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

ramsgate cyclops label

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 […]

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.

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 […]