lookout for a beer bargain, we made a trip to our local Aldi to checkout their beer section. We bought a selection to try, and here’s our list of the top three – all great ales at bargain prices!

Luxury beer hamper

luxury beer hamper

A luxurious hamper containing premium English ales together with a wonderful selection of snacks. This beautifully presented beer hamper contains three large bottles of ale with a range of accompaniments to make your mouth water, including nuts, crackers, olives and much more – a fantastic gift with a difference for anyone that loves beer!

Inveralmond brewer for a day

Inveralmond brewer for a day

A fab present for a beer lover – this is a chance to get hands-on experience of brewing by working with the head brewer at this award-winning brewery in Perth. You will get involved in the whole process, from boiling and mashing to fermenting and conditioning. Lunch is provided as well as an introduction to beer tasting. A great day out!

Inveralmond Brewery tour

Inveralmond Brewery tour

A visit to this CAMRA award-winning brewery is a must if you’re in the Perth area – you will be taken on a fascinating tour of this working brewery, where the whole of the brewing process will be explained by your fully trained guide. You will then enjoy a beer tasting in the brewery’s tap room, and take home a mini-cask as a memento!

Cropton Brewery visit and pub lunch

Cropton brewery tour

Enjoy a fascinating visit to this CAMRA brewery located on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors national park. See the brewing process, sample the ales, and tuck in to a traditional pub lunch at the nearby New Inn. A great day out for anyone partial to a pint!

Sadler’s Ales brew a beer day

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Become a brewer for a day at this West Midlands-based brewery! A brewery visit with a difference, you will understand and experience the brewing process hands-on, and sample the award winning ales. You will enjoy breakfast and a traditional pub lunch during your day, and take some ales home with your as a memento.

Types of ale – a guide for the novice beer drinker

Not everyone that enjoys beer is an expert in the different types of ale available, their background, and the differences between them. For those who don’t know their porter from their barley wine, here is a brief introductory guide to some of the different ale types that you might come across.

Broughton Ales gift pack

Broughton Ales gift pack

This gift pack of four of the most popular beers from Scottish brewery Broughton Ales makes a great gift for beer drinkers, and contains a great selection of ales from their range. Broughton Ales was setup in 1980 to produce traditional cask-conditioned ales. The introduction of bottled beers came soon after, allowing these popular beers […]

BrewDog vs. Diageo in awards fiasco

I was intrigued to hear about the fiasco at the British Institute of Innkeeping’s Scottish award ceremony recently.  In a clear case of an industry giant flexing its muscles against a smaller rival, the events went something like this: BrewDog, the iconic Scottish brewery based in Aberdeen, was chosen to receive the prize for ‘Bar […]

Tring Brewery – profile of a local legend

Tring Brewery is a small local brewery that prides itself on its Hertfordshire roots, and focuses on providing excellent beers to consumers and pubs in the local area. After taking one of their brewery tours, here’s why we loved this well-hidden gem. With their wide range of cask and bottled ales and their enthusiasm and passion for their craft, a tour of Tring Brewery is a must if you’re in the Hertfordshire area.

A brief history of beer

Beer is a drink that’s popular the world over, but have you ever wondered about the origins of your favourite tipple?  You may be surprised to know that beer has a history that goes back many millennia, and its evolution into the drink that we are familiar with began about 4000 BC. As soon as […]

Top 5 UK beer festivals for 2012

Summer is the time for beer festivals in the UK!  CAMRA is running 23 festivals in May alone, with a further 14 in June, so if you’re taking an early holiday this year, or just fancy something to do at the weekend, then check out one of these events.  With many of these taking place […]

The best travel destinations for beer!

Here are a few of the best holiday destinations for beer lovers. Try a trip to Ireland to sample the famous Guinness at the brewery, or how about a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest? If you’re a beer fan, then what could be better than a beer-themed holiday?

Brewery tour and gift for two

Brewery tour and gift

Here’s a great value daytime trip for all beer lovers! You and a friend will be taken on a fascinating tour of the brewery to see how the ales are made, and you will learn about the brewing process and the history of the brewery itself and the beers it produces.  You will have the […]

Beer and food evening for two

Beer and food evening

This is a great evening out for beer lovers!  First you will be taken on a guided tour of the brewery to see and understand the brewing process, and then you will be given a tutored tasting session where you will taste some of the beers you have seen being produced.  After this, a freshly […]

Brewery visit and tasting for two

AS brewery tour and tasting for two

This is a great brewery visit that takes you and a friend on a fascinating journey through the brewing process.  You be taken on a guided tour of the brewery, where you will see and learn about the fermentation, conditioning and filtering of the beer, and get the lowdown on everything that happens behind the […]

Dartington Falstaff tankard

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A fantastic quality glass from Dartington, the Falstaff is a slightly rounded beer tankard that is lovely to hold, and a great way to serve your ale.  It is handmade in 24% lead crystal, and measures 12.5 cm in height.  It will hold a single unit of 60 cl. Drinking your favourite beer out of […]

Stelton bottle opener

stelton bottle opener

Here’s a really funky unusual bottle opener – this tool is functional and yet stylish and sophisticated. The sleek Scandinavian design of this bottle opener is typical of the high quality that can be expected from Stelton – a Danish company that has won many awards for product design excellence. Crafted in stainless steel, this […]

Beer bottle chiller sleeves

beer bottle chiller sleeves

A cool way to help keep your beer chilled in warm weather, these funky sleeves will also make sure you always know which beer is yours. Simply slip your beer bottle into one – these fun, insulated sleeves are a great practical idea, and an unusual gift for a beer drinker. They come in a […]