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Glassware grumbles

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Jan 31, 2012
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Last week, this article by Ben McFarland in the Guardian raised a thunderous outpouring of torrentious bile. Ben, the current BGBW Beer Writer of the Year, suggested – in an article I’m guessing was more than slightly tongue in cheek – that it was time to maybe, possibly, get rid of the nonic pint glass […]

Lagerboy Speaks – Laverstoke Organic Real Lager

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Jan 28, 2012
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As the days begin to finally lengthen, Lagerboy stirs from his sluggish hibernation – dreams of carbonation and CO2 prickle soon to give way to reality. Winter’s no fun for a fizzhound – it’s hard to laze by a roaring open fire with a Kölsch – so he tends to go to ground during the […]

The Bow Bar’s Winter Beer Festival 2012

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Jan 24, 2012
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This week sees the beginning of one of the more keenly anticipated ten-day periods in Edinburgh – the start of the Bow Bar’s annual winter beer festival. From Thursday the 26th the famed Aitken tall founts will be dispensing (via air-pressure) a range of specially invited cask ales, with several kegged beers also appearing. With […]

BeerCast #67 – Beer of the Year 2011

BeerCast #67 – Beer of the Year 2011

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Jan 21, 2012
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BeerCast #67 – BOTY 2011. So it comes down to this – our annual Beer of the Year Show. We re-taste the top four highest scoring beers from our podcasts in 2011, and pick a winner. On the panel today – Richard, Shovels, MrB and Grooben. Stand by for a bonus feature at the end, as we blind-taste four extremely unusual French beers – each containing a mystery ingredient. How many will the panel correctly identify?

1. Rogue St Rogue Red Ale (5.2%)
2. Kernel IPA Citra (7.2%)
3. Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest (6.7%)
4. Thornbridge St Petersburg (7.7%)

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Two from Lovibonds

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Jan 18, 2012
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At the start of the year we predicted big things for a few UK brewers in 2012. Some were experienced players looking to make the next step – others complete beginners starting out. The new boys aside, we’d already sampled plenty of beers from the other producers – so can feel fairly confident in our […]

Scotland on the brink of independence?

Scotland on the brink of independence?

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Jan 11, 2012
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What would Mel drink? Scotland is dominating the news agenda at the moment – so either the national team has just lost to San Marino, or it’s something to do with independence. The thorny I-word has appeared again, dragging itself onto the front pages like a mythical sea monster emerging from the Highlands. The SNP […]

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