Archive for December, 2011

Looking back over 2011, its been a good year in the real and craft ale scene at all levels, local, regional and national.  Nationally the craft and real ale scene has bucked the general downturn in beer sales over the last couple of years and new breweries are still being created and existing ones expanding […]

This article is a re-edit of two previous articles I wrote for Pubpaper, but targeted at CAMRA members.  You can find the original articles here and here.  The PDF of the published magazine can be found here The world of real ale is reaching the crossroads.  We have travelled far enough up the road that […]

The Sheffield Tap is located on the platform at the City railway station, and is becoming a mecca for real ale and craft beer fans across the area.  The 10 cask pumps and 12 keg pumps without a mainstream beer in sight is the main reason, however the collection over 200 bottled beers is an […]

What is beer? The answers to this question are numerous. Personally for me, it is my preferred drink of choice which I have a deep interest in and a product I search out interesting variations of.  It is also what enables me to write the 750 words that fill this column each week.  For other […]

Last weeks column drew a mixed reception when published online, with disagreement from one of the bigger online beer writers, who won “beer blogger of the year” recently as well as having several published books to his name, telling me to “stop worrying about what other people drink”.  I also received a text message from […]

After a having guests over for dinner this weekend, I was left with a couple of cans of Carling in the fridge the following day.  Not a beer I’d normally spending money, yours or mine on, I wondered if the product had actually developed a flavour of any description.  The answer is a still a […]