Archive for November, 2011

After a couple of weeks discussing the real ale trade, this week will I will catch up on what makes this game worthwhile, the beers and the pubs.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a good chance to try a wide range of beers, and as always the quality overall has been very high. […]

Following on from last weeks discussion of CAMRA, with all the benefits it confers to the industry as a whole, and it recent shortcomings.  We now need to discuss how we take real and craft ales into the next 40 years.   What is for certain is that we will need our big “brand name” real […]

The world of real ale is reaching the crossroads.  We have travelled far enough up the road that we are no longer a niche product for old men with beards and is accepted as a regular drink of choice across all sectors of the population, young, old, male, female.  We are gaining market share and […]

There are weeks where you barely get near a pint glass, never mind sample a decent ale, and there are others where you seem to spend most of your spare time in the pub.  In an eight day stretch, I counted 4 visits to the Old Ship Inn, 3 visits to the Richard Oastler, 2 […]