Victory HopDevil

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Aug 30, 2010
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Mid-strength American IPA’s are becoming increasingly common here in the UK, from the initial colonists such as Goose Island India Pale Ale, through the second wave of beers such as Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA, to recent arrivals such as Green Flash West Coast IPA (seen arriving in our local Edinburgh-area bottle shops only the […]

London’s shortest pub crawl?

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Aug 25, 2010
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London’s Borough Market has long been a popular attraction for food-loving locals and tourists alike, with plenty of stalls offering choice items from around the world. It can also be a worthy destination for the beer lover, with three fantastic – and very different – drinking experiences within thirty seconds of each other. Inside the […]

BeerCast #51 – MrB’s Brasserie Cast

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Aug 18, 2010
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BeerCast #51 – Bonjour tous les mondes, et bienvenue a la BierCast. C’est la BrasserieCast du Monsieur B! Yes, MrB holidayed in Nothern France over the summer, and managed to bring back over fifty beers from Alsace and Belgium (not to mention a case of wine). Sharing some of that wealth on this podcast are Richard, Shovels and Grooben. We also sample a classic French tipple – Picon – the orange syrup traditionally added to local lager – in this case, Kronenbourg. Salut!

1. Brasserie la Saint-Pierre Blonde de l’Oncle Hansi (5.6%)
2. Brasserie la Saint-Pierre Brune (5.6%)
3. Brasserie de Bouillon La Médiévale Ambrée (6.0%)
4. Orval (6.2%)
5. Brasserie d’Achouffe Chouffe Houblon (9.0%)
6. Sirop de Picon avec Kronenbourg 1664 (18.0% + 5.0%)

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Hooray for Hollyrood

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Aug 12, 2010
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There was a great bit of local news this week as Loanhead’s Stewart Brewing picked up a gong in the 2010 World Beer Awards. Hollyrood (5.0%) was named world’s best Blonde/Golden in the Pale Ale category, announced at the end of July by a selection of beer writers chaired by Roger Protz and Jeff Evans […]

Thornbridge Halcyon 2009

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Aug 8, 2010
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Freshness really sells when it comes to foodstuffs – hence all the adverts for flash frozen seafood and just-picked vegetables. But what about beer? The prime variable in ale – the hops – are most often added dried as they are easier to store and transport following their Autumn harvest. But if you want fresh […]

Seven Trends for Craft Brewing in 2010

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Aug 2, 2010
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Recently I was listening to an episode of the excellent Craft Beer Radio, where hosts Jeff and Greg were discussing a list that had been published on blogcritics.org regarding the top seven trends in craft brewing for 2010. They make interesting reading, particularly with our interpretation on how those trends are currently being reflected in […]