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Crap Beer - it's the future
Friday, late afternoon. Stranded in Chesterfield waiting for The Beer Widow, who is attempting to come up the M1 from London to meet me before we go on to the  Great Peak Weekender  at Thornbridge. The journey will eventually take her seven hours (it should...
Friday, late afternoon. Stranded in Chesterfield waiting for The Beer Widow, who is attempting to come up the M1 from London to meet me before we go on to the Great Peak Weekender at Thornbridge. The journey will eventually t...
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Beer and cider and music and books and food in North London
I don't often do sponsor-heavy sales blurby posts, but this is is a special exception each year. Apologies if you can't make it to North London next weekend... It's nearly here - the fifth Stoke Newington Literary Festival takes place all around N16 from 6t...
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Greedily I'm doing TWO events at @StokeyLitfest 2014: craft cider tasting and discussion with top cider makers on Sat 7th http://tinyurl.com/qxdfpwj, and my new beer and music matching show on Sun 8th http://tinyurl.com/ld2e6dt. Can't wait!
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Why do trumpets taste like hops?
Five years ago I read an article about a study at Heriot Watt university that had found different styles of music could 'improve' the flavour of wine. In a controlled experiment, wines paired with the 'right' style of music tasted 40-60% better than those p...
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Barcelona II: This Time it's Sidra
Food of Los Dioses Around the corner from La Cerveteca in Barcelona's Bari Gotic I stumble (literally) upon La Socarenna, a small bar built into an arch, offering productes asturias y catalans . They make cider in Asturias, and sure enough, the front window...
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Guinness back to what it does best
It really is good for you. Ah, St Patrick's Day: guaranteed to drive some angsty beer geeks to ask why everyone insists on drinking Guinness when there are so many superior stouts available, and explain to their friends that it's not really an Irish beer at...
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Why Farage's foaming pint is a testament to European integration and immigration
Thanks to an amazing Stoke Newington Literary Festival I haven't had time to blog for about a month, which means I missed my chance to comment on the biggest visibility beer has had in national media for ages.  What a shame it had to be under such circumsta...
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Shiny shiny cider shiny
Look at the shiny. Go on, look at it.   I think I may just about be recovering from a two-week long hangover. That's the only reason I can think of why I haven't written this blog before now. On Tuesday 13th May, my compadre Bill Bradshaw and I were named w...
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With great beer comes great responsibility
I didn't want to write this post, but I have to. It comes on the back of me breaking my own cardinal rule about not behaving like a dick at the bar. In a version of that classic "Do you know who I am?" thing that spoilt celebs do, there are often times when...
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'Imperial'
In February I was in Chicago for the US Cider Conference . It was massively exciting, because craft cider in America is where craft beer was twenty years ago. It's impossible not to draw some parallels between the two drinks.  Because of the way the two sce...
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Barcelona discovers craft beer: becomes even more perfect
I can't believe it's a decade since my first visit to Barcelona, as part of the research for my second book, Three Sheets to the Wind .  Back then any new city outside the UK mainland was a bewildering adventure for me. Anything that was marginally differen...
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Will 'craft' change beer for good?
Guys from Five Points took this at the previous, shorter Masterclass. There's something deeply wrong when you have to set the alarm on a Sunday morning and be out of the door by half past eight.  But you wouldn't do it if it wasn't also the sign of somethin...
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What will be interesting is which aspects of it stay and become mainstream. But surely there are so many breweries now it's only a matter of time before the siba classifieds are full of cheap 5bbl kits.
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