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Magical Mystery Pour #16: Black Sheep Riggwelter
Beer Reviews

Magical Mystery Pour #16: Black Sheep Riggwelter

This beer chosen for us by David of Beer Doodles fame (@beerdoodles) is either a modern Yorkshire classic or a ubiquitous supermarket PBA depending on your point of view. ‘PBA’? That’s ‘premium bottled ale’, a category which didn’t really exist before about 1990, when breweries and supermarkets decided they needed […]

Treat Yo Self
Beer Reviews

Treat Yo Self

We can’t go to Falmouth without finishing up in Hand Bar for ‘something silly’. This time, it was Evil Twin’s Molotov Cocktail Imperial IPA, and Lervig Barley Wine. We crammed quite a lot into 24hrs in Cornwall’s beeriest town, trying as we were to make the most of a short […]

Where Does the AB-InBev Craft Project End?
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Where Does the AB-InBev Craft Project End?

It’s been a while since AB took over a craft brewery but today, they struck again, taking over a Texas brewery we’d never heard of but… Karbach sold 19,000 barrels in 2013 and 55,000 last year. We all should’ve seen this one coming. — Zach Fowle (@FowleLanguage) November 3, 2016 […]

Why Do People Care About the Marston’s Rebrand?
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Why Do People Care About the Marston’s Rebrand?

SOURCE: Marston’s, via the Morning Advertiser. Yes, we’re sick of this image too. Marston’s announced a major rebrand yesterday and it seems to have made lots of people, on both sides in the culture war we’re apparently having these days, a bit irritated. Traditionalists like the Pub Curmudgeon are annoyed […]

News, Nuggets & Longreads 29 October 2016: Bud, Trond, Home-Brew Snark
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News, Nuggets & Longreads 29 October 2016: Bud, Trond, Home-Brew Snark

Here’s everything around the beer blogs and beyond that’s grabbed our attention in the last week, from Budweiser to hypothetical travelling salesmen. Do you remember those happy days when there was no ambiguity and everyone just hated Budweiser the minute they tasted their first microbrewery beer? Well, Budweiser seems keen […]

Questions & Answers: Why No Hand-pulls on the Continent?
Beer History

Questions & Answers: Why No Hand-pulls on the Continent?

‘How come the cask hand-pump system didn’t develop in mainland Europe? Or am I missing something?’ Jordan (@timelytipple), Berlin Instinctively, we thought, yes, Jordan’s right — you don’t go into a bar or the local equivalent of a pub in France, Belgium, Germany or points east and see someone pulling […]

Brewhouse Death Trip
Beer History

Brewhouse Death Trip

With apologies to Michael Lesy and James Marsh and a respectful nod towards the long-running ‘Strange Deaths’ column in Fortean Times, we present a macabre compilation of ways that breweries can kill you. We have been collecting these stories as we’ve come across them for a couple of years now, […]

Goose Island Brewery Yard Stock Pale Ale
Beer Reviews

Goose Island Brewery Yard Stock Pale Ale

A meticulously recreated 19th Century pale ale produced with the close involvement of beer historian Ron Pattinson? Yes please. As with the Fuller’s Past Masters beers, there was never a moment’s doubt that we had to taste Goose Island Brewery Yard, but the talked-about price — GBP20 for a 750ml […]

Accessibility, or Why People Don’t Like Beer
Beer Culture

Accessibility, or Why People Don’t Like Beer

A bit of discussion broke out in the comments on Monday’s post about what is or is not ‘accessible’ beer. When we were first getting into beer as young twenty-somethings it was via Greene King IPA, Leffe, Erdinger and Hoegaarden, all of which are considered bland by modern standards. For […]