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New Year, New Layout and a New Wall of Beer!

New Year, New Layout and a New Wall of Beer!

January is normally a slow, low energy, darkness-before-the-dawn time of year. Christmas jovialities have come and gone. It’s cold, damp and depressing. The days are short and the bank balance is not to be looked at. And this year – on top of all that – we have Lock Down…

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I am Gruit

I am Gruit

Before hops were commonplace in beer, gruit ale enjoyed a long period of ubiquity. Gruit is a mixture of herbs and spices, used in place of hops to brew a type of beer that originated in the Middle Ages in the Low Countries and western Germany…

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The best food pairings for beer

The best food pairings for beer

As pairing beer with your dinner becomes increasingly popular, Susan Low looks at the reasons why it might even be the preferred choice over wine/food pairings. New to beer pairing? She also offers a rough guide to get you started…

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Tiers and the Countdown to Christmas

Tiers and the Countdown to Christmas

After a most challenging and sometimes quite difficult year we now at least have a clearer idea of how we might be able to enjoy Christmas with family and friends, from three households for up to five days…

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Love at First Taste?

Love at First Taste?

I can vividly remember my first pint of cask. It was 14 years ago, probably sometime early in the month of October. I was sat in the Kean’s Head pub in Nottingham with my friend Harvey for our weekly drinking session that was fast becoming a tradition…

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News in Brief

News in Brief

Mighty collaboration: Verdant and Deya have teamed up to create Degrees DIPA, hitting the glass at 8% ABV. It has, say the brewers, “an excessive degree of juiciness! Amarillo and Loral hops in the whirlpool set proceedings off in style, swiftly followed by a double-dry-hop of Citra and Simcoe…”

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