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Shakespeare's Real Local?
A tantalising new scrap of evidence about the bard's drinking habits has emerged. The Tabard Inn, Borough High Street When I wrote Shakespeare's Local I upset some readers because I failed to prove the contention in the title of the book - that William Shak...
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Why I haven't been blogging much
A cautionary tale, with a happy ending.  About two years ago I started getting pains shooting down my left leg. I went to the doctor about it and they said it was sciatica. Although the pain was in my leg, it was actually a result of nerves in my spine bein...
A cautionary tale, with a happy ending. About two years ago I started getting pains shooting down my left leg. I went to the doctor about it and they said it was sciatica. Although the pain was in my leg, it was actually a r...
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If you think you're a pub and... (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)
If you try to ‘up-sell’ someone by forcing your staff to ask
‘Would you like some crisps or nuts with that?’ every time someone orders a
pint, If you think you are solving the problem of bar staff
motivation and retention by ‘empowering’ your zero hours, mi...
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Much of this rings true in Australia, Pete. Let me know if you are ever out this way, I'd be glad to buy you a (real) pint.

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Beer Marketing Awards return for second year - call for entries
Last year I was part of a team that launched the first ever Beer Marketing Awards in the UK. The competition, and the event, was a great success, and the awards are now open for a second year. There are two main ideas and ambitions behind the awards: Rightl...
Last year I was part of a team that launched the first ever Beer Marketing Awards in the UK. The competition, and the event, was a great success, and the awards are now open for a second year. There are two main ideas and amb...
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It's not how big it is, it's what you do with it etc...
The first Friday in December is often one of my worst hangovers of the year, because the first Thursday evening in December is the night of the British Guild of Beer Writers Annual Awards. Last night, I was delighted to pick up gold in the category 'Best Be...
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Well done Pete
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What Are You Drinking? Almost There
I'm currently writing three books. One of them - the one about beer - is being crowdfunded. And it's almost reached its target. Crowdfunding is a thorny topic in the beer industry just now, so it was a ricky experiment to try crowdfunding a book about beer....
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When Michael met Stef and Martin
Trawling through old notebooks can yield unexpected treasures. The new beer book I'm currently working on was initially inspired by a few experiences that I'd never properly written up and used. Sometimes I'll visit a brewery or go to an event and I'm inspi...
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Beer Marketing Awards: New Awards Date, Deadline for Entries Extended
The second annual Beer Marketing Awards have been moved from 14th April, and will now take place in 8th September at the Boiler House, the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1. The postponement follows some uncertainty about availability of the venue. ...
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The British Beer and Pub Industry in 2016
Just before Christmas, The Publican's Morning Advertiser asked me for my predictions about the events that will shape the UK pub industry in 2016. They said I could be irreverent. This is a bit parochial if you're not close to the UK pub industry, but if yo...
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I just realised how the debate about craft beer is changing
Last week, my latest column for the Publican's Morning Advertiser focused on the response to craft beer by the giant, global brewing corporations that dominate the beer market. It was inspired by a new project at Guinness which has produced some beers I con...
Last week, my latest column for the Publican's Morning Advertiser focused on the response to craft beer by the giant, global brewing corporations that dominate the beer market. It was inspired by a new project at Guinness whi...
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When legendary craft beer bars go bad. Or, why you should never drink in the Pine Box, Seattle.
I've spent the last few days touring around Seattle and Yakima having one of the best beer experiences of my career. The most hyped bar in the city just spoiled it, and should be avoided.  The trouble with drinking is that if something goes wrong, you're no...
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The Cask Report 2015: Why Pubs Need Cask Ale Drinkers
I've written the Cask Report for the last nine years. This year was my final one. Here are the headlines, and some thoughts on what's happened to the market over the time I've been doing the report. I presented the 2015 Cask Report this morning.  Each year ...
I've written the Cask Report for the last nine years. This year was my final one. Here are the headlines, and some thoughts on what's happened to the market over the time I've been doing the report. I presented the 2015 Cask ...
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