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The Pub: A Cultural Institution
The first of three new books from me is out now. Sort of. My book on pubs is officially released on 18 August, but it's already been spotted in Foyles and Blackwells. I was asked to do this book by the publisher - it was a scenario where they came up with t...
The first of three new books from me is out now. Sort of. My book on pubs is officially released on 18 August, but it's already been spotted in Foyles and Blackwells. I was asked to do this book by the publisher - it was a sc...
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Long Read: Burton IPA's arrival in India.
The reason I'm not blogging at the moment is that I'm deep into writing up my next beer book, What Are You Drinking? I'm hoping to finish this draft in the next two weeks, and it'll be published spring next year.  I'm going through the four key raw material...
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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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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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Stop the presses: the definition of craft beer
Yet again, I'm in the middle of writing a piece that addresses the idea that craft beer is 'a meaningless term,' that 'craft beer' doesn't exist because it had no precise, technical definition. To argue the point I'm making, I hauled out my massive copy of ...
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Why don't you switch off your smartphone and go out and do something less boring instead?
... such as coming to one of my summer festival events? This weekend it's the Stoke Newington Literary Festival . Set up by my wife Liz in 2010, it's now become recognised as one of the coolest small festivals in the UK, thanks to a combination of it being ...
... such as coming to one of my summer festival events? This weekend it's the Stoke Newington Literary Festival. Set up by my wife Liz in 2010, it's now become recognised as one of the coolest small festivals in the UK, thank...
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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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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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