My first experience of looking after cask beer was when I was working my way through Uni, or possibly more accurately working through my uni days to pay for my drinks… I was at Brighton Uni and circa 1999 I got myself a job at The Font & Firkin, Brighton. We had a brewkit onsite … More In anticipation of cask…
Last weekend I had the pleasure of a rather unusual theatre visit. Eastern Angles production of ‘River Lane‘ was performed in a transformed disused shopping centre unit at Serpentine Green in Peterborough. Whilst it is a professional production; staging, directing etc, the cast and many of the crew were volunteers, local people inspired to join … More ‘River Lane’ memory lane for lost pubs…
December rolls around again, the countdown to Christmas begins and households around the globe start meticulously planning one big glorious day of family, friendship and festive food. Once you’ve agreed which in-laws to invite, ordered the turkey, put the sprouts on to make sure they’re ready for the big day, got stuck in traffic at Bluewater/Lakeside/Westfield Stratford … More What will you be drinking on Christmas Day?
This Saturday as part of our Septembaaaaarfest Mitch is hosting a seven course Beer and Food matched menu. Diners will be guided through the courses on the freshly prepared tasting menu and through the beers which have been chosen to compliment each dish. The evening starts at 7.30pm (first course served at 8pm) and costs … More Beer & Food Matching – Saturday 21st September
Some of you may be aware that we have been shortlisted for the 2013 Footprint Awards ‘Community Vote’. The Footprint Awards represent ‘the annual celebration of the work that organisations in the Foodservice industry are doing to in some way redress the balance for the benefit of themselves, their community and the industry at large. It … More Footprint Awards Finalist…
Apologies to Adnams as I really have dragged my heels writing this blog, I had a fantastic day; it was a real eye opener and the generous hospitality I received warranted a far swifter write-up of my experience and my gratitude. So here goes, better late than never… On deciding that I would like to … More Adnams – Beer Festival Brewday #2
Our next beer festival is looming and as per usual we’ve decided to theme the selection of beers. Not one to make things easy I’ve set myself the challenge of brewing as many of the beers as I can. Thankfully we have great relationships with many of our local breweries and five in particular have … More Beer Festival 3rd – 7th May 2012
After over-ordering curing salt for my sister to make her own Christmas Ham, I decided the best possible use for the surplus would be an attempt at making our own bacon. Obviously I wanted to try and work beer in to the recipe too and set about researching wet cures. Unfortunately my first choice of … More Kernel Galaxy IPA, Smoked Rabbit & Beer Cured Bacon
In October the Government brought in new beer duty regulations meaning that breweries paid considerably less duty on beers brewed at 2.8% and under. They are also trying to encourage ‘Binge Britain’ to refrain from drowning their sorrows sitting on park benches supping cans of 9% Special Brew by considerably increasing duty on all beers … More What does a 2.8% beer actually taste like?
In a follow up article to our Beer vs Wine & Food Matching evening I was asked by Sarah Banks, editor of local magazine The Colne Connection, what drinks I would recommend with Christmas dinner. I have to say it didn’t take me long to come up with a few ideas! One of my favourite … More What beer will you be having with Christmas Dinner?