Archives for 2012

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.

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

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 […]

Overnight beer tasting break for two

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

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

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!

Great Yorkshire Brewery visit and pub lunch

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

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.

Staffordshire Brewery traditional craft ales gift pack

This gift pack of three of the most popular beers from Staffordshire Ales makes a great gift for beer drinkers, and contains a great selection of ales from their range. This pack contains three 500ml bottles of premium craft ales, brewed in small batches in the Staffordshire village of Cheddleton. Delivered in attractive gift packaging […]

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 visit 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

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

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

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 […]